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how long could you take diazepam (valium) before the drug is useless?

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Dr. Peter Horvath
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Longer than U think: If taken orally (as most people do) it takes the average young healthy person about a day to get rid of half the drug they took. This metabolism is prolonged further with use of alcohol. So best advice.... Several days would be a safe interval.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
I don't understand?: I'm not really understanding your question, since valium is not "useless." the basic drug has a 30-60 hour half-life, and it has psychoactive breakdown products . This is one of the problems with it, especially in older people: it can build up and create longer-lasting sedation & cognitive issues than expected or desired. Tolerance can happen -- habituation, addiction, & withdrawal syndrome too.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Valium: I believe u meant before developing tolerance & valium stops working. That varies with the dosage and the length of time u have been taking it.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Use on as needed : Valium and benzodiazapine medication r intended to be taken on as needed basis , if u take them on regular basis u will get used to it and it will stop working and u find u self increasing the dose and getting addicted

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Can u take vitamins with diazepam?

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How long should you take diazepam (valium) before the drug is rendered useless?

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Dr. Brad Bobrin
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Not so: Valium is not destined to become useless. Some people develop tolerance but most don't the time course is related to symptoms and if one is symptom free, then the suggestion is that you talk to your doctor about weaning off, but talk to your doctor before stopping.
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A 37-year-old female asked:

Is klonopin (clonazepam) more potient than valium, 4 myclonic seizures?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
One or other: I have usually started with klonopin, (clonazepam) but resistance may develop or excessive saliva develop. A change to valium may help to recover effect and decrease saliva. Sedation may be a side effect of either, but my experience is that valium is better tolerated over long term.

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