Posted by MJGrand on May 21, 2012, at 6:42:05
Hi... I'm a lurker and have been for a while. I know there are posts buried somewhere about this topic, but I'd I just thought it'd be easier to start a new thread. I'm scared. I've been on valium 20 mgs for about 5 yrs (along with effexor). The combination has changed my life. Before, I was a hot mess of panic, anxiety, and obsessional thoughts. I now function, work fulltime in a career.... I do generally well I haven't ever upped my dose or used my meds to get high or anything. However, everything I've been reading on the internet is telling me I should not be taking a benzo longterm. My PDOC doesnt seem concerned BUT I AM. I don't know what to do. Should I go off of it? The literature seems to state that I'm headed for hell eventually anyway. The stories are soooo horrrible. I can't even imagine. Everything I've read states I'm not supposed to have been on it this long. The combo works so well. What do I replace it with??? I'm so scared of what is in store for me when and if I decide to go off. Will I have to go on disability? Has anyone ever gotten off and not had to head to the crazy house after or lock themselves up in their homes? Anyone sucessfully taken benzos longterm SAFELY? What is considered practical usage? I regret the day I ever started taking them now... But we were out of other options, as I couldnt tolerate the other stuff. I'm scared. Please... no messages of support without information. I don't mean to sound insensitive, but what I needs is some practical advice/literature/personal experiences. I'm very scared.