Diazepam Withdrawal Schedule

Diazepam Withdrawal Schedule

Diazepam withdrawal schedule plans must be flexible and must take into account many factors such as age and general health of the person, dosage, duration of use, other current prescription drugs, and many other details.


WARNING: You have likely heard it mentioned before, but a caution that bears repeating: never abruptly stop diazepam or other medications or do so without medical oversight as to do so can be injurious to your health.

Other warnings that should always be kept in the forefront while taking or tapering from diazepam are:

  • Never mix diazepam or any benzodiazepine with alcohol. (can be fatal)
  • Never take opioids concurrently. (can be fatal)
  • Do not take diazepam with any other CNS depressant (can fatally slow respiration, heart rate, can cause extreme drowsiness, coma or death).
  • An enzyme in grapefruit/juice can intensify sedating, and loss of motor control effects and can cause the drug to stay active longer, potentially leading to overdose. Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.

Tapering From Diazepam at the Alternative to Meds Center

We offer benzodiazepine tapering programs to our clients, in a comfortable retreat-styled facility in Sedona Arizona. Although we have assisted thousands of clients to taper from benzos and other drugs successfully, probably no two clients' taper programs were precisely alike.

The best plan for any individual is to address the exact needs of the client in the context of their past and current health situation. We utilize lab testing to determine many vital factors that will contribute to designing your program. Most of our clients can accomplish their tapering goals within eight weeks. However, clients can arrange longer stays and aftercare options if desired.

Preparation Is Key to Taper Success

We have found that preparation before starting a taper program is vital for success with any diazepam withdrawal schedule. Most clients who have been taking sedatives for any period began their prescription to get rid of anxiety, panic attacks, or other problematic somatics. Very often there was no investigative work done before starting the drug, to try to establish and address underlying causes.

We have found in testing, that toxic load, heavy metals, chemicals, food additives, and other pollutants come up as typical culprits. Such substances are neurotoxic and can overstimulate brain and body chemistry, and cause the symptoms that presented as "anxiety disorder" or similar. But when these substances were isolated, chelated, and eliminated, these symptoms very often dramatically reduced.

People who have led a nutrient-poor, sleep-deprived/overly stressed lifestyle, contacted heavy industrial cleaners, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and other neurotoxic substances, is at risk of imbalances caused by these factors. Correction through cleansing, clean and nutrient rich diet, omitting sugars and refined carbs, and flooding the body with nutrients found lacking, has an almost immediate therapeutic effect in the vast majority of our clients. After cleaning out these impurities, people typically report sleeping better, increased appetite, more energy, less anxiety, brighter mood, and an overall improved sense of well-being. It is at this point that we would begin a diazepam taper.

Risks of Continuing Diazepam

Medical literature has begun to caution doctors against prescribing benzo drugs for more than a few weeks. Diazepam causes severe disruptions within CNS/brain chemistry. The body tries very quickly to compensate and adapt to the presence of benzodiazepines, but this leads to certain problems (commonly called "side effects"), which will only worsen over time.

Some of the adverse effects include:

  • seizures
  • worsened depression
  • suicidal thinking or actions, self-harm
  • anxiety, panic attacks
  • weak or shallow breathing
  • extreme drowsiness
  • fainting, passing out
  • aggression
  • hyperactivity
  • behavior that is unusual, risk-taking
  • loss of muscle coordination or balance
  • confusion

As no two individuals are alike, each person may experience a uniquely troubling set of side effects. A common response, wanting these adverse effects to go away, may lead to the decision to discontinue the medication. We can help.

Contact Us For More Information

You can call us today at the number listed on this page, and find out more about our luxury-styled Sedona facility. Our programs have helped thousands of clients to reduce and taper from prescription medications successfully. Get all your questions answered, including insurance coverage for your or your loved one's program costs. We look forward to speaking with you, and we could very soon be planning your successful diazepam withdrawal schedule.


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