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My husband has lost his appetite since quitting valium and

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My husband has lost his appetite since quitting valium and nicotine. This is day 6. He says he has a pain in his solar plexus that feels like gastric juices are flowing and it totally saps his hunger/energy. He was vomitting and feeing nauseous but that has stopped. He was using Pepto and Tums to help. It seems to me its now about calories...but he still does not want to eat. His favorite foods tastes awful to him. I can get him to eat a very healthy meal replacement with fiber about three times a day and fluids but he will still be weak if he can't get enough calories...he's sleeping a lot... not sure what to do...

911DOC :

how long was he on valium and at what dose and frequency?

Customer:

two years... small dose... 5mg

911DOC :

and he stopped on advice of his physician?

Customer:

no he wanted to get off... also he was talking ducolax etc for quite a while too and has stopped that as well...

911DOC :

i see

911DOC :

so first of all

911DOC :

i wouldn't worry too much about his lack of appetite

911DOC :

people can go many weeks without eating

911DOC :

and as long as he is hydrating well this can be watched and hopefully his appetite will return shortly

911DOC :

he is in withdrawal from the valium

Customer:

so withdrawal can last for weeks?

911DOC :

As you can see, the withdrawl is unpleasant, and can, in fact, last for a week or two in the case of valium

911DOC :

he was on a pretty small dose so hopefully it the symptoms will start to remit in the next few days

Customer:

I see. What about the weight loss? should I begin worrying if he still cant eat after the second week?

911DOC :

I think you should contact his doctor

911DOC :

for now fluids and small bits of nutritous food will be fine

Customer:

alright

911DOC :

i think if he has profuse vomiting

911DOC :

or worsening symptoms that he should be seen

Customer:

not anymore

911DOC :

as he might, at that point, need IV fluids

911DOC :

I'm glad he's no longer vomiting

911DOC :

he is courageous to do this cold turkey

911DOC :

standing by

Customer:

OK got it. I'm keeping him hydrated. Hes crazy lol but yes courageous

911DOC :

I'm glad

911DOC :

do you have any further questions about this for me, and can I check in with you in a few days to see if he is making progress?

Customer:

what would have been the normal procedure? just curious

911DOC :

there really is no good way to do it. tapers come with there own problems (mainly failure to quit)

911DOC :

there will always be a rough spot no matter how it's done

911DOC :

this way is the quickest way

Customer:

yes, I would think so...

911DOC :

and at his dosages one would not expect the more serious complications such as seizure

911DOC :

and he is out of the window for most of the really bad things

911DOC :

standing by

Customer:

good

911DOC :

anything else?

Customer:

nope thats about it

911DOC :

good

911DOC :

wish him well for me

Customer:

thank you

911DOC :

support him and encourage him

911DOC :

and he should do fine

Customer:

definatly

911DOC :

Thank you so much for your question. It was a pleasure talking with you. Should you need my assistance in the future simply start your question with ‘for 911doc only’.


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911Doc

911DOC :

good day to you

Customer:

you too

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