Advanced search

Mumsnet has not checked the qualifications of anyone posting here. If you need help urgently, see our mental health web guide which can point you to expert advice.

Diazepam 2 mg for anxiety...but scared to take it.

(29 Posts)
YommyMommy Tue 02-Oct-12 14:44:24

Hi lovely ladies,

I have been prescribed Diazepam for anxiety and was just wondering if anyone else takes orgas taken this to help in the short term?

X x

KeemaNaan Thu 09-Mar-17 09:24:18

Ah, didn't see the new posts.

I've been on diazepam on and off due to mental illness for the last 5 years and haven't become addicted.

In small doses it can help with pain as it will relax muscles. 2mg is a small dose. 0.5mg, which is what you're taking will have a negligible effect, if any at all, so taking that little is rather pointless.

Speak to your dr about your concerns. My prescription is for 2mg 3 x per day. I only ever use it if I really need it when unwell, and often find that 1 x 2mg once a day is enough. As long as you're sensible with it you'll be ok.

KeemaNaan Thu 09-Mar-17 09:18:23

Hi Cola, the Dr won't allow you to become addicted as they rarely give regular prescriptions for diazepam. They're only used short term, often just to help people sleep.

2mg is a very small dose and one a day for a few days won't cause addiction.

lemonzest123 Wed 08-Mar-17 22:22:17

I'm really sorry if this sounds negative....

If you can find any other way of coping please try it.

Diaz is SO addictive. I ended up in rehab.

Mys20 Wed 08-Mar-17 22:20:51

Hi there everyone,I was given 2mg three times a day off my go only on my third week,I never take tablets due to a bad experience after a bad car crash 22 yrs ago,I've been poorly for the last 5 yrs,very stressed anxious etc,been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and after a number of MRI scans they found a bulging disc in my cervical c4 c5 which has made me worry I like mad,the pain and symptoms knocked me over the edge with worry,my gp gave me diazepam to help me,it took me nearly a day looking at them before I finally gave in and took one,well what can I say,I felt alive and normal within 30 mins,but they don't seem to be having the same effect now,I'm frightened of driving on my own even though I know I won't crash again,my gp thinks I have ptsd,don't get me wrong,they have defiantly helped a lot some days,I'm allowed 3x2 mg per day but so far only managed 1 x2 mg broken into 4,I'm wondering if I'm not getting the right effect with only taking such a small dose,I just don't want to get addicted if I take more,any suggestions would be appreciated thanks

Cola30 Wed 25-Jan-17 19:16:56

Hi Im very new to this.
I've just been prescribed diazepam 2mg and I'm really scared about taking it.
I've had a really tough time this past 6 months and my dr has given me these to help me to sleep and I'm due to see him in two weeks.
The information leaflet really scared me and I'm very worried if I take it then I will become addicted to them. Any advice will be welcome.

Thanks xx

Allie1976 Tue 27-Dec-16 14:28:39

Hey guys I have been prescribed diazepam 2mg I've only been taking 1mg when needed feel a lot better but wondering if the symptoms will come back if u don't carry on taking them !! And only take them when I need them x

Eloisaa Tue 21-Jun-16 15:38:18

Hi ladies, I was prescribed diazepam today and after reading the advice leaflet I must admit it got me a little worried in taking them myself but after reading through this thread it has put my mind at ease. Mumsnet is one of the best 😊 I can always find answers on here, so thank you. It's good to know that I'm not the only one.

Nerdygalwithabook Thu 26-May-16 10:07:00

Debrye. That sounds like a panic attack. Although it differs for everyone.

Debrye66 Wed 11-May-16 22:17:27

I have just been prescribed diazepam 2mg for anxiety. I was becoming breathless and felt low. I have been told that symptoms I have been having are due to stress and anxiety. I get like a whirring sensation in my belly and for no reason I suddenly feel really scared. When it passes I often feel the need to go to the toilet
Is this a panic/anxiety attack?

Smoon123 Mon 11-Apr-16 16:46:45

Im new to this... Have just joined .... Hoping for advice
I've been prescribed 2 mg Diazapam by my doctor on top of antidepressants already ( 3 yrs) as I'm having a particularly difficult time at the mo
But I'm scared to take them as not sure if they will make be worse
Also I'm due to start back at work next week ..( not been since Xmas) and that is baking me feel sick and very scared
Any advice would would be appreciated x

Becky1994 Thu 02-May-13 19:54:51

Im so relieved too see some messages on here, Im only 19 and suffering from extremely bad anxiety and panic attacks ive been prescribed 2mg of Diazepam and referred for counseling but ive been so fearful too take my tablets even when ive been anxious.. But by reading these comments I now know im not on my own and that theres nothing too be frightened off.. Ill probably still try and avoid taking them but I just need too keep in mind that there going too make me better not worse. Thanks guys smile

SoggySummer Wed 03-Oct-12 10:20:05

Hi I have taken 2mg of Diazepam on and off for a while.

Mine is prescribed to help with Bruxism (jaw clenching/teeth grinding in my sleep) which is made worse by stress and anxiety.

I was petrified but its been fine. 2mg is a very low dose and can just take the edge off feelings - for me its a short term muscle relaxant to help prevent the pain I get at night when I clench my jaw in my sleep, but I do generally feel a little less tense when I take it. I have only ever taken mine at bedtime so not sure how it would affect functioning during the day but dont think it would too much as its quite mild iykwim.

wishiwasonholiday Wed 03-Oct-12 10:19:45

I was prescribed it as a muscle relaxant for my fractured hip, I was terrified to take it as we went abroad the day after I was prescribed it and it said don't take if you have serious lung problems which I have. I eventually took it and dp hardly slept as he was so worried! Didn't do much for me but I was fine.

YommyMommy Wed 03-Oct-12 10:15:50

Gigondas thank you for ur message. Yeah I'm on iron tablets and have diet advice. That was about 4 weeks ago I was given the blood so should b starting to get on the mend now!

I'm sitting in GP waiting room so will see what she says :/ x x

Gigondas Tue 02-Oct-12 21:09:07

Yommy sorry that you had such a bad time- and that hb is mega low . Have you been given iron tabs or diet advice as can take a month or two to build up hb (blood is short term fix)? Also think of can do some talking based therapy ( if CPU can offer or help) that may help identity triggers. Cbt and hypno can be excellent but sometimes something that delves deeper can help.

YommyMommy Tue 02-Oct-12 20:10:42

Hi Ladies,

Thank you for all your advise...its been really great!

I just wanted to come back on and give you a little bit of background. I have been suffering with Anxiety since the birth on my first DS, now 6. I have mostly managed with the symptoms on my own. I have had CBT and also hypnotheray - both help and for a long time my anxiety was very managable. Recently however it had been creeping up and up and it all came to a head a few weeks again when I thought I was having a complete breakdown (a very, very scary and horrible time) This came on all of a sudden one sunday and I went to my GP on the Monday. She took blood as she thought I looked very pale. Turns out I had a heamaglobin of 5.9 (should be 13) so that pretty much explained the breakdown away due to lack of oxegen that was getting to my brain. I was taken into hospital that night and transfused with 4 pints of blood. When I left hospital I was feeling on top of the world. This week I seem to be feeling very anxious again. Long story short my HG has been dropping over a very long time due to extremely heavy periods since birth of DS2 4 years ago. I am now back on my period - first since I was in hospital and its just all very overwhelming....

I have take my first diazipam and am hoping and praying for a restful and sleep filled night. Thanks again for all your support. I realise now that I need more help with the anxiety and have agreed to speak to the CPN at my GP's.

Goodnight all x x x

hazeldog Tue 02-Oct-12 18:10:17

it probably stopped me doing something really stupid when syffering severe PTSD but it is for short term use only it is VERY addictive. in a crisis though it works like nothing else and can give you the break you need from damagaing thoughts so you can get perspective. 2mg is a very small dose. it will make you feel dopey. agree with bacon though, you need to work through anxiety.

WowOoo Tue 02-Oct-12 18:08:35

I've taken it to help me sleep and always felt very mellow the day after. No anxiety at all.
Doctor told me it was for short term use only though.
Hope it helps you to feel better.

bacon Tue 02-Oct-12 18:04:17

Unfortunately it made me worse - I couldnt sleep, shakey and drugged out. I just think my body fights any drugs.

ANxiety is helped with cognative therapy, books etc. I do find its my downfall but have managed it without drugs.

NicciJ71 Tue 02-Oct-12 17:09:12

I've used it in the past too and was HUGE help getting through some difficult times. It's not a large dose, so you'll be fine and it really will help.
Good Luck x

YommyMommy Tue 02-Oct-12 17:03:14

*take one tonight once I get my little angels to bed that should read! X x

YommyMommy Tue 02-Oct-12 17:02:11

Thank you so much ladies...I will take done tonight as soon as I get my little angel tonight in the hope of a good sleep tonight and anxiety free day tomorrow smile x x

GooseyLoosey Tue 02-Oct-12 16:23:07

I have taken it short term too (over several weeks) and it helped like nothing else did. There was no problem for me in stopping taking it either and I always have some in the house now to deal with crippling anxiety which just sneaks up sometimes. I rarely if ever take it but it helps just knowing it is there.

Gigondas Tue 02-Oct-12 16:23:05

Another vote for it as a great anxiety reducer (and was equally wary of taking it ). Also it still worked well for me at the lower dose . Please take it as it was magical in its help for me.

Hopeforever Tue 02-Oct-12 16:22:59

If you have been prescribed it the Dr must think it would benefit you.

If taken for about 5 days it is very useful and non addictive.

I've taken it after I had a MMC and when my migraines have been very bad. I was very dubious as my mum was addicted when I was a kid and my friends mum is still unable to come off it. But they were on it for YEARS

Please let make the most of this wonder drug to give you some anxiety free days. Good Luck

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now