Author Topic: Xanax to Valium  (Read 434 times)

[Buddie]

Xanax to Valium
« on: March 03, 2022, 10:05:02 pm »
In December I cut my 2mg nightly habit to 1.5 and had a bad experience. I ďstick it outĒ and got to the point that I was dosing .5 mg of Xanax 3 times a day. I would get some relief but wouldnít say I ever really stabilized. I primarily have anxiety as a side effect.

I have finally found a dr willing to prescribe and work with me on the Valium taper but isnít necessarily guiding me as far as dosing.

Right now I pretty much wake up with anxiety and hold off until about noon to take my first .5 dose. I barely if at all feel the effects of the noon dose anymore. I now take my second dose around 3-330 and again not much relief.  Typically by the evening I feel okĒish anxiety is a bit more mild Iím guessing lower cortisol.

This to me doesnít seem ďstableĒ 

Should I add to my evening dose or substitute it? I feel like Iím in tolerance and not sure the Valium will correct this somewhat?
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[Buddie]

Re: Xanax to Valium
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2022, 10:44:54 pm »
What dose of Valium has your doctor prescribed and have you started substituting already, I'm looking at your signature. 

Stable is a difficult term to define around here, we say if you can perform your daily tasks you're stable, that of course doesn't mean feeling good but its really up to you to define what stable means to you.  You're the one living through this nightmare. 

Here are some definitions of tolerance, do you think it fits your situation?  http://www.benzobuddies.org/benzodiazepine-information/tolerance-and-dependency/

When you let us know where you're at in your substitution with Valium, we can talk about that evening dose.
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[Buddie]

Re: Xanax to Valium
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2022, 11:12:25 pm »
10 mg Valium for every .5 Xanax.. My anxiety is keeping me from getting up and out the door. I find it difficult to leave the house out of fear. Ö I did start the crossover a couple weeks ago but went way too fast and ended up depressed and numb feeling. Reset now staring again.

Now starting 1 dose at a time at night. Last night was first 10 mg dose that I added on top of my 3rd .5 Xanax dose. Felt very little difference today.
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[Buddie]

Re: Xanax to Valium
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2022, 11:19:07 pm »
I need to change my signature as far as the Valium rate is concerned.
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[Buddie]

Re: Xanax to Valium
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2022, 11:46:12 pm »
So yesterday you took 1.5 mgs of Xanax plus 10 mgs Valium?  Are you planning on doing that again?
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Re: Xanax to Valium
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2022, 12:15:41 am »
Iím really not sure. I know I canít stay in the state Iím in for my entire taper. Right now it seems my non functional tolerance is 1.5 mg Xanax daily. I donít know if I need to updose with the Valium to stabilize or just replace what Iím currently doing. .5 3 times a day or equivalent.

Right now I have too much anxiety to function
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[Buddie]

Re: Xanax to Valium
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2022, 01:20:56 am »
I'm not sure if the Valium will help stabilize you while crossing over so I've asked someone to drop by who has experience.  I do know that Valium takes awhile to build up so I hope you'll not add anymore until you can realize the effects of the 10 mg.
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Re: Xanax to Valium
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2022, 01:53:43 am »
As in stop taking Valium or keep it at 10 ?
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Re: Xanax to Valium
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2022, 02:22:49 am »
It can take a week or more for your body to fully realize a dose increase of Valium, I know you're miserable but patience is required when it comes to working with Valium.  I can't tell you what to do, I just want to make you aware of the characteristics of Valium so please use your best judgement.  I've asked someone with experience to weigh in, I hope they will.

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[Buddie]

Re: Xanax to Valium
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2022, 03:17:22 am »
Hi [...], it appears to me that when starting your crossover you were already unstable so that was not good. Second you changed your dosing, it is best not to make too many changes at once because you will not know exactly what is causing your issues. I canít tell the timeframe that you crossed so far. The Ashton manual recommends a stepwise crossover that goes 4-6 weeks gradually transitioning from one benzo to the other.maybe Iím missing something but it looks like you replaced the 2 doses of Xanax all at once which doesnít allow enough time for the Valium to build up in your system thus giving you added wd effects from dropping the Xanax. Here is a link to the Ashton manual in pdf look for the wd schedules there is one there for Xanax. https://www.benzoinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Ashton-Manual.pdf#page54
Can you provide the details on when you replaced your doses and for how long? This will enable us to better help you and suggest what to do at this point.
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