Valium Withdrawal Symptoms Info / Valium Taper Help
Getting off Valium Naturally
Valium, like all benzodiazepines, has a serious concern of dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Valium is highly addictive even after a few days or weeks of use and regardless of the dosage. Never stop taking Valium abruptly due to the risk of extreme withdrawal symptoms including high blood pressure. Valium must be tapered slowly to minimize the risks and Valium withdrawal symptoms. A slow Valium taper gives the time for your body to repair. Our nonprofit maintains that assisting recovery of the GABAa receptors while tapering Valium provides the greatest chance of success.  Recovery is possible! Let us help you with our At-Home Withdrawal Program.*
Below is information about Valium, Valium withdrawal symptoms, Valium taper, and getting off Valium naturally.
What is Valium Withdrawal Like
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SIGNS OF VALIUM DEPENDENCY
Valium dependence can have hazardous health consequences, including breathing suppression, low blood pressure, dizziness, muscle weakness and a blunting of emotions. As the GABA receptors are modified by Valium anxiety increases, particularly between doses; sleep erodes, nerve and joint pain can increase along with memory loss, falls, emotional blunting and an overall sense of dread.  Valium dependence can be difficult to acknowledge, particularly for those taking Valium exactly as prescribed. Family and friends may recognize the changes in personality before the patient. Once Valium dependence has occurred the drug will never provide the same relief. Taper Valium slowly and recover.*
WHAT IS VALIUM WITHDRAWAL LIKE?
Valium withdrawal includes both physical and psychological symptoms that can occur after missing one dose with full onset of Valium withdrawal symptoms occurring approximately 5-7 days after the last dose.  Valium users that abruptly stop their medication can experience life-threatening increases in blood pressure, seizures and extreme withdrawal symptoms. Please do not stop taking Valium, you must taper Valium slowly. Unmanaged Valium withdrawal can not only be dangerous but the symptoms can interfere with every aspect of life. During the Valium taper, the duration of Valium withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on how long you've been on Valium, other medications that may interact, health challenges and age.*
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Valium Withdrawal Help - Getting off Naturally
Our Valium At-home Withdrawal program is a slow, gentle Valium taper that allows you to step down from Valium under the guidance of Our Team, Your Physician and Pharmacist. Our Pre-Taper is all about Valium Withdrawal Symptom Relief. You will not wean Valium until you feel better. Point of Return provides healthy, Drug-Free Strategies to help ease Valium withdrawal and support overall well-being as you are getting off Valium.
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VALIUM WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE
- extreme anxiety
- increase in pain
- changes in perception
- hair loss
- severe insomnia
- heart palpitations
- persistent and unpleasant memories
- severe headaches
- loss of balance
- sound and light sensitivity
- memory loss
- suicidal ideation
- extreme fear
- usually sensitive
- increased allergies
- flu-like symptoms
- muscle tension and weakness
- vision impairment
- gastrointestinal issues
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VALIUM WITHDRAWAL TIMELINE
The acute phase of Valium Withdrawal can begin after missing one dose and intensify within 24 hours. Valium
has a long half-life so the full onset of Valium Withdrawal symptoms may not be felt for 5-7 days. The duration
of Valium Withdrawal can vary depending on health, dosage and length of time of Valium use. Even with a slow Valium taper, symptoms can rise and fall over many weeks or months due to the slow recovery and downregulation of the GABAa receptors* 
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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 SIDE EFFECTS AND ADVERSE REACTIONS
VALIUM WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE:
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
VALIUM ABRUPT DISCONTINUATION SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE:
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
VALIUM ADVERSE REACTIONS MAY INCLUDE: per PDR
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 OTHER INFO
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.
WARNING: RISKS FROM CONCOMITANT USE WITH OPIOIDS
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.
DRUG ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE
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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