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Dr. Ira Friedlander
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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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Have mri tomorrow take klonipin for anxiety 2. Mg was prescribed 5. Mg Valium because I'm clastropoyic can you take them together?

Have mri tomorrow take klonipin for anxiety 2. Mg was prescribed 5. Mg Valium because I'm clastropoyic can you take them together?

No I would: Not recommend you take them together. The best case would be to check with your doctor, but since this is tomorrow I would just take the Valium as prescribed before the MRI ...Read more

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Valium 10 mg up to 4 x per day for anxiety how far apart should I take doses Ie every 4 hours?

Valium 10 mg up to 4 x per day for anxiety how far apart should I take doses Ie every 4 hours?

Get Help: This is going to kill you, eventually. You need to see your family doctor or an addiction medicine specialist to ease your anxiety and help wean you off such high doses of Valium. You can do it!

Best wishes... ...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?

Seizure risk: Although 2 weeks is not a very long time to be on valium, if you used 70mg/ day for mostt of that time, you might be increasing the risk of having a seizure if yku stop suddenly, not to mention causing high rebound anxiety states. I recommend you call your doctor tomorrow or monday to discuss your cobcetns and to make a safer plan that you are comfortable with. ...Read more

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Can you take trifluoperazine and Valium together? Or at least 2 days apart from each other? Thanks

Can you take trifluoperazine and Valium together? Or at least 2 days apart from each other? Thanks

Yes, but: It may not be necessary. Trifluoperazine is considered a major tranquilizer or antipsychotic medication and Valium is a minor tranquilizer. The Trifluoperazine is used when your anxiety reach unrealistic or psychotic proportions. If you are on the right dose of Trifluoperazine, it may not be necessary to take Valium, unless the latter is used for other reasons like as a muscle relaxant. ...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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I want to know how long it takes Valium (10 mg daily) to leave my body. I need some medical tests in the absence of drugs in the body.

Depression, Valium: I understand your concern.
Valium and its Metabolites can be in the system for 23 days or more depending upon duration and dose, other drugs used with Valium, metabolism and status of liver.
Thank you for informing about Depression, irregular periods, weight gain and use of Hiderax.
Valium and Hiderax do not help with Depression.
See a Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Therapy for stress in your life. ...Read more

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If u take valium, xanex andioethacin what does it do? I wa prescribed all3?

Benzos: I would not advise taking 2 medications that belong to same group of sedatives, so please talk to your prescribing doctor. ...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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My doc prescribed propranolol, would it help to take a Valium or kalonopin?

My doc prescribed propranolol, would it help to take a Valium or kalonopin?

Anxiety: If the propranolol is prescribed for anxiety, panic attacks, or stage fright, combining it with either valium or klonipin (or both) would have additive effects. Warning: do not operate a car or dangerous machinery with this combination until/unless you're sure you can do it safely! ...Read more

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Have mri tomorrow take klonipin for anxiety 1 Mg was prescribed 2 Mg Valium because I'm clastropoyic can you take them together?

No: Valium and Klonopin are in the same class of medications. You should not take them together. Those dosages are low enough that nothing bad would likely happen but it just not good to mix those medications. I would talk with your provider about what dose of a single medication (Klonopin or valium) would be best. ...Read more

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Does it take about a week on daily Valium to alliviate panic? Or does it works for a couple hours symptomatically?

Does it take about a week on daily Valium to alliviate panic? Or does it works for a couple hours symptomatically?

Panic and Valium: Valium does not prevent panic attacks. Various ssri antidepressants do have that capacity though. Valium is habituating, and can reduce anxiety only temporarily. Please see a psychiatrist for an evaluation of your situation and individualized treatment plan. ...Read more

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I have a slow resting heartbeat, average of about 55bmp. I've seen it go into the high 40's though. I jog, and also take Valium daily. Dangerous?

I have a slow resting heartbeat, average of about 55bmp. I've seen it go into the high 40's though. I jog, and also take Valium daily. Dangerous?

Heart rate: Resting heart rate in the50's may be a sign of excellent aerobic conditioning. If no symptoms it is not usually a cause for concern. Sometimes it can go lower and still be fine if no symptoms. ...Read more

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I take 8 mg of ativan (lorazepam) a day I have 60 10 mg tablets of Valium what's the best way to come off iam only prescribed 4mg of ativan (lorazepam) a day?

This is tricky: Brandsulli, this may not be something you can do on your own. Ativan (lorazepam) is short-acting; valium is long-acting. You may be able to use fewer valium/day and break them in half as you taper off. Bottom line: you need to talk to whoever is prescribing the Ativan (lorazepam) and look for something other than benzodiazepines to treat your anxiety. Ativan (lorazepam), valium and the like are for temporary use. ...Read more

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How long is Valium detectable in standard 8 panel drug screening if I don't take it on a daily basis I am a healthy 32 year male.

How long is Valium detectable in standard 8 panel drug screening if I don't take it on a daily basis I am a healthy 32 year male.

Dose?: Would depend on dose and frequency. Diazepam has a long half life 30-60 hours and its metabolite desmethyldiazepam may be active up to 100 hours or more. To reach undetectable levels it may take up to 5 half lives which could mean as long as 4-5 weeks. ...Read more

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Hello, I take valium 5mg, 3x a day as prescribed. I am searching for possibly a new benzodiazipine, what's your opinion on an equal dosing of librium?

Hello, I take valium 5mg, 3x a day as prescribed. I am searching for possibly a new benzodiazipine, what's your opinion on an equal dosing of librium?

10x3: You would take 10mg of librium 3x per day.
I would advise of course to check with your doctor first and make sure to understand that long term use of benzo's are generally not recommended except for very rare situations due to side effects. ...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 (venlafaxine) 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 (venlafaxine) 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 (venlafaxine) can be very helpful in anxiety. ...Read more

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Does taking hiprex 2 daily make your mouth dry? I'm having a dry mouth and not on smh other meds apart from zolpidem and occasional Valium

Does taking hiprex 2 daily make your mouth dry? I'm having a dry mouth and not on smh other meds apart from zolpidem and occasional Valium

Unlikely: Dry mouth is not a listed side-effect from Hiprex. However, it might be a rare unlisted side-effect. You could try to discontinue Hiprex & have Ur Dr. Prescribe a different urinary antibiotic, if necessary. Or your Dr might suggest taking Macrodantin (nitrofurantoin) at night after sex, as well as controlling constipation, avoiding thong underwear, taking showers rather than baths, measures to reduce risk of UTIs. ...Read more

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I took two 10mg ritalins (methylphenidate) about 4 and a half hours ago, can I take a 5mg Valium to help me sleep? Or will these two not mix?

I took two 10mg ritalins (methylphenidate) about 4 and a half hours ago, can I take a 5mg Valium to help me sleep? Or will these two not mix?

You can but: Although you can but these are both addictive medicines and have to be prescribed by your physician for a particular diagnosis. Sometimes they are prescribed together. But you should discuss their use with your psychaitrist or treating physician, as it can cause addiction. ...Read more

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M, W, F I take 3 20mg adderallXR in the AM spaced out an hr apart. At night I take 1 5mg percocet, 3mg lunesta, flexeril & 5mg valium. Is this ok?

M, W, F I take 3 20mg adderallXR in the AM spaced out an hr apart. At night I take 1 5mg percocet, 3mg lunesta, flexeril & 5mg valium. Is this ok?

WHY?: Why are you taking all of these medications?!

Also that is a lot of Adderall XR, and it's extended-release so you shouldn't have to space it an hour apart per pill

But to answer your question, no it's not ok. ...Read more

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My doctor just prescribed me 2x 5mg Valium and 2x 5/325mg percocet to take together half an hour before a cystoscopy. Is it safe?

My doctor just prescribed me 2x 5mg Valium and 2x 5/325mg percocet to take together half an hour before a cystoscopy. Is it safe?

Yes, but talk: It's safe - but you might still want to talk about your concern and ask about what to expect, avoid, do. You might feel sleepy and groggy so plan not to drive - be w/ someone if possible. They are experienced w/ this and can reassure you. ...Read more