OK, here's the thing. I am prescribed 30mg of diazepam on top of all my other meds that I listed at the bottom of this post. That is the max daily dose and is meant to be taken in divided doses but I take the whole lot at night to help me sleep (other sleeping meds include nitrazepam and 4 x the usual dose of zopiclone).
My doctors know this, i.e. my GP prescribes it all and my pdoc, who is wonderful, laments every time I see him that I have to get that 30mg down to ZERO. He told me monday that if he were to take a dose my usual meds it would kill him. We have been working on the nitraz and got that down from 10mg (max dose) to 5mg - that took 3 months and I experienced no withdrawal effects. He is a big believer in going slowly to minimise withdrawal - and of course nasty things like seizures and so forth.
I saw him yesterday and he suggested I get it down from 30mg to 25mg in 3 months. That seems so SLOW. I said this and he said OK then you can cut it down as you like but do it slowly and in 2 weekly intervals. This is the problem of having studied for a PhD in medicine - people think you know what physicians know when you don't, you specialise in one area of medicine and mine unfortunately was not psychopharmacology, though it should have been I needed more info from him really, but we were rushed. I'm not even all that clear about serious side effects of withdrawal other than seizures.
So I am wondering if anyone out there has any experience of diazepam withdrawal from any angle so I can proceed as fast as possible without putting myself in danger.
Diazepam has a long half-life. If my past is anything to go by I don't have an addictive personality and have never had trouble coming off other meds that other people have had great difficulty with - in other words, I think I can push myself. I came off lorazepam which is supposed to be far more addictive in one day. 4mg to 0mg. (That is equivalent of 40mg of diazepam as 1mg lorazepam = 10mg diazepam).
One of the reasons for pushing myself is that my psych may move out of the area and I'll be stuck with another pdoc who just piles on the meds again.
Quetiapine (seroquel) 600mg
Aripiprizole (ablify) 30mg
Amitriptyline 300mg (v high dose, usual max is 225mg)
Nitrazepam 10 now down to 5mg (hurrah!)
zopiclone 30mg (max dose is usually 7.5mg)
DIAZEPAM 30mg max dose.
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