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how do i stop taking valium?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Valium: Very gradual tapering, depending on dose and how long u have been on it, under close supervision by your prescribing doc.

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Can Valium cause b-12 deficiency?

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Not: Would not see this as a cause of B12 deficiency in any mainstream western medical literature. Non-traditional practitioners may make claims of linkage between vitamin deficiency and certain medications, but these claims are not substantiated by good science.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

Can Valium trigger a relapse in a recovering alcoholic?

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A 44-year-old member asked:

I'm a 26 year old about to self medicate with moms valium. How high are my risks?

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Please don't: Your risks of what? You're saying nothing about your symptoms, other medicines or drugs you might be taking, etc. If you feel the need for medication, it's best to get your own evaluation rather than taking something which hasn't been prescribed for you. Why not consult a psychiatrist, or even your family physician? These doctors could at least suggest something tailored to you, if needed.
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Can you be 18 and take valium?

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A 31-year-old female asked:

I think I have become dependant on valium, what are the symptoms of dependency and how do I stop taking it?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
Stop w/ supervision: You mention both valium & diazepam--are the same medicine. History of alcohol dependence or withdrawl is an added risk in your history. Red flags are daily use, increasing need--frequency or higher dose, daydreaming about this medicine, being secretive about use, hoarding pills from providers, needing it for sleep or stress. If you wonder if you are dependent you likely are.Seek help.

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