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What are the symptoms of a sudden ending of Valium (5mg) medication

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What are the symptoms of a sudden ending of Valium (5mg) medication? My wife (72 yrs old) lost her medication last Friday evening and by Sunday evening was experiencing severe rocking back & forth and sideways in extreme movements, she was also very arguementative and aggressive.

The problem: The local drugstore rx has expired (last filled there on 08/09) We use Medco Mail order 90 day Rx's and there is no refills. Our insurance does provide for Emergency overrides of 7 days medication however there are no refills and the drugstore needs a valid Rx to account for the override pills. Thank you.. XXXXX XXXXXe
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Ed Wilfong replied 7 years ago.
You are already seeing some of the symptoms. Valium is an odd medication. It stay in the system a week, steadily declining in dosage. So, when she stopped 5 mg abruptly, she may have had the equivalent of 10 or 15 mg in her. The most serious risk is seizure, which is potentially fatal. I would treat this an emergency. Call her Doctor and get refill. Her greatest seizure risk is between 5-7 days after quitting. So it is going to get worse, not better over next week. If you can't get a doctor, this will justify ER at sometime due to risk. Most MDs are aware and will respond.
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