Today, a 92 year old male reported he had been taking Valium for approximately 50 years.
He told me he was in his late 30's when he started.
I was seeing him for the first time.
I doubted Valium had been around for that long but I kept my thoughts to myself.
A quick check this evening confirms that he was right.
Valium was approved in 1960 and released in 1963.
He was born in 1925.
He would have been 38 in 1963 (his late 30's).
I would love for him not to take it since it's got so many potential adverse effects in the elderly.
However, I'm also practical enough to know that his Valium receptors would be pretty upset with me if I tried to stop it.
It's definitely a case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."