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Hi, I'm a newcomer to Patient UK and have been very interested to read, as a Diazepam user, the experiences of those who take, or have taken Diazepam.
Alongside a number of other drugs, including Lithium, I was prescibed a daily 20mg dose of Diazepam 8 years ago to combat the effects of a depressive illness - an illness from which I am still suffering.
By my own volition, I have since then slowly reduced this dose, and am currently taking 10mg a day.
Having recently moved, I had to register with the nearby GP surgery, where I was told on my first appointment - to request a referral to the local health centre - that I would have to stop taking Diazepam.
Given that I have an ongoing mental health problem, the symptoms of which involve constant feelings of anxiety, the instruction left me feeling somewhat more stressed than usual - especially as the GP implied that I was nothing more than addicted to the drug.
Anyway, to cut a long story short - I have refused to reduce the dose until I have taken the advice of an appropriately qualified doctor at the nearby health centre, an appointment for which I am still waiting.
I'm aware that, as a long term Diazepam user, that there may be some level of addiction, or that the drug may not be as effective as it once was, but as someone with a diagnosed depressive illness I believe it only sensible to be referred to a psychiatric centre where any drugs I take would be correctly reviewed, and any reductions properly monitored.
I think sometimes, without any disrespect, that some General Practitioners should be encouraged to enrole on a few specialist health courses, as it would help their 'bedside manner' no end.
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