is a much longer acting drug
than either of your current scripts..
My psychiatrist says that it will be in the body for between 2-3 days depending on individuals' metabolism speed...that being said, some people take 2mg diazepam
every other day (on top of extended release alprazolam
) and notice a significant difference as time passes. For the sake of clarity, I'll divide the experiences into the first 24 hrs after taking and the second 24 hrs (hours 25-48).
First 24 hrs:
Onset is listed at somewhere around 1.5 hrs, but is subtle to the point of being unnoticeable (this could be related to 2mg dose, the lowest possible). As you likely experienced with your benzos
, when you first get the script it can cause drowsiness as your body adjusts over the next few days or weeks. It is possible to sleep nearly as much as you want to in the first 24 hours, more so than with xanax
due to the long half life of diazepam, but this effect will fade the longer you stay on the script. Sometimes it can feel like you are in a dream, or at least as though there is a disconnect between what your eyes are seeing and your actual presence in that place--like you never really woke up that morning. This effect usually only lasts a few moments, and is not scary/distracting/dangerous. As for dealing with anxiety, diazepam is great as a base for preventing anxiety attacks. If you feel one coming, then a xanax or k-pin can be taken as needed, though usually in the first 24 hrs anxiety is seriously lowered.
Second 24 hours (25-48):
Here the effects are much less noticeable due to metabolism of the diazepam over time. Anxiety is still lowered, but not nearly as much as the previous day. To use an example of social anxiety, talking to people may be slightly easier but will still cause shaking and nervousness in individuals suffering from anything above the mildest of anxiety. No aforementioned "dreaminess" or excessive sleeping occurs here.
To give you a good idea of what to expect from diazepam, it will likely not totally prevent panic or anxiety attacks but in many cases is an excellent preventative of the thought patterns that can lead to such episodes. Due to the amount of time that you say you've been scripted for benzos, I assume you have at least moderate but likely severe anxiety/panic episodes. Considering this, I would advise you to mention to your doc
a trial of diazepam. He likely won't start you off at 10 mg, maybe more like 5 (pretty sure they make that, if not I know there's something between 2mg and 10mg). I'd say its a great base to help curb the anxiety before it starts, as many times taking xanax/k-pin multiple times a day will cause the individual to go through several stages of anxiety/relief throughout the day--a very exhausting process. This being the case, if I were you i'd vouch for a daily dose of diazepam along with your usual scripts. If it works well for you, then it's possible you could get down to only one of your current benzos on an "as-needed" basis.
Hope this helps. Anxiety can be life-ruining and crippling, so if what you're scripted now isn't working, or even if you just think something else might be better, then the reward can definitely be worth trying for. Good luck!