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Hey kelsey, There are more things to consider than hiowmany hours it takes from your last doe to reach terminal half life.

Diazepam (Valium) half-life. single use- 20-100 hours, active metabolites [36-200]hours.

The initial effects of the drug, such as the theraputic value may end in as little as 8 hours, but the way Benzo's are stored and the collateral effects of benzos can be felt for weeks or months after continued use which is anything beyond 3-4 weeks.
Benzo's can cause Oversedation,Drug interactions, Memory impairment
Paradoxical stimulant effects, Depression, emotional blunting, Adverse effects in the elderly, Adverse effects in pregnancy,Tolerance and Dependence.

There isn't an exact answer for you and whether your raplacing it with another benzo Vs going cold turkey which can cause seizures makes a huge difference andcan be the difference between comfortable transitions and horriable withdrawal that can cause seizures. Again, there is no such thing as a benign medication. Although a med may do what we want it to do, it's also going to have effects on our body,mind or personality we don't partuiclarly want. Same with opiates or any other suddenly safe for everyone according to the manufacturer and those who advocate their use.

Do not try to withdrawal from benzo's on your own without medical advice, guidelines or supervision.

I don't know how long you have taken benzo's and what your ultimate goal is, but it takes months to get this stuff out of your system, months to sleep normally again, months to stop shaking and sweating and months to feel normal again is pretty standard with prolonged use. There isn't a short cut nor any benefit from putting your body through that kind of dangerous withdrawal,


Good luck, Dave