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   Posted 10/6/2006 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
just wanted to know does valium work.My doc has upped my dose to 5mg 3 to 4 times a day,do you think this will stop me havin them horrible panick attacks.Hate all this freeeeeeeeakin out. confused

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   Posted 10/6/2006 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Meds are different for each person. If it is not working for you talk to your doc about your concerns. Do not quit anything cold turkey. (unless maybe doc informs you to)

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   Posted 10/6/2006 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
It depends on your body chemistry. Xanax works better for me.

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   Posted 10/6/2006 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   

to waylat

your valium dose will help a lot, keep the tablets cool as hot storage spoils them

carry a few tablets with you when out just in case, they work fastest when disolved under the tongue but many docs dont think of saying this

be aware that many docs wont prescribe valium type meds for anxiety or panic attacks at all, so yours is more sensible than some others
panic attacks really arent all that terrible, although your valium will reduce them, when 1 happens, relax, dont tense up or fight back and do breathe deep and slow
then get on with your day, dont return home
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   Posted 10/6/2006 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
hiya waylat, welcome to hw! I take a diff type of benzo, a klonpin which works wonders for me, but as my lil sis normal says, we are all different, so if its not helping, please contact your doc soon, take care and best of luck ;)
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   Posted 10/6/2006 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree
I take valium but as was posted we are different
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   Posted 10/6/2006 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I've also been given valium, and my doctor has put me on it a couple of times a day till I see her next.

5mg sounds like a good dose I was on that while doing cold turkey, this time she's said 2.5m morning and noon then 5mg evening and bedtime.

I find that 2.5 isn't enough when I'm really in a heightened state and that taking 5mg during the day (working opposite to the doctor)works better for me.

I find the valium slows down the endless mind talk which is what gets the anxiety/ panic going in me.

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   Posted 10/7/2006 4:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Valium worked for me but I used it as a panic stopper rather than an anxiety preventer.
I had been taking increasing doses as prescribed(3xdaily) for a few years with only marginal relief so I started experimenting.
To cut a long story short, I eventually found that if I took 1 in the morning and saved the rest until the point where anxiety built and panic started it worked better.  Symptoms usually subsided quickly.
I believe this helped reduce the fear of panic because I came to believe I had instant relief at my fingertips.
This theory was proven on the rare occasions I was out and then realised I didn't have them with me.
When I told my doctor what I was doing he simply said,' If it works for you, carry on.'
They provided enough security that eventually just having them with me was enough to prevent panic. As long as I had them in my pocket I didn't need to take them. 
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   Posted 10/7/2006 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Jethro I too find that having them with me when I go out is like a "security blankie" and I am able to function with the knowledge that IF I need it it is within my reach 9 out of 10 times that itself is good enough for my sanity and keeps me going
Great input as always
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