The VA started me on valium in 1968. 10mgs four times a day. This was in 1968 and have been on it since then. I was 22 at the time and am 70 now. They have started cutting me to three a day and replaced the fourth with escitalopram oxalate 10 mg once a day. I have had bad panic attacks for all these years and when the VA started cutting me the started by cutting my dosage in half. I understand, from three therapist that a quick cut like that was very dangerous. I went in to a bad panic because I wasn't going to get my precious valium any more at least four a day. I raised a stink because of what dangers the therapist had told me about. Now I get the three 10 mgs valium and one escitalopram oxalate 10 mg a day. Been about a month and I don't feel any better. I'm back to feeling like I did in 1968 with the panic attacks. Is this normal? A physical or mental problem?