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I joined as there is so much contradictory information online that I wanted to participate in helping to provide clarity for all people affected by these DANGEROUS class of drugs. As well as get off them myself!


Diclazepam, then medically supervised Valium.


9 months of ingestion. 6 weeks of heavy use to reduce stress as a result of job loss. Then trying to get off ever since.


c. 35mg of Valium (a mixture of diclazepam & Valium due to NHS doctors not prescribing more than 20mg Valium when I eventually sought help) down from c.120mg of Valium (or 3 tablets of 2mg for breakfast & 3 for dinner of diclazepam at the start of my own tapering schedule)


So much more to say. I have accumulated about 100 pages of peer-reviewed & forum info from across the web.



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Hello, and welcome to the forum!


You'll find plenty of information and support here.  Our members have gone through all aspects of withdrawal, and you're likely to see  people who understand what you're going through and can tell you what has worked for them.  For those who are currently tapering, we suggest reducing no faster than 5-10% every 10-14 days, and some taper even slower than that.  One exception: very short-term users of a few weeks or less may be able to taper faster than that.  Having some withdrawal symptoms is normal, especially near the end of a taper and for a month or so after discontinuing the medication.  The most common symptoms are anxiety and insomnia, but these are temporary and will go away in time.


Here are a few links you may find useful:


Withdrawal Support Board


The Ashton Manual is an authoritative source on what to expect in withdrawal and recovery.  Dr. Ashton is an expert in the field.  She describes and explains withdrawal symptoms in Chapter III, and there is also a section with withdrawal/taper schedules.


Please take the time to Create a Signature.  This will allow others to see where you are in the process so they can better support you.


Again, welcome!





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