Converting From Xanax To Valium

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moongirl 64 Says:
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I AM 49YR OLD WAS RX XANAX 1 YR AGO TO CALM MY NERVES AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE 2 ADENOCARCINOMA OF CERVIX . HAD RAD HYST 12/28/12, WENT INTO INSTANT MENOPAUSE . HAD ALL MY RADIATION AND CHEMO , FACING MY 1ST SCAN TOMORROW TO SEE IF IM CANCER FREE. TO COMPLICATE THINGS, I'VE DEVELOPED SEVERE LYMPHEDEMA IN MY LOWER EXTREMITIES, PELVIC REGION THAT OS RESISTANT TO ALL TREATMENT . LUCKY ME !!! MY REG DR WHO RX MY XANAX DECIDED TO CALL IT QUITS 3 DAYS BEFORE MY APT FOR REFILL OF XANAX . NOT A BIT CONCERNED ABOUT MY CANCER OR THE FACT THAT I WILL BE IN PURE HELL VERY SOON AND SAID THEY WERE NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ANY WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS OR SEIZURES I MIGHT SUFFER FROM SUDDEN WITHDRAWAL. I HAVE BEEN TO THE ER ARMED WITH ALL MY CANCER MEDICAL RECORDS AND A REQUEST FIRVA RX FOR A MONTH OR EVEN 2 WKS .... ANYTHING TO ALLOW ME TIME TO TRY TO FIND A DR WHO WILL RX FOR ME . I WAS TURNED DOWN FLAT AND TREATED AS IF I WERE THE WORST DRUG ADDICT AROUND , EVEN THOUGH THIS IS THE ONLY SCHED. DRUG I AM RX . MY TOWN HAS A REPUTATION OF ABUSE OF DRUGS WHICH MAJES IT HARD ON THOSE OF US WHO REALLY NEED THE MEDS .. MY DOSE HAS BEEN AVG . 1 MG A DAY FOR A YEAR ....A FRIEND HAS OFFERED TO GIVE ME SOME 10 MG VALIUM IN AN EFFORT TO HELP ME AVOID TOTAL WITHDRAWAL... WILL I FEEL THAT DIFFERENT GOING FROM 1MG XANAX TO THE EQUIVALENT VALIUM, WHATEVER THAT IS ?
I SHOULD MENTION THAT I HAD NO PRIOR HISTORY OF PANIC ATTACKS , BUT I WAS DIAGNOSED AS HAVING ONE AT THE ER AFTER I GOT OUT OF MY XANAX FOR 2 DAYS .. NO, I DIDNT OVERTAKE THEM... I MISSSED MY APT DATE AND THEY COULD NOT WORK ME IN SCHED IN TIME ... SO I HAD TO GO A FEW DAYS W/O THEM. THOUGHT I WAS HAVING A HEART ATTACK .... PULSE WENT FROM 90 TO OVER 200 IN SECONDS , WENT NUMB ON ONE SIDE OF MY BODY , FACE AND ALL .... I COILD NOT THINK STRAIGHT ENOUGH TO GET 911DIALED ON PHONE ... IM SERIOUS ... ALTHOUGH KINDA FUNNY NOW IT WAS HELL AY THE TIME .... MY QUESTION IS : WHAT MG OF VALIUM EQUALS 1 MG OF XANAX AND WILL I FEEL ODD OR STRANGE SWITCHING FROM XANAX TO VALIUM ? I CANNOT TAPER DOWN , ONLY CHOICE IS TO SWITCH DRUGS .... HAVE APT ON MON WITH DR BUT TOLD HE WILL NOT RX XANAX ONLY VALIUM ... ANY ADVICE OUT THERE ? IM SO SCARED OF ANOTHER PANIC ATTACK AND I HAVE A LOT OF STRESS IN MY LIFE .... IN ADDITION TO MY HEALTH ISSUES .. I WAS LAID OFF FROM AN 18 YEAR CAREER WHEN I WAS DX WITH CANCER AND MY 8 YR OLD GRANDSON HAS A VERY BAD HOME LIFE .... AND I HAVE BEEN SO SICK THAT I HAVE LET HIM DOWN ... I USUALLY TRY TO KEEP HIM AS MUCH AS I CAN ... HE HAS OCD DUE TO BEING MOLESTED AT AGE 3.... HIS MOTHER HAS HAD CHILD SERVICES INVOLVED ON HER BUSINESS FOR YEARS BUT THEY WILL NOT REMOVE HIM FROM HOME ... TAKE CUSTODY FROM HER AND GIVE TO MY SON .. SORRY FOR BEING SO DOWN AND SELF PITY ....IT'S JUST THAT I KEEP GETTING HIT OVER AND OVER WITH PROBLEMS ... I NEED GOOD PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING FROM A PSYCH OR SUCH BUT STATE / GOVT RUN FACILITIES ALL AVAILABLE IN MY AREA UNLESS I TRAVEL 2 HOURS ONE WAY ... ANY ADVICE AND PRAYERS WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED ...



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Eddy Says:

When I was almost dying during a withdrawal it seemed funny. Xanax will have to due. Will it work, yes. Is switching Benzodiazepines always effective at first, no. I think your old Doctor sounds terrible, and I live in a small Town where everybody goes to the E.R. for pills. Small amounts but they go a lot. I go there and they want $2000, and that is with Insurance. You should be able to find another doctor who can help you!

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Eddy Says:

I meant the Valium will have to do!

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moongirl 64 Says:
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Thank you so much .... no one knows what hell it is to go through a panic attack unless they've had one . I was told to " just not think about it " that it was " all in my head ." People are judgmental and it pays you to keep things to yourself regarding the use of RX meds ( though they are legally RX for me ) I had 2 major surgeries within 1 month of each other (11-1-12 and 12/28/12 ..... and though I had cancer and endured 2 surgeries without any pain killers that still never stopped my GYN- ONCOLOGIST from being judge
mental once I told him I was RX Xanax for panic attacks and anxiety. My pain was not managed effectively by nursing staff and though they knew I had a 4 hour car ride home , I asked for a pain shot before my spouse and I left the hospital and was denied it . My husband of course was driving and by the time we got home the pharmacies were closed ( it was Sunday) . So I had to wait until Mon a.m. before filling my RX... He had written me 800 MG Ibuprofen and Lorcet 5 MG twice a day for pain, after I had a major surgery and was genuinely in need of relief . A radical hysterectomy is very painful to recover from , plus I'd had bladder surgery on 11/1/12. People should not judge because it could come back to haunt them ....

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Eddy Says:

Many Doctors have no souls it seems. Hope it works out for you. There might even be a better medicine for a Panic Attack too!

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Jenna Says:

@moongirl 64,

I'm so sorry to hear about what you (and your grandson) have been through, I haven't personally had an experience with Xanax or Valium but I did find a thread regarding the switch from Xanax to Valium that may be of help to you, I'll post a link to the thread below:

Discuss/Switching-from-Xanax-to-Valium-227255.htm

I hope this thread helps to answer some more of your questions!

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emma Says:

sorry I miss quated my post,i am on zanax1mg 3 times a day for years my dr wants to change me to valium 5mg twice a day,i,m worried and afraid to start and don,t now how to taper off zanax to valium


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EDDY Says:

Shouldn't be a big problem as you are not on a giant dose and the two medicines are very much alike!

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Berry Says:

Im so sorry!prayers to you!sorry. Junkys make it impossible to get you help,something good will happen out of this.God Bless you

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Bob Says:

1/2 mg of Xanax is equivalent to 10 mg of Valium.

Reference: benzo.org.uk/bzequiv.htm

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