Sometimes I get really panicked when I can't breathe. I have never taken Valium regularly, in fact, quite rarely. When I take one, my breathing relaxes, but my new doctors won't prescribe it. They want Ativan, which I tried and it made my breathing worse. I was on Valium while in hospital (5 mg twice daily) for exacerbation and I was under the care of the COPD clinic doctors. My oxygen levels are usually between 96-99 even with Valium. Has anyone else used it?