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Valium severely lowers the immune system, increasing susceptibility to illness. This is the time to taper off Valium while strengthening your immune system. Dr. Anna Lembke, medical director of addiction medicine for Stanford University stated 'our modern health care system is set up to prescribe pills, and anybody who takes a benzodiazepine daily is likely to be dependent on it."  Need Help for Valium Withdrawal or Relief from Valium Withdrawal Symptoms?  Our nonprofit takes a holistic, natural approach to help Ease Valium Withdrawal Symptoms.  We have been helping people with Benzodiazepine Withdrawal for over 15 years in 78 countries and know how to help to Control Valium Withdrawal Naturally. Valium Withdrawal can be extremely challenging and long-acting benzodiazepines can cause more depression and issues with pain. A Valium Taper must be done very slowly to allow adequate time for the GABA receptors to adjust. Tapering Valium rates can vary depending on multiple variables.  At Point of Return we assess Valium Taper Rates individually while providing the needed relief to control the Valium Withdrawal Symptoms. CONTACT our nonprofit for help.



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Our Valium weaning program is a slow taper that allows you to safely step down from Valium under the guidance of Our Team, Your Physician and Pharmacist. The Pre-Taper is for Symptom Relief. You will not wean Valium until you feel better. This is where our Advanced Nutraceuticals are critical. Point of Return provides healthy, Drug-Free Strategies to help ease Valium withdrawal and support well-being.*

Our areas of expertise are Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, Sleeping Pills and Painkillers on a case-by-case basis. Our In-Home programs are individualized based on your situation. An assessment is done once you start the Valium Withdrawal Program which allows us to individualize your gameplan based on age; length of time on the medications; health challenges; lifestyle, stress levels; additional medications; and interactions. Don't Wean Valium alone, work with our Prescription Drug Experts.

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      Valium History and Information 

      Valium is commonly used for anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms, seizures, Meniere's Disease and restless leg syndrome because it possesses anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant, sedative, hypnotic, muscle relaxant and amnestic properties. Valium binds to the GABA receptors, which are the most prevalent inhibitory (calming) neurotransmitter of the body. However, like all benzodiazepines, continued use of Valium down-regulates the GABA receptors and tolerance occurs, where a larger dose is required to have the same calming effect. After tolerance to Valium develops, the calming effect diminishes while anxiety and other excessive excitatory symptoms increase. This hyper-excitability is responsible for the wide and debilitating withdrawal symptoms if Valium is withdrawn too rapidly.

      On November 15, 2013 Valium marked its 50th anniversary. Diazepam was introduced as the generic version after Valium’s patent expired in 1985. Approved by the FDA in 1963, the drug was marketed to ‘reduce psychic tension’ and went on to become the Western world’s most widely prescribed solution for anxiety. Valium was also the first drug to reach $1 billion in sales and is marketed in over 500 brands around the world, including a nerve agent antidote the United States military employs.

      As early as 1964 medical experts became alarmed about Valium’s addictive potential. In 1975 Vogue ran a story entitled “Danger ahead! Valium – The Pill You Love Can Turn on You,” warning that dependence could result in a ‘far worse addiction than heroin.”

      Diazepam binds to GABA, the most prevalent calming neurotransmitter of the body. Initially the drug eases tension and anxiety, improving sleep. With continued use Diazepam down-regulates the GABA receptors, requiring a higher dose of the drug to achieve the calming effects. This is known as tolerance and once it occurs the sedative qualities of the drug diminishes while anxiety, insomnia, sensitivity to stress, and many other symptoms increase.  This hyper-excited and altered state of GABA is responsible for the widespread and debilitating withdrawal symptoms that occur if Diazepam is withdrawn too rapidly.

      Diazepam is highly addictive and recommended for short term use only, with both a psychological and physical addiction occurring.

      Diazepam is the longest acting Benzodiazepine and has a half-life of 1-3 days (depending on individual metabolism), but peak plasma levels occur within 30-90 minutes.  For this reason, many will convert from the shorter-acting benzos to Diazepam to taper. However, it depends on how an individual metabolizes Diazepam as it can cause over-sedation, increased pain and depression if they are a poor metabolizer. 

      Valium Withdrawal Symptoms, Side Effects, Adverse Reactions


      abdominal pains, aching, agoraphobia, anxiety, blurred vision, body vibrations, changes in perception, diarrhea, distended abdomen, feeling of unreality, flu-like symptoms, flatulence, food cravings, hair loss, heart palpitations, heavy limbs, increased allergies, increased sense of smell, insomnia, lethargy, loss of balance, metallic taste, muscle spasms, nightmares, panic attacks, paranoia, persistent & unpleasant memories, severe headaches, shaking, short term memory loss, sore mouth and tongue, sound & light sensitivity, speech difficulties, sweating, suicidal thoughts, tinnitus, unusually sensitive, fear


      suicidal ideation, violence, seizures, delusion, delirium, ptsd, psychosis, abdominal pains, aching, agoraphobia, anxiety, blurred vision, body vibrations, changes in perception, diarrhea, distended abdomen, feeling of unreality, flu-like symptoms, flatulence, food cravings, hair loss, heart palpitations, heavy limbs, increased allergies, increased sense of smell, insomnia, lethargy, loss of balance, metallic taste, muscle spasms, nightmares, panic attacks, paranoia, persistent & unpleasant memories, severe headaches, shaking, short term memory loss, sore mouth and tongue, sound & light sensitivity, speech difficulties, sweating, suicidal thoughts, tinnitus, unusually sensitive, fear, agitation/restlessness, akathisia, panic attacks, chest pain, depersonalization, vision issues, dry mouth, neuropathy pain, vision issues, gastrointestional issues, blood pressure problems, hallucinations, urinary frequency, mood swings, restless leg syndrome, tremor


      drowsiness, fatigue, light-headedness, loss of muscle coordination, Anxiety, blurred vision, changes in salivation, changes in sex drive, confusion, constipation, depression, difficulty urinating, dizziness, double vision, hallucinations, headache, inability to hold urine, low blood pressure, nausea, over stimulation, rage, seizures (mild changes in brain wave patterns), skin rash, sleep disturbances, slow heartbeat, slurred speech and other speech problems, stimulation, tremors, vertigo, yellowing of eyes and skin


      Severe: bradycardia, bone fractures , apnea, laryngospasm, cardiac arrest, seizures, teratogenesis,  thrombosis

      Moderate: memory impairment, dysarthria, urinary retention . urinary incontinence, respiratory depression, ataxia, peripheral vasodilation, euphoria, anemia, lymphadenopathy, confusion, hypotension , myasthenia , tolerance, physiological dependence, psychological dependence, amnesia, depression, blurred vision, nystagmus, constipation, jaundice, elevated hepatic enzymes, neutropenia , hallucinations, mania, dyspnea, chest pain, withdrawal, phlebitis

      Mild: drowsiness, fatigue , appetite stimulation, weight gain, libido decrease, libido increase, menstrual irregularity, weight loss, headache, dizziness, rash, diarrhea, mydriasis, pruritus , vomiting, anorexia, hyperkinesis, infection, diaphoresis, cough , vertigo, emotional lability, abdominal pain, agitation, rhinitis, hiccups, tremor, syncope, diplopia, urticaria, hypersalivation, xerostomia, nausea, irritability, nightmares, restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, hyperventilation

      Valium References and FDA Information 


      According to the FDA:

      Diazepam (Valium) may cause serious side effects, including:

        Seizures. Taking Diazepam with other medicines used to treat epilepsy can cause an increase in the number or severity of grand mal seizures.

        Withdrawal symptoms. You may have withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking Diazepam suddenly.

        Withdrawal symptoms can be serious and include seizures. Mild withdrawal symptoms include a depressed mood and trouble sleeping. Talk to your healthcare provider about slowly stopping Diazepam to avoid withdrawal symptoms.


        Concomitant use of benzodiazepiones, including Valium, and opioids may result in profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death. Because of these risks, reserve concomitant prescribing of these drugs for use in patients for whom alternative treatment options are inadequate.


        Side effects most commonly reported were drowsiness, fatigue, muscle weakness, and ataxia. The following have also been reported:

        Central Nervous System: confusion, depression, dysarthria, headache, slurred speech, tremor, vertigo Gastrointestinal

        System: constipation, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances

        Special Senses: blurred vision, diplopia, dizziness

        Cardiovascular System: hypotension

        Psychiatric and Paradoxical Reactions: stimulation, restlessness, acute hyperexcited states, anxiety, agitation, aggressiveness, irritability, rage, hallucinations, psychoses, delusions, increased muscle spasticity, insomnia, sleep disturbances, and nightmares. Inappropriate behavior and other adverse behavioral effects have been reported when using benzodiazepines. Should these occur, use of the drug should be discontinued. They are more likely to occur in children and in the elderly.

        Urogenital System: incontinence, changes in libido, urinary retention

        Skin and Appendages: skin reactions

        Laboratories: elevated transaminases and alkaline phosphatase

        Other: changes in salivation, including dry mouth, hypersalivation Antegrade amnesia may occur using therapeutic dosages, the risk increasing at higher dosages. Amnestic effects may be associated with inappropriate behavior. Minor changes in EEG patterns, usually low-voltage fast activity, have been observed in patients during and after Valium therapy and are of no known significance. Because of isolated reports of neutropenia and jaundice, periodic blood counts and liver function tests are advisable during long-term therapy.

        Postmarketing Experience:

        Injury, Poisoning and Procedural Complications: There have been reports of falls and fractures in benzodiazepine users. The risk is increased in those taking concomitant sedatives (including alcohol), and in the elderly.


        Valium is subject to Schedule IV control under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Abuse and dependence of benzodiazepines have been reported. Addiction-prone individuals (such as drug addicts or alcoholics) should be under careful surveillance when receiving Valium or other psychotropic agents because of the predisposition of such patients to habituation and dependence. Once physical dependence to benzodiazepines has developed, termination of treatment will be accompanied by withdrawal symptoms. The risk is more pronounced in patients on long-term therapy.

        Withdrawal symptoms, similar in character to those noted with barbiturates and alcohol have occurred following abrupt discontinuance of Valium. These withdrawal symptoms may consist of tremor, abdominal and muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, headache, muscle pain, extreme anxiety, tension, restlessness, confusion and irritability. In severe cases, the following symptoms may occur: derealization, depersonalization, hyperacusis, numbness and tingling of the extremities, hypersensitivity to light, noise and physical contact, hallucinations or epileptic seizures. The more severe withdrawal symptoms have usually been limited to those patients who had received excessive doses over an extended period of time. Generally milder withdrawal symptoms (e.g., dysphoria and insomnia) have been reported following abrupt discontinuance of benzodiazepines taken continuously at therapeutic levels for several months. Consequently, after extended therapy, abrupt discontinuation should generally be avoided and a gradual dosage tapering schedule followed. Chronic use (even at therapeutic doses) may lead to the development of physical dependence: discontinuation of the therapy may result in withdrawal or rebound phenomena. Rebound Anxiety: A transient syndrome whereby the symptoms that led to treatment with Valium recur in an enhanced form. This may occur upon discontinuation of treatment. It may be accompanied by other reactions including mood changes, anxiety, and restlessness. Since the risk of withdrawal phenomena and rebound phenomena is greater after abrupt discontinuation of treatment, it is recommended that the dosage be decreased gradually.



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        *The program outlined in Point of Return is not meant to substitute your doctor, instead it is to be utilized With Your physician to help you with your drug withdrawal process and with his or her consent and support throughout.

        *This program is not meant to cure or prevent any disease or illness.

        *Because prescription medications can cause severe withdrawal reactions, do not stop taking any medication without first consulting your physician. The decision to taper any medication should be discussed with your doctor and done with their consent and support throughout the process. More..