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To ask about diazepam?

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BlueSatsuma Thu 21-Jun-18 20:26:02

I hope this doesnt sound Like a really stupid question.

Have a very stressful event coming up so GP has prescribed 5x10mg diazepam to get me through.

I took one today as a trial. I didn’t feel anxious or stressed at all today but there was no impact or change at all.

AIBU to ask if diazepam only work if you mate anxious or stressed.

I will be when I use them but I thought it was a little strange that there was no change.

BrazzleDazzleDay Thu 21-Jun-18 20:33:03

I wouldn't have thought so or they wouldnt be so popular to sell but they don't do anything for me, work magically for others though.

BlueSatsuma Thu 21-Jun-18 20:35:42

So they'll only work when heart racing, stresses, anxious etc?

WhataLovelyPear Thu 21-Jun-18 20:37:35

I was a bit like that the first time I took one but the second time I really noticed that I stopped caring about all the stressful things - quite wierd but definitely helped. I can't remember how stressed I was the first time, but I do remember the second time - sorry not to be more helpful!

peartreeishappy Thu 21-Jun-18 20:38:35

Beta blockers are better imo.

Angelicinnocent Thu 21-Jun-18 20:41:47

I was given it for some major dental work and to be honest it made me worse. I couldn't stop crying at anything and everything. Ended up quite hysterical in the dentist and couldn't have the work done.

donajimena Thu 21-Jun-18 20:41:58

You would definitely be better off with beta blockers. I have both. For nerves and stress I use beta blockers. Diazepam I have 6 per year to fly (and fly I do wink )

LanguidLobster Thu 21-Jun-18 20:51:11


I've had 4 tab packs of 2mg and they worked like a dice through me. That seems hugely strong, I'd be in a coma.

I have no way of comparing beta blockers and benzodiazepines. I tried propranolol and was a bit puzzled by it. Could you speak to your doctor's surgery and say you need a comparison about what would be best?

RitaMad Thu 21-Jun-18 20:51:21

10mg? Are you sure? That’s a very high dosage.

What is your understanding of what they’re supposed to do?

peartreeishappy Thu 21-Jun-18 20:51:44

Lorazepam is better for stressful medical procedures. Where alertness is required, beta blockers are excellent. Diazepam is crap and rather wishy washy.

BlueSatsuma Thu 21-Jun-18 20:54:48

Yes 10mg. No effect really.

I’m hoping they’ll keep me calm and stress free just for a brief period.

Several years back my GP gave me 5mg for severed neck spasms and pain and they did work for that but the 10mg aren’t as strong but as I keep saying maybe I’m not stressed yet so what can they do?

BlueSatsuma Thu 21-Jun-18 20:56:04

How are beta blockers used?

AndhowcouldIeverrefuse Thu 21-Jun-18 20:57:04

Diazepam worked wonders for my anxiety - stopped my thoughts from racing uncontrollably and put a stop to serious physical symptoms caused by anxiety. A dose higher than 2mg would have me sleeping for hours.

Beta blockers did nothing for me. No effect.

Go figure.

FleshLiabilities Thu 21-Jun-18 21:00:07

It's hard to say as i only take it when i feel stressed but i notice the effect when talking only 2mg.

I'd liken the effect to the feeling you get when you're halfway through your second drink on a Friday night - your shoulders drop, any tension goes away and you feel very relaxed.

RitaMad Thu 21-Jun-18 21:03:50

If you weren’t feeling anxious when you took it I’m not sure what you were expecting it to do. It’s an anxiolytic. If you took paractwnol when you weren’t in pain it wouldn’t have any noticible effect either.

RitaMad Thu 21-Jun-18 21:04:11


RitaMad Thu 21-Jun-18 21:06:03

I’m also really confused why a GP would prescribe you 10mg. Most people take 2.5mg to begin with.

BlueSatsuma Thu 21-Jun-18 21:23:01

I've had 5mg in past

Chesntoots Thu 21-Jun-18 21:35:28

I had them for dental work. They were great.

I knew what was happening all the time - I just couldn't give a fuck about it!

Now I don't need them at all.

ilovesooty Thu 21-Jun-18 21:39:00

I'm surprised you've been prescribed that dosage.

JobHunting4 Thu 21-Jun-18 21:47:27

This is the oddest thing I've read in so long. I don't even know where to start... I suspect your gp is very popular

Rightsaidmabel Thu 21-Jun-18 21:48:53

Here's the theory regarding beta blockers and anxiety:
I am anxious, so my heart beats faster.I realise my heart is beating faster, therefore I realise I must be anxious as as result.I get more anxious because of my anxiety. Slow my heart rate by taking a beta blocker(it's what they do) Hey,I must be feeling chilled,I',m not panicking I have no fast heart rate,I am chilled.
Diazepam: nerve calming, can help with anxiety and especially as muscle relaxant: I have muscle spasms,great ,it relaxes them.

Thebluedog Thu 21-Jun-18 21:49:36

I use them to calm my nerves for certain presentations I do for work. I use with beef blockers

BlueSatsuma Thu 21-Jun-18 21:58:02

What beta blockers should I ask for? Maybe I need to tell GP 10mg diazepam aren’t working?

He did say dont come back for more as this is a one off prescription

RitaMad Thu 21-Jun-18 22:00:45

I suspect your gp is very popular


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