Tuesday October 21st 2014

Valium half life: how long does Valium stay in your system

Valium can stay in your system and be detected in urine for up to 5-7 days after therapeutic use. Chronic use (over one year) of Valium, however, can be detected much longer.  The detection window for Valium in urine screens is up to 4-6 weeks.  More here on the detection window and drug testing for Valium.  We invite your questions about Valium drug screens at the end.

How do you take Valium?

Valium is generally taken as an oral table or injected under the skin. When taken orally, Valium rapidly is absorbed from the intestinal tract. On the other hand, the body tends to slowly and unpredictably absorb Valium when it is injected. Doctors usually prescribe Valium in dosages of 2-60 mg per day.

Valium half life: how long does Valium stay in your system

The half life of any drug, medication or substance is the period of time necessary for 1/2 the drug to be eliminated or disintegrated by natural processes in the body. The half life of Valium is particularly long, 20-80 hours. However, Valium’s typical half life in a young, healthy person is about 24 hours.This is due to the nature of the medication. Valium (diazepam) is a long acting benzodiazepine that starts inactive and becomes active as the normal metabolic process of the body occur and introduce the drug throughout the body (including the liver and the blood brain barrier).

Should I mix Valium with other drugs?

No. Valium SHOULD NOT be taken with other medications, drugs or alcohol. This is because Valium can interact with other substances to extend and increase the effects of Valium, causing it to stay in the bloodstream for even longer amounts of time. Likewise, the effects of Valium are decreased with the use of caffeine or cigarettes.

Drug Testing for Valium

If you are avoiding a drug test and think that you may have a problem with Valium…you probably do.   If you’re worried about Valium detection during drug testing, it is best to wait 1-5 days before taking a drug test for Valium. Waiting for 5 days is a total precaution to make sure that the drug is totally out of your system.  This is because Valium (diazepam) is a benzodiazepine and can be detected in the urine for days after you take it.  For daily, chronic Valium use, diazapam can be detected in urine for 4-6 weeks even after you stop taking it.

Or, if you have a prescription for Valium, present this with a doctor’s note to the supervising Medical Officer.  Even if Valium is in your system, you will test negative if you are taking Valium as prescribed.

Valium addiction

Can you get addicted to Valium?  Yes.   But what are the signs and indicators of Valium addiction?

Valium can be addictive, especially if taken for more than 4 months or for non medical reasons. But as a Class IV drug, there is a relatively low risk for addiction when compared to other drugs (like Vicodin, Codeine or Oxycodone). But if you take a larger dose of Valium than prescribed or more often that prescribed, you may develop tolerance to the drug. Long-term or excessive use can also result in withdrawal (a sign of physical dependence) when you stop taking the drug. But does this mean that you are addicted? Click here to take a self-survey and see if you are addicted to Valium, or not.

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151 Responses to “Valium half life: how long does Valium stay in your system
wayne
12:18 am June 21st, 2011

I had valuim still in my system 2 weeks after taking it…. the company that screened me said it can stay in your system anything up to a month….

carrie
5:09 am August 10th, 2011

Wayne,
How much and how long did you take valium? I took only 1 dose 10mg this Monday 8/8 and had not taken it before and I was wondering how long it would still be in my system also. Need to take drug test for a new job and now I’m scared to death.

charles
3:30 am August 17th, 2011

dont be worried just 1 10mg pill 3 days and its out

Steven Weiss
6:30 pm August 17th, 2011

First of all, someone taking 10 mg of valium has a serious problem with anxiety or migraine’s and probably should not be applying for any jobs, let alone worrying about “testing dirty”. I would hope they would be taking care of the issues necessitating such a high dose of valium. One – two mg’s is a typical dosage. Being a recovering Opiate addict, I am very aware of benzodiazipine’s utilized for taking the edge off. For a person like myself, who was consuming over 9000 mgs of Opiates a month, interspersing the Opiates with handfuls of Benzo’s, detoxed prior to coming into rehab for two weeks at home. It was not easy, but when I came into rehab, I tested clean on the first day. Wayne, I don’t know who you got your “poor” advice from, but I would surely stay away from them in the future.

wendi marsh
10:33 pm August 17th, 2011

due too recent weather,causing major problems after an already broken city after an eatrhquake stricken year my spirits and body felt the need of a great sleep and felt in need of a major chill pill so i sorted myself out with vallium & halcion which i took at 6pm,had a very relaxed evening and slept right thru too 9-10am,which definanatley gave me what i desired but now im being asked for a drug urine test it was only 15days ago,should i be looking for a new job???stressed again,but better not do that again.

sing
2:38 am August 20th, 2011

wendi…

I just had a urine test and diazepam showed up……i took it august 3rd…..its 16 days after……

i took it for 3-4 days though…..40 mg’s a day for those days…..

carrie
7:48 pm August 24th, 2011

Steven Weiss,

I am a nurse that has written many phone orders from doctors for valium and we have never prescribed 2 mg doses. For you to say “should not be applying for any jobs” You have no idea what the issue was for me to take it to start with and I really don’t think I should explain myself to you, but I will for the others that may read your Holier-than-thou post. Someone very close to me passed and I was out of my mind so my mother gave me one to calm me down. You should really think before you post something you don’t know anything about. If you even read my post, it says ONLY TOOK ONE! Wayne is right it can stay in your system for up to a month. The half-life is anywhere from 1 to 21 days (thats how long it can take for just half of dose of valium to leave your system depending on dosage and how long the med is taken it ). Not everyone that may ask a question is a druggie.

John
2:29 pm September 3rd, 2011

Valium ad a half-life of upto 200 hours (8 days) That means if you take 10mg every day you have the following amounts in your system at any one moment in time.

Day 1 10mg
Day 2 20mg
Day 3 30mg
Day 4 40mg
Day 5 5mg left from day 1 + 20mg from day 2 + 30mg from day 3 + 40mg from day 4. So after taking diazepam for 5 days and continued use of 10 mg a day thereafter you will always have 70mg in your system.

John
6:51 pm September 3rd, 2011

I reworked the figures using excel formulas. If your taking 12mg a day like I am then I have 134mg in my body at any one time. If I come down to 10mg a day then after 30 days I have 112mg in my system. That’s why it takes a long time to come off Valium and why it is dangerous to suddenly stop taking it, especially at higher doses.

I was taking 50mg a day at one time, I hate to imagine how much was in my system!

gaz
9:46 am September 6th, 2011

I have been a drug addict more than half my life. I know all of this stuff, so here it is, plain and simple…

Benzos (valium, ativan, xanax etc) will stay in your system for about 4 weeks with a pee test.
There is no exact science to it because, as human beings, we are all very different.
With a swab, its different, if you used a few yellows (5mg) on, say, saturday and had a swab on thursday – you’d pass. the prob with the swabs is if you are taking the drugs a lot. so, say before the saturday, you had been swallowing V’s willy nilly for a good week; they’d build up in your system and you’d probably fail.
As I said, theres no exact science to it but if you dont use valium hardly at all – give yourself 4/5 days before the swab test. If you have a pee test and have used any valium in the past month – you, my friend, are in soapy bubble. I had a mate who took one blue (10mg) and had a pee test almost exactly a month later and he failed with flying colours!

Dont ever get yourselves addicted either – I got to the stage i was taking at least 50 blues (500mg) per day. I hear you all scoff but it can be done very easily, you build up such a tolerance at such a high speed. Remember its almost impossible to overdose on these damn pills. Went cold turkey – the only way if you wanna get yr act cleaned up. 4/5/6 (such a blur i have trouble remembering) months of hell – pure unadulterated hell. And I know you get folks saying “that was hell” this is hell” everyday but, please believe this voice that is of experience – The real deal….Pure Hell. Wont go into the specifics as people can actually take them onboard their own cold turkey and experience things they otherwise wouldnt have. adios dudes. good luck x

cathy
1:51 am September 8th, 2011

i took diazapam 10mg a few times and it is a month later and it is still showing up in my pee test can someone tell me how long it will take for it to leave my system

gaz
12:32 pm September 8th, 2011

should be out defo no later than 6 weeks after. longest i have heard is 6 1/2 weeks after a pee test.

JC
2:20 am September 14th, 2011

Stopping Benzos cold turkey can be dangerous.It could even kill you if you have used it long term.If you have been on benzos long term get with a benzo wise dr.Cold turkey can throw you nervous system in to shock.I went cold turkey off of xanax at a low dose and had to get back on because it made me feel so bad.My dr has crossed me over to 10 mgs of valium a day and i will be doing a slow taper.It takes longer to get off of benzos this way but it is supposed to be safer and more comfortable.

cathy
4:40 pm September 14th, 2011

i took ten mg.of valium a few times and after a month i still can’t get it out of my system . i think it really depends on the person and how it stays in your system so long you just have to wait and see for your self

gaz
8:06 am September 15th, 2011

however, JC. I was getting withdrawal symptoms on 500mg per day. They were giving me withdrawls symptoms when i took them cos my body was so used to getting more, and more, and even some more, every day the 500 wasn’t enough. it woulda taken me an ice age to withdraw.
Now, there is a difference between “feel so bad” and “Could even kill you”. The difference being – You USUALLY have to have some other condition. I have gone cold turkey from Diamorphine (medical grade heroin), Valium, methadone etc – all the usual “junkie shit” Dont get me wrong, it was not a nice experience but im still here to tell you this story.
For those lacking in the hope factor….I started using drugs (cannabis, acid, speed) at 11/12. Used valium at first for a “come down” device after raves. Then used Heroin for the same purpose – straight to needles, no smoking (my counsellor thinks it was a form of self harming back then). I partied very hard in my teens, ended up in young offenders institutes for gang shit, became an addict at 19/20 and got into some very heavy shit to pay for the copious amounts I needed. At 21 was sentenced to 4 years for selling illegal firearms. in jail, i still wouldn’t chill; so i spent 1/3 of my time alone in segregation. Psych gave me seroquel, an awful lot and that zombified me. The jail had a good education dept and it was thanks to my art tutor in particular that i began toying with the idea of going back into education when i was released…
so I did, i moved from the place I grew up, went to Aberdeen, enrolled in a 6 week creative writing course as I didnt have qualifications from school; i flew man. So I got into college, then university and, a busy mind is such a good nemesis to drugs.
I still have bad days, then again – who doesnt??? Fell in love with the first girl i ever liked at high school – she is amazing.
So, whatever way you choose to come off, remember – it does get better. sometimes you just gotta push the issue!!!!
My best wishes to those out there who have had enough of any substances and are willing to try it….and dont let it get to you if you fail a couple of times – you WILL get there if you want it!

Kindest regards,

Gary.

JC
7:11 pm September 15th, 2011

In my first post i meant to say that my dr gave 10 mgs of valium 3x day for xanax withdrawl.

dizzyyyyy
10:18 pm September 27th, 2011

If someone takes 1 Valium every now and then (medically prescribed) as needed, and say it takes a month to come out of your system, and then a month later you take another and you always have some sort of little bit in your system, can you get physically dependent? I take them only as needed for vertigo and usually every 2 to 4 weeks just one 5 mg. pill but I’m terrified of getting addicted physically but nothing else works for me.

I read that if you have it in your system all the time, your brain stops making the chemical GABA and then when you stop taking the meds and you don’t have any naturally occurring GABA, that’s when you run into trouble with withdrawals.

9:21 am September 28th, 2011

Hi dizz,

Physical dependence on any drug is characterized by two main characteristics: tolerance and withdrawal. In other words, you need to take more Valium to achieve the same medical effects. And if you stop taking Valium, you go through withdrawal symptoms.

It seems like your concern about the half life of Valium (it does stay in the system for a long time!) may be confused with physical dependence. But to be sure, simply ask your prescribing doctor for more information. You can even call the office and request a call-back so that you don’t need to go in!

dizzyyyyy
12:33 pm September 28th, 2011

The doctor doesn’t seem to have too much information. I think I’m going to ask my pharmacist. I definitely don’t have withdrawals or tolerance. I just don’t want to ever get that way in the future. I have read so many horror stories and I’m trying to prevent it from happening to me. Thank you for the answer.

gaz
2:42 pm September 28th, 2011

if you are taking it as you say “every 2 to 4 weeks just one 5 mg pill”, and dont start taking it more frequently, you will be fine mate – no kidding! Horror stories – I was taking that much that when I took more my tolerance was so high that it wasn’t working. I was in constant withdrawals – thats when I decided enough was enough. Just calm down buddy, you will be fine. One yellow every now and then wouldn’t harm a fly (probably literally!)

carl s
12:44 pm October 10th, 2011

well i am 60 yrs old and have been taking valium on and off since 1973 or so. it is a good drug for alcoholics who would like to quit because it fires on the same brain receptors as alcohol tricking the brain into thinking you are still drinking. it is helpful weaning yourself off of alcohol is what i mean. as long as you don’t start liking the val too much and taking more and more of it as i have seen so many people do in the past. i have used it many times for a nervous hangover and it helped me thru the day. but now that i am older and no longer drink i do not need it. maybe once in awhile when i get hyped up. i am naturally a little hyper anyway. hell they had me on thorazine in the 6th grade because i couldn’t sit still that long. and i went for a drug test a couple of weeks ago and still had signs of val in my system after 2 weeks since i took it. i usually break a 10 mg in half or 3 or 4 parts. just a little something to calm me down at times when i get hyper. but in this state the d.o.t. doesn’t want anything like that in your system when you drive a truck on the highways. even when you have a letter from your doctor saying you take medicine that may cause a positive reading. i also was taking over the counter tussin d m cough sryup that gives a false – positive reading of pcp showing up. also poppy seeds on baked goods will show up as morphine or an opiate. so i hope none of you get like me , stuck between a rock and a hard place because i can’t take anything for my cough. my codein cough sryup will show up as an opiate, the val will show up as a benzine type thing and the robotussin d m will show up as pcp. so my boss has seen the letter from the doctor and he is tolerant knowing that i sometimes have to take this stuff. i am now just waiting to get the val out of me so i can go back to work. so good luck to you all on your valium ventures.

Nancy
5:35 pm October 13th, 2011

Valium can be detecting at least up to 1 month in urine. I have been off of Valiums for more then 4 weeks now and it still shows up in my system. I know because I just failed my drug test!

gaz
1:08 pm October 14th, 2011

yeh nancy, thats basically it – 4/5 weeks in urine and i’dgive it 5 days if its just a swab and you arent taking alot (by “a lot” i mean like maybe 20 blues at a time, if you are jst taking the odd two or three, defo 5 days with a swab – urine and u are screwed tho!)

AB
6:28 pm October 18th, 2011

Okay.So I have been going through a very rough time in my life & my close friend gave me a few valium to take to calm my nerves.Im not sure what MG they are,theyre round & blue.The last time I took one was on Sunday,its now Tuesday & I just got called in for an interview & I know for a fact that they drug test you & I am worried that it wont be out of my system if they do decide to give me a job! They will probably ask me to take one by friday if they decide to hire me & the last I took one was sunday,should it be out of my system? I dont take these all the time.Just this past 2 weeks,I have took maybe 4,sooo any help would be appreciated….I am so worried,cause I really need this job!! & I AM NOT a druggie in anyway shape or form!

12:17 pm October 19th, 2011

Hi AB. I guess you’re just going to have to trust that it is the case that Valium will be out of your system by Friday. Do you know what drug tests the company requests? Also, do you know what doses you took and when? And how’s your health?

gaz
4:05 pm October 19th, 2011

Hey AB. If the test method is a swab, you’ll be fine, if it’s a pee test then im afraid to say that it usually takes the full 4 weeks. The blue tablets are 10 mgs. Good luck!!!

sarah
1:31 pm October 20th, 2011

I TOOK A VALIUM DURING A SURGERY TO CALM ME DOWN, AND I WAS WORRIED ABOUT IT. I WENT ON ALLLL THESE SITES N LOOKED IT UP N SOME PPL SAID A COUPLE DAYS OR A COUPLE WEEKS OR MONTHS! WELL I CAN TELL YOU, FROM THE TIME I TOOK IT, TO WHEN I GOT DRUG TESTED WAS 2 WEEKS AND IT WAS GONE. I ALSO KNOW A FRIEND WHO WAS TAKING VALIUM AND IT TOOK HER A WEEK. I DONT KNOW HOW LONG IT TOOK TO GET OUT OF MY SYSTEM BC I DIDNT HAVE TO TAKE A DRUG TEST FOR 2 WEEKS, BUT I CAN TELL YOU IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW MANY U TAKE AND THE MG. IF U HAVE BEEN TAKING THEM OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, THE LONGER IT TAKES TO GET OUT OF UR SYSTEM. IF U HAVE ONLY BEEN TAKING THEM A COUPLE DAYS, THE LESS TIME!

OH AND @ AB IT DEPENDS ON HOW MANY U TOOK, IF U TOOK A FEW, THE STANDARD TIME IS 5-7 DAYS! U WUD B JUST PUSHING IT, JUST KEEPIN IT REAL! U MIGHT FAIL…BUT U MIGHT PASS! DRINK LOTS OF WATER OR BUY A FLUSH OUT!

cathy
9:43 pm October 24th, 2011

I took 10mg of valium almost 3 months ago and it still is showing up in my urine test can anyone give me any answer of how long it will take to leave my system i took about five to six 10mg.valium i bought a drug test to take at home and it still shows benzo’s are in my system i am really getting worried any advice will help me out

David
6:52 pm October 26th, 2011

@ Gaz , you’re a good guy to spend your time on here helping people . I have been withdrawing from Valium slowly now for about nearly 2 yrs. I was taking approximately 70mgs a month , only at night for insomnia . I am now down to 2mgs a week. It has been hell withdrawing . Unfortunately for me although my total usage was not that high , i had been taking them for over a decade , & that made withdrawal so much more difficult. I now take 1mg on Wednesday night , and 1 mg Sunday night , & have been doing so for 1 month until the next step down . Do you think Gaz that there is still Valium in my system ? Appreciate your thoughts , or anyone elses . Thank you .

gaz
11:25 am October 27th, 2011

David, what i would say would be to half your amount again. you obviously have no concerns over drug test issues and your main concern appears to be when to stop. What i would recommend is that you take half of one of these tablets on the wed and sun nights for another while (you’ll know better than me how long its been taking you). Then, take it down to just once a week. I would even go as far as ‘halfing the half’. Your main prob now will actually be psychological but thats as real as anything else when you are experiencing it. Do answer your original question, If you are still taking valium twice a week, whatever the dosage, it should still be in your system. However, if you are getting them prescribed then you are safe. Anything else, just ask man :0)

David
9:19 pm October 27th, 2011

” If you are still taking valium twice a week, whatever the dosage, it should still be in your system ”

Hi gaz , thanks for taking the time to reply . I did not ask the right question that i wanted to ask . I will try again.

What i meant to ask is that between taking doses of Valium , given that is only 1 mg a night , & of course i do realize that there has been accumulation over time , but even that is gradually getting smaller , do you think that taking 1 mg Wednesday night that there is very little or no Valium by the time i take the next 1mg reduction dose Sunday night .

I do plan to take the Valium reduction down slowly – pace will be dictated by withdrawal symptoms . I withdraw usually at 1mg a month . If a window opens for me to withdraw quicker , i will take it . The question i ask is very important to me , as it would be the first time in a decade that there would be no Valium in my system , if the dosage is so low that in-between reduction doses i am at last Valium free for part of that interval . I realize that this not an exact science , but i would welcome your thoughts .

Thanks David

( PS . I cannot wait to get off these pills . To feel healthy again , will be like starting life all over again)

tazmaniandevil
10:10 pm October 27th, 2011

I have a question. I use between one 5 mg. and four 5 mg. pills a month (so between 5 and 20 mg. per month). Sometimes during a rough patch, I’ll use three 5′s a day (15 mg.) for a few days at a time, then nothing for a month or so. It’s very sparodic and random. They are doctor prescribed to use as needed and I don’t use them unless I really have to.

My question is, if I can go 1 month or 6 weeks even sometimes with nothing, but then other times I’m using 10 mg. a week, if I do that over years and years, will I have physical dependence which would lead to withdrawals? I’m not worried about tolerance. I don’t take them often enough for that to be an issue (usually anyway). I’m trying to figure out how much use per month would lead to an issue. I know it’s probably a bit variable from person to person, just just wanted some thoughts.

michael sullivan
5:13 pm November 4th, 2011

Back in the 80s I was well addicted to valium. I was taking on average 30x10mg a day. I conned just about every doctor in east London till they sussed me out. Plus I was buying them. When I didn’t have any I was having fits which was really scarey, like I was dying, my mind was being ripped out of my head. I was so shakey I couldn’t hold a cup of drink without splashing it everywhere.
I decided to go to my nans, by the coast where I didn’t know anyone I could get any from. But I was really bad and having 3-4 fits a day and it was really frightening my nan so I went to a doctor and laid my cards on the table. e put me on ‘ epinutin’. Not sure if the spelling is correct. He said it would block the fits and allow me to get well. In the end the main reason I took the valium was cause I was terrified of the fits. Just knowing that I wasn’t going to ‘fit out’ made it possible to come off the pills. It took me a good three months and it was horrible, my nerves were shot to hell, I shook all the time and the slightest noise made the hairs on my neck stand on end. I was a total wreck.
The good news is that it doesn’t last forever, even though at the time you think it will. Slowly but surely you do get better until one day you realise that it’s all over.
That period of my life was without a doubt, the lowest I’ve ever been and I have never had a inclination to take any type of benzo’s again.
I am 64 years old now and their aint many drugs I aint tried but they have gotta be the worse. Trust me, they are worse than smack once they take a hold.

gaz
11:08 am November 8th, 2011

agreed michael, worse than smack, crack, meth – the lot. the worst drug out there is valium. stay away. and if your doc asks about different pills, just say, “is it a benzo” – cos its the same family and they are all as bad as each other.

melissa
5:29 am November 12th, 2011

I have a drug test asap but can put it off for 25 days.. I have been using for 3 years 20mgs dailty, whats it gonna take for me to pass? Its real important cause I could lose my methadone if i do not pass this time

tazmaniandevil
5:55 am November 12th, 2011

melissa,
i have done a LOT of reading and it says you should never cold turkey off it when you have been using for so long, it could give you seizures and be really dangerous. i have a friend that’s a pharmacist and she said even in 25 days, it’ll still show up.

6:04 am November 12th, 2011

From our research, we concur. Chronic use (1+ years) of benzodiazepines can be detected 4–6 weeks after last dose in urine. Do you have a medical reason for taking Valium, Melissa?

carl s
8:45 pm November 12th, 2011

hey guys. i commented on the blue val awhile back. since then i found a site where you can buy your own home drug test. yes drug stores have them too but i trust this more.it’s the same pee test a lot of places use., just pee in a cup and dip this thing in and it tells you all you need to know. now they have a five panel test which doesn’t cover everything. but i got the 10 panel test and it shows everything an employer might want to know. or probation officer or whoever. it shows benzodiazapene, opiates, barbituates, methamphetamines, pcp, pot, plus a few others. the name of the place is uritox medical.com . it’s called a dip test. it is a little expensive, 5 to 8 bucks per dip test, but if you get one from the drug store it might cost up to 50 bucks and you can only use it one time, and may have to send it off to be read. i bought one and opened it and didn’t see the little dip things and found out they wanted me to mail the test to them so i took it back and got on here and found the exact thing i was seeking. same thing the employer was using. so if i had known i could get these things and took the test at home before going there to take one i would have been better off. i failed 3 test in a 4 week period. the benzodiazapene was the only thing showing up. so i have not taken any in about 7 weeks and some days i feel like i really need one too,but i manage. hell been taking the stuff since 1973 on and off. so i hope it is out of my system just in case. good luck to you all. c

Joshua Leonard
7:54 pm November 17th, 2011

I took 20 tablets of D-10 valium in the past 2 weeks how long will that stay in my system im worrried about what my mother would say to me ?

tim
9:19 pm November 17th, 2011

what if i drink large amounts of water

tim
3:08 pm November 19th, 2011

im not addicted i took some go to sleep now i might have a job oppertunity and im wondering if i drink a lot of water will it get out of my system

michael sullivan
5:41 pm November 20th, 2011

I read posts by people saying how desperately they want to come off downers. I hear all the reasons why they can’t come off and live a normal life. I think a lot of this is because they read all the horror stories from other users and are shit scared of what will happen if they suddenly stop. At the end of the day it all comes down to one thing, how seriously do you want to quit, how important is it and are you really looking at the alternative.
Of course it’s a bloody horrible experience withdrawing from benzo’s as it is with any drug. But that’s the price you pay for dabbling on cloud nine. The thing you really need to tell yourself is that withdrawal doesn’t last forever. Once you are commited you need to look at how you are doing not on a daily basis because you will not notice any difference. You should check how you feel once a week. You will notice an improvement over a seven day period and each week the improvement will be greater each week until one day you realise you are back to your normal self. But with all adictive drugs, it’s one thing comming off, but it’s another story staying off. You say to yourself, ‘Just one wont hurt, I can handle that’. I have fallen into that trap, because I didn’t take into account the golden rule, ‘ONES TOO MANY, AND TWO’S NOT ENOUGH’.
Some people can take drugs and never get addicted, where as others actually have an adictive nature.If you have ever been hooked on anything the chances are you will get hooked on anything that alters the way you feel. You can’t take it once and leave it alone, because it made you feel so good, you cant wait to try it again. Because the second time is never as good, you end up doing more and more to try and reach that same high you got first time round. Of course you never will, its like climaxing, the first time is totally mind blowing.
Different drugs will cause different withdrawall symptons. Heroin is very physical, you get very sick and every nerve in your body feels as if it is being attacked,every inch of your body is going through hell and sleep is impossible so it’s a 24 hour thing with no respite. But, most people can come off in two weeks, then another couple of weeks to build up your strength and get back to normal. The biggest problem a recovering smackhead faces is totally staying away from old friends and places where you used to score.If your partner is still using, you got no chance.You gotta make some real life changing decisions.
I think that vallium and other downer type drugs have a load of different problems to overcome. I could be wrong but in my experience, a lot of people who take downers are in a minority and tend to get wasted by themselves and has for many years been an older persons drug of choice. That is just my opinion and not necessarily true.
Those drugs will play havoc with your nervous system and withdrawing from them is totally different from opiate withdrawall. It’s no better, just different. In many ways it is a lot harder coming off downers than it is coming off ‘H’.
I have suffered opiate withdrawall many times but I have never had fits and thought that I was dying, but on pills like valium, rohypnol, seconal, tuinol, in fact their are loads of them, many i have never heard of, but they will all cause you to have what a doctor once told me was a ‘Barb fit’. Obviously thats not the medical term but he put it in a language that I would understand.
If you really wanted to come off any of the benzo drugs, and your scared of having fits, your doctor will help you and should give you some capsules to stop the fits and if you want to come off bad enough, you will put up with the rest of it and tough it out. If your not prepared to do that, then it just means that you are not ready to comit yourself and take the plunge. Despite what you hear and read, if you go about it sensibly, you wont come to any harm. It wont be nice but it wont kill you either. But taking them pills will kill you. I have lost more friends over the years than I care to remember because they accidentlly overdosed on downers.
But the important thing is that it can only come from you, only you can decide, no one can make you give it up. Only you.

5:54 am November 26th, 2011

Hi Tim. Thanks for your question. Valium and other drugs are metabolized in internal organs, especially the liver. So drinking water has little effect on how long Valium stays in the body.

dizzyyyyyy
4:44 am November 27th, 2011

Hi, I’ve posted before but I have a different question and need help ASAP. I take Valium for vertigo only occasionally (5 to 10 mg. a month usually or less) and the last 3 doses, a half hour in, I was incredibly anxious, nauseated, vomiting, panicking, diarrhea, and instead of helping my vertigo, it made it worse. Can this all of a sudden happen after months of having it work? Usually I get very calm and sleepy and it dumbs down my dizziness and motion intolerance (vestibular supressant effect). I used it 5 mg. 3 times a day for a week about 8 months ago, and then over the past 7 months have only used maybe 10 doses of the 5 mg. so I don’t use it a lot. I’m just really confused and now I’m anxious that I don’t have that crutch for the bad spin attacks… Thank you so much for taking your time to help people struggling.

sevenstars77
6:13 am December 2nd, 2011

first of all, thank you all for your honest posts, especially you Gaz. I sympathize with you, although I don’t have an addition (or certainly one to valium) I sympathize with you becuase I work in an inpatient pharmacy and am a narcotics technician, so I am responsible for tracking the flow of anything level 1-5 in and out of our vault.

My point-I see addicition start with one pill now and then-and not just in patients, but in actual hospital staff. We track who calls and how much and how often and well, let me tell you-everything is tracked. But I see how the addiction builds and almost compels people, smart educated, “should know better people” into a spiral over a period of time.

I just wanted to say that any of you who want certified licensed info, just call a hospital and say to the operator ” transfer me to the IN-PATIENT pharmacy ” and we (our pharmacists) are required to answer whatever question you ask. out of hospital calls do not reveal the number in the pharmacy and no name is required to be given, no insurance questions are asked. The hospital pharmacists are required to tell you whatever drug info you ask, and it is considered confidential, there is no documentation, unless you are actually a patient or just having left the hospital and it is a follow-up.

For the lady who said she was worried about taking a test and failing becuase she was going to apply for a new job- you shouldn’t need to worry. You can’t be denied for a job, with drugs (legal) in your system, IF YOU HAVE A VALID PRESCRIPTION. Unless of course it would effect your ability to drive or work macchinery- ie to actually execute the tasks on the job applying for.

lastly, yes i had a friend who was taking some stuff (they had a wild after-work life”, and well they swore on taking goldenseal three times a day and juice for 5 days (thats it no food) and EVERYTIME made it through a pee test.

I haven’t been through that, becuase where I work, becuase of my access to medicines of all levels, we have a hair sample taken- and all drugs that I know, are stored in the hair. so, nothing could be eliiminated from my system-becuase of that I wouldn’t ever try!!

hope something in here helps…

michael sullivan
4:17 pm December 4th, 2011

Hi sevenstars77,
I just read your post with interest but I wasn’t sure what you meant by,’Goldenseal’.. I understand what,’Goldseal’ is but I don’t think thats what you are refering to. What is it?
django47

Smiles
11:08 pm January 5th, 2012

Yeah, for those of you that seem to think that everyone on here is a druggie, (even those that are only reading) we’re not all. Some of us have different reasons for asking these questions- searching for the answers. Myself, personally, I was raped… And I ended up taking valium just to be able to leave the house. However, I have a pre-employment drug screen. If I fail, then I lose a wonderful opportunity… However being the subject matter for the cause of the “abuse”- I would rather not disclose to the employer (even if it would save me a job, I’m shaking while typing this). Thanks.

carl s
6:27 pm January 6th, 2012

we know that dmx, the suppresant in over the counter cough syrup can show up as pcp on a urine drug test but how about gualfenesin. the other ingredient in alot of cough syrups. does it show up as anything illegal or what. thanks.

Gaz
10:09 am January 7th, 2012

Smiles, I really feel for you – that must have been a horrible, terrible and dreadful experience; personally, I would asses all rapists, child molesters and anything else that comes close, psychologically. If they did not pass…well, now is not the time nor place . However, “druggie” is an awful term to use – everyone is a “druggie” for some reason. I started talking hard drugs when I was 14, hanging out with older people who shoulda known better. I was just a child and had been abused as a 4/5/6/7/8/9 year old. So, my question to you is – do I fall into the “druggie” category or am i an ok one like you??? You are addicted to a heavy duty sedative Smiles, doesn’t matter what your reasons are for getting addicted – you now are. so you, my dear, are as much of a “druggie” as anyone else on this page. If you are being prescribed by the doctor – it is no concern of your employer – unless its a heavy machinery/driving etc job. If you want the job desperately, just say you had “issues in your childhood” its like saying it but without going into detail. I’m sure you know the statistics for rape/molestation/child abuse – you are the survivor here – that shows a helluva lot of will, want and character. You have come this far, just a few more steps pal. good luck to you pal x

Gaz
10:43 am January 7th, 2012

also, michael sullivan -i agree with you totally on the subject of horror stories. its best not to hear any of that shit if you have a problem with prescribed drugs, cos with the correct planning, reduction and after-care, it can be a whole lot easier than a lot of the ‘war stories’ would have people believe. these stories infiltrate people’s minds. we all know the power of the mind. maybe we should have a small rule on this page, and i admit to talking of my own ‘war stories’ probably; why dont we agree not to say anything that could add to someone’s suffering. it’s a hard one but i’m sure that we can get round it with a little bit of extra effort. we are all here, after all, cos we care…are we not? thanks for opening my eyes to this mate. its a very, very dangerous thing when you really think of it! good luck to you mate!

Gaz
11:22 am January 7th, 2012

dizzy, dunno if you got an answer or not – dont have the time to read every sentence of every post unfortunately! would seem to me that you have gotten yourself a tolerance. if thats the case, you have 2 options – stop them completely, well, withdraw slowley or tell your doc and ask him to up yr dose (from my own experience, i wouldnt go down that route but its your life and your decision! talk it over with the doc, whatever you guys decide, all the best friend x

12:55 am January 8th, 2012

Hi Carl. Thanks for your question. We will answer this question in a new topic and separate article as soon as we can.

2cool2pass
6:42 am January 10th, 2012

Gaz, I have a question… I was popped a while back and i have a drug test on the 11th due to my arrest… I am young, healthy and I weigh 180 (a little chubby but healthy). I took 15mg of Valium about 2-3 weeks ago and I’m wondering if I will pass my drug test… I am not a frequent user… actually the last time I used it before 2-3 weeks ago was in november (25mg) so I’m even less than occasional… I’m definitely not addicted but it is safe to say I made a mistake by taking this drug 3 weeks ago… In your honest opinion, with the low amount that I took and the rare use of this drug, plus I’m 18 so I’m still young, do you think it will be out by the 11th?

dizzyyyyyy
1:08 pm January 12th, 2012

Thanks for the reply Gaz. I ended up not using any for the past 5 weeks and was fine and then used 1 dose a few days ago and it worked like a charm. Idk if it’s going to be a case where sometimes it just hits me wrong or something. Meds are confusing things.

Gaz
2:00 pm January 12th, 2012

2cool, you will pass a swab test but very unlikely you will pass a pee test. good news is, i am quite sure the majority of courts are using swabs now! good luck dood!

Dave M
1:44 pm January 15th, 2012

I am 60 and have been taking Xanax at rate of .05 mg for past 2 years for sleep. Stupid me. I do not smoke or drink. I have never gotten high or buzzed on xanax.
Is Valium prescribed by a doctor as a way to get off this stuff or should I consider going to a treatment facitliy for a 4-5 day medical recovery? I want off this crap.

1:12 pm January 16th, 2012

Hi Dave. You might want to go in to a detox/treatment facility for the short term medical detoxification of Xanax. At the least, experts recommend that you always consult your doctor before discontinuing the use of Xanax (alprazolam). Detox centers will monitor your symptoms and may make recommendations for medications during withdrawal Abruptly stopping Xanax can cause withdrawal symptoms and is not recommended.

Does this help?

Gaz
5:54 pm January 16th, 2012

correct me if i am wrong but Xanax is a more powerful drug than aunt salls. tthey all cos slight with d’s but it s what you wanna experience. a lot can be said for positive will power and the need to do it, good luck!

Jon
7:03 pm January 18th, 2012

Steven Weiss – Regarding your comment as to how …”Anyone taking 10 milligrams of Valium/day for anxiety,ect should be in no position to work …”

As a person who suffers from anxiety,and the(panic-attacks) come on QUICK,and this is one of the reasons its been prescribed to me .

There are allot of people in stress related positions that need medications like this,if not daily,then once in a while.My uncle is an officer,and is also prescribed klonopin.

Please know the facts before making comments about drugs,ect :)

gaz
2:50 pm January 24th, 2012

if you take any amount of valium – you will 99% of the time fail a pee test 4 weeks later. if you take valium recreationally, say maybe 15/20 blues every so often – you will 99% of the time fail a swab up to 3 weeks later. if you have just had the odd one, with a swab – it will be gone in 5 days max 99% of the time. if you are prescribed valium, i would think, surely, that you would be ok anyway – with regards to tests for new jobs etc. anxiety is an illness after all. as long as you aren’t on a massive dose, i can’t see why it would be a prob! one blue a day isn’t gonna make you forget to switch off a machine and, as a result, be responsible for a co-worker being turned into hamburger meat! if they ask, tell them… drinking water and stuff like that makes no difference with valium. you cant “flush it out”, the way some one would if they had an opiate (heroin/codeine/morphine) prob and wanted to pass a test. ‘z drugs’ do not show up as benzos on tests. valium withdrawals are dangerous. yeh, some people can just stop heroin, be tough, soldier on, alone. however, benzos (valium, xanax, mogodons, ativan etc) should not be treated so lightly – there is a serious risk of fitting and the risks that go with fitting, even if you are reducing gradually. dont do that shit alone! have someone , tell someone, go somewhere – anything just to make sure you dont end up a stat!

roxy
9:29 pm January 24th, 2012

I took 3 10 mg valliums 40 days ago how long does it take for it to get out of your system because i am still failing for benzos?

12:44 pm January 25th, 2012

Hi Roxy. Were you taking Valium every day, or just the once?

Gaz
1:07 pm January 25th, 2012

it’ll be out very soon

Kiko
1:46 am January 27th, 2012

I snorted a half of a valium how long would it take to get out,of my system

3:51 pm January 27th, 2012

Hi Kiko. Snorting Valium affects the onset of action, and not the metabolism of Valium. So it will take about the same amount of time to leave your system and go undetected for a drug screen – about 5 days.

Patricia
11:11 pm March 21st, 2012

I was in a detox around the
5th of this month. I was given valium 10mgs for a few days. After that I was given a f,ew shots of Ativan in the hospital. I am still coming up positive in urine screens and was wondering why its still in my system. What is the longest it can stay present in the system?

4:59 am March 22nd, 2012

Hi Patricia. Therapeutic use of Valium usually clears the body within a week of dosing. But each body is different. If you wait for a few more weeks, the diazepam shuld be totally cleared and you will test negative again. Also, just to let you know…if you present your hospital records or order for Valium, a drug screen should should NEGATIVE if you have been using Valium as prescribed.

michelle b
7:51 pm March 25th, 2012

I have been on diazepam for 11 years. not a high dose. i have been stable on 4mg for the last 8 months. i have been reducing since february and stopped taking it on wednesday. the withdrawals have been hell and i was just wondering how long do you think it will take to come out of my system. i was hoping to test negative in 2 weeks but from reading the posts on here i think im fooling myself.

12:14 pm March 26th, 2012

Hi Michelle. Thanks for your question. Were you taking diazepam as prescribed? If so, just present your prescription to the Medical Review Officer at the drug testing facility, and your screen should come up NEGATIVE. If not, it is most likely that regular or chronic diazepam doses will not be totally out of your system 2 weeks after withdrawal.

Does this help?

michelle b
6:20 pm March 27th, 2012

I was prescription addicted and taking it as prescribed by the psychiatrist. it was a regular and chronic dose but i thought as it was such a low dose it wouldnt take long to come out of my system. i am now on day 7 of no diazepam. have never got this far before in the 11 years i have been taking it. getting tested tomorrow which i know will be positive. i am now thinking it might still be testing positive for the next 4 weeks at least.

3:18 am March 28th, 2012

Hi Michelle. I see. You are most likely right thinking that diazepam will be in your system for a while. Long acting benzodiazepines are notorious for staying in the body for long periods of time. But you should not really be feeling the drug’s effects because drug levels are no longer consistently high enough to cause action.

So you are taking occasional drug tests at the psychiatrist’s office? Does your psychiatrist know that you want to stop using diazepam? How are you managing withdrawal symptoms?

gaz
8:06 am March 28th, 2012

michelle, do yourself a favour and look in the mirror and tell yourself, “I have climbed the mountain, it’s all downhill from here!” Be proud, you are over the worst stick with it, the valium will not be working in your system by now; however, it will still give positive samples for a few weeks – that’s just the rubbish coming out of you! Well done xxx

Admin….can you please state at the top that, if being p tested, valium can show for up to 5 weeks please, thanks :0)

michelle b
11:22 am March 28th, 2012

thanks guys for your support. i have just recently got a new psychiatrist and it is him that wanted me to stop using the diazepam as i am pregnant. he said it will be better for the baby. i do weekly drugs tests at the moment. got tested today and it was of course positive for benzos! I have been managing the withdrawals by resting a lot when needed and trying to stay as mentally strong as possible. i use a lot of the coping techniques that i have learnt in my therapy too. as uncomfortable as it is i can cope with the nasty physical withdrawals all day long. its the mental stuff that knocks me more. from charting my withdrawals i have come to learn what days i will feel ill and how long it lasts for. i find this helpful as i know its not going to last forever no matter how bad it gets. i am a little scared that once the diazepam is out of my system completely it will trigger a whole lot of different and worst withdrawal but i guess only time will tell.

4:27 am March 29th, 2012

Congratulations on the pregnancy! And it sounds like you have a competent psychiatrist who is working with you together for a healthy mental state. Keep on going, and let us know how you are in a couple of weeks and when the tests come clean.

gaz
7:46 am March 29th, 2012

michelle, well done/congrats with the pregnancy! great news! so your doing this for the two of you and cant afford to slip up even if you wanted to. being pregnant is the one thing that has had me witness miracles when it comes to women givin up addictive substances. my sister, who is a total bag of nerves, stopped smoking for her three pregnancies (she started right back up straight after right enough but never in front of the kids!
anyway, what i have learned, along my own agonizing road, is that no matter how awful, unmotivated and tired you feel – keep going and keep doing things. it’s only really tough if you allow it to be!
Well done again x

pep
3:41 pm April 1st, 2012

I’ve stopped taking diazepam last week, taking recently 1.5 mg to 1 mg, than I’ve stopped taking it completelly; 4 years ago for my sleeping problems I”ve got lorazepam and then I was switched to clonazepam by my family doctor as a drugs to help me with my sleeping problems; then my psychiatrist has prescribed me diazepam 7.5 mg in the first place to take me off from clonazepam, I was going slowly with tapping off clonazepam and them fianlly since last august, I’ve stopped taking it staying only on diazepam until last week; Ive stopped taking diazepam last week and since then my sleep disappeard, not sleeping at all….. how long would this take to get back to my “normal” stage…….

4:07 am April 2nd, 2012

Hi pep. I’m sorry to hear that you aren’t sleeping. Sleep deprivation is really awful. What does your prescribing doctor say about the insomnia?

gaz
9:41 am April 2nd, 2012

Pep, it’s different for different people. I know that’s not what you wanna hear but I’m not gonna lie and say it’s gonna last a few days, or even a week (which it might). One thing I can say, however, is that it wont last forever. I was ‘awake’ for 30 odd days once and it was an absolute waking nightmare! You get all this advice about it…’take a nice hot bath with relaxants’….’don’t drink caffeine after 6pm’….’read a boring book’. It’s all BS! I know it’s hard to find the motivation but the best thing to do is get up and do shit. Work/exercise/eat healthy – things we, as humans, should be doing anyway. Drain yourself! I found through my own experience that doing stuff is the way to go…Just don’t take tablets, even other things like Z drugs! Stay away from it all and walk through the sleep barrier alone. You will get there. Persistence and determination are everything in your position…

dizzyyyyyy
10:34 am April 2nd, 2012

pep, a friend of mine came off her Xanax (with the doctor’s ok) and the same thing happened to her with the not sleeping. her doctor put her on 2 months of Ambien (sleeping pill) and now she’s off that and able to sleep on her own. i hope you can find something that works for you.

Pep
2:05 pm April 2nd, 2012

Thank you for your support… It really means a lot to me, my psychiatrist was trying to put me on other medications for sleeping but my body was reacting really strange way, so with my doc’s ok I’ve stopped them; i’ve had another sleepless nite & I’m pm day 11 with no diazepam, trying to do breathing at nite to relax my nervous system, do exercise & trying to go day by day since i’m deadly exhausted… Thank you for saying that this will not go forever…. I’ve returned all remaining pills to my doc bc I was getting tempted just to take some a couple of nites back…. I know that I havd to be strong & positive thanks to all of you…..

3:25 am April 3rd, 2012

Hi pep. Good for you! Your actions are a great example for others who may want to do the same. Let us know how it goes after a couple of days!

GoingMad
3:13 am April 15th, 2012

Im so scared. I stopped taking Valium 10 days ago, I was taking 20-30 mg about 3 times a week for about 7 months. Now I feel so crappy I don’t know what to do. I want off of them, but my question is, do you think it’s outta my system yet? When can I expect to feel better? How long can this feeling last? Thank y’all.

4:12 am April 17th, 2012

Hello GoingMad. Thanks for your question. And good for you for stopping the Valium habit. Have you consulted with your family doctor? Medical supervision is ALWAYS suggested during periods of withdrawal and detox from medications. But you should know that there is a phenomenon called PAWS, or post acute withdrawal syndrome during which certain symptoms persist over the course of a few weeks to a few months, or even 6 months after last exposure to RX drugs. Learn more about this, and seek medical help for your symptoms because there are pharmaceutical or lifestyle interventions which can help treat this.

makco
5:09 pm April 17th, 2012

gaz from wot i know and ive been a big vallie user for years and been struk off my methadone no that long ago is that dizapam can be in your pee for any thing between 2weeks and 28 days dont listen to that piss about 3-5 days there on drugs mate

makco
5:12 pm April 17th, 2012

aye a say take loats of hot baths and mabe have a few tins of beer at night to calm you down helps

gaz
3:01 pm April 21st, 2012

Makco,

I know mate – it can actually stay in yr system for up to 6 weekswi pee tests. the courts are using swabs now cos it will be out of that part of yr system in 5 days max. thats what i meant, sorry if u picked me up wrong. hope yi get back on yr script soon pal, all the best, Gary

gaz
3:02 pm April 21st, 2012

Going Mad….just stick with it, you’ll start feeling much better after 4 weeks max. well done so far, just keep at it :0) Gary

makco
1:12 pm April 25th, 2012

aye gaz back on my script at last i dont know how there alould just to strike you off i was on 80ml a was withdrawn for weeks its the craveing that are the hard part dont you think

dizzy
4:31 pm April 26th, 2012

Quick question. If you were going to have withdrawal symptoms, about how soon after you stop taking Valium would you feel the withdrawal?

5:58 pm April 27th, 2012

Hi dizzy.Thanks for your question. Diazepam is a tricky one, as withdrawal can be protracted and depends on amounts and frequency of use. From what I’ve read, Valium withdrawal onset can begin anywhere from 1 day to 10 days after discontinued use.

dizzy
8:27 pm April 27th, 2012

Good to know, that’s very helpful. I really appreciate the input here from people that have experience. It’s helping me to keep things under control BEFORE it gets to be a problem and to know what to look for, and for that I am immensely grateful.

makco
11:24 pm April 27th, 2012

if your stop taking vallium i would go see doctor u may take a fit and your no wantin that if no one else is there u could swollow your touge

RAPSODY
2:50 pm May 10th, 2012

I have taken 10 blue valium on Saturday May 8.I want to put in for new job but In afraid I cant pass drug screen. How long should I wait to put in for this job?

8:32 am May 11th, 2012

Hello Rapsody. Thanks for your question. We do not make suggestions on how to pass a drug screen. But one time only doses of diazepam general clear the system are not detected in urine tests if you wait at least five (5) days after you take Valium. But keep in mind that every person’s metabolism is different AND that we recommend a policy of complete honesty when it comes to drug testing.

goodguy
4:12 am June 15th, 2012

hey i took 2 valiums that where 5mg i was just wondering how long will they be in my system so i can take a drug test??? i have never done them before and i just only took 2 5mgs

1:23 am June 20th, 2012

Hi goodguy. Are you hoping to show positive for the Valiums? Why?

Danielle
3:38 pm June 28th, 2012

I recently took 50 mg of valium this last sunday.. because i was all stressed out i took 30 on saturday and 20 on sunday.. do you think they will be out before tomorrow (friday) 4 days later ~ if i drink alot of water.. i haven’t took them in years before this.. i might have a drug screen and i am very concerned!! please help! i keep hearign it may take months and it is scaring me!! thanks

8:30 pm June 28th, 2012

Hi Danielle. Single, one time use of Valium SHOULD BE metabolized within 5 days of dosing. However, not everyone is the same. Do you still have a prescription for the Valium? Although it may have been years ago, it might still be helpful to take the script with you to the drug screen, in the case that you test positive. Medical Review Officers know that drug addicts don’t “hold on” to old prescriptions to get high…it’s the people that are using medicines as prescribed who don’t constantly need to renew a prescription…so that might help.

Good luck!

Danielle
9:34 pm June 28th, 2012

Do you think it will help if i drink water.. i used to take them had a perscription but i got on methadone so they are real strict cause they are scared your going to o.d… thats why i don’t take them.. like i said i shouldn’t have done it and i regret it.. i just was so over whelmed.. i definatly learned my lesson.. from now on i will do other things that won’t cause me problems to relieve my stress!! thanks.. just please tell me anything else i can do to help?

12:32 am June 29th, 2012

I think that the one thing that you can do to ease your mind is to get a home test and screen yourself…we don’t advise on how to test negative for drug screens. But you can take this action and get rid of the anxiety you feel!

Got that wrong
7:39 am July 3rd, 2012

I accidentally took 2 Diazepam 5mg tablets, I thought they were my Codeine tablets for my shoulder.

Got a nasty surprise when I did a drug test for a new job!!

Fail… That was a week later, they want me to do another test. Will it be out of my system in time, I guess I’ll find out the hard way.

But reading through all the questions and replies, has helped a lot.
Thanks to everyone on this BLOG

Cheers

5:06 pm July 4th, 2012

Hi Got that wrong. Sorry to hear about your mishap. Yes, single dose, single occasion use of diazepam SHOULD be out of your system one week after ingestion. Please let us know how it goes.

Guzman
10:05 pm July 28th, 2012

I do not use drugs but I was given a 1 10mg Val on July 7 for a headache. I took an at Home Drug Test by pharmatech on July 27 and the line for the negative was very faint. According to the instructions it says that REMEMBER – EVEN A VERY FAINT LINE IS A NEGATIVE RESULT. But I will be having a pre employment D test sometime in the next two weeks and I am worried. Any thoughts or comments?

1:22 am July 31st, 2012

Hi Guzman. Valium has a notoriously long half life, and a pretty long detection window. I guess that you’ll have to take the pre-employment drug screen when you are asked to…and submit your aspirations to the results. Can you request a hair sample analysis should your drug screen come back positive?

Emma
12:17 pm August 14th, 2012

Hello,
Some google-ing has brought me here. I occasionally use small doses of valium to overcome anxiety attacks, however unfortunately it is not prescribed to me.

I used 2.5mg yesterday, having last used about 10 mgs on a stressful day in early May- so I am wondering does my use yesterday count as a one time use? I received an unexpected telephone interview today, and I may have a drug test sometime next week with this company so I am worried now. :( I would really appreciate some advice, thank you.

8:02 pm August 15th, 2012

Hi Emma. If your last dose of diazepam was in early May and you really use Valium ONLY on occasions that are so infrequent…yes, the 2.5 mg of Valium you took yesterday can be considered a “one time dose”.

Lola
8:02 am August 17th, 2012

Hi,
I got prescribed 2mg of valium for my anxiety (pretty much nothing) a few days ago but didn’t need one until today. So I took one 2mg tablet today – Friday (which didn’t really feel like it did anything), and then got a phone call for an interview next Wednesday, though I doubt the medical will be ON the day of the interview.

Does anyone know how long it will take for ONE 2mg dose to get out of your system?
I have never ever taken them before, this was the first one ever, as I said I was only just prescribed them.
So the interview is just over 4 days away and like I said I assume the medical will be within the few days AFTER that so it could be even longer.
Will it be gone?

j
10:00 am August 17th, 2012

It depends on Everything guys,,, same as any other illicit or prescription drug, what have ya,,,,, age, activity,metabolism, diet ,duration, amount, etc. etc………….If your active,good diet ,lots of water and theraputic amounts,,,good after 3-5 days,,,if you have a script, no worries…………………….

11:45 am August 18th, 2012

Hi Lola. No need to worry about getting Valium out of your system is you have a prescription. Just take the prescription with you to the drug screen and even if diazepam is still in your system, the drug screen will report NEGATIVE for abuse as long as the diazepam metabolites are within an expected normal range.

David
2:14 am October 1st, 2012

Hello, Ive been an occasional user of diazapam for about 4 months. maybe 30mg – 40mg a week and about 3 times a week. Ive not had anything for 4 days and feeling a bit like maybe im physically dependent. What should I do?

2:11 pm October 2nd, 2012

Hi David. That’s a great question. If you start noticing symptoms of withdrawal sometime around your next expected dose…it is possible that you’ve developed physical dependence on Valium.

Firstly, I’d suggest that you fully disclose your use to a medical doctor. Your doctor can suggest a tapering regimen and can also offer you medical alternatives as you withdraw.

In the case that you’re taking Valium without a prescription, you might also want to consult a mental health professional with experience in addictions. A psychologist or a psychiatrist who can help you uncover some of the reasons you use, and who can teach you how to reframe your thinking to avoid using Valium as a psycho-emotional release.

Does any of this resonate with you?

vince
8:49 pm October 5th, 2012

i took 5 diazepams on the 3rd how long will it be in my system

vince
9:09 pm October 5th, 2012

and i got a pee test monday and the lasttime i took valuiems was sep 11

1:01 pm October 6th, 2012

Hello Vince. In theory, benzodiazepines like Valium can take 4-6 weeks to eliminate from the system, so your use may be detected on the drug screen. One way that you can get a better idea of the testing results would be to order a homes drug testing kit for diazepam and test yourself once weekly until the test is no longer positive.

cnj
4:10 pm October 6th, 2012

if u take 60 mgs 1 time how long is it to get out for a urine screen im aat 14 days now still postive and using the half life formula above ie every 4th day dividing by 2 at what point is it gonna be undetectable <1mg?

cnj
4:12 pm October 6th, 2012

age 27 male 6’4″ 155 lbs almost no fat on me

12:57 pm October 8th, 2012

Hi cnj. It’s difficult to predict anyone’s drug metabolism. So keeping to the general rule, the detection window for Valium in urine screens is up to 4-6 weeks. Wait for the full six (6) weeks to pass before trying to test again at home. Or seek consult with a pharmacist or Medical Review Officer at a drug test screening lab for a more precise estimate.

Too scared
3:27 am October 11th, 2012

Hi, I took 1 10 mg valium on the 7th or 8th to sleep. It was given to me by a friend so it was not prescribed to me. I have a urine screen due on the 16th and it is being given by a dr. I was not aware of the half life and am now petrified to fail. I will lose a very I
Important prescription for pain meds if it shows positive. I have been drinking nothing but cranberry juice and water since I found out about the half life. Is it more likely that I will still fail? I AM PETRIFIED. I would have preferred to not get the sleep than to lose my meds.

1:08 pm October 15th, 2012

Hi Too scared. Well, you may actually be in the clear. One or two time use of Valium is very different than chronic, daily use. Because it will be more than 1-5 days before taking a drug test for Valium, the detection window will have passed and diazepam should be totally out of your system.

Too scared
6:05 pm October 15th, 2012

Thank you very very much for ur response ! : )

Clement
5:11 pm November 1st, 2012

Hello, I have a question and even though I study medication’s to become a pharmacist (thats what I want to be if my Gymanstics dream fail to come true) I have a chronic condition with my back and neck from the sport and Have a drug test every month and if everything works out this time I might get to bring home 3 months worth of opana er 30mg.. I have always had a sleep problem but after my neck surgery I honestly ( if no one else believes me I know the good lord my GOD know’s that im telling the truth) I went 8 nights without even getting 1 min of sleep. I knew then something was very wrong with me.. I have been on this roller coster now for 2 months or longer.. I will go and sleep pretty good for 10 nights and then without warning I will not sleep and I will go 2-6 nights it depends.. My question though is I have heard everthing on here about drug test. I will have one this coming tuesday I took 2 2mg valium to help me get to sleep. Does anyone no since it was a single one time dose if I will pass my drug screen? I am on xanax but I don’t get enough for the whole month and if the valium will show up on the drug screen as just benzo then I have nothing to worry about. I just am worried they will be able to detect the difference Alprzolam and Diazepam. Well any information would be appreciated I can’t afford to get my Opana taken from me for my chronic pain that I substained from Gymnastics…

Clement
8:49 pm November 1st, 2012

wow, to the person also that is suffering sleep deprivation I am with you e mail me anytime and maybe when can help each other out if we find ceartian tec to help. As I said I would go 3 nights and that was fine I didn’t worry about it much. But after I had the neck surgery and went 8 nights without 1 min of sleep I knew I had a big problem on my hands. I just didn’t know what to do. I don’t know if my dr completly believe’s me or not. During those 8 nights if I had gotten just 30 min’s of sleep I would have been happy. But I didn’t. on the 9th of Oct was the day of my Dr appointment also. Well I had been up for a few nights and I started to see things. Pictures everywere I looked I saw pictures of people that I seen on facebook or other picture websites also i saw number’s every were i looked infact it was raining letter’s and numbers. I know I thought I was going crazy but the fact is when you go so long without sleep you hallucinate (please overlook my spelling) I would love to hear anyone elses story when it come’s to sleep mabye we can help each other out in some way.. Well after the 9th that night I didn’t sleep etheir even though I had just got my medication’s Opana Er and Ambien , XanaX. I was scared that it was the medication’s that was making me see things. But enough was enough and on the 10th I took me a couple xanax and about 3 ambien and knocked myself out.. When I woke up i was not seeing things anymore. Then for 10 nights I slept great like a baby. Then out of no were the insomnia hit me I stayed awake for 3 hrs and I realized then I was going to be up for a few nights 4 to be exact. Then a friend gave me 2 ativan and I slept that night. The last 5 nights or so I have slept really well, the opana makes me itch real bad and really make’s my energetic but then I get really tired… I have a dr appoinment next tuesday and I am just praying that the valium I took yesterday don’t show up actually I am going to take one right now as well it’s 2mg My nerves are shot from this sleep problem has me all worried I have so much going on….

pablo
2:43 am December 9th, 2012

I have been off valium for nine months now, but still having high anxiety and have a horrid feeling alot of dissasotiation, can you tell me how long this could persist? heard 6mths to 3years ??

Flynn
1:30 pm January 21st, 2013

Please help as I am freaking out. I am on probation for possession of marijuana and am drug tested. I took a 5 mg valium, just one, on a Saturday afternoon and nine days later took a drug test that I don’t have the results for yet. I am scared to death I’ll go to jail. Only took the valium b/c I had an abortion and was at a low point (depressed, etc.) as I have been drug free for 8 months.
I now can’t sleep or even think about anything else. I go to jail if I fail. I am a 22-year-old female, about 150 pounds. Please help me put my fears to rest and tell me I’ll be OK!

cat
1:36 pm February 7th, 2013

been taking 20mg of valium a day for years, but yesterday i took 30mg at one time because i was going to take an mri and i always feel like im in a coffin. i have had none today but tomorrow i go to my cronic pain doc and they sometimes test you, this doc does not supply the valium my syc does but will it show an abusive level if i am tested?

thanks

9:28 am February 9th, 2013

Hello cat. That’s an interesting question and really one for the testing center’s Medical Review Officer. It’s possible that the bump in the dosage be reflected in increased diazepam metabolites. But I’m not a professional and am not sure. I’d suggest that you call a specialist in toxology or lab reports for drug screening for a better chance of an accurate and medical response.

landfill4sobriety
5:04 am March 3rd, 2013

hello im shawn, i have a serious question i took a 5 mg valium friday night and i have a urine test teusday if i drink lots of fluods and take some vitamins will this be out of my system in time, i need any remedy for removal, i also take perscription drugs such as, clonidine hcl .1mg, abilifu 10 mg, topamax 75mg a day, seriquil, and trileptol, am i in any reason to get cought, will the valium be deluted enough to not be seen i have 3 days left till i go pee for probation!??????

Gary
4:45 pm March 4th, 2013

No -Valium doesn’t wash out yoour system….dunno wot else to say mate…sorry :0)

b0b
8:37 pm March 30th, 2013

I ate one single 5mg tablet 9 days ago, and it is *still* showing up on pee tests.

I have a bunch of the pee cups here at work, and have been testing every day. i have consumed so much water that it’s not even funny, and yes, that one little 5mg tab is showing up NINE DAYS LATER. It is the only one that I have eaten in 6 months too.

Kyle
8:01 pm April 8th, 2013

I took 10mg of valium and was wondering will it show up in a blood test? If so how long will it show in a blood test for?

mike
12:04 am April 23rd, 2013

How about first time ever. Took 5mg valium and have 15 days till drug test? what do you think?

Andrea Birke
2:39 am May 29th, 2013

I don’t seem to have any other coping skills than these two drugs: alcohol and valium I love that i don’t have hangover, but I don’t have any verve . more just anger. nothing solved though denial mode seems to help me cope..

10:12 am June 3rd, 2013

Hi Andrea. You seem to have a honest appraisal of the situation. When you’re ready to stop using, check in with a psychologist, your family doctor or an addiction treatment center for help. Sooner or later, the drugs stop working.

Barbara
10:43 pm July 4th, 2013

Can valiumn cause your ck levels to rise

Barbara
10:45 pm July 4th, 2013

What do you mean

Barbara
12:49 am July 6th, 2013

Does Valium cause cardiac markers to rise

Zayde
1:51 am October 25th, 2013

Hey this is really urgent so im hoping you can help, im struggling to find a source or an article explaining why discontinuation of benzos can show fluctuating results in drug screens weeks after use..

7:43 pm October 25th, 2013

Hi Zayde. I’d suggest that you ask a Medical Review Officer, whose job it is to review drug screens, about the half life of benzos and how they affect metabolites during cessation of use.

asia
6:59 am November 1st, 2013

i took 5 ten mg valium and have a mouth swab on Tuesday it is Thursday night , if i take niacin with cranberry pills to flush my system would it be out by Tuesday or Thursday at the latest

lybett
4:42 pm November 10th, 2013

My daughter took one 10 mg Valium tab late on Wednesday night and had an Oral Swab taken on Friday afternoon at 3.30 pm Will this show up ?

Amnesty
5:05 am February 26th, 2014

I have not taken a diazepam in about a month, so why are the levels in my system going up??

casedogg
6:38 pm March 10th, 2014

I took two 5mg valiums lastnight and I am getting drug tested this week will they be out of my system or not I am on probation n they are urine tests but I dint want to serve a year in jail please help me!! is there and certain pills I can buy to detox them system and make me clean or are there any other methods I can do like drinking lots of whatever ive already drank 3 160z bottle of water today

Matt
6:13 pm April 1st, 2014

I am a spinal cord injury patient and have horrible spasticity… My doctor says it acts directly with a site specific gaba receptor and you don’t get the sleep induction qualities…. at least they are repressed… counter act that with caffein. Valin does wonders relaxing the pain from by legs… turns the muscles off… I went within a year to 40mg a day and have pretty much stayed there currently for 6 years….unless there is a special function like a date or something. Ther is some tolerance, but it’s all up to you. The drug is godsend if used correctly.

alfred
2:29 am May 31st, 2014

how long will one time use of 20 miligrams of valium staying my urine and i weigh 280lb

Dave
3:16 am June 4th, 2014

I have been prescribed gallium for the last 3 years. I will take 10-20 mg per day. Skip a week then take them again. I have not taken any for six weeks now and it still showed on drug screen. My rx was valid when iI was taking the but now that I have been tested it is no longer valid.

sharon p.
1:10 am June 25th, 2014

I took 2×10 mg of Valium and I want to know: how long it will be in my urine?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
9:21 am June 26th, 2014

There is no one-size-fits-all response. It all depends on the metabolism of the individual, dosage, weight, age…According to some studies Valium stays in your body and urine for a period of 1-6 weeks.

js
10:06 pm July 6th, 2014

I took 21 10mg valiums over a 4 week period. how long do you estimate it would take to be clean my system naturally. thanks…

Jamie
1:02 am July 27th, 2014

I took 2, 5mgs Valiums,1 on the 14th & 1 on the 17th oh this month, July. Will be screened on the 31st. Will it still. Be in my urine? I have not taken any more!

Dee
2:11 pm September 10th, 2014

Hi I am worried i have 2 years clean but took 4mg of Valium friday night because of an abscess in my tooth. now its wednesday and i took a drug test today and im wondering if it will show up!!!! I was desperate, my dentist was off and i was in ALOT of pain so I needed something to sleep as the pain was un bearable. I am 35 years old 125 pounds and i run 6 miles every day, do you think my urine is clean?

John
10:06 pm September 20th, 2014

I took 7 10mg Valium Thursday night and 1 more Friday at 6pm
how long until it will be out of my system?

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