Anyone take valium or similar and feel worse?

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Grizzly pooh
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   Posted 5/29/2009 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I took 2mg of valium 2 hours ago and now i'm incredibly agitated with heavy aching and burning sensations through my arms especially. So now I feel worse in my attempt to feel better. Has anyone else had this? I guess it means i can't take valium? please help

Allestaria
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   Posted 5/29/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never tried it. But if your concerned call the pharmacist or your doc. It might just be side effects. Or you got so worked up over taking it. That its your mind making it happen. Give them a call might make ya feel better.

Grizzly pooh
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   Posted 5/29/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah I might do that. I was thinking that maybe it meant i hadn't taken enough and it was just my anxiety symptoms

stkitt
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   Posted 5/29/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and I use Valium all the time............wondering what your dose is and if you had a fear of the medication which has manifested itself as anxiety?  2 mg is a low dose but not for a first dose.

Rare side effects can include nervousness, irritability, and insomnia plus others.  These are not common but I would not take another tablet until you have checked with your physician.

Take care and keep us updated on how you are doing.

Kitt


Post Edited (stkitt) : 5/30/2009 6:43:03 AM (GMT-6)


Grizzly pooh
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   Posted 5/29/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Oops i took another 2mg without calling anyone. I thought maybe the first dose just wasn't enough to work. Right now i feel calm and sleepy so I guess maybe it's working. I thought I would try it again to see if it was in fact the valium or the anxiety. And yes i was anxious about taking it, it feels like i'm trying to fight the anxiety with pills which i can't rely on for too long. i just need the Prozac to hurry up and start working! Thanks again Kitt for your wise support, i appreciate it

melodee
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   Posted 5/29/2009 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Grizzly! I'm glad that the Valium is working! Thank goodness you are feeling calm! That's a good sign! Could you call your doc and make sure the dose you're taking is ok? You're taking extra now right? It's really better to check with your doc first. Let him know.

Melodee

Grizzly pooh
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   Posted 5/29/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
now i'm incredibly agitated and thinking death is a good idea. I can't sit or lay still and i'm freaking myself and my family out now big time. I guess i can't take valium. i'm typing 1000s miles an hour here. I hate all this so much i just need it to end

dysthymia
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   Posted 5/30/2009 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
So sorry to hear that you are feeling so down and afraid. PLEASE contact your doctor or therapist; something is not right---either Valium is not for you,or you are not on the correct dose.You may actually need a higher dose,to combat the agitation etc,or perhaps a different medication would suit you better.
When I'm in a state of very high anxiety,I am prescribed very high doses of Valium,and it seems to sort me out,but everyone's biochemistry is different. Some of the physical symptoms you describe sound very like the feelings I get when I'm very anxious,but they could be due to the Valium.
Hope you get some medical advice soon. Hang on in there,and remember that there's always someone here on this board to listen.Please let us know how you are doing.

stkitt
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   Posted 5/30/2009 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Good Morning and I hope you are feeling better this morning.  It is a tough call on the Valium........I do not think you did anything wrong in using the Valium but perhaps a different  anxiolytic would meet your needs better.  Xanax may work better for you or Klonopin?  I would discuss it with your physician.

I am a sufferer of chronic anxiety. In the past I sought out professional help, but now use many practical methods on my own to reduce anxiety. The main objective is remembering what you are capable of doing.

One method professional counselors use to help reduce anxiety is to get the person to limit the amount of "stressors" in their daily life. Psychologists call this avoidance learning. The main idea of avoidance learning is when you know there is something causing stress and anxiety in your life, you need to make an extra effort to avoid the situation or object.
 
Another way to reduce anxiety is to change your thought patterns.............in other words stop the "Stinkin Thinkin".  :)

To  change thought patterns limit your  time spent thinking. Find a hobby or a distraction that you enjoy, preferably one that has a high degree of mental concentration. Painting and drawing are good examples. With both these activities, your mind is on the task at hand so you have very little time to picture or think about what causes you stress. The main point is to find something you enjoy that can be done for a long period of time.

I hope these bits of advise are helpful to you.

Gentle Hugs to you,

Kitt

 

 



 

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   Posted 5/30/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Grizzly I don't do well with Valium either. It calms me when I take it, but the next day I seem to develop rebound anxiety. I now take Xanax as needed and it works much better for me. I only have to use 1-3 times a month now. Maybe you should ask your doctor about trying it or another one of the benzo drugs. Hope that helps.
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roger47
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   Posted 6/1/2009 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Grizzly,
I've had a similar reaction with klonapin which is in the same class of drugs. Sometimes I would take it and it would work and other times it would seem to cause more anxiety. Probably because I was anxious about taking it to begin with (I hate mind altering meds). Talk to your doctor and he may try another med. If that doesn't work, try finding other ways of dealing with anxiety when it hits. Maybe deep breathing, music, a warm bath, etc.

Best of luck to you.

Roger

Grizzly pooh
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   Posted 6/1/2009 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks everyone for your help. I got alot worse over the weekend and ended up at emergency then my hubby rang my gp after hours who just said take lots of valium so I did. Monday I was v anxious again so hubby rang mental health who also said take valium so I did. Today, I've taken 2 x 4mg valium am tired and sad but not anxious. I'm just hanging out for the Prozac to work. Then I can start to get better properly. This is just soooo hard
 

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   Posted 6/2/2009 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Grizzly,
I'm glad you are hanging in there - I understand not wanting to have to rely on medication to get you through but you shouldn't have to suffer with your anxiety and feeling miserable either, and that's why your doc gave you the valium. Your body is also adjusting to the Prozac so just keep hanging in. When I went on Zoloft I seriously thought I was losing my mind for a time there while my body started working it out, after a couple weeks I was golden and felt so much better but the adjustment period was definitely rough. I'm hoping for you that the Prozac is going to be a good fit and help you manage your anxiousness. Come vent anytime you need, we're always here!
~Dixi

Grizzly pooh
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   Posted 6/2/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks dixibella, I feel like I'm slowly turning the corner now. My husband stayed home with me while I was in a bad headspace, and today I even managed to sleep without any valium or similar, until 7am. Thats the first time in a few weeks I've managed that. It's day 15 now of prozac so fingers crossed it's starting to work. I'm off work til at least July (to be reviewed) and I'm back at the psych next week to start therapy properly. If the anxiety settles then I can see clearly to work things out. I'm really glad I have the valium, not needing it much now but just so glad I asked for it. It's made all the difference, once I got the dose right. Without it I thought I was going crazy. I feel like I've learned something....I don't need to stay as incredibly anxious as I was for weeks, when I can take some valium and stop it in its tracks. What a wonderful drugy which seems to have such a bad reputation. Thanks everyone xx
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