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  • #27674
    Anonymous
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    Hey everyone, I’m hoping to get some good advice regarding Valium. I’ve been having a lot of anxiety and panic attacks lately (first time ever) because of a bunch of personal issues that hit me all at once. I’ve never had this happen to me ever, but it’s freakin’ me out a bit. I went to the doc originally and he prescribed paxil for me to take everday, however after sitting on the script for like a week I actually gave it back to him. I just didn’t want to have to take something everyday. He then recently wrote me a script for Valium to take during the attacks only. I don’t have them daily so I obviously won’t be taking them routinely but I’m worried about taking another prescription drug while at the tail end of my taper off opiates. I’ve tapered down to 2 per day so I’m almost clean. I don’t think the withdraws have anything to do with my panic attacks because I quit opiates nearly a year ago and never had anything like this. So I guess what I’m asking is what does everyone know about Valium and can it be taken in moderation without any longterm harm. I think if I can just get a few of these personal things behind me I’ll be good to go and the attacks will go away but I don’t want to create another problem for myself. Thoughts?

    #106503
    Anonymous
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    I have been sufferring from panic attacks since age 16.. I am 32 now.

    The Benzodiazepines work wonders for panic attacks;

    BUT

    you have substance abuse issues so please be careful; Valium could be HIGHLY addictive. I wouldn’t want you to get hooked.

    I have Valium and Klonopin in the house. I used to abuse these drugs but I have stopped..

    Some docs won’t precribe the benzos to recovering addicts some will.

    Anyway, just take one when you need it and be careful..They will only cause longterm harm if you abuse them..

    Liz
    aka-Lizrox :flow:

    #106495
    Anonymous
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    Hi T-1……my husband is an addict and he got addicted to xanax (a benzo) that he was taking for anxiety attacks. He has social anxiety/panic disorder. He currently is on paxil and likes it. its non-addictive and non-narcotic according to my husbands doctor. xanax and other benzo’s like valium are very EASY to get addicted to and are VERY hard to come off of if you do get hooked. Be very careful if that is the road you want to take.

    #106493
    Anonymous
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    It’s certainly possible that the panic attacks are exacerbated by the W/D process.

    In a prior post on a different thread I noted that there were some non-pharmacological things you could do to reduce or eliminate panic attacks, i.e. breathing exercises and meditation. It is really better if you can manage them without drugs . . . because when you withdraw from the drugs you often will get rebound anxiety attacks . . . . It is better to learn and use coping strategies.

    The post was as follows:

    Here’s a printable how-to of breathing exercises by Jack Schwarz. It does not embrace Buddhism or any other religion:

    http://www.positivehealth.com/PERMIT…on/reverie.htm

    I think the best way to learn meditation is to attend a regular group meditation class. It is very hard to muster the discipline to meditate on your own, and a class gives you the support of a teacher and other students. (The goal is to make it a regular practice or habit). It also gets you out of the house, which is helpful to avoid temptation. Several classes were given at an evening college course I took on Tibetan Buddhism years ago. Currently I attend evening sessions at a “Healing Center” led by a psychologist who said she discovered that people healed faster with meditation vs. other approaches. She is really gifted and knows your state of mind at any time. I wish I knew how she did it. It is really beneficial because a person like her can help to “fine tune” your meditation.

    There are lots of “how to” books on Amazon. By Buddhist style, I mean the practice where you empty your mind of though, or focus on specific parts of your body (e.g. the spiritual “3rd eye”). There are hundreds of more books that suggest visualization and other techniques, but the simple process of trying to “turn off the watcher” works well for me.

    I don’t like to sit on cushions and require back support. There is a relatively inexpensive “Back jack” meditation chair that I can endure for hours if desired: http://www.fourgates.com/backjack.asp

    I lifted an interesting thought about the etiology of panic attacks from the following site: http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/p990249.html

    David H. Barlow, Ph.D., developed a comprehensive model of panic disorder in which he explained that panics were sustained in patients because they developed a fear of bodily sensations associated with panic attacks (1988). Anxious apprehension causes chronic increased autonomic arousal, which increases vigilance with heightened sensitivity to evermore minute body sensations. A vicious cycle of apprehension and physiological activation results in panic disorder.

    The site lists various approaches & techniques to treating panic disorder. The key is to break the cycle. Meditation offers one way.

    Good luck,

    Buzz

    #106499
    Anonymous
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    I was considering going to the Dr. to ask to see if I can get something to help me relax(JUST THAT). If i did ask my doctor for something like valium, and take it for a week or 2, atleast until my anxiety comes down… i just dont want to become addicted to benzos, since word ’round here says they are highly addictive.

    My body shakes, my hands shake, social contact is nerve wracking, and impulses tell me to avoid social situations. I’m early in my recovery, i’m sittin on a very-perty 8 days.:C023: (( 8/3/06 ))

    Im fightin the cravings like a boxer. And i’m gonna win the title.

    #106487
    Anonymous
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    = so confused now.

    Lizrox wrote:
    They will only cause longterm harm if you abuse them..

    Liz
    aka-Lizrox :flow:

    what is long term exactly? Also, Buzz you have some great info there. I really need to look into that stuff. I also need to start excercising again. I think that will help. Thanks to everyone who repsonded, I’ve got more thinking/researching to do. And Buzz our avatars are like long lost twin brothers… hehe.

    #106494
    Anonymous
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    T1 wrote:
    And Buzz our avatars are like long lost twin brothers… hehe.

    LOL. It’s actually me disguised as a redneck . . . .

    And you ???

    😉

    #106496
    Anonymous
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    T1………..

    I wouldn’t mess with the Valium if I were you. Especially coming off opiates.
    Imo, benzo’s are the hardest to come off of and since you already have addiction issues, benzo’s should be one of the last things ‘a good doctor’ should put you on. There are many more options.

    Good Luck,

    Mackie

    #106488
    Anonymous
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    Buzz Kilowatt wrote:
    LOL. It’s actually me disguised as a redneck . . . .

    And you ???

    😉

    me disguised as James Brown… hehe

    #106489
    Anonymous
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    I’ll honest… I took one last night. We had a particular difficult situation at home so i cheated it with taking my first valium. Small does at .5 It gave me a nice calm feel which did definitely take the edge off. For that moment I was calm and could think straight. Strangely it kept my mind off the two remaining tapers I had to do before getting completely off opiates. To soon to say that it truly helps. but memtally it’s got me over the “i must my next fix” phase.

    #106502
    Anonymous
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    Though not common, one can become dependent to benzos in as little as two weeks time when taken daily. Increase the time taken and the possibility increases dramatically and when I say dependent I mean needed to cope. Then once one tries to stop, unlike the opiates, they can experience horrendous withdrawals that can last weeks, months even years….no foolin’.

    Considering you have a history of dependency I advise you use with extreme caution and very infrequently, if even at all. What 5 mgs does to you now can easily require 10 mgs in just a few days time to get the same effect. It is just way too easy to pop a pill rather than to make the effort to learn coping skills. Sad but true.

    #106491
    Anonymous
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    Please be very careful with benzos. I had a bad addition to a very large amount. I built up a tolerance to a small amount then a tolerance to a larger amount and so on till I was addicted to a really big amount of klonopin.
    Then the only thing benzos did was ward off acute withdrawal from them.
    They worked well at first but then they very quickly stop working, then your in trouble. I found that they didn’t work so well even after two weeks.
    It took me 1 1/2 years to ween off them.
    The withdrawal is horrid and I mean horrid!

    Again please be careful.

    #106481
    Anonymous
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    I recently took a month medical leave to detox off xanax, I still need a maintenance dosage of valium.
    Having been precribed them for anxiety disorder for many years, for me it takes about and sometimes less than a week to develop a tolerance, and they no longer work for me as Emmer said, I am just warding off the withdrawals. Which I still go thro’.
    I hate this. But it is going to be a long process, altho’ I so wanted to rush it and just be done with it.
    There is a thread in Substance Abuse that is very informative regarding all benzos.

    #106485
    Anonymous
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    I take half of an 0.5 mg tablet of Xanax for situational anxiety and it works beautifully for me. Sometimes life is unkind to me and I need to take it daily for about a week or two, but mostly I just take it as needed and my life is much more relaxed since taking it.

    #106482
    Anonymous
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    I understand. I was impaired by anxiety when it was prescribed for me, couldn’t function. But I was put on a daily dose significantly higher than yours. It worked for a long time. And enabled me to live normally…did I say normal?! I mean I was able to work and carry on the semblance of a normal life. I have just been on it for way too long. And it doesn’t work anymore. And became quite a monkey on my back.
    When I needed it and it worked, it was a miracle for me…a much needed one.
    And I was medicallly supervised.

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