Withdrawing from diazapam

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i have been taking diazapam for three months after ha ing a nervous breakdown in January due to 3 close family bereavements . Today my Dr has said I need to start withdrawing she has suggested as I take 2mgs three times daily that I start by taking 3/4 of my Eve tab for two weeks so it is done very slowly and then continue like this until I am off completely. Feeling very anxious about this wondering if anyone else has decreased by such a small amount over a long period of time and had good results. I'm hoping as my doses are so low to start with this is a bonus for me and also ha e only been taking diazapam for a short while will also make it easier for me . Any advice will be welcome thanks

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  • Posted

    Your doctor is correct..the slower the better !!!!

    good luck 

  • Posted

    Hello Susan,

    It is good that your Dr is looking out for you and suggesting you come off the Diazepam after three months,  also that the withdrawal is done very slowly.  This may seem like a  long drawn out process but it is very necessary to help make this as easy as possible and to keep the side effects down to a minimum.

    It is impossible to say exactly what withdrawal symtoms you will have as we all vary.   My advice would be to keep each dosage reduction at least two weeks apart, up this to four weekly reductions if you are not comfortable after two weeks and feel ready in yourself to make the next decreacse.   Try to get plenty of exercise,  walking is easy to do and you can fit this into a daily routine, or if you you find routine goes out the window walking can still be slotted in somewhere during the day.  Eat plenty protien for your muscles,  it is in your muscles that the Diazepam gets stored so you need to keep them in good shape,  not big work outs, just keep them active,  walking also helps to relax you and keep your mind occupied with all the various activities you see going on and people you will meet while you are out,  little chats here and there about nothing in particular help to stop you dwelling on the withdrawal and why you were taking the Diazepam in the first place.   All forms of activity are good to keep you going.

    I hope by now you are feeling better in yourself and the anxiety is not as bad as it was,  just take your time with each day,  keep plans small so dissapointments don't become a feature and you will get through this.  Summer is almost upon us,  it is a great time to be starting your withdrawal,  getting out and keeping busy will see the time go by faster- it is amazing how fast time can fly by and those two weeks will not seem like a slow withdrawal at all !!  

    I wish you all the best with this,  stay strong and try not to be anxious,  you can do this and will feel better in your self once you are off them altogether.


    Jessie x

  • Posted

    Your doc is right! The slower the better. You don't want to shock your brain and create long term tensions like brain zaps. It's very uncomfortabe. My own experience: I took 2mg once a day for a week, then I started tapering to 1,5 for a week, then 1mg for a week, and then I could handle another 0,5 less so I tapered to by 12,5% instead of 25% a week and It was still hell. Total of 2 months tapering...just for 2mg once a day for a week.. 

    My advice, eat well, drink plenty of water, walk outiside, don't worry, keep 1,5-2 weeks between each dosage reduction, but you know if you feel fine after 1 week, you can start tapering again. 

  • Posted

    Your GP is correct, the slower you taper the

    Less withdrawal symptoms you will have.

    You may find every time you drop you feel

    a tiny bit anxious and some other little

    symptoms but that will stop when you

    stabilize on your now dose. Hope this

    helps and good luck....not that you will

    need it 😊


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