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I have been taking 20mg diazepam WEEKLY, not daily, for 6

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hi, i have been taking 20mg diazepam WEEKLY, not daily, for 6 months, a stressful period, i have not been taking them daily but probably on average one 10mg tablet every 5/6 days
is it ok to quit cold turkey from this amount as i don't have many left or should i do some kind of taper with the 10ish tablets i have left?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  911Doctor replied 6 years ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer,

you can just stop. there is no issue with withdrawal.

please let me know if you have further questions, but it is the daily, long term use of this medicine that needs a taper to stop.


Customer: replied 6 years ago.
really? just that i have a very fuzzy head and a little dizzy, is that more likely to be pyshcological - i thought that 20mg of diazepam weekly was quite alot?
Expert:  911Doctor replied 6 years ago.

I have personally given, IV, to a seizing patient, 50 milligrams of valium to stop a seizure over about ten minutes.

i routinely put patients on five milligrams a night for ten days for muscle spasm.

so, really, if you are taking ten milligrams once every 5-6 days whatever symptoms you may be experiencing are almost certainly psychological.

ten milligrams is a decent sized dose in and of itself, but some people are on ten milligrams three times a day for years. ten milligrams once a week will not trigger phsyical withdrawal. honest.

but if you THINK it will, it's hard to overcome your brain's belief.


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