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Valium (Definition)

Valium (diazepam) is an older benzodiazepine tranquilizer. It was the #1 prescribed drug (of any kind) in the us in the late 1960s but is used less now due to drug interactions and active metabolites. It is still used for anxiety and as "pre-medication" for uncomfortable medical and minor surgical procedures. It is habit-forming, should not be used with alcohol, ...Read more


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Been on some form of Benzo daily for two years for panic disorder. Down to 17.5mg Valium from 30mg a day. Even if it takes longer, can I taper slowly?

Been on some form of Benzo daily for two years for panic disorder. Down to 17.5mg Valium from 30mg a day. Even if it takes longer, can I taper slowly?

Yes: You can taper as slowly as you are comfortable with in consultation with your doctor. While tapering, it is a good idea to learn other techniques for dealing with anxiety and panic. Consider seeing a therapist to help you with this. ...Read more

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One 5 mg tablet of Valium every 2 to 3 days affects my anxiety more than the 112.5 mg of effexor-xr i take daily. Should i increase the Effexor dose?

One 5 mg tablet of Valium every 2 to 3 days affects my anxiety more than the 112.5 mg of effexor-xr i take daily. Should i increase the Effexor dose?

Work w/your doctor: You really need to work with your doctor on any medication changes, rather than asking online physicians who don't know you. Effexor can be very helpful in anxiety. ...Read more

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I have had meniere's for many years. It is getting worse. I have been prescribed 5 mg 2x daily of Valium to help with the vertigo. Is this safe?

Yes: Valium is an excellent drug to control the dizzyness symptoms of ménière's syndrome. Hopefully you are also watching your diet avoiding caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, salt, fat and processed foods. There are other medications that can also be helpful. This should all be discussed with your ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I took 5 mg of Valium two days in a row. I never take it ever. Had a urine test 12 days later and I hit the gym everyday plus sauna. Am I good?

I took 5 mg of Valium two days in a row. I never take it ever. Had a urine test 12 days later and I hit the gym everyday plus sauna. Am I good?

Odds in your favor : Valium is a long acting benzodiazepine with active metabolites. It gets metabolized by the liver. It's clearance from the body depends on the condition of your liver and the presence of competing substances. Also, detection of valium in the urine is also based on the sensitivity and specificity of the test. Usually clears in 4 to 7 days. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I want to know how long can I take Valium 10 mg without being dependent. It is prescribed and I'm not taking more pills.

Dependency: There is a difference between using diazepam as it is intended and addiction (when you take more than necessary to obtain a positive feeling). Unfortunately, there aren't any concrete rules on how long it takes. Best bet is always to take the lowest dosage of any medicine for the shortest duration possible to achieve an adequate result. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How far apart should you take 5mg of valium?

Valium: As prescribed. It has long half life & can accumulate in your system, causing more sedation & tolerance. Would not recommend using more than 'as needed' & no more than every 12-24 hours. The dosing is up to your prescribing doctor who knows your case best. ...Read more

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Am i in danger if i stop taking 60, yes six zero mg of Valium daily for the past two weeks? If so, advice?

Victoria,: You should not stop valium abruptly. It seems that you are tolerant of very large amounts and attempts at cessation should be slow, careful and under supervision. ...Read more

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