STOPPING VALIUM COLD TURKEY. ANY ADVICE PLEASE?

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I'm having to stop taking valium cold turkey, as my psych has not mailed me a script for it. I've been waiting 2 weeks, rang her office a few times, but still no script in the mail. She did this to me on another occasion too. I have been weaning off this and was down to 3 and a half 5mg tabs per day, from 4. Luckily, I'd been taking less than she prescribed while tapering or I'd have none at all in the last 2 weeks. It's now Saturday and I have none left. I had to also quit zopiclone ct for the same reason. She did not mail me my script. They were both well and truly due! Went through excruciating, agonizingly intense withdrawals, with 6 sleepless nights, when I stopped the zopiclone. Got through it, with much prayer, and received great comfort and the strength to cope with that. Now, this has happened to me. I don't know why she didn't mail me my script and will be ringing her up 1st thing Monday morning. I am cancelling my next appt with her. I am done with her. She told me zopiclone is non-addictive. I trusted her. That was nearly a year ago. Have since researched it, printed out the latest research that show just how HIGHLY ADDICTIVE it ks. Gave it to her at my last appt. She actually had a quick look at it, kept it, but said she's never had any other of her patients complain or say they had withdrawal symptoms when they stopped taking it. Well I said I did. Anyway, that's not my question here now. I have already been experiencing severe anxiety, nausea, shakiness, sweats, all that comes when in withdrawal, as I sure know the symptoms by now, having experienced it before, because of cutting down too fast. Now with none left, I'm very frightened! I've done some research, found a link to click on to take me to Professor Ashton's weaning off valium plan. Everything I've read, says it is very dangerous to suddenly stop taking valium (diazepam). I'm trying not to panic. I'm praying constantly, as I have a great faith in the power of the Lord, as He certainly came through for me when stopping zopiclone. I'm asking if anyone has had to go through the withdrawal symptoms of coming off valium, their advice, support and encouragement and what can I do that may be of help in easing this painful withdrawal period? In the past 4 days, I've been taking only 1, splitting it into quarters, but still suffering rather badly. I will gladly suffer longer, if necessary, to finally be free of this horrific addiction, where it was no longer working for me anyway. I have been addicted to it for 3 years this time round. I'd stopped needing it 4 yrs ago, after being addicted to it for about 20 yrs. Stupidly went back on it for another medical problem, not anxiety. (Long story). Got addicted again, when I should have known better, but...

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

THANK YOU!

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    Hi, I am sorry to learn of your plight, it seems to me that your doctor needs replacing because I know from personal experience just how frightening the symptoms can be with withdrawal.

    Over thirty years ago I was prescribed 30 mg's of Valium daily, as it was then known, and it slowed me down no end, so one day I decided to take myself off it, and the withdrawal was like the world had stopped turning, I couldn't sleep, I was just so spaced out. But eventually I did adjust and haven't had it since.

    In those days doctors were writing out the prescription before you sat down in front of him/her, and these strong tranquilisers were dished out out like sweets. And the whole point of my story is that I didn't need them anyway.

    I would always recommend talking therapies like Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; beats drugs any day. But I wish you well in your battles with your doctor and hope it all works out well for you. Regards

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    Thanks john488, I'm happy to report that I managed to stop valium ct. 2 weeks of withdrawals, but I received the strength from praying to God & believing He would see me through. I am now free! I've never felt more peaceful & so joyful. Feel like writing to the prescribing psych to thank her for not sending me the scripts. To anyone wishing to get off this poison, it can be done. You won't die by stopping ct, though it should be done under medical supervision. I told my GP I could do it. My faith was all I needed. No-one has to be a slave to this addiction! The freedom is worth all the withdrawal symptoms, as they do pass!
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    Hello,

    I've been in the position you'r in through too quickly reducing the pills and I had bad side effects. It was a different GP who changed the [prescription, when my GP came back and saw the dose he increased it and told me about the dangers of sudden reduction.

    Can you talk to your GP? I'm sure he will have seen and know all about diazepam reduction and will be able to help you. I can really feel for you and urge you to get in touch with someone who can see you quickly, or even just a phone call. Withdrawal, as I'm sure you know should be medically monitored as its a physical problem, not a mental one.

    I'm reducing now, but the only thing is it makes my fibro so much worse, as well as my osteoarthritis. Good luck Sue xx

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    Hello,

    Thanks for your input. I'm very happy to report that I did indeed, get through the withdrawals. Yes, I know it's a physical one, but brain & body are interconnected. I sweated it out, literally. Many baths helped as well as valerian herbal capsules, calming herbal teas such as vervain, hops, passionflower & scullcap. Lots of water, eating healthy & taking supps & the minerals calcium & magnesium. Magnesium especially, as it's the cool, calm mineral. Add lots of prayer & faith & it can be done. Eating foods that help balance the neurotransmitters also help, Protein, walnuts, almonds, yogurt,, wholegrains etc. Exercise helps, as it releases the 'feel good; hormones. Studying all this during my withdrawal also helped me get my mind of the shakes, full-blown anxiety, sweats etc. But best of all was prayer. That, more than anything, kept me strong & I didn't lose my joy or sink into depression. I truly believe in the power of prayer, as there truly is a God! A Power greater than the one that is in the world. I never went back to that prescribing doc. My own GP was there if I got into any difficulty, which I didn't. I'm so happy to be free of those 2 drugs, valium & zopiclone. My family say I'm a changed person & certainly one for the better. I'm not snappy, impatient or befuddled anymore, dependent on valium just to stop withdrawal feelings. Yes, it's worth going through those intense withdrawals to be finally free. Keeping that end in sight, also helped give me the strength to keep going. I'm nearly 4 months free of it & that sleeping drug, that mind & soul destroyer zopiclone, & I'll never look back. If anyone is serious about getting off valium, IT CAN BE DONE! And you'll be SO glad you did!

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    I meant to add that I also, have osteoarthritis. I didn't find valium to be helpful in the least, as far as pain goes. Maybe it relaxes you more, so you're not so tensed up which certainly makes pain worse. But I'd rather have physical pain any day, than the mental anguish that comes from being on a useless drug like valium. I am on a pain medication, but fortunately there's no bad side effects, as it doesn't work on the neurotransmitters in the brain, so doesn't cause any mental health problems. There are many alternative pain remedies to use along with a suitable painkiller, that can help with managing pain & that enable you to get pretty good pain relief. It depends on the severity of your osteoarthritis & fibro, as to what your doc will prescribe. Wishing you good luck, Sue & thanks again.

    Christine

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    Hello all, just wanted to share my story for some feedback. I've been taking 5mg of Valium a day for about a month and a half. Mostly for back pain (relaxes my muscles) and for stress/anxiety that I get at the end of the day, half from being at home all day, and half from my lovely 3 yr old daughter who is a bit of a handfull. I didn't realize that it was so habit forming, and am trying to get off of it. Is only 5mg a day enough to get withdrawel symptoms? I find that if I haven't taken it by 6 pm, and start getting stressed, I feel like a mild panic attack is coming on, and get short and snappy, and sensitive to loud noises, people talking ect. I would like to get off of it and move on. Any feed back or advice is welcomed. P.s sorry for not starting my own discussion, forum, and wish you the best Christine201 and all others. Cheers! Mark
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    Hi

        I am not one for reading but my advice to you is to buy yourself a Book by Dr Claire Weeks,who has a  Method  for you to use (free of chage),I have come thru with help from these books,i was taking 30 mg a day of diazepam & now on a dose of 4 mg a day,& hopefully soon i will be Valium free thank god,The Book i suggest is More Help for your Nerves,she also has a book to help AgoraPhobics

      I got my books off eBay (2nd hand)

                                                 Good Luck

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    Dearest, are you still there and ok?

    Been there.

     

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    Beware. Never ever go cold turkey with valium I took minor doses of valium for several years I moved to London and had no valium Out of the blue I was thinking about good versus evil then I thought I had cameras watching me I tried to commit suicide and thought people were looking in my Windows waiting to attack me I thought the IRA were after me the Gestapo were going to experiment on me and put me in a box and I was paranoid about everything. I was so terrified I went on the run often walking all night I did this for a couple of months I was taken to a hospital but escaped from there and kept running then the police found me and took me to another hospital where I thought all the staff were out to get me and then transferred to a hospital near my home town. I still thought they were going to harm me. They gave me a pill which made me sick so I flushed it down the toilet and was still very paranoid then they made me take the pills which luckily had been changed to Olanzapine. It was like a miracle I was back to my old self with no paranoia at all. I was discharged a few days later and have never experienced this again which happened about 11 years ago. The thing is I just thought this was bad events in my life had caused this but about a year ago I was on a mental health forum and was told diazepam withdrawal had probably caused this site I gradually came off Olanzapine and I am pleased to say am still mentally normal. I would add when I left the hospital after taking Olanzapine the Psychiatrist said I was in excellent mental health it could have been a different story if the hospital had not given me such excellent treatment I am so grateful for that so NEVER EVER go cold turkey it could destroy you I have been one of the lucky ones able to lead a happy and complete life
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    Hi Christine

    I'm wanting to get off Valium. Would you mind telling me what pain reliever you are using for the osteopathic Pai

    Thanks

    Linda

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