- Benzo Withdrawals - Symptoms

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Symptoms of withdrawal commonly include:
(remedies listed below)

Benzodiazepine withdrawals are very different from person to person, but they typically mirror a worse version of those symptoms controlled by taking benzos to begin with (anxiety, insomnia, etc.). Over a period of time dependent on how long you've been taking benzos, your body will eventually adjust to how it was before you began taking the drugs. It is very important to withdraw from benzodiazepines under the close supervision of a medical professional. Usually, the worst of your withdrawal symptoms will be over after 6-12 months.

Important: Cold turkey withdrawals from high dose daily benzodiazepine use can result in deadly convulsions. In addition, depression can be severe in some patients during a withdrawal, leading to suicidal thoughts. If you are experiencing either of these serious symptoms during your withdrawal, contact a medical professional immediately!

  • Aches and pains
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Dysphoria
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle aches
  • Perspiration
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Stiffness
  • Violence
  • Vomiting
  • Depending on the severity of your dependency, you may not experience all of these symptoms, or you may experience some more than others. The duration of your symptoms depends on the benzo you’ve used most during the previous 3-4 weeks. The intensity of your symptoms depends on both the benzo you’ve used most, and your dose. Xanax is on the shorter-acting end of the benzodiazepine class of medications, while Valium is on the longer-acting end (often used when tapering down).

    Commonly Used Over-The-Counter Remedies:

  • Aches and Pains: Relief is most commonly found with Tylenol (acetaminophen / paracetamol), in doses up to 1000mg per 4 hours. Take care not to exceed 4000mg of Tylenol per 24 hours, as it is very hard on the liver.
  • Fatigue: See Supplements for more information on amino acid supplementation and adrenal support to combat fatigue.
  • Insomnia: See Supplements for more information on over-the-counter and herbal sleep remedies. Many of the more popular sleep remedies are not recommended during a benzo withdrawal, because they act on GABA receptors just the same.
  • Loss of Appetite: As eating solid foods is commonly a challenge for those detoxing from opiates, many people find Ensure drinks useful as meal replacements. Filled with important nutrients, you can provide your body with the nourishment it needs.
  • Nausea: Ginger capsules are commonly taken to reduce nausea, in combination or instead of the usual remedies for an upset stomach, such as Pepto-Bismol or Tums.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome: See Supplements for more information on natural vitamin/mineral treatments.
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