What are withdrawal symptoms for benzodiazepines?

What is benzodiazepine (benzo) withdrawal like?

asked 14 Mar '12, 16:27

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A benzodiazepine, also known as a “benzo” or “BZD”, is a drug most commonly used to treat anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, seizures and muscle spasms. Benzos also treat substance withdrawals and are used to stabilize patients for medical procedures. Benzodiazepines include Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Klonopin, and other “tranquilizers”.

(27 Mar '12, 14:26) Jack ♦


Drug Detox

Drug detox helps recovering addicts manage withdrawal. Professional assistance is recommended when dealing with benzo withdrawal.


Prescription Drugs

Benzodiazepines are available by prescription only.



Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are prescribed to treat anxiety, restlessness, seizures, and some withdrawal symptoms.



Xanax is the most commonly prescribed benzodiazepine.

Heavy and/or long-term use of benzodiazepines can cause permanent changes in the brain, and withdrawal can be prolonged and dangerous. High blood pressure spikes, convulsions and other complications are common, unless detox is carried out by trained medical personnel. Post-acute withdrawal (the period during which the brain and body are returning to normal) can last for months or years, even when the damage is not permanent.


Benzo withdrawal can be fatal if not carried out in a medical setting...


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