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Five (5) facts about benzodiazepine withdrawal (you need to know)

Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be debilitating. The limbic system in the brain kicks into overdrive. Symptoms such as extreme fatigue, depression, and panic are common. How can you support yourself during the months-years long process of detox from benzos? Quitting a benzodiazepine medication can be made easier if you are prepared for what to expect and equipped with the right information about what benzo addiction is, how you can find the best addiction treatment program for you, and the rehab process entail. Learn more in this Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment Programs and Help guide. With a section at the end for your questions and comments.

Benzos overexcite our minds and bodies

Before we talk about what you can do to support yourself when going through benzodiazepine withdrawal, let’s review how benzos affect the brain.

There are two opposing systems in the brain: the glutamate and GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) systems. Think of glutamate as the gas pedal: it excites things into action. GABA, on the other hand, puts on the brakes. Benzodiazepines damage GABA receptors so that glutamate is free to run rampant, overly exciting everything in our bodies.

Without enough working GABA receptors to calm down the excitement from glutamate, our central nervous system goes into overdrive. The limbic system, the region of the brain responsible for flight, fight or freeze kicks into action around the clock. We experience:

  • fear
  • terror
  • debilitating panic

Derealization and depersonalization are common withdrawal symptoms, as well. Severe depression, crushing fatigue, weakness, dizziness, burning skin, and a host of other debilitating symptoms can occur from taking a benzodiazepine.

We’re still learning about benzo withdrawal

It’s true that not everyone taking a benzo will experience a horrific withdrawal. Genetic mutations are the suspected culprits that cause the drug to mangle some brains but not others. However, the exact pathway of damage is not yet known.

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What we do know about the experience of detoxing from benzo withdrawal comes from the collective stories of people who have survived it. The Internet is helping collect information about withdrawal and to disseminate more accurate facts to help people better navigate benzo withdrawal.

Five (5) benzodiazepine withdrawal facts

Here are five (5) of the facts that everyone taking a benzodiazepine should know:

1.  Going to a doctor who is not benzo-wise can make you worse.

Most doctors are not very well educated about the dangers of benzos or the withdrawal process and symptoms. It is important that you educate yourself by studying the Ashton Manual, the gold standard to date for getting off a benzo. You may want to join one of the new online benzo communities run by benzo survivors that are springing up in response to the global need for help and guidance in benzo withdrawal.

Rehabs and detox centers are not the place to go to stop taking a benzo. Both taper patients off very quickly, which shocks the brain so to speak. This can result in a more symptomatic and longer withdrawal.

TIP 1: Consult with a medical doctor with experience in benzodiazepine withdrawal.

2.  Time is the only thing that heals.

There are no pills, potions, or lotions that speed up the healing process or make it go away. Some things can take the edge off, however. Many of those things come with a steep price tag of their own to pay when you want to stop taking them. It may be better to gut out withdrawal without adding insult to injury.

Many drugs, vitamins and supplements make us worse, not better. Compiling the stories of so many that have gone though withdrawal we now know that vitamin D, vitamin B and magnesium often rev up our symptoms. Further, herbs and supplements that work on GABA receptors should be avoided. Kava Kava, Valerian, Phenibut, and Chamomille are known to cause problems.

Medical marijuana usually makes people have an increase in symptoms. Anxiety, depersonalization, derealization, fear, paranoia and panic can result from smoking or eating edibles. CBD, (cannabidiol) is a marijuana compound that does not cause a high. It is not psychoactive like THC. CBD has been shown to reduce seizures and pain. However, some people in benzo withdrawal react negatively to it. It is best to avoid the use of medical marijuana in benzo withdrawal.

Many naturopaths, acupuncturists and functional medicine doctors like to prescribe vitamins and supplements. You must do your homework before you agree to take any thing no matter how natural or organic it may be. Not sure how to find out if what you want to take is known to cause problems? Join one of the many online benzo groups and ask other members. Remember, we can’t rely on doctors (yet) because they are not educated about benzo withdrawal. They mean well, however, the often harm instead of help.

TIP 2: Avoid the following vitamins and supplements:

  • Chamomille
  • Kava Kava
  • Magnesium
  • Medical marijuana
  • Phenibut
  • Valerian
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin D
  • Any herbs and supplements that work on GABA receptors

3.  Watch what you eat. Food can trigger an avalanche of symptoms.

It’s not just drugs, vitamins, herbs or supplements that can cause an unbearable spike in benzo symptoms. Food can trigger very uncomfortable reactions as well. Many people going through benzo withdrawal become food sensitive. I couldn’t eat garbanzo beans without an increase in symptoms. Salmon revved up my symptoms too. Cane sugar and honey can increase withdrawal symptoms.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) needs to be avoided. It is an excitotoxin. Food additives, colorings, preservatives and artificial sugars can increase withdrawal symptoms. Sugar substitutes such a xylitol have been known to cause severe gastro problems. Caffeine and alcohol also make us much worse and should be avoided.

Benzo survivors usually try many different eating styles in order to feel better. Some try the GAPS diet, while others go Paleo. Some become strict vegans, while others just shun gluten. Diet is personal choice that only you can decide for yourself. Nothing to date speeds up the healing of the damaged GABA receptors, however, some diets do allow us to feel a bit better than others.

TIP 3: Find a diet that works for you. Look into GAPS, Paleo, vegan, or gluten-free diets. Avoid certain foods like:

  • Alcohol
  • Artificial sugars or sugar substitutes
  • Caffeine
  • Cane sugar
  • Food additives, preservatives, or coloring
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Honey
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Salmon

4.  Don’t up dose or reinstate unless it is to save your life.

One of the worse pieces of advice people are given in benzo withdrawal is to take more of the drug if they are struggling while tapering, or to reinstate (go back on the drug) if they are off.

A process called “kindling” can take place once you have been exposed to a benzodiazepine. No one knows exactly what takes place in the brain to cause this phenomenon. However, we know that it exists. If you go down in dose then go up, getting back down can be even harder the second time. The brain has been “kindled.”

If you are off the drug, especially for more than four (4) weeks, going back on the drug can backfire. You may become tolerant to the dose you reinstate on, and up dosing will not bring relief. You may be far more symptomatic and tapering may be brutally hard.

TIP 4: Keep moving down in dose. Once off, stay off, unless you feel your life may be in danger.

5.  Chances are good your old anxiety will be history!

Many people who have navigated benzo withdrawal find that the original complaint that drove them to see their doctor is long gone after withdrawal ends. You may be frightened in the midst of withdrawal and feel that your old anxiety has returned. That is your damaged brain misfiring fear.

You’ll know when withdrawal ends if you still have your original anxiety. (you’ll be able to seek appropriate help if you feel you need to do so.) Once we are healed, many of us feel we are made of titanium. We’ve lived through hell on earth. Nothing much ruffles our feathers. Chances are good that you will feel this way, too.

TIP 5: No matter how much fear, anxiety and panic you have in withdrawal, know that once your brain heals, it will fade away. The amount of fear you feel in the depths of withdrawal is not the way you will feel the rest of your life.

Freedom from benzos is a new beginning

Benzo withdrawal is not a walk in the park for many. However, getting free from the drug increases your health and possibly your life span. For the millions who have gotten free, a whole new life awaits! Many are happier and far healthier than they were pre-benzo or on a benzo.

You can get free!

You can be whole, happy and healthy again.

If you are struggling, please send us a message in the comments section below. We’ll do our best to respond to you personally and promptly.

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333 Responses to “Five (5) facts about benzodiazepine withdrawal (you need to know)
2:24 pm August 17th, 2015

Hi hope I can help I’m 54 been on benzodiazepines for 33 years. Just recently I came off them cold turkey it’s been 2 months now and I’m still on pretty bad shape I don’t know what to do. I’m parlized with fear anxiety I sweat horrible I can’t sleep at all my memory is shot I’m feeling helpless. Please help me :( Thanks, Laura

11:03 am August 19th, 2015

Hi I am suffering from paws.after a psychiatrist put me in cold turkey after being on benzo’s for can i find the groups that you mentioned.I feel so alone thankyou

2:21 am August 20th, 2015

Hi! I am 16 months post Ativan. I wen to a so-called benzo doctor in Toronto to be reassured that I would heal aftet 2 months on Ativan and 3 months tapering. He actually said that 16 months is too long after being on for a short time and wanted to give me an AD because he said I was depressed. I am not depressed and refused the AD. Did I do the right thing? Still suffering. Thanks

1:22 am August 22nd, 2015

Hi! Let me open by saying I’m so happy I found this site~it’s very liberating. I don’t have a huge support system…the few people who know expect me to be “cured” after just 1 month off Benzos (2mg Xanax in divided doses daily for 3 yrs & Tranxene 7.5 mg BID for almost 2 years.). Before that I only had the Tranxene at a much lower dose (3.75 mg BID). There was a HUGE change in my life and that brings me to today. On July 4th 2015I went cold turkey off xanax but kept my tranxene~ self medicating with a higher dose. On July 23, 2015 I went cold turkey off Tranxene as I could not get an Rx from anyone…not even a prescribing Dr. (Psychiatrist) at the sliding scale pay rate help center in my community. He did, however, prescribe Gabapentin, 1800mg daily in divided doses as well as a low dose of hydroxyzine to calm my anxiety. I don’t take the hydroxyzine prescribed dose because after reading the possible side effects include seizure it seemed a little scary considering all I’ve read about benzo withdrawal.

Having said all of that, I have a couple of questions. First, I have learned that Gabapentin can cause problems when you stop taking it and should be tapered. Is there a recommended taper for 1800mg taper? I have 300mg capsules. My next question is what my seizure risk may or may not be at this point (1 month benzo free) if I slowly taper off the gabapentin. I am TERRIFIED of having a seizure!

My second question involves symptoms. The main symptom that has thus far been the most problematic is the feeling that my head is in a fishbowl…and there’s pressure in my head, ears & neck along with tinnitus. I am sleeping and eating well but what I just described hikes up my anxiety & can often be somewhat debilitating. Is this expected at this phase?

Keep in mind I realize you cannot give concrete answers & only advisement based on your experience & expertise.

Thank you so much for the chance to have some answers/input.


4:39 pm August 22nd, 2015

How do I sleep?

4:05 pm August 24th, 2015

Hi Laura. Going off cold turkey certainly didn’t make things easier. But, now that you are off, it will take a long time for your body and brain to heal. Your organism is used to the presence of benzodiazepines and needs to learn how to function without them. I believe that going to counseling meetings can help you greatly. Knowing that you are not alone in this, getting support and giving support…it’s all a part of the healing experience. I wish you a successful and faster recovery! Don’t loose hope and motivation.

4:17 pm August 24th, 2015

Hello Shaun. Here are the links from several online benzodiazepine withdrawal support groups:, and Hope this helps.

4:44 pm August 24th, 2015

Hello Angie. If you were not experiencing depression, there was really no reason for the anti-depressant medications. As long as you are feeling better as time passes, things will be getting much better.

8:33 am August 29th, 2015

I have been taking ativan for 2 yrs. Down to 1 1/2 mg for sleep from 2 daytime 2 nitetime. I was given ativan after my dr gave me cymbalta for shoulder pain. Had an horrific reaction and then 5 days later he took me cold turkey off of a rotation of 7 days triazolam and 7 day ambien. Ended up in ER with serious withdrawl. Any way now I am doing 1 1/2 mg for sleep only but woukd like to stop. I do have very bad sleep issues.

12:06 pm September 7th, 2015

Hello Sally. Sorry it took a while to reply to your questions. As you already know, these are questions that will require professional and medical guidelines. Tapering doses of Gabapetin is recommended for patients who were taking it for a longer period of time, and the general tapering rate is 10-20% off the initial dose every week or every other week. Of course, doses are additionally adapted to your individual needs and reactions. As for the symptoms, again, I suggest you report these effects to a doctor that will be able to assess the situation and determine the best course of treatment for you. Also, check out Dr. Ashton’s manual, which provides thorough descriptions of what to expect and how to treat withdrawal symptoms as they arise and has been a life-saving book for many people in recovery.

8:30 am September 10th, 2015

I have tapered to 1 1/4 mg from 1 1/2 of Ativan for about 6 days. I plan to stay at this level for at least 2 more weeks and I see my Dr next week. Have no idea at this point what I will do if I am able to taper to 0 since I have horrible sleep issues. But I want off this medication.

11:43 pm September 20th, 2015

I’ve been living under the spell of the benzo withdrawal syndrome now for over 5 years. From the outset, it’s been a living hell. It’s utterly debilitating and my life is completely dysfunction. It’s ripped out my sole and distorted my reality completely on all levels.

I’ve got a way to go still in tapering (a few more years if I can survive). I do live in hope – the hope that one day I will have a life free on benzo, and hopefully free of all the impairments that the withdrawal brings along.

My advice, should you unwittingly find yourself in a similar situation – do your homework (there’s lots of info and data available on the net), take medical advice with a pinch of salt (most medical professionals are ignorant to the inherent complexities of this topic), never NEVER consider a rapid detox program, hook up with an organisation or group who specialise in this subject and stay true to yourself (you are the only one who knows how the benzos have fu**ed you up).

There is help out there, you’ve just got to find it. One day, you will be benzo free.

12:32 am September 26th, 2015

Hey I have suit bromazeppam 3 mg cold turkey I wama I feel anxity and depression is it witndraw I mean can 3′ mg bromazeppam cause withdraw that was sole dose but for 4 years regularly thnks

9:00 pm October 13th, 2015

I find it very difficult to incorporate all this information for example foods because I have severe migraines which started all this mess in the beginning I know some foods not to take but others or vitamins kind of difficult. As far as not going back to medications I know I nearly killed myself like going cold turkey off of morphine and Klonopin. Not to reiterate but in all honesty when I get these horrible migraines when I start to get off the drugs I find it almost necessary no it is necessary for me to get back on them so that I’m not totally incapacitated. In short it is a very very difficult slope to navigate my doctors don’t have the answers and one of them is in an addictiononalogist!! Sadly in reality they all end up treating you like drug addicts even though they are the ones who gave you the prescriptions in the first place

10:14 pm October 16th, 2015

Are there no supplements that lesson the anxiety associated with withdrawal. I am almost done with my withdrawal. I was on 3 mg. of Clonazepam a day for 6-7 years. In March 2015 I weaned off Cymbalta, and I felt like a new person. In April I began weaning of of Clonazepam. It has been, an continues to be, a miserable experience that I wouldn’t wish on anyone! Now that I am down to .25 mg. per day, and have been for a week, can I just stop taking it after another week?

6:04 pm October 21st, 2015

Dear Ivana, you seem to know the exact situation that I am in. I took .5mg Xanax for 5 months and .5mg klonopin for 6 months. I quit cold turkey at River Oaks hospital over 37 months ago. I am still dealing with panic attacks and anxiety. It has been a daily battle. When I left River Oaks they placed me on 50mg visteril and 150mg trileptal. I am still taking these two medications til this day. I don’t know if the trileptal is doing any good or not. Any advice would be appreciated. Be it that I am this far out at your facility do you think that you could help me in any kind of way. Like I read earlier is just takes time. thanks, Martin

5:12 pm October 26th, 2015

I was on clonazepam 23 years,after 11 years a VA doctor stopped it and i got severe hives on 95% of my skin. Recently I was hospitalized for severe depression and the benzo was tapered for a few days and I was given the self help book. I’ve had headaches and dizziness,but the cognitive behavioral therapy is helping me a great deal.Hope to be all better soon.I hope this info helps someone.

12:34 pm November 10th, 2015

Hi Martin. Truleptal is mainly prescribed to prevent or treat seizures, which can occur when detoxing and recovering from benzodiazepine use, while the Vistaril is prescribed for symptomatic relief of anxiety and tension. It would be good if you can go and see your primary doctor and consult him on whether you can finally stop taking these medications. I believe you still need the Vistaril to help you with your anxiety and panic attacks. Other than that, it really does take time and as your body and brain are slowly returning to homeostasis, you will be feeling better and better as time passes.

7:15 pm November 22nd, 2015

I am at day 115 off off cloazepan I did feel better until this last week. I did go home to visit my mom. Like moms she was happy to see me. She is 89 years old and comes from the old school. Sweets and celebration I am starting a diet today. I was eating way to much sweets and drinking coffee I think I was feeling better and wanted to be normal again. Also my windows are of very pronounced taste smell and feeling. Only after a few hours of avoiding the cookies or the chocolate milk I feel different, better. To be of help to others I will post here after some time goes by. For some reason I thought I could bull doze my way back to normal. I am pretty certain this has caused my wave. I am excited to see if there are results. I recall that a month back even a bit of sugar made me il. I think we need to know that the saying. We need a few treats in our life. Does not apply with benzo withdrawal. A struck diet is important since our gut is as sensitive as our brain. This is the time to listen to our gut. Make changes make notes and help the others who are confused with this disaster that main stream medicine has created. The use of these drugs may have their use. But it most certainly is a drug of last resort!

12:59 pm November 27th, 2015

Hello Mike. You’re doing very well! I’m glad you find your way without Clonazepam. Thanks a lot for sharing your experience, I hope that our readers will find this info useful. And, do keep us updated :)

1:03 pm December 1st, 2015

First of all let me start by saying I had been on OxyContin for 15 years 220 mgs a day. Plus 4 mgs of clonazapam. I stopped the OxyContin by tapering but not slowly. I just started eating a completely raw diet of salads, organic lettuce I grew myself. Organic sprouts, lots of organic cashew butter and almond butter. Do NOT eat peanut butter it has mold in it. Seaweed wraps with avocado, fruit, and goat Keifer to help keep my gut healthy. I also took amino acids, L theanine, gaba, inositol for depression and Calm, which is powered magnesium before bed for the dancing foot syndrome. I drank sleepy time tea and valerian root tincture. I also take saffron for depression too. When I feel so exhausted I take Tyrosine. Oh and L typrophan for relaxation also. Hot Epsom salt baths with Lavender oils are nice when you feel anxious or aches and pains. Flax seed oils, walnuts and sunflower seeds. Eat all organic. Are brain is mostly fat and if you feed it the right healthy fats it will help immensely! I am on 1/2 of 1 mg of clonazapham still but I will run out in 2 days and do not intend to renew my prescription. I feel so much better already. The withdrawal was bearable and I am excercising daily. I sure hope this helps someone’

5:33 am December 2nd, 2015

Does anyone know who can help me in las Vegas to get off of ativan asap thank u in advance. I am getting terrible acid reflux

9:12 am December 2nd, 2015

Hey Janice. Call our trusted treatment provider to learn more about your treatment options in Las Vegas. The number is displayed on our site.

4:00 pm December 8th, 2015

thanks for the article. I have been oFF of my Ativan since last October (1 mg a day for approximately 9 years). I am doing ok but panic attacks and anxiety still seem severe sometimes..even being off of this benzo for 14 months.

Any thoughts on how long this might last? I do realize that my original anxiety issues are probably resurfacing. Thanks!

3:19 am December 10th, 2015

I was once addicted to benzos and been clean for a month but then I went on a 60 pills .5 binge within 4 days so just wondering will I have any wd it was only for days but high doses

8:53 am December 10th, 2015

25 years on Ativan. I am chemically sensitive and chronic fatigue syndrome and headaches. Nobody understands or will help me.

3:09 am December 11th, 2015

Day 135 I know I am better but want much better. The morbid thinking sparks most the symptoms as does the length of this healing. I went for a full checkup today and all was good. I thought since my body and mind was so torched by the benzo wd that getting checked out was a good idea. All good. I also read about magic 6 months that’s when a number of people have reported big progress since it is around the corner for me it made me stronger.. It’s important to know that there is many more bad wd post then good. People who get better have told me that they tend to get off the topic when feeling better. It’s like they can’t recall why it was so bad but the know it was bad.maybe just the shock of the wd blocks the memories. The point is there are people who are on posts who state things like” I don’t know about benzos but etc etc”. Make certain you stay with sites like this one which screen.snd remmember that the worst cases will be seeking the most help. If you are getting windows you are lucky because you will be better. If you are not getting windows you most likely will get better just not have the luxury of that good sign.

4:15 pm December 12th, 2015

Mike here 136 days out. Had a real super calm window yesterday which lasted a few hours. It has changed but I feel better than before. First one since the few I had very early after K.
I have discovered through my blood test this week that I am normal except for lactic acid. Ruling out oblivious cause I was left with the Doctor saying we should re check in a month.
I did take an Aleve the day before and had a bad reaction. I dug deeper and discovered that my sinus issues can cause this. It could be histamine intolerance! So I went on line
And found a lot of info. Also found a low histamine diet. Without sounding like I discovered America. I just wanted to mention this since antihistamines have been suggested as relief
Of withdrawal. Inflammation is possible the root cause of depression and anxiety. It would make sense to reduce inflammation. Histamine cause inflammation. Reduce inflammation
Where you can may lead to more comfort. I have started on the low histamine diet. Also have been taking Turmic powder with olive oil and pepper. The pepper and olive oil
Help obsorb the Turmic. It seems to calm the benzo belly. I for one have had a strange liquid taste coming from my front tooth at the gum. When I drink liquid my spit is thicker
And cloudy in color. I have had this leak so bad into my mouth it kept me awake. There seams to be a connection between benzo belly and the leaking. Histamine may be leaking into
My stomach. If that is the case powerful histamine could could all kinds of issues. This is simple and not dangerous to do. Let’s face it spending our time worrying if we are going to be sick for ever or experimenting with simple changes and remedies. It is important to know that people with histamine intolerance feel pretty bad overall. This may not be the root cause of the wd but the wd may cause or exaggerate the histamine issue. Chicken or egg. In either case reducing histamine seems to make sense. I know this is a very good blog. It is designed to provide support. What better way to support than to work together to find relief for this horrible ordeal. Benzos the Devils handy work.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:29 pm December 14th, 2015

Thanks for sharing your experience, Mike. You’re doing great!

11:54 pm December 14th, 2015

Whatabout eliminating caffeine ? I have been off Ativan since October 2014. (14 months) and I am still having severe anxiety symptoms and inner shakes. I hear eliminating caffeine is great but I was a 4 cup a day gal. Im wondering if substituting decaf for some of it will help? (Hope so!)

1:14 am December 15th, 2015

Jennifer Leigh. Id love to know how to reach you. YOu say you ‘work with people worldwide’. How can we contact you?? :)

12:07 am December 19th, 2015

Hi again. Day 141 clear. Waiting for the window to come and stay. I tried Hydroxyzine today. 25 mg. took it while in town. Mistake I came home and sleeper for 4 hours. I did feel signs of a window. Hydroxyzine Is a antihistamine from the old school. Here in Costa Rica it is over the counter. As is soma. I feel Hydroxyzine was helpful since good sleep is important. I think using it time to time when sleep is most hard to get will be my next trial. Instead of 25 mg I will take 12.5 since I am very sensitive to drugs since benzo wd. I do have allergies and I do need good sleep. Perhaps these were my problems before. I think taking meds for withdrawal most likely is a hit miss situation. My body adaptes quickly and the work differently or not at all after a few times. My opinion is that when we treat sym. Of root causes perhaps withdrawal will be less severe. Just like if you over consumed alcohol the hang over would be amplified with wd. It’s important to listen to your body. Perhaps benzo wd causes allergies etc. so it would be wise to treat ailments short term since it could be benzo wd promoted.
If I was a believer in a conspiracy by the devil to construct chemicals and introduce them into the public when they are most vulnerable. I would could make a very good case. This chemicals misery and warped thinking is so effective to undermine quality of life. It makes you wonder if it is just an accident. Therefore I ask my God to help the very worst suffers first and if there is a little left over for me I will take it. Gob bless Mikes

4:41 pm December 27th, 2015

hi I was prescribed colozepam in the middle of August due to severe panic attacks from one of the antibiotics I took . I was prescribed 1mg 3x dail. but I just took .5 3s. in mid Oct I developed a intolerance. But because of the severe panic/anxiety issue. my doctoct said it was best I stayed on. no I an on .5 in the am .75 in the afternoon and 1mg at night. I cut back .125 from the .75 becase .75 made my brain felt like it was squeeses. since I taped off that small amount I don’t have that. just drowsey. I want to taper. I am on 4 1/2 months. am afraid.

8:27 pm December 31st, 2015

I was on 1.5 then 1.75 mg xanax for 14 years. I never abused the amount I took. When I started getting withdrawal symptoms between doses I simply decided I had had enough. I consulted with my internist and set myself on a schedule. It took me 6 months before taking final dose. I am now entering 16 week with no xanax. This has been hideous. Each day is different re. symptoms. The worst for me has been tremors and tics mainly affecting my left side. I have these 24/7 though I am now, at times, free from them. Other symptoms include nausea, headaches, stomach cramps and mild rash. Every day is different and there have been times when I really was close to taking a pill but I will never return to this debilitative drug.

7:12 pm January 3rd, 2016

Hello I read all what you mentioned really I like it and it helps me to know more and I have been taking sleeping pills for long periods and now I face side effects like nightmare what I should do to detoxify narcotics drug from my body ?

With regards

12:30 am January 26th, 2016

Hello everyone. I’ve been reading a lot about the experience of getting off benzodiazepines. I’ve been on one form or another of benzos for 50 years. I’ve had valium, xanax and others over the years. The last one I’m still prescribed, is .5 mg of clonazepam. I’ve been taking it at night mostly, for at least 12 years. After all I’ve read here and on other sites, I fear quitting it. My doctor wants me to get off it. I joined this group to learn how. I cut myself back to ,25 mg maybe 3 years ago. It hasn’t been a problem for me to take less. Should I expect to have a hard time, like I have read that many other people do? I’m thinking of seeing how well I will do if I start tapering down to .125 mg. If I do, how long should I take this dose and should I reduce my dose even more before I quit?

4:31 am January 26th, 2016

In November 2015 went to a place to detox from lorazapam . I was doing the slow tapering under the care of a good doc. Then I began to build a tolerance, going into withdrawals while on the slow tapering. The 3 day detox used phenabarital and sent me home with a tapering schedule.and a supply of the drug. Well soon after completing the suggested tapering schedule I had withdrawals. My psycharitrist took the phenabaritals away and replaced them with librium. I have never had such depression and anxiety with panic and profound fear. Each day is work to be a productive human being. Had to take a leave of absence from teaching and being with people, even my AA and NA. provokes fear. I feel so damaged that any change in life is extremely fearful. I have a strong faith and each day rely on God to help me through this day. I feel so hopeless. Linda

7:21 pm January 27th, 2016

Right now I’m going through hell. I was “Cold Turkied” by a psyciatrist ten months ago. I used Stesolid (diazepam), 5 mg per 24 hours, for 15 years! He then gave me Sobril (Oxazepam) 20 mg per 24 hours. I quit these three months ago. I can’t work anymore, and I am suffering every day. Not knowing when this terrible state will end, almost tear me apart. I’m very lucky, I have a good wife who supports me. I’m 62 years old. I live in Norway.
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10:50 pm January 29th, 2016

Hello, I am inquiring on what help you may have for withdrawl from Ativan?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:45 pm February 1st, 2016

Hi, Karen. Here’s suggested reading on the topic: Hope this will help!

5:05 am February 3rd, 2016

What are somethings I can do when klonopin withdrawal gets me into panic attack or depersonalization that could help me feel little better Days anxiety is increased. Also why is Kava not a good idea during this time? Thank you so much!

4:40 am February 5th, 2016

I’m going through benzo withdrawal right now (cold turkey) I was on it for 4months and it feels more like 4yrs……. Hell I say all the time when will it be over….

10:31 am February 6th, 2016

Trying to taper off Valium 5mg getting better and I took lavender oil to help me get some sleep it help. I don’t if it has effect. Does lavender oil has effect during withdrawal? Thanks

9:20 pm February 7th, 2016

Hi. This is day 193. Must say I was hoping to be all better by now. I did continue to drink beer through the whole deal. The longest was 6 days dry. I would drink 5 light beers a day to take off the stress of this ordeal. That would climb up to 15 light beers over 8 hours. Now I am at 5 days off beer. I have had very few windows. But the few I had were sweet. My mom is 39 days ahead of me. We are very similar in body structure etc. She is 89 and was on this cxxp for 26 years. She had windows early and writes me to say since 4 months back she had a bad wave that took her back. It lasted a few hours. She came out of it and had a window ever since. Just a few hours here and there of rough patch. She tell me to stick it out because she feels great. I guess its my fault that I drank beer. But looking back I used it for a break from living and thinking this on going nightmare. Now it mostly DP or despair. Get short burst of ambition but they fade by the time I try to do them. I have read every negative thing about alcohol. Had to since it was to easy just to have a few beers and forget about it for a while. This ,5 day I have been waiting for the mirical of great window. Just a steady feeling of bareable to fighting of benzo brain farts. Must say its like we know that it WD but its like the CIA invented this to build robots. Logic does not apply. I wonder how they engineered this stuff. Did they know what they were doing. I mean if we were visited by aliens they would say. What the hell are you people doing to yourself. Handing out happy pills like candy for years then someone says oops I guesd we screwed up. Hope you can uncook your brain. Sorry about totally screwing up your life. Any issue I had before benzo is small fry compared to recovering from Doctor Feel goods happy pills.
Any doctor who prescribed these should be sentenced to 5 years of big doses of benzos then be fitted with battle fatigues and dropped in to the worst war going on to complete their WD. That’s justice. I will make it. It is getting better. But what a waste of happiness. Mike

3:04 am February 9th, 2016

Hello, I am currently at 160 days Benzo free from a cold turkey off a two year high dose of Clonazepam/Klonopin. Tapering was not an option due to the severe weight loss I was having from the Klonopin. It has been a horrible 5 months that words really can’t describe. I have experienced a myriad of withdraw symptoms and the worst has been the derealization. The good news is that I am back up to my normal weight and that the wd symptoms are lightening up. I am starting to feel better!!! My question is why should salmon and magnesium be avoided when withdrawing? Is it because salmon contains a lot of Taurine that is a Gaba receptor agonist? Also why should magnesium be avoided? I am concerned because I have been consuming both magnesium and salmon and do not want to hinder the recovery time in anyway. To everyone that is going through this keep up your hope and faith. I can tell you for sure things will get better!! It just takes time and then some more time.

8:21 pm February 14th, 2016

Dear Ivana, you were 100% correct in my situation of still needing 50mg visteril. I had been taking one at night before going to bed. I cut that one out one night, and the next day was not fun. I was unstable for many hours before it dawned on me that it was the visteril that I was lacking. Thanks, Martin

10:35 pm February 15th, 2016

I just finished reading this post and it answered a great deal of questions and opened up my eyes to things I never knew! My question is, my Dr.prescribed me .5 mg of lorazepam once nightly for sleep because I was waking up with debilitating anxiety every night. I have taken .5 mg once a night every night for 30 days and for the last two days I cut my dose in half to .25 mg at night. The first night was kind of rough and the first day I was fine other than some anxiety. Last night I slept all night but today I’m so weak, lethargic and complete lack of energy. What can I expect? Am I doing anything wrong? I thought 30 days at a half of mg wasn’t long enough for me to start withdrawing but I am. Can I expect this to be a long road? Thank you for any help or advice. Jen

11:36 pm February 17th, 2016

One question – why is salmon to be avoided?

11:33 am February 24th, 2016

I was on Xanax for 8 years fought for my life for another 3 then after a detox rehab been off for four years. I am still not doing that good. I used to be a very famous comedian. I have so much bad still and no one understands or can help me. I am writing a book and Benzos will be a small part of it but can use someone’s help. Feel free to contact me. Thanks Barry

7:14 pm February 24th, 2016

I have been taking Ativan for at least 5 -7 years under a drs supervision. I take approx 4 – 6 ml per day, which I know is a lot. I am my psychiatrist both want to wean me off of them but I have to wait several months until I can begin hormone replacement therapy due to a hysterectomy I had 2 weeks ago.
My hysterectomy has caused extreme anxiety, rage and depression, which is apparently very common even in women who don’t suffer from severe anxiety. I am suffering terribly. A friend gave me a a few 5ml valium and a few .5 ml klonopin, which i have tried instead of the ativan to try to get through the day. Nothing helps. I am on bed rest, which makes it so much worse because i have no outlet for my manic energy, racing heart and uncontrollable crying jags, several times a day.
My best natural release has always been long walks or runs along the hudson river (I live in NY)
with music I love and the sun and wind in my face. My other release is working at my doggy daycare where I receive the unconditional love and affection of my beautiful dogs. Due to the hysterectomy, I cannot exercise for 2 more months and I have discovered that the dogs jump on me too much, so spending time with them at work at this point is a health danger to my recovery.
I am really suffering and damaging my marriage to a loving man who has taken the brunt of my anxiety, anger and helplessness.
Any advise would be really welcome.
thank you.

1:24 pm March 2nd, 2016

I’ve been taking ativan for 6 months now. & I know it supposed to be helping with my anxiety problems but for some reason I feel like it’s possibly making it worse. I tried using medical marijuana and it made it WAY worse. I just would like to stop taking this drug so that way I can get my trucking license. I’m stuck working security jobs that I don’t like which causes me more stress which makes me have to take more Ativan. Luckily for me that Ativan I take is only 0.5 it’s still hard for me though every day I’m stuck in a vicious cycle

2:23 am March 6th, 2016

I have been on 6mg Benzodiazepines for 26 years. I am scared to death to take on this needed withdrawal without professional help. Any suggestions would be helpful.

6:03 pm March 6th, 2016

I am 3 months out but still experiencing a lain that is like nerve pain. At first my leg was numb my foot cold, now it’s very similar to a pinched nerve. I got checked for diabetes thought it was that, but had a really bad day again and my body is messed up. Please let me know if mimicking a pinched nerve is possible also. I was on klonapin for 8 year’s and also soma and methadone. I’m now 59 year’s old and this is very debilitating. I joined a pool / gym but get really jacked up after biking and swimming. Is a sauna or hot tub helpful? I have that there too. Please advise. Thank you , lisa.

2:55 am March 7th, 2016

I am in WD took Ativan for two weeks and then stopped had WD sx X ten days then prescribed Klonopin .5mg Tid after being on them for three weeks weaned off Klonopin in hospital setting over the time of three weeks and then sent home three days after last dose of .25mg started having increased anxiety now 1 week after last dose having severe anxiety head pressure zaps numbness and tingling of arms and hands tremors stuttering and chest pain what should I do I feel hopeless

8:39 pm March 7th, 2016

Where can I go to a MD in las Vegas with knowledge of Ashton manual. Looking for help. Thank you

7:45 am March 8th, 2016

Their is a very real need to address the monster that waits just beyond active withdrawal – PAWS [Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome]. The terror of my own experience during my active addiction, and that which I experienced during active withdrawal, was mirrored – though not as severely – as I moved into that, unknown, at the time. world of Post Acute Withdrawal. I knew I was free physically from the benzos, and the panic and fear had seemingly disappeared, never to return. Had it not been for two great clinical counselors, who – without hesitation – told me that there would be, with absolute certainty, a period of aftershocks [PAWS],coming that would do its best to replicate the one beast I knew I could not survive: pulsating, palpable fear – I very well may have gone back to active use. Had I not known this was coming, firmly believing the warning from my counselors, I’m convinced I would have went back to active use, and back to world, exponentially worse than any I experienced prior to getting clean.

What kept me from surrendering, was not just that my counselors told me hell was coming one last time, it was how they told me to win the battle. This winning disclosure is extremely rare, virtually non-existent, on any of the current benzo recovery blogs or websites, If we are to live free and clear, in sustained recovery, there is the very real need that we discover, and connect with, a vibrant, living, Spiritual life force. Believe me, I know that sounds more than just a little weird and possibly down right strange – but, If we are to survive the aftermath of benzo addiction and withdrawal – this Connection is critical.

This, I’m sure, will be tough to swallow for some – simply because most of us want to relegate our freedom, and recover,y to the seen and practical methodology of experience, GOOD addiction medicine, and good counsel (which I fully acknowledge as necessities).

Nevertheless, the essential lifestyle battle plan I received from these two counselors was simple: Connect with a living, loving, God, connect with others of like mind, those who you can trust with your heart and mind, tell them – in detail – and as best you can -that hell [PAWS} is on its way, and that your are going to need them when it hits and for a very long time after it has passed. Do this, they said, and find a lifetime of freedom that you’ve never imagined.

Thanks so much for being a voice that is so, very needed: One that calls attention to the viscous danger and destruction of benzos, exposes the clinical myths, and provides an extremely real hope to those who are currently locked into the nightmare.

Life’s good – its really much better than good. This comes – not from just a benzo survivor – but, from a man who, has experienced every brutal moment, of every symptom, every terror, and every dark hopeless moment any – and I do mean any – have gone through, experienced, or imagined. All of which were interlocked with the most severe debilitating physical manifestations the terror of benzodiazpine addiction and withdrawal can produce.

But, It’s over. I won. And, as I approach two years free, I am living much as you so vividly described – finished with the multiple hell and back visitations, titanium tough, no feathers to be rustled- free.


Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:44 pm March 8th, 2016

Thanks for sharing, Chris. You’re a real inspiration!

3:58 pm March 8th, 2016

What you say is exactly how my life has been for a year! Now I can see a small change to the better. This has been terrifying, but I have known for a while that it will take an end. Thank you for putting words on this horrible situation!

4:34 pm March 13th, 2016

Thank you for the support and vital information I can be armed with when I go to yet another psych to see if I can find one willing to help me truly titrate off of 4800 mg of gabapentin a day (my last three psychs insisted I go down by 800 mg each titration which caused intense withdraw) I know gabapentin is not a benzo but the withdraw I experienced when I naively stopped all pills cold turkey mirrored benzo withdraw and was so severe I went back on after five weeks of panics attacks, suicidal depression, and complete inertia. I read now in this informative and supportive site I now have most likely lengthened and worsened my withdraw by going down and up more than several times and of course I have taken every supplement ever suggested for relief on message boards galore-magnesium, chamomile,valerian root etc. I will find someone locally willing to help me taper properly but please be aware that gabapentine mimics benzoes when withdrawing. Please if anyone has advice or links to more support I would be grateful. I am terrified but determined and sites like these – especially this one- are of such profound support I sometimes weep with gratitude. Thank you for your time.

3:12 pm March 21st, 2016

You’re suggesting that people in benzodiazepine withdrawal, potentially prolonged withdrawal avoid anything that interacts with the GABAergic system? You list a number of items (one of which, magnesium, is an essential mineral that most people’s diets are deficient in) to avoid. Benzodiazepine tolerance is not completely understood, but two fairly likely mechanisms are GABAA receptor damage and/or down regulation. Kava activates the GABA system in a different manner than benzos (there is a paper showing it both enhancing diazepam and reducing negative effects) that does not induce dependence. It has also been shown to upregulate GABAA receptors, giving it the potential to replace damaged receptors and replenish those lost to down-regulation. Magnesium acts to enhance GABA response at the receptor and also act as an ion channel blocker in NMDA receptors (for those who don’t know, GABA is a central nervous system inhibitory mechanism whereas NMDA is excitatory… downregulating NMDA receptor activity can have similar effects to upregulating GABA receptor activity). Do you have specific, study backed reasons for your blanket dismissal of these supplements, grounded in molecular biology…or are you just pushing some unscientific personal opinion that we should “let the body heal itself”…when there is a reasonable possibility that those prone to addiction had an unbalance in these systems to begin with. Expecting those people to just “grin and bear it” through a hellish post acute withdrawal, just to get back to a baseline where they feel “not right” is unrealistic and unhelpful. Some of the supplements can nudge (rather than the benzo style sledgehammer hit) these systems into balance without damaging the receptors, and might prevent or at least alleviate withdrawal symptoms. A blanket, “stay away” without rational justification related to mechanism of action for each case is irresponsible.

Stuart G
3:37 am March 24th, 2016

I have been on Clonazapem for 14 months (1.5mg generic per day). I also take Ambient (generic 5 to 10mg before bed). I have recently weaned off of Zoloft, but I am still taking Lamictal (100 mg per day since March 2015). The Zoloft withdrawal as best as I can determine (not knowing what the mixture of medications is really causing me to feel) has me feeling really scared at times. Seems to be the worst during the day and at night. I am seeing my Psychiatrist tomorrow again, she will not take me off too many of the drugs at one time and I do have a history of depression and anxiety. Lately, I feel like I am in pharmaceutical hell. My brother in law is a psychiatrist who knows me very well and does not believe that I would do well without some medication, but he also says that until I end all meds, I will never truly know how I will feel meds free. How long can weaning and withdrawal take with a dosage of 1.5 mg Clonazapem (as well as the Ambient). I take both to help with sleeping. Thanks for any and all feedback. Stu G

8:24 pm March 27th, 2016

I was on 2 mg ER for two years. Taper off 2mg extended release down to 1mg for two or so months Then to .5 mg clonazapam 2x a day for a week. Then .5 once a day for a week or so then cold turkey the rest of the way. I am now at 6 weeks on nothing. I had leveled out a little before the clonazepam drop but mostly it has been pure hell. My question now is how do people work. This nightmare seems to never end. By the way I was put on the 2 mg by my doc for anxiety. I did not do any homework until two years in. Why oh why would a doc start me on 2 mg and leave me there for 2 years???? I wish I could sue her!!!!!

3:43 pm March 29th, 2016

Hi, Jenny.
You asked for support sites. I find BenzoBuddies very good. I think this is the most used site in the world. 2 million posts have been written there now. You can find exactly what you are looking for at BB.

7:30 pm March 29th, 2016

My neuro psychiatrist recommended clonazepam .5 mg with .25 during the day when needed (had a severe drug reaction to prilosec with panic attacks). So, basically I was not on a steady night dose of .5. During the 7 weeks I was on it,I must have become tolerant and were now treating the withdrawal panic attacks with .25 during the day. (Not realizing I was tolerant). So each day was either .5 or .75. Two of the night doses went to .75 at the psych’s advice. (Gave me heart palpitations and almost blew my head off). When I realized what happened I immediately started a taper at .375 thinking I was working off the main .5 dose. I stayed with that 9 days with many strong muscle attacks, then went lower to .25 again with strong muscle attacks and abdominal attacks. Stayed there 6 days. Can’t keep taking clonazepam (my heart started to pound last nights when I took it). Will go to .125 tonight for a few days and quit. The neuro psych approved the 375 taper and said to finish in 5 days. Woah!!! Anyway, none of the levels felt too great when I left them but the drug is making me sick bc I think his dose was too high for me to start with. Also I have tingling in my feet. Terrible. Any commenting this? And I never went back up because higher doses were making me sick. In hindsight I should have leveled off at .5 first. But was too late. Shall I just do couple of days of .125 and then go off? That’s what my medical dr said now since the drug is making me sick. One more thing, did I kindle my brain by going slightly up and down (was only 7 weeks, but seemed to cause the tolerance). And then doubly bad, I started the taper probably a little too low. My taper was probably too fast nc I couldn’t swallow the drug anymore. Was making me very sick. I am a slow metabolized.
Your recommendation?

10:03 pm March 30th, 2016

I have had 3 unsuccessful tapers (worst period in my life, unfunctional and had to quit work) in the past and my Dr. Wants me to try it again. I take .05 at noon and 1 mg. at night for sleep. I cut a small amt. yesterday for the first time (the size of a pin head, maybe a tad bigger. I had the extreme anxiety this morning….it was the fear that woke me up. I honestly don’t know if I can do this again. The anxiety is sooo bad and it was the first day! I just cut my second dose. My goal is to get the day dose gone. Do people ever just resign themselves to the fact they cannot get off this med? I’m almost feeling like I’ll deal w/ a shorter lifespan as I cannot stand the pain of it all.

6:12 am March 31st, 2016

I am 4 months off atavan brain is clear but i have become slow. Body barely movescand i move slowly. So weak i cannot do a sit up. Muscles feel rotten. What do u sugjest. No nental symptoms at all is this still withdrawl? Or because i layed in a recliner over a year?

11:16 pm April 2nd, 2016

I have been on Xanax for 20 years. I was at 4 mg daily and was forced to drop to 2mg for just one week then forced to stop. I’m 30 days without any benzos but the w/D’s are still awful. Please any advice. I’m really struggling.
Thank You

4:51 pm April 5th, 2016

Glad to have found this site. Lots of good info. For treatment resistant insomnia, I was taking 3 mg Xanax, 3 mg Klonapin, and 12.5 Ambien CR for about 3 years. I have always been a very holistic person but was absolutely desperate for sleep and in the beginning, these worked. Of course, as we all know, in order for them to keep working, you need MORE of the benzos. I wasn’t willing to go there. I have an holistic Pyschiatrist whom I started to see about a year ago because I found out from my Naturopath that I have a genetic blood disorder called Kryptopyrrole. It has around 50 symptoms of which I have 35 of them. Made a lot of sense that I was born with this because the symptoms have been around my entire life (57 yrs of age). I am also blessed with an holistic Psychologist with whom I had a session yesterday (which is typically not a work day for her). 2 weeks ago, I went to see my Pyschiatrist. My husband had to take off work to drive me there. My request of her was to get off the benzos. She made a phone call and 2 hrs later I was an inpatient at an holistic detox center. My stay there was 7 days. They did give me librium to help with the “quick” detox, and as I read through the comments on this site, that is not typically recommended. However, I did it and will not turn back despite the PAWS (which I learned about here). The Pyschiatrist there also prescribed Neurontin (300 mg 3 times a day) and Melatonin 7.5 mg. Since my discharge, I have had some nights of sleep and I have had some nights of 45 minutes of sleep. As stated in another post, crushing fatigue no matter how much sleep I get, fear, anxiety and panic, short levels of ambition which quickly fade to nearly complete inertia and thoughts of suicide. Prior to the detox center, I had literally spent the previous 2 months in bed . . . getting up to do a few things right before my husband would come home from work. This has all been very hard on him, too, and that is regretful; however, he is incredibly supportive, loving and kind. Good to know that possibly magnesium could not be a good fit for a while because I have a powder product called Magnelavures which I would take twice a day with my Kryptopyrrole supplements. I also have Hyperinsulinemia (the opposite of diabetes in which your pancreas overproduces insulin) because the earlier doctor was giving me Prednisone for “energy”; this drug caused the Hyperinsulinemia and also caused me to gain 60 lbs in a short shake. I have never weighed over 130 but am now around 190. I stepped on the scale to see if the Neurontin had caused weight gain and I am now up 5 lbs in not even 2 weeks . . . not happy about that at all and will ask to see if there is a supplement or holistic herbal remedy that I can take in lieu of that pill. I was told that it will help with the continued detox. I am very shaky, weak and sleep deprived. No, this is not easy but I am committed to the process to get my life back. I also have PTSD, Depression, Agoraphobia, Adrenal Failure, and really, a list so long that you all will be sick of me and wish I would quit complaining. I realized yesterday (my worst day thus far) that I do have a LOT of support and people in my life that I can call for prayer or just to have a nice conversation or to cry and say “this is where I’m at today”. Life is a series of lessons. My mantra was always to be grateful no matter the situation because if you declare that you are grateful, you will move through whatever it is faster; this is tough stuff and I struggle with being grateful for it and am asking my Higher Power for assistance. Thank you for this blog and thank you all for hearing my story.

12:45 am April 6th, 2016

Wife near end of 15 month taper of rivotril. Life is absolute hell. Put on rivotril 7 yrs ago cos of FM fitting and insomnia. On the taper had benzo withdrawal fitting, now FM fitting and insomnia back plus mega sensitivities to every thing. Has severe allergies and MCS and so cannot take pain killers and haven’t found substitute she doesn’t react to. Any pointers very welcome before it’s “too late”.

Ian, Suffolk UK

4:36 am April 6th, 2016

What a lifesaver this is! I’m currently tapering off of clonazepam. I’m having awful withdrawal symptoms.
I talked myself into not doing it this week. Maybe next week would be better. My best friend came over because I texted her that I was losing it. She said that today is the best day to keep doing this. Keep tapering off. Support in any way is awesome. Rid your life of enablers. This is hard yes. This too shall pass.

2:06 pm April 7th, 2016

Hello, I took alprazolam for 2 months and replaced it with antidepressant setraline. I have anxiety and depression that leads to OCD. I changed my doctor cause I didn’t feel well with the drugs. With my new doctor he prescribed me with clonazepam 1mg and took it for about 4 weeks and I taper it down to 0.5mg for 1 week. After that I didn’t took it again knowing that everything is ok. But now I feel like im a different person, im on leave for work, lethergic, apathetic and confused with no energy and lacking in motivation. Please help me, im trying to accept everything but the physical symptoms bothers me everytime. It feels like that anxiety is at the surface of my skin. Im afraid going to another doctor again. Im afraid of taking clonazepam again and be dependent on it. Please help me!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:44 pm April 8th, 2016

Hi Ian. You may check out the Ashton Manual: It is a manual that can help your wife with dealing benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal.

11:34 pm April 10th, 2016

Would it be wise to taper off of 20g of Lamictal before I come off Klonopin? As far as what I’ve seen and read they seem to almost work against each other as far as up and lowering GABA? Thanks

1:10 am April 11th, 2016

63 old male. Have been on 1.5mg Clonazapem for 14 months. 5 to 10mg of Ambien since September 2015 and 100mg of Lamictal since March 2015. Under the care of a Psychiatrist who is supporting my desire to get back a life drug free. Had been a Pot abuser for 40 years and just celebrated 7 years clean time, no pot or any alcohol, did it on my own with support of online support group in the UK.
I am down since 3/31 from 1.5mg Clonazapem to 1.25. Some days better than others. I have reviewed Ashton Manual, I do not want to convert to another benzo to get to my goal. Unfortunately one drug at a time so it feels like I will be this process for a long long time. I am convinced that the drugs have so negatively impacted not only my brain but my body. Was very athletic but injure easily. Any support or advice is so very much appreciated. I have been Gluten free for over a year. Thanks, Stu

2:11 am April 13th, 2016

Wow. Love you. What a nightmare guys. Doctor gave me 2 mg for sleep due to work stress in a month a lost my career. Thought it was my thyroid issue. Cleared that by then I was too far in. Tried weaning with my clueless doctor .. Too rapid. He almost killed me. That crash was a nightmare in hell. No need to describe. I went back in it found a program The Road Back soon as I took their supplements for Days Inn I felt like a normal person I was able to wean myself all the way down to 0.4 within six months. I was doing 5% taper every 14 days. I was feeling well enough to stop the supplements three months before my crash. Feb 12 almost

2:23 am April 13th, 2016

It cut off. I crashed February 12, 2016 and I had to up my dose from 0.4 to 0.8 to 1 mg. I reinstated the supplements and I’m waiting to stabilize. I truly urgent guys to look at the road back program I do not work for them at all. I just want to stabilize and continue might lean as it was very successful and I was able to do most everything with my wonderful understanding husband and my child whom have lost so much because of this. But stay strong there are many ways to get out and if you stay as calm as possible that will help with your anxiety

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:56 pm April 14th, 2016

Hi Tom. I suggest you talk with your doctor first, then made the decision.

11:27 pm April 14th, 2016

Hello! I was prescribed klonopin for almost 5 months. I took 1mg a day for a couple months and decided to stop taking it on my own and a week later was in the hospital because I thought I was having a heart attack. So I refilled the prescription for 1mg but only took half of it for a few months than tapered down to a quarter of it for a week than stopped again. Let me tell you, I’m almost 12 months off this drug and I’m still facing severe withdrawal symptoms. I’m seeking and hope to find any advice and help possible. I don’t want to reinstate at all but some days are extremely intense. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

1:04 pm April 18th, 2016

Exactly how i feel ,why are we worse after so long as most have had a window in their third year or before. It makes me think we are not going to get healed ! I was better in my first year ,as i have proof as in my second year i got benzo belly ,now in my third year it’s agoraphobia and no let up in muscle tightness . Yesterday i tried to do 15 minutes walking on my tread mill ,this morning i am paying for it with incredible stiffness,my shoulders pulled up to my neck,having to walk ever so slowly sideways as i cant put one foot in front of the other.What can we do ,as noting helps ,most everything makes it worse ?

2:56 pm April 18th, 2016

Can you direct me to the studies showing only some people experience benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms.

Thank you.

9:28 am April 19th, 2016

I’m swiftly approaching two years completely free from benzos and booze.

As I read the blogs and the stories of those still fighting the hell-monster that is active benzo addiction, and the insanity of PAWS, there is a great deal of remembered pain of my hopeless thoughts of perpetually living with panic, fear, and active addiction- or – the constant insecurity that came with the post acute withdrawals. There were times I swore I’d never make it. But, I did.

Two major withdrawal seizures – the last one I flat lined while at rehab – the hallucinations, disasociatons and derealiziations, screaming tinnitus,uncontrollable muscle spams to the point I could not move, light and sounds of any type were crippling, IBS off the chain, fatigue beyond tired and, more times to the ER thinking I was dying than I can count and then the hell of PAWS – are all, totally behind me. Completely gone and life is a lot better than good.

There is real, vibrant, hope.

My story, as is everyone’s, is different but from the height of my active addiction – where I was taking between 12 and 18 mg of klonipin a day (for about 2 years at this level) and washing them down with a 6 pack or more. Doctor shopping and multiple prescriptions (when I ran out, as I did more often than not – there was the street side of life to find any, and as much, as I wanted.) – to that last rehab and that last seizure, it took me about 4 1/2 months to find real freedom.

I was so afraid of that multi-year lingering- that lengthy sufferingI had read about – that I came so very close to picking up again. I didn’t – thank God – and as I write, I have not had a glimpse of anxiety or any other of the symptoms associated with withdrawal. Four and a half months of more than pure hell – but free since.

In June – two years free.

Hold on – don’t pick up – don’t “rekindle” the waiting bundle.

If I can make it – anyone can. There’s hope, real, definitive, lasting, hope.

One other quick note:
On top of what I have already detailed, there was also the 20 mg. of ambien (an atypical benzodiazipine receptor ligand) I was taking nightly for more than the two years I previously mentioned.
One of those “doctor shops” where dual prescriptions were a dime a dozen. Criminal – or it most certanly should be.

Freedom –

2:09 am April 27th, 2016

I’m wondering why you’re suggesting avoiding magnesium. Magnesium is very effective at calming the nervous system, and my psychiatrist with 50 years of experience encourages me to supplement with it. There are also other supplements that help the process of benzo withdrawal, as I’ve discovered, such as l-theanine and taurine. They have been a god-send during my withdrawal!

2:28 pm April 27th, 2016

Hey guys;) any success stories ?

2:44 am April 28th, 2016

I’m struggling my tapering of Ativan. I have been having tolerance for 2 yrs. The stiffness muscle pains, headaches etc. I’m so scared, but know that it’s the ativan that has caused so many problems and I have to get off them. I am suffering in pain.

5:48 am April 28th, 2016

5 weeks cold turkey off K-Pins 0.5 Mg I get bad headaches It seems like my memory was wiped clean and it’s hard to do the normal things in society w/ out feeling like an Alien it’s also hard to talk or connect Derealization and Agrophobia is in effect but I’m fighting w/ little support living in NYC smh

6:24 pm April 28th, 2016

I too am suffering while tapering Ativan. Daily pain and it never lets up. Neck, head, jaw, shoulders, sometimes my back. I’m down to 1.3mg a day from 6mg a day and I feel so terrible. I’m panicked that it will never ever get better. I’m scared and so depressed. And my face, it gets all hot and veiny and red. I wish I’d never seen any therapist.

3:20 am May 6th, 2016

I’ve been on .5ml small dose of Chlonazapam for about 8 months to a year.
That’s 5 or 6 drops at night and my shrink says because of the small dose I can just stop and have no withdrawal symptoms.
Is he crazy or right?
I found a homeopathic solution that makes me sleep fine but just to be on the safe side I took 3 drops of chlonazepam with it as I am feeling heart palpitations.
Please tell me what to do.
H E L P!

4:06 am May 6th, 2016

I wish I would have found this before I went to a detox center for five days to “finally” be free of lorazepam . I was working with a psychiatrist for two years to wean from Xanax. Lorazepam was the last drug I was given lorazepam to hopefully end the process. About 6 months ago while weaning with doc’s advice I started to experience withdrawal symptoms: neck pain, unsteady hand movements, sudden shock-like shaking during sleeping, trouble following conversation, extreme cold and than extreme heat. I continued to wean down while the withdrawals increased which I why I decided to seek out a detox center (not recommended by my doc). Left the detox with 90 phenobarbitals along with a weaning schedule. After five days full blown withdrawals. My husband didn’t know what to do. I said give me a pheno. Three days later another one occurred while driving. Got help. Doc took away all the phenos and gave me librium 45 mg and five months later down to 20mg. I wean again in a few days by 5mg. Many of the withdrawals, especially deep depression, memory lost, panic attack, getting lost in my own small town occurred. I have since lost 25 pounds and am beginning to look anorexic . I have no appetite . Can’t spell even simple words and when writing always forget words. I know this is a process and my husband who now I have allowed to be completely involved in admistereing drugs goes to doc visits with me. Took a leave of absence from teaching. I hope to be completely off within a month after five years of abuse. And I know I must let my brain heal. Am taking a multi-vitamin. After reading your list of don’t I am concerned about taking these. This all sounds normal and after reading your article I am understanding what is happening. Time, patience, praying,therapy is helping.

6:11 pm May 6th, 2016

Hi, I have severe Tinnitus and was put on Ativan 1 Mg every 8 hours. Then switched to Xanex 0.5 Mg every 8 hours.
This was a tremendous help with the ringing in my head, but I was walking in a cloud. It is time to get off this garbage.
I have been on both for about 16 months, and contacted an physiatrist and of course wanted to put me on another addictive medication, Lexapro. I refused.
I have reduced my Xanex by 0.25 Mg and plan to do this every 2 weeks until I am totally of it. Also getting acupuncture for anxiety
Is this the best and safest way to do this?

Thank you, and I look forward to your reply.

8:04 pm May 8th, 2016

I’m down from 2 mg clanazepam daily to .5mg. I taper in 3 to 4 week intervals. I’m never anxiety free but the feeling does ease up at times. I’m having the most difficult time now that I’m nearing the finish line. I’m also withdrawing from Doxepin. The withdrawals are horrrid and the most intensive I’ve felt. If I do sleep I wake up with panic attacks. I won’t give up. I want to live but this poison is killing me. My job is at stake because of memory issues.

I’ve read your comments on toughing it out. I started tapering 10 months ago. Any suggestions?

Thank you for your time.


Lori M
6:20 pm May 13th, 2016

My son has been on and off Klonopin and tapered off to I think .025 while at college then quit cold turkey. (he was also taking Lamictal and Prestiq (?) for about 6 weeks).Anyway, had a rough year. His biggest complaint now is insomnia and a racing brain/body. Is the insomnia part of the withdrawl? He claims watching TV helps him and has been off and on nocturnal watching tv all night. My main question is .. laziness or is TV really helpful??

8:53 pm May 13th, 2016

I take 1 mg xanex RX in morning and 1 znaex RX at night… Dropped to 1 mg RX in morning to only .5 RX at night…started Monday night. Now its friday… I’m feeling waves.. Yesterday I felt energetic unti night. Then upon taking my night .5 I was feeling hot.. Today still hot and cold. No energy.. How long will this last and when is good to taper off last .5 xanex RX at night? Should I wait til my body is used to only .5 before tapering last .5 at night? Ugh this is horrible

12:07 am May 17th, 2016

I was taking Ativan for 14yrs, the dose I was on was 1mg 4 times per day. The first week my doctor had me take a half of a pill twice a day and a whole pill twice a day for one week, I started my second week 3 days ago, a half of a pill 4 times per day, I’m 3 days into and the withdrawal is so sever, extreme anxiety, dizziness, depression to name a few. I went back to my doctors today and was told to stop the Ativan completely and start on 1mg of Klonopin 3 times per day. I afraid this will make things worse. I want to be off of all benzodiazepines completely. Is taking the Klonopin going to make things worse in the long run? Should I just continue with tapering off of Ativan or should I start taking the Klonopin? Please help!

2:58 am May 17th, 2016

Hi , was on benzodiapines for some 35 years .( c. 20mg daily ).But I was more than happy to binge if I felt awful . My ex is a doctor and was ever ready with a needle and pills to help me numb out . Fast forward divorce and therapy . Even with the support I now had , I was terrified of tapering believing I would not know how to act normally. But , in fact , I discovered the reverse to be true . Ok – the first month when , under medical supervision , I cut back from 20mg to 10 mg was I felt unwilling to leave my bed . No ‘walk in the park ‘as they say . But the fog had begun to clear . Though initially I felt wired -wanted to read , listen to music and watch TV simultaneously -I began to teach myself to do cryptic crosswords . Close friends began to remark how different my behavior seemed , that I had so much more clarity of thought and how much calmer I seemed . All I knew was that a fog seemed to be lifting . My tapering – a month at a time – was 20mg >10 mg ; 10mg>5mg ;
5mg>2.5mg ; 2.5 mg > 2 mg ; 2mg >1 mg; 1mg> 0 mg . I am day 5 and apart from feeling like a sloth am so thrilled with my progress over the past 5 months . It actually took a crisis , a car crash while driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs ( thankfully no one hurt or injured ) to set me on this detox journey .And have found sites as this so helpful too . Hope my experience gives heart to all those enduring such a struggle . :) Julia .

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:48 pm May 17th, 2016

Thanks for sharing, Julia. Hope your message will help someone! All the best!

10:48 pm May 17th, 2016

I have taken high doses of Xanax for over nine years (4-6mg daily). I did a slow taper over 5 1/2 months and have been completely free of Benzos for 8 months now. I am still struggling with GI symptoms. Specifically bloating, weight gain and constipation. The bloating gets so severe and the pressure on my lungs results in shortness of breath at times, also the bloating causes pressure on my stomach-esophagus that it feels like my esophagus is pushing up in the back of my throat. I also struggle with acid reflux.
I have tried so many different things for the symptoms-juicing for days at a time, not eating, exercising, lots of water and none of these things makes a difference. Drinking a glass of water will cause severe bloating. For the severe constipation I have tried sooooo many different over the counter medications and home remedies. They made no difference.
The one thing I have continued to take that seems to help is Organic Apple Cidar. I drink about 3 TBS about three times a day with a glass of water. It doesn’t always help, but it’s the best thing I have found.
I am feeling frustrated with these remaining symptoms, but have not gone back to my doctor at all. My doctor seems to think that I should be on some other type of anti-anxiety medication and just doesn’t understand.
Do you have any suggestions for the constipation?

Thanks for any suggestions that you may have.

11:55 pm May 17th, 2016

Where’s MIKE? I read your posts on here and you haven’t posted since February. Hope you’re doing ok.

8:00 am May 18th, 2016

I am now in month 4 of tapering off of diazepam. Started my taper at 7.5mg for entire day and Now down to 1.5 mg for entire day. I hope to get down to 1 mg and then down to .5 mg in the next six to eight weeks and then off completely. I have been having withdrawal symptoms ever since my first tapering. Along with the tremors, internal shake, headaches etc., my two most troublesome symptoms are severe muscle aches in my thighs, (quads). and horrible insomnia. Strange that the muscle aches are only in my thighs. Is this normal or could there be something else wrong with me? I was on a prednisone 6 day pack and it helped but paIn came right back when the 6 day pack was completed. I do not want to take any more steroids! Second concern is insomnia. Is it ok to take 5htp as a sleep aid during benzo withdrawal? Any other suggestions to help me sleep? Thanks for a reply. I need help!

11:24 am May 18th, 2016


I was on Clonazepam .5mg for around 2 years, tapered to .25 in 2 months and completely stopped taking it in another 2 months. Withdrawal hit me couple of weeks later, mainly anxiety and insomnia. I went to my doc and he put me on flupentixol .5mg for 3 months, was relatively symptom free during this time. Once I discontinued taking flupentixol all the symptoms came back with increased intensity, its now been more than a month that I’m struggling with extreme anxiety and panic attacks.

How would I know if this is due to withdrawal from flupentixol or the benzo withdrawal ?

I’m also taking Luvox 100mg & Prothiadan 50mg


7:06 am May 20th, 2016

Been weaning off of benzos alone for 2 month.
I’m down to 1 drop/1ml per night & fighting these withdrawal symptoms.
Was on this garbage for 15 months.
Mean a go to a great detox:rehab that specializes in this.
My our advice would be appreciated.

4:48 pm May 22nd, 2016

Stopped taking cold a month ago atavan cannot or stay asleep,broke down last week took a .25 and had a reaction, I need to get sleep nervous most of the morning brain fog.what can I do. I have not slept for over 2 to months, lost 20 points. Could taking Trazodone help.

5:40 am May 26th, 2016

Does a person’s brain start the healing process during the tapering process? Or does it not start to heal until a person is completely off of the benzo?

1:27 am May 27th, 2016

Hi. I came off a slow taper of .05 mgs lorazapam after ten years 10 months ago. 4 months ago I was started in sertraline and as I was up dosed I got severe anxiety so the doc said it would be ok to take a lirazapam now and then. I took about 8 a month at .05 mgs. I am now trying to taper off and finding it hard. I am shaking and crying so much and feel like I have a tight band around my head. I have made it down to half a .05 mg pill so far and wonder how long will these symptoms last? I am ver tired and my legs have become weak. I can’t go anywhere and have pretty much given up hope of ever getting better. It has been a long road and I am so mad at myself for taking these drugs again as the doc said I would be fine to just stop them. I have weaned down to 25 mgs sertraline in the last few months but will wait to get off that until this horror hoes away. Any thoughts on how long I will suffer ?

6:20 am May 28th, 2016

I can only speak personally but the best thing for benzo withdrawal is marijuana. If you never smoked before I wouldn’t recommend it unless you know how you react to smoking. But in my case I took about 10-15 mg Xanax a day for 2 months and the only thing that let me sleep or took away some of the nausea or added anxiety was weed.

2:31 pm May 28th, 2016


I was on about 8 mg of ativan a day for a year and a half. I made a huge mistake and went to a detox center. It was a traumatic experience for me. I lasted two weeks off benzos and could not take it anymore. My symptoms ramped up every day until it was scaring me. Mainly because my blood pressure was constantly in hypertensitve crisis range.

I had to reinstate and I’m going to start a slow taper. My doctor switched me to valium and I took 10 mg last night. I’m sort of feeling better but some of the scary symptoms have not subsided by this morning. THe pressure in my head is still really high and the tinnitus is unbelievably loud.

Unsure what I should do, should I take an even higher dose or stick with 10 mg??? I’m worried I damaged myself practically going cold turkey for 2 weeks.

3:47 pm May 28th, 2016

Just wanted to warn people that are in withdrawal or have completed their withdrawal from benzos to be very caerful when it comes to antibiotics, especially the quinolones as they can cause severe problems and can severely flair up symptoms or send a person back into withdrawal even after many years of recovery. Other antibotics can also cause complications. Obviously if a person has no choice such as in a life threatening condition they should take them but otherwise be very cautious. There are very good natural alternatives such as colloidal silver.. Garlic etc.

5:55 pm May 28th, 2016

I am 40 yrs old. I started taking benzos regularly at 22 yrs old. Now, In the last year, I used heroin daily, during that time I weaned off benzos completely. I have been off heroin for 3 months. But the 3 months I’ve been clean of heroin, I HAVE BEEN ON SUBOXONE REGULARLY. IN THE LAST MONTH, I STARTED NOTICING MY HEART BEAT AND A SKIP IN MY PULSE ( ON MY neck ) when this first happened a few week’s ago, I couldn’t sleep that night. The sensation in my neck and head, and all the thoughts of panic kept me awake.The following day things happened that made me feel I was having a heart attack. I never had pain in my chest though. Instead of going to the emergency room I took a benzo. The palpitation and all that followed went away and I slept that night. I woke feeling fine. Everything started over the next day so I’ve been taking a benzo once a day to deal with it. There are far too many possibilities for me to figure out what’s going on. I don’t know what type of doc to see. I Don’t know what to do. My quality of life sucks and for my kids as we’ll…There is heart disease in my family as we’ll as addiction on my moms side. Any advice? Any ideas to steer me in the right direction??

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:52 am May 30th, 2016

Thanks for the advice, Phillip.

3:00 am May 31st, 2016

Only nine days of Ativan. Then five weeks of withdrawal. Now the worst DP/DR I’ve ever experienced. I feel so alien to myself and the world. Any advice is greatly appreciated. I can’t even work or go out.

4:46 am May 31st, 2016

Thank you so much for this information! Turns out, I’m not crazy for thinking food choices trigger WD symptoms. I took 2mg alprazolam XR for ten years. After an insurance change, I started seeing someone for meds mngmt. She lowered my dose .5 mg for one week, and then she completely took me off them. When they say quitting benzos cold turkey is dangerous, they know what they’re talking about. It has been seven months since I quit, and I know that the worst is finally over. I still have: tinnitus, zaps, pins and needles skin, shooting pains in my head and neck; I still have to wear layers of clothing to stay warm (even in 80 degree weather); and different parts of my body continue to fall asleep sporadically. How overjoyed I was to find that I’ve developed some weird intolerance toward noise, certain movies (pre-WD I watched every genre, now I can’t handle violence), certain fabrics, salt, meat, and caffeine. I am prepared for protracted WD symptoms, but don’t know how long I should expect them to last. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. ✌️

4:03 pm May 31st, 2016

Hi I am struggling with panic attacks .. I have been taking 1 mg of colozapem for about a year and recently within the last month cut my dose in half… I am definitely feeling the withdrawl symptoms and I’m finding the process to be extremely difficult I haven’t slept in days .. What can I do?

7:01 am June 1st, 2016

I have been taking xanex 2 mlg bars heavily every day for 8 months . i am currently trying to quit an i feel that my life is in danger. Very anxious an scared fear is a big part an my brain just isnt the same .. I stopped for 3 days to a week an my chest pains were crazy i was having panic attacks an shortness of breath my breathing wasnt right. So i did one today an feel normal but i need to quit. My whole body just isnt right stomach pains an my head is foggy. What should i do. I wanna get off them but i dnt wanna die in the process. Can u help me

12:16 am June 5th, 2016

Hi there, I found this information after about 5 days of trying to taper way too fast. When I got down to the last 20 of 90 .5 mg tablets, I realized I was taking way too much and only had the 20 to last me about 18 days. With no info, I just didn’t take it that day and woke up in the middle of the night with the full blown “I’m going to die” sensation, and didn’t realize why. I took one or 2 and was able to be ok. For the last five days i’ve been trying to taper from 3mg to about 0.5-1mg. That’s been miserable, then I found this info. Can I go back up and go see my doc on Monday to get more so I can successfully taper, or is it too late, and I will initiate the “kindling?”

1:05 am June 5th, 2016

Supplements are bad for you said dr. Feelgood. No rxplanation why, they rev up our systems, but also engance homeostasis he did not say. Western medicine is good and everything else sucks said dr. Feelgood. Oh, and also avoid the sun, because it provides natural vitamin D, so the sun is bad for you benzo goers said dr. Feelgood. Enough questions. Just take this pill. It will make you feel good.

8:19 pm June 5th, 2016


Thank u for ur time & caring. It was hard to read while in midst of withdraws downing dosage alone let alone completely off. Looking for simple diet… Seems I want nothing to do w food which is unfortunately common to start with! Water, Lil bits all I can do. I did try few things found out r accelerative to exacerbating withdraws into higher gear. Will drop now!! Any blend diets, super simple??? To try and start back my body as extreme weakness and unbelievably high torque of pain everywhere as I battle MS, Cancers, Four types plus of scoliosis, broken neck, Popeye Syndrome both arms, Full release Tenotomies both arms, history of strokes, AFIB, Cardiopulmonary, pulmonary, Leg Popliteal Aneurism, Full and partial paralysis….TY!!!

3:13 am June 6th, 2016

I was put on Ativan two years ago initially for insomnia. After approx 6 months I began to wake with extreme fear and my Dr. Told my to take Ativan as required throughout the day as required up to a maximum of 10mgs. The fear increased as did extreme fatigue, memory loss and the ability to think straight. I was an emotional mess and bed ridden for a period of 3 months. I thought I was losing my mind and begged my dr to put me into a psychiatric hospital- he told me to just take more Ativan to take the edge off. In December of last year I realised the more Ativan I took the worse I had become so I stopped taking my day time doses cold turkey (anywhere from 2mgs to 6mgs). I was completely unaware that I could have been “hooked” on this medication as it was never explained to me that that was a possibility. I became even sicker with severe tremors, twitches, spasms, nightmares, fear and the inability to fall asleep without being woken by an intense rush of adrenaline. As my mind slowly became clearer, I made more of a connection to my condition an the Ativan (at the time I just thought I was going crazy) and started researching benzo withdrawl, I began to taper my 1.25mg nightly dose immediately as I wanted this drug out of my system and did so over a three month period.i am into my fourth week completely benzo free and strangely the first two weeks were easier than the last two-is this normal? The symptoms I am left with are- waking with a rush of fear which subsides (thankfully as prior to it stayed all day) severe life like nightmares and such chronic fatigue that I am unable to move or some days even open my eyes until after lunch. Is the immovable fatigue something I should be concerned about? I understand the other symptoms are a result of my brain trying to re stabilise but I haven’t read as much about people suffering with such extreme fatigue and the fact that my symptoms are always so much worse in the mornings.
Thank you for any feed back.

3:43 am June 6th, 2016

Thanks for sharing this , it inspired me.

6:43 pm June 9th, 2016


I did the same exact thing, not realizing the need to taper very slowly. I learned from one of the withdrawal-help organizations that the first thing to do is to go back to the minimum amount that you were comfortable with before, if you haven’t already. If you do, the panic attacks will not be as bad as with the abruptly reduced dose, and will reduce with time. Unfortunately, a gradual taper will have to wait until your brain stabilizes enough.

I wish there were some easy answer to this. I know the symptoms are difficult now, but you get through them.

1:06 am June 10th, 2016

So, I started taking Phenibut about 8 months ago. I had a problem with Xanax 15 or so years ago, so I tended to avoid benzos, but I didn’t think Phenibut could be as potent, or that tolerance would build so quickly. I gradually increased my dosage over the next 6 months getting up to 6 or 7 grams per day . A couple of months ago, I started to taper off, but I was doing it too quickly. Didn’t realise it, but I was starting to have some anxiety issues, which can be a factor in my doing something stupid like taking DXM. I had taken many times in the past, and had a few bad experiences, but nothing like what was about to happen. This was around 5 weeks ago My best guess is that the DXM triggered my withdrawals somehow. Also I took tramadol the next morning stupidly because I had a terrible headache and my stomach was knotting up. Really didn’t think it through.. Maybe caused Serotonin Syndrome, Idk. My sister had a bunch of Klonipin, and she tried to help by giving me some for the next three weeks. Took the edge off somewhat, but I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t stop pacing, couldn’t have a bowel movement without a laxitive or drinking, barely could eat. Had to miss a few days of work. I lost 5 pounds a week during those 3 weeks. Went to the ER for those symptoms. They said my prostate was enlarged, gave me some antibiotics and a few pain pills. Went back to the emergence room two more times. They finally admitted me to the psychiactric floor, where I stayed for a week .I became convinced I had an intestinal blockage, and that it was gonna burst, so I ate almost nothing. Still couldn’t sleep. Lost another 5 pounds. The doctor put me on Prozac, Remeron, Neurontin, and Risperdol. Still no relief. Seemed to get worse. I had also quit taking the Phenibut and Klonipinc cold turkey. Not a good Idea. Started hallucinating. When you quit a Gaba drug like phenibut or benzos too quickly, it can cause excessive glutamate activity I’ve read. .That can cause oxidative stress and kill neurons. After I got out against the doctor’s recommendations, I went to the emergency rooms 3 more times in different towns, once driving over 100 miles. I was convinced I had a blockage, because I couldn’t have a bowel movement without Magnesium Citrate (harsh) Now it’s a week and a half later. These past 5 weeks or so have seemed like an eternity. Finally started going to the bathroom on my own. Started sleeping a little- maybe 3 or 4 hours a night. Having terrible symptoms. Incredible anxiety, Tinnitus, burning sensations all over. Decided to quit the Risperdone. I think the Prozac is starting to work, but I’m a wreck. Supposed to go back to work in 2 weeks, and I have to find another place to live. It’s gonna be hard. I’ve been obsessed with suicide since this started, mainly in the mornings but daily I decide I can’t go through with it. Too anxious. I feel like I don’t stand a chance most of the time. Having glimmers of hope here and there though. Anyway, I’m not sure what anyone could say to help, I mainly wanted to get this down in writing while I had a pretty clear head.

3:23 am June 12th, 2016

At just 3 YEARS OF AGE, the beginning of the end of my life began with a 10+ YEAR Prescription for VALIUM. The addictionand withdrawal resulted in permanent brain damage. and a life of prescription drugs unable to share or relate my story with just 1 other person whose addiction too began at such a vulnerable and tender age. My addiction having greatly impacted my children also (with my being medicated during pregnancy) resulted in years of abuse, neglect, shame and isolation and nothing will ever make me WHOLE, HAPPY OR HEALTHY AGAIN!

8:16 pm June 12th, 2016

My name is Jen. I an 45 years old, and my gastroenterologist got me hooked on a drug called librax for three and a half years for my ibs. He never told me it has the benzo librium in it. I am suffering immediately after taking myself go a detox center in Malvern, PA to try to taper off. They didn’t taper me, I stead they took my Librax, Ativan (prn), and wellbutrin and destroyed rhem, put me on phenobarbitol for five days and that was my detox! I slept for the first three days mostly all the time. Then by end of the five days I was so depressed they sent me to an inpatient psych hospital. The psych there started me on another antidepressant called effexor and used Klonopin – a benzo – to taper me up on it! I was in there over two weeks and they released me to my hustand saying there was nothing they could do for me any longer. I am home ten days now and no better. I’m on Effexor 300 mg and take remeron 30 mg to sleep at night. They also prescribed hydroxyzine which doesn’t come close to touching my anxiety. I have three beautiful children and a husband I’m married to 23 year today. He is trying to take care of me and took the summer off to do so. It’s our of him realm. I don’t know what to do at this point. This is the third time I’ve tried to go off librax and the withdrawal symptoms after that 5 day detox afe nor letting up almost a month later. I am suffering and in mental anguish. I feel like my brain is permanently ruined and my kids as I once knew it is over. Can anyone help?

12:53 am June 13th, 2016

Hi i have come off benzos after takeing them for six years. I did not find it easy i had sever sickness and diarrhoea for 3 monthes and lost 3 stone. Ive gone from a healthy weigth to about 9 stone which ended with me been admitted to hospital. The question ive got is now im clear of those horrid drugs that should be band i am suffering with faintness all the time even sat down i cant really leave the house its that bad im bed bound most of the time is this normal or part of the withdrawl process. I have been on google alot and cfs comes up alot any advice on this like ways to help or timescale would be much appreciated.thanks james

3:33 am June 15th, 2016

I have recently went cold turkey on benzo klonopin I was given a dosage of 0.5 mg twice a day once at bedtime and then morning. I have only taken it for 2 in a half months and this is almost day 3 of withdrawal. I’m feeling panic, anxiety, and my eyes stay dilated a bit more than normal. After reading about this medicine I’m choosing to not tapper because it’s an awful medicine and I’m praying and hoping for a fast recovery since j haven’t been prescribed it that long. I have a great support team and being positive but haven’t heard but about short term use causing this much anxiety.

8:18 pm June 15th, 2016

I suffer complex PTSD, the relapse of anxiety got me to the suicidal tendency and I took ativan to help..I was also put on Zoloft and Seroquel for sleep. I have been on these meds 5 weeks and am very scared. Recently I switched to Valium, I take 5 mg in the morning and 2.5 mg in the afternoon. I am feeling better overall but the fear of the medications is really affecting me. I don’t know when is a good time to come off the Valium. Should I stay and stabilize more or should I slowly start coming off? I had an experience with Klonopin two years ago that was HELL…but I made it through and came off it but was on it very short time. Just about a month. THat is why I am so scared that even a short stay can make the WD so very hellish…but I needed it to save my life…

6:05 pm June 26th, 2016

I was on diazepan for just over three and a half weeks never felt so bad I was taking 1.25 in the morning i.25 at around 530pm and 2.5mgat night before sleep doctor took me off them and proscribed 5mg of tranxilium in the morning with an antidepressant regime of citalopran. It has now been four days and I feel terrible I have nobody to turn to is the symtom normal

2:56 am June 28th, 2016

I have been on klonapins 2-3x a day for 8 years. My new Dr (psychiatrist) recently cut me down to 1 a day after explaining how depressed i recently started feeling. i feel horrible, and have noticed my food cravings are totally out of control, Im gaining weight, loss of memory, and of course Im extremely irritable/sick inside. Any suggestions?

4:03 pm June 29th, 2016

I have been on benzos simce 1995 been threw alot my Doctor gives me 75 loratab 10 and 90 xanax 1 mg i was in a fire lost my hand mother daughter due to the fire lost my other daughter to sids my husband was shot in the head. and woke up beside my boyfriend to discover he had od thru the night i have many scars some can be seen and some cant anyway the pharmacict said he could no longer phil both because of the cdc is this true he has always been snippy with me why does my doctor wright my Prescription s but the pharmacict wont phil both i know People who get diludid 8 mg and 30 ml morphines and she also gets clonapin and i can go on.Im terrified of whats going to happen to me im so so scared if there is anybody who can help Please Help.God bless and thank you for letting me have a felling that there are still people who cares about others.

6:27 pm July 1st, 2016

I have been on and off of 0.5 mg of lorazepam for four years. I am doing the liquid titration. I am having a really hard time with fatigue, balance and depression along with heart palpitations. I’m not able to work. Will a low dose of an Ssri help at all? I am a mom of five and feel like a complete failure to my family like this. Thank you, Karen

7:59 pm July 1st, 2016

Hi I’ve been on lorazapam for 1 year 2 months from April 2015 to June 2016 at 1 mg 3 times daily and have been tampering off in April of 2016 I started getting vibrastions and shakes and muscle twitching and I’ve had fast heart rate. Since April 2015 and it’s still here in June of 2016 it’s in,the 124 range not going down Drs say it’s due to anxiety I also don’t sleep I haven’t slept more than,2 hours a night for the last 9, months been on this med and that med for sleep but nothing works and I get side affects and I get nauseated daily bad and bad headache s.when drs out me on restoril for sleep i had to completely eliminate the bed time doese of 1 mg and so now I’m down to 1,mg am and .05 in afternoon and struggling so bad I hate this my psycriterst said to go down by half every two weeks oh ya I’m not on restoril I should be off this lorazapam on September 11st witch would be 3 months any thing i can do.I’m so anxious and full of anxiety daily and get threw my days it’s hard to go or do anything.Thanks

2:51 am July 2nd, 2016

Why is it that many people on a forum I visit often have major troubles, like you said, when I have none. I tapered off 6.5 mg of kpin by 5% every two weeks and felt fine during the taper and had no post w/d. I did do a dry MT @ .625 mg. I can also eat anything I like and I can sleep maybe 9-10 hours per night and wake up refreshed and ready to go. BTW, I had kindled. Some people on this site called me the cat with nine lives. I also have a very benzo wise pdoc who has helped me so much and he generally let me do what I wanted to. But he did tell me to avoid such things as Valerian, Chamomille and Kava Kava with the statement, Didn’t you ever take organic chemistry? And I never drink alcohol or smoke and take in any caffeine. I never did. I also forgot to tell you that I was a daily user for 10 years and am on Trazodone for sleep. He wants me to make sure I have healed before he takes me off that drug. I am now 6+ months free.

8:19 pm July 7th, 2016

I have chronic tinnitus. Dr gave me lorazapam it no longer works I feel like Im dying. Im cutting down on the benzo Ive gone from 3.5 mg a day to 1.5. But I also take cymbalta. Can you offer me some of your knowledge please? Im in an awful situation.

2:32 am July 9th, 2016

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10:16 pm July 10th, 2016

HI, I having a very hard time after stoping 2nd time clonozapem. Last year my GP put me on becouse I had a sleep problem do to cronic nausea. I’m 55 years old and I think I going tru perimenapose, but Doctor don’t thinks so. I was only on for 2.5 months only 0.5 mg. I started to get anxiety and I was scared becouse I never had anxiety or depression before in my life. I wanted to stop the med. and my phycologiatrist told me I can stop it is a very low dose. Was very sick for 2 weeks and they put me on remeron 7.5 mg. Get sick on that to and was getting brain zap every day. After 2 months using it I tapered off in 4 months and went back on clonozapem 0.125 mg and I towered off too in 1 month. I’m free off moth med now 6 weeks and having a very painfull burning thingling pain in my brain, I’m crying all the time is so painfull. I’m worried is some kind off neurological demage. I can’t function is killing me and is going on for 7 months now. Is it normal? Thank you

7:36 pm July 16th, 2016

I was wondering if taking an antiviral (Acyclovir) for shingles will prolong my withdrawal recovery? I’m 45 days off of xanax, and now I have shingles. I’m scared to take anything these days but shingles is serious, and need to recover from that now, too. Anyone have any info about antivirals and benzo recovery?

3:46 am July 25th, 2016

I have been on ativan for 9 months, 1mg 3x a day, then in May went to 2mg 3x aday, started detox July fir back to 1mg 3x a day, tomorrow start 1mg 2x a day, but this weekend I took 2mg 2x a day and 1mg that night, for both day, I’m really upset with myself, I just felt like I wouldn’t been to function at work, I know I was wrong but do I tell my daughter tomorrow what happen and continue the tamper like she wants me to m, or is the tamper to fast.

2:24 pm July 26th, 2016

I have muscles that contract so severely when I stand up ,that I usually have to sit back down,and if I try to walk I have to have support and by back is affected,my shoulders,my head,( head pressure) ,and my neck.This has not abated at all in the 3-1/2 years since I was taken off cold turkey in a local hospital! Most people have seen improvement in their third year,why have I not? I only take thyroid medicine as anytime I take a supplement it makes me temporarily worse.losing hope! I took 100 MG capsule of chamomile ,not realizing it was listed as ” do not take” a week ago and it made me worse ! What can I do to counteract it ,if anything.? Do you think being almost 80 is why I am not improving?

10:42 pm July 28th, 2016

I had a pretty rough withdrawal and I been off benzos for 2 years but I am dealing with a lot of anxiety still. I am 41 yrs old and feel like I am 18 /20 again in a bad way. I haven’t been able to work because of this awful happening and awaiting a disability hearing. I see a really good cbt therapist who is a PhD who has been there through this whole thing. I am so mad because lately I feel I can’t function cause the anxiety is awful , I can get through things but I feel horrible. How long could I have this anxiety for? and is it cause my brain isn’t fully healed? thank you

9:11 am August 1st, 2016

are u sure vitamins and supplememts causes problems on benzos withdrawal??? well it helps a lot to me on my bromazepam withdrawal..why is that?

2:33 pm August 1st, 2016

It’s been over 6 and half years still have jaws problem the mucus and saliva increases just my jaws taking so long and still itching sometime and pee muscles a lot better still some stiffness I still feel jaws muscles push down so I think I should be better soon weight gain no off yet anxiety like a rocket

7:44 pm August 1st, 2016

I was switched to liauid diazepam to finish my taper. the problem is instead of the drugstore giving me 5mg/5ml, they gave me 5mg/1ml. . I only took two doses until they realize they was wrong. I was dosing .25 2x a day. but their mistake cause me to dose 1.25 for two times. I hope I am not kindled!!!

8:26 am August 3rd, 2016

Exercise and anything to increase oxygen is essential. Using computer programs and charts to keep yourself organized compensates for the memory loss whether it is temporary or permanent. Eat very well do not skimp on nutritious food. Groom well and keep ur mouth shut in public until u heal. Better to just do ur job and be a good listener. Do not try to convince anyone of ur situation if u do not live in the UK. Just believe in urself and cut those pills slowly over three Yrs into smaller and smaller granules. Do not go off or restart, Buy a cheap blender and put in nice vegetables beet and ginger. Splurge w vegetable and coconut oil and reasonable helpings of lean meat and fish. Ur brain needs the photochemical and amino acids. Ask urself what do u want to happen and if ur behavior does not correspond with ur higher and immediate goals look at what u are doing wrong and change it. U may not be a drug addict but being on Benzos has presented ur idiot side to the world so it is wise to be ur best self in the time u have left. When people make comments about ur eyes being clear or ur enormous weight loss just smile. U can always write a book when u retire. U will be working full time cleaning ur life and relationships up. Do not waste it explaining or complaining. If u are going to sue ur doctor u only have 3 yrs and a court system that protects doctors on this issue. So think about what u want to do first. Believe that u can do this and when u act imperfectly forgive urself but do not do it again, Prople are more pissed at u than u will ever relize so be nice and do not provoke them. Focus on ur own skills and what will keep u happy and secure. U r ur only friend in this.

1:44 am August 6th, 2016

My 88 year old mother in law is going through Xanax withdrawal. Doctor gave her Klonopin to help with the withdrawal and she is now tapering off of that. She has all the classic withdrawal symptoms and is afraid she will never get better. A nephew wants her to take the marijuana derivative CBC which he claims is not a hallucinogen but would calm her anxiety. Do you think this will help. I see in your list of things NOT to take is medical marijuana. What should I do?

4:58 am August 8th, 2016

Didn’t know the dangers of benzodiazepine. Have been on different ones for five years. Now I am struggling to get off .05 mg of clonazapam a day. How do I taper off and what side effects will I experience?

1:00 pm August 8th, 2016


I would love some advice. I took 2MG of clonepin for 6 years. I withdrew very slowly over the past 40 days and now I have reached 0 mg! It is day 5 on 0mg and it is very difficult. Mostly I have the shakes, sensitive to touch, irritated, and bad headaches. Any advice on what foods to avoid and what to eat? Other strategies that help rebuild GABA? Anything is apprecited. Thanks!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:05 am August 10th, 2016

Hi Ann. I suggest you consult with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Also, you may look into the Ashton Manual, a manual that can help you with dealing benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal:

6:07 pm August 10th, 2016

I am currently tapering off of Xanax and take both Vitamin B and Vitamin D. My B is very low normal and had been steadily dropping over the past year, and D was below normal. Is this not an instance where I should stay on the supplements? Vitamin D deficiency, in particular, has been associated with pre-diabetes and diabetes. Please respond.
Thank you.

4:50 am August 13th, 2016

Hi, I cold turkeyed off xanax 12 years ago, and I still have horrific symptoms everyday. I’m not as bad as I was 12 years ago, but loosing hope that I will ever be well again. I’ve had very few windows of feeling better, and never once a window were I felt normal for any length of time. I didn’t think even protracted withdrawl could last this long. Is it still possible to heal after all this time? I’ve done a lot of research over the years and haven’t heard of anyone else still healing at 12 years benzodi free

11:37 pm August 15th, 2016

I have been tapering off of lorazepam for about a month. Until a few days ago I was down to a half a mg a day. It has been he’ll for me. I just knew it was going to kill me. 2 days ago my blood pressure was spiking terribly and I couldn’t take it anymore. I went t6ttto the ER and the Dr put me back on benzos. I don’t know what to do or how to even get a plan to get off of them. I knew it was going to be bad getting off this drug but I sure was not ready for what hit me. Absolutely horrifing.

12:16 pm August 17th, 2016

Hi, I’ve been on lorazepam for almost ten years, following a test for a tumour,which wasn’t there, but left me unable to sleep. Started with 2mg lorazepam increasing to 70 mg a day. Went thru a very difficult.divorce. Used to see a doctor, who helped bring me down to Then went to a detox place,where I was dropping 1 mg daily. Was fine till a tiff with the ex that caused a relapse n am back to needing 35mg. Main issues are panic attacks,restlessness n awful headaches. Have been given gabapentine, but not sure I shd start on that one. Grateful for any advice. It was helpful to know about others experiences. Thanks

3:41 am August 19th, 2016

I was taking 6-8 mg of xanax for 6 years then the drug addiction specialist put me on. 20 Mgs of valium to cut down buy 5mgs per week for 4 weeks
I went through total hell constant derealization for 8 months , I’ve been told to stabilize I’m now on 2 Mgs if klonopin a day , I started to get physchosis about 2 mths ago and wake up with horrible memories everyday and can’t see any way out , I think about suicide all the time because I started going insane and can’t handle it again , I’m living by myself and am hardly functional , have lost all my friends can’t go outside because if extreme fear and can’t handle that everyone out there is fine and I’m restarted and not being able to be with any women is very upsetting for me , I don’t know how to handle this and need help please , thank you Dave

3:58 am August 21st, 2016

I need freaking help. I don’t know what to do, I’m losing the ability to talk to ppl and my memory is destroyed

4:05 pm August 21st, 2016

I have just completed a 10 months withdrawl from Valium. My experienceis that Magnesium is wonderful, as long as you start with a low dose. I am now 4 months “clean” but stillhave lots of withdrawl symptoms – muscle weakness , dizziness, sore eyes, urinating urgency and others,but magnesium is very relaxing and helps to make life bearable. Start with 200mg perday and build up, if necessary to the point where, according to some, you will have diarrhoea. I am now taking 1500 mg per day and do not have it. Do try – I will be happy to take magnesium for the rest of my life. It has no less tan 325 know functions in the body and is a great aid to good health

12:11 am August 22nd, 2016

Wondering if there is any time frame for my case. A month and a half to come off two .05 mg.
of Loranzapem a day for 16 months. Last dose was 7 weeks ago. I do have some better days, but mostly really uncomfortable ones. Would really like some encouragement as to a time frame??? Dr. says I should not be having problems this long…..metallic mouth, watering mouth , lump in throat when feeling ill…I was 100% healthy before coming off, had full physical in June.
Before came off. I was given the drug for grief.

6:54 pm August 22nd, 2016

Hi Rex. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Magnesium helps greatly when people are recovering from benzo use. I am sure your comment will help another fellow reader. I hope you continue to maintain a successful recovery.

6:57 pm August 22nd, 2016

Hi Moe. I’d suggest you check into a treatment facility. Quitting benzodiazepines is not easy, and healing will last a long time. But I believe you can do it with the support from loved ones and the help of medical professionals.

4:37 am August 23rd, 2016

Coming off adivan after 20 years of up to 8mg a day at times – after 45 horrible days – the last to days seem to be getting worse – from muscle loss – to puffy feeling in eyes – extreme wieght loss – head full and humming – now seems like the skin on my back is on fire th last two days – anyone got info about this -HELP!!!!

1:25 pm August 24th, 2016

Hi Pat. It looks like the tapering rate was too fast or the dose decrease was to abrupt. Did a doctor help you create the weaning schedule? You can contact your doctor and report all symptoms you are experiencing; s/he can prescribe medications to help you manage. You can also treat many of the symptoms with over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies for the local pharmacy.

9:53 pm August 24th, 2016

I’ve been on Clonazepan, .25mg twice a day for 2months. I quit taking it due to severe dizziness. Now I’m having withdrawal, My family doc put me on Larazapam half mg at night . I s this good, or should I just try to get through it without the Lorazapam

7:44 pm August 25th, 2016

My Paxil quit working and I can’t get off of it due to the horrible withdrawal. I’ve been on it for 16 years. I’ve been on clonazepam for about 12 years. I’m up to 1mg in the morning and I can tell just after 4 months I’m already reaching tolerance. My doc upped it to that because I was trying to titrate off Paxil onto Prozac and that made me feel even worse. So now I’m just still on Paxil and I’m basically homebound. I feel so nauseous, headaches, heart palpitations. I need help!!

5:24 pm August 26th, 2016

Hi I’m in mr 3month 1/2 and I’m freaking out never in my life took benzo untill doctor recommended because I was having little anxiety because of my son I was having problems with him took them for 8 months 0.5 one every day I stop cold turkey and here I’m with all mental symptoms but I have a question I seen the ones last night and I seen how a guy was murder and from that day my pan is went over roof its in my head before never happens when I was normal but will I stay like or would it go away when evrthing. Passes away please let me know I’m so knew at this

5:38 pm August 26th, 2016

Just scared for my son. He is in the throws of withdrawals. He is saying some scary stuff, which I am sure are hallucinations at their worse. He went through 60 mgs in less than 2 weeks. Not sure how he took them…he says 4-6mg per day. He will not seek help. I do have gabapentin and clonidine along with hydroxyzine here at the house. I am reading and trying to figure out if these are good options. I understand rehabs and detox centers are not the way to go. I am pretty loss at this point and am scared for him.

12:26 am September 11th, 2016

About to be taperd and im smoking weed. Whats going to happen to me I’m obviously going to stop smoking weed now but i guess I will wd from both. Should i tell my dr now or try to get off both by myself? ??

4:37 pm September 11th, 2016

I was taken off of zyprexa quicky. And out on Valium prasisin and tryliptal. I am in acute withdrawal. Don’t know if I should taper off the other meds. Already dropped the prasisin. I am scared. And close to suicide. Please help.

2:44 am September 14th, 2016

Hi. I have been taking .05 clozapham for about 4 years now. I don’t take them everyday about 4 times a week and 5 during pms.. I take then for aniexty before bed…I am super worried about the withdrawls. I get 25 a month. Are my withdrawals going to be as bad Because I take only take a low dose 4times a week? I would like to withdrawal very slowly.. how should I go about doing this thanks Cara

5:14 am September 14th, 2016

Hello I was wondering if talking Xanex can cause permanent damage to my brain? I was taking them for less than a year only on weekends but the last couple weeks I took them, I overdid it way over did it put it this way I could have died. Thank God I didnt. It’s been about week and 3 days since I touched them. I kk never go back this past week has been hell on Earth for me. Can u help with an answer?

4:12 am September 15th, 2016

I’ve been on Klonopin for the past 17 years and am now trying to get off of it. 10 days ago I got out of a detox that did a 6 day taper and then kept me there for 2 more weeks. Now I’m at home trying to cope with the aftermath and it is hell! I have all of the worst symptoms; anxiety, panic, shaking, stabbing pain in my stomach and fear that this will not go away….I’m afraid of tomorrow. Is there anything that you can take, over the counter, that can help at all? Please, I’m desperate for any answer to this.

12:58 pm September 16th, 2016

Im praying for this to be true. I only took benzo 4 months and antidepressants 5 months. I was pollydrugged and cted off them. I was put on Depicote for mood swings which I had due to Perimenopause but All medication made me much worse. I am 9 months off all medication and still feeling terrible! My stomach is screwed up and hurts daily, I Feel dizzy, nauseous etc. I also experience horrific Moments if I try to nap . I feel sadness anxious racing thoughts trying to nap. Its all scary! I stay on my couch because I feel secure and safe there basiclly . Im really feeling bad. Please help

2:42 pm September 17th, 2016

I am struggling, to say the least. I tapered off after being on 20 milligrams a day for 13 years. Taper or not, I am going through hell. It didn’t hit me until more than a week of being off. I have every withdrawal symptom possible. The anxiety is horrific. The panic is horrific! Last night, I could not sleep. I woke up sweating and truly though I was going to die. My breathing seemed different and shallow. I am 59 years old, female and can’t stand much more of this. I am considering going on Cymbalta. I cannot live like this much longer and we are moving to a different home in 5 days and my panic is getting worse because of it. I feel like there is nowhere to turn.

7:20 pm September 20th, 2016

What can/should I do about feeling of inebriation during clonazepam xerox? I think I reduced from. 5mg way too fast!

10:29 pm September 21st, 2016

Hi, I’ve been on alprazolam 0.5mg once daily since August 28th of this year so a little less than a month. I don’t like the effects it has on me and wanna quit cold turkey but basically in fear of my life of having a heart attack or seizure any insight or advice would be helpful.

3:48 am September 23rd, 2016

I didn’t know lorazepam would be phisicallybadditve so son I have been taking for 6 weeks. I’m sacred and don’t know why to do. I am still having anxiety from the beginning.

4:22 am September 27th, 2016

Does anything help with the withdraws? Trying my best but really really struggling!!!

1:22 am September 29th, 2016

I’ve been on Xanax since 2010, 1 mg, 3 times a day. My life has turned upside meaning I no longer have the drive to do the things I was most passionate about…spending time with my daughter, working out regularly. I’m horrified of the withdrawal process. A few years back, I knocked my prescription into the sink so I didn’t have any Xanax to get me through the next few days. I was horrible..itching skin, felt like bugs were crawling on me, couldn’t sleep, the world itself felt so surreal that I missed three days of after I attempted to drive and could barely remember where I was. Are these common side effects of withdrawing and would the withdrawals be worse now for me since I’ve been on them for five more year since that last episode? Tia. Megan

8:27 pm September 29th, 2016

Just got off clonazapam after about 9 years. Took it for depression ( my son died ) and mainly for restless leg syndrome. Decided it was time to get off of it. I was on the smallest dose, so I think my withdrawal isn’t so bad. It’s definitely there though. I tapered back and got off it slowly , but maybe not slow enough. I’m wondering if you know of anything over the counter , or natural home remedies to help with my withdrawal symptoms. Insomnia, leg muscle spasms at night, rapid pulse, rapid breathing, hyperactivity. I didn’t get medical help to do this because I don’t want to switch one prescription drug for another one. Any thoughts?

5:00 am October 3rd, 2016

Hello, I was on benzos for about a month or two and I cold turkeys (I didn’t know) that’s was in 2012! I became suicidal and I HAD to get on Effexor! They cold turkeyed off of those! It’s been over two years and I’m suffering so bad j want to take my life! I fear I may be damaged for life! Help please! I have a knee injury and I’m taking glucosamine chondroitin complex I will soon take omega 3 fish oil and tumeric!

8:00 am October 4th, 2016

I’m not sure how to start?? I was on Clonazepam for 6 months after being prescribed antidepressants with many side effects++ I was diagnosed in 2006 with GAD and depression I have Hashimotos Hypothyroiditis. The last decission was Clonazepam I have been trying to get off of this medication since with 3 attempts (and this being my final and last attempt because I’m determined to not stop until I’m done. with no support from my psychiatrist since after her prescribing it to me she discharged me from her care due to her feeling at the time she had tried every medication and couldn’t help me. I don’t want to drag this on but I am now under the care of a Pharmacist at the University of British Columbia she had tried for a third time to taper me off of Clonazepam and it felt like it was impossible so I had seen a video on the Benzo Facebook page in regards to switching to Valium so I suggested to try it and have been tapering since Feb of this year. I am on a liquid form mixed with almond oil and I’m down to .05mg in the am and .1mg in the pm it’s been hell since beginning of September with a decrease Aug 16th and major withdrawals kicking in around Beginning of Sept or at least noticeable withdrawals ++ “If there’s a hell on earth I’m in it” your truly Kathy ❤️

8:58 am October 4th, 2016

Feel like it wont ever end. Feel like the only thing that’s gonna end is my relashionships, my work, my motivation. How do I get my husband to understand this and not for him to think its all in my head and I’m making it up?

4:35 pm October 4th, 2016

Hello, I accidentally quit diazepam cold turkey (about 2 months ago). My Dr did not refill my prescription and I decided that I did not want to take it anymore. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
I have been taking diazepam for 8 years. I took it originally when I went on a trip or the rare occasion that I could not sleep. About 5 years ago I started taking it more often to help my sleeplessness from Peri menopause & life stress (15 mg 2-3 times a week). I know now that diazepam probably made things worse:(
Anyway, the intense feelings of fear and anxiety subsided about 2 weeks ago, but my brain is still buzzing and my eyes are slightly blood shot. I drank 2 glasses of wine the other night and I am worried that I set my recovery time back as I did not sleep, had mild symptoms of anxiety, along with a headache that lasted for 24 hours.
I realize now that alcohol effects brain receptors the same way that benzos do. I am hoping that I did not screw my recovery up to badly!
Thanks, Juli

10:32 pm October 4th, 2016

hi my name is john and I have been taking benzo for 12 years at high does was aple to be drug free in 2011 coming of Xanax 14 mg a day that was in halzden 30000 out of pocket then 6 months latter starting taking klopion but my brain is feeling nerves in side they hurt and brain is squezzing and burning taking 2 mg now brain is not liking them this is my 6 time trying to beat this monster what is going on inside my brain

6:01 pm October 5th, 2016

I have been on Xanax for 30 years. A psychiatrist is in the process of gradually weaning me off.
I have been taking Vitamin D supplements for months now (because I was low); I have been drinking chamomile tea with vanilla and honey everyday to calm me, and I absolutely love salmon, eating it once or twice a week!!!! (always thought salmon was the best choice of fish!!)
My withdrawal is brutally agonizing, especially after the last tapering…….am I destroying my ability to get off this terrible drug by doing the above things???? Please help me.

10:12 pm October 6th, 2016

I have been on clonazepam .25 mg for 21/2 years and my Dr is taking me off. I am in the tapering now it was going every other day now I started every 3rd day I take one.My withdrawals are pretty bad some good days more bad days. How long will it take to have this nasty drug out of my system once I am off of it. Can I go to the every 3rd day for 2 weeks nd then not take it any more safely. Any help is helpful.

1:21 pm October 8th, 2016

I have tapered down, under a psychiatrist’s supervision, from 4 Xanax pills, (.25 mg.) a day, to 1 1/2 pills a day. I am a 67 yeard old woman, who has been on this horrible drug for 30 years.
The withdrawal is brutal and agonizing. It is more the physical withdrawal symptoms, including stuttering, and shortness of breath that bother me the most.
Please keep me informed with any updates on withdrawal from this “monster” pill!!
God bless you ~ Mary

5:03 pm October 8th, 2016

Not certain if this site is where I should be, however, I need to ask of your help! Perhaps directing me to where I should be is something you can help me with. I am one year off of Lexapro. My gp actually helped me taper and then convinced me to seeing a physciatrist . The physciatrist ran a genetic test that came back with my having the MTHFR factor and the need to be on an a/d called Prisqi. Well I tried 1 tablet and became deathly ill. That was the end of that! It took me this whole year to realize that my CNS has been so damaged!!! Night sweats….hair thinning……palpitations….insomnia…..depression….are things I battle with each and every day. I talk to a therapist (CSW) who has been wonderful and convinces me I am not going insane! My husband has been supportive but I fear he is becoming extremely weary and drained too! Where do I go from here???? Some days I just want to give up!

10:28 pm October 10th, 2016

My son is in benzo withdrawal after being pulled over and arrested for no rx. His symptoms were bad and he was taken to the ER but physician would not reinstate drug for tapering. He is in his fourth DAY and says it is unbearable. How do we know if/when he needs medical assistance??

11:56 pm October 10th, 2016

Good news? but first my sad story.
I have been on .05 mg of clonazepam for 10 years? for psychogenic epileptic seizures that occurred in deep sleep. Now, it is just severe cramping all over and grinding teeth and limping around most of the day with groin pain. i got a hydrocele when i took just half my dose with either kava or bergamot oil. Okay, no more kava but Bergamot is great stuff. $10?oz at
Anyhow, for some there MAY be relief by drinking raw cacao, the Drink of the Gods (Mayan) at about $10 for 8oz bag at WholeFoods. i can’t believe how well i feel during the day and I am 72. Its benefits are mood enhancement, cardio protective, anti-aging. This isn’t chocolate or cocoa but the raw unprocessed bean for around thousands of years. This is day 2 and I did sleep better. Of course I took it with my clonazepam and 2 droppers of passion flower, 1 150 mg of l-theanine and 2 spritzes of BCD oil which is losing its power, unfortunately.
There is a lot also on MCT oil which is made from coconut oil. The indications for neurological problems are substantial. (e.g., See Childhood epilepsy-MCT OIL and Alzheimers-Dr. Mary Newport Fla). The active ingredient in the Alzheimers drug, Axona, $81.00 for 30 pills, is MCT OIl but it doesn’t last as long as MCT OILwhich costs only $12 for 16 n oz. I wonder what a teaspoon of MCT in a cup of raw cacao might do, but not too hot though, MCT loses its mojo if heated to high. Thank you

4:53 pm October 11th, 2016

Hello i have been off benzos going on 9 years now,and i still beleive i am protracted,i was on klonopin for 16 years and then the docter abruptly took me off and i suffered very severly. She took me off in 2008 after bein on them for 16 years,i did drink alot on them and i did abuse them to. Is there any hope for me? Now i am withdrawing from zyprexa and quetiapine. Help

1:38 am October 12th, 2016

I have been on and off some form of benzodiazapine for over 30 years. For the past 5 years or so only I only took it when necessary which was infrequently. I have never been completely free of anxiety. Some anxiety has always been there . Two months ago I tried taking a magnesium supplement and for a month I was feeling great. I didn’t need the benzos at all and everything was normal. I thought I had found my cure but after 5 weeks or so my anxiety returned with a vengeance. I continued taking the magnesium and upped my dosage but it continued to get worse. I had no idea that a natural element like magnesium was the culprit. Has this connection between anxiety and magnesium been studied because I’ve never heard of that before. Could I have unkowingly made myself worse by taking magnesium? was not taking alprazolam daily and only taking less than .5mg to help with occasional panic attacks. It would explain why my anxiety got worse and why the magnesium failed to help. Why did it take a month to affect me? Should I wean off magnesium or just stop taking it immediately.?
Thanks for the information.

8:18 pm October 12th, 2016

I have a life or death issue. I have chronic Tinnitus and hyperacusis. I am taking clonopin and Remeron. How in the world can I titrate and stop these meds with tinnitus. The anxiety will kill me.
Even on the meds I feel ill sick hopeless. My DR. is no help he just says keep taking the benzo well the benzo barely works Ive been taking it for 4 years. Im afraid terrified dont now what to do. The tinnitus gets worse when you try to titrate. Please offer some suggestions help. God bless. Ruben

8:22 pm October 12th, 2016

I would like to thank you for responding so quickly. I can’t seem to get into the Benzo group on the FB page. I was a member a couple of times when I was trying to taper off of Clonazepam. I stopped following them because at the time I couldn’t even tackle reading their files. I am now do the tapering off liquid Valium with a pharmacist at a University in my area. I would like to thank you especially for the post that I read on the FB age in regards to the supplements because I’ve stopped taking them and felt that Magnesium,Pharmagaba,B6 and I was taking Ribes Nigrum and Wobenzym N and felt a dramatic difference happened when I stopped. I stopped the B6 immediately after taking a pill and feeling like I was “poisoned” I know that might sound extreme but that’s how I felt although the feeling only lasted for a short time. I had gone off the Pharmagaba and at the same time which was approx a month ago but started up on it a week to 10 after because I was unaware of the issues between supplements. I didn’t stop taking the Ribes Nigrum at the time and wasn’t consistent with my liquid Magnesium until initiating the Pharmagaba. When I read this article approx. a week to 10 days ago and seen the supplements that may cause problems and was feeling so terrible I stopped all supplements. I am under the care of a Naturolpath and will see her on October 20th. I would just like to thank you so very much for this article again it rescued me from H E double hockey sticks lol. I’m using my iPhone so I’m hoping this message is clear. After I went off the supplements it was like night and day it was a very dramatic difference. I had continued to take the Wobenzym N though because I didn’t know an Enzyme would cause the problems too. I have since stopped taking it and did notice the discomforts that I was having stopped. I’m now down to .05mg of liquid Valium in the am and pm. I’m still having insomnia ++++ and am feeling rather rough this morning. Who ever knew a little “mothers little helper” would cause someone so much grief. Thank you thank you thank you for being so very supportive in this ever so tough time in my life. Hugs to you for assisting me at this time forever Kathy ❤️😊

12:46 pm October 13th, 2016

I am now 6 months free fromValium, havinng taken doses of around 5 mg pernight for sleep (Ocasionally splurges of 15mg in extremely stressful circumstances) for 6 years.
My sleep is inproving IF i do not attempt any form of exercise. I m active in pottering around the house and a large garden but anything more then that I have real fatigue and tension which reuces or even stops sleep entirely. . If I could solve the fatigue problem I could go along with the other symptoms (sore eyes, urine frequency ) etc but oh the fatigue. cannot even go for a walk outside the house and have to order my groceries by e-mail and have them delivered because walking in the suoermarket, guarantees a bad night (or even two). Has anyone else had fatigue and intolerance to exercise like this . If so, how long did it take you to reciver?

1:32 pm October 15th, 2016

I’m on liberium 10 two times daily. After 3 months my doc reduced it by one time a day at bed time. Im on one time dose since one month. Please suggest how to coup up with 92 beats per minute at times during evening

10:09 pm October 19th, 2016

I am almost 3.5 years out and still stay inside my home most days. I still suffer from agoraphobia, depersonalization, terror– sometimes I think I’ll be like this forever but I’ve come so far that it seems I’m in my last stretch..

1:05 am October 21st, 2016

I’m 7 months out of pretty much a cold turkey withdrawal. I still feel insane but I can finally tell it’s starting to get better. No one understands why I’m not better yet. It’s so hard to explain to people so I pretty much just don’t talk to people except my husband. Without him and God I would have already killed myself. This is the most insane thing I’ve ever gone through and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

11:52 am October 22nd, 2016

For Azam. Try Magnesium Citrate taablets but start slowly. Take 100 mg in the evening for the first week, take 100 mg morning and evening for the second week and contnue increasing up to around 100 mg if you do not have diarhoea. Or put magnesium oil r magnesium flakesn inan evening bath and lie there for 2o to 30 minures. It works for me.

7:25 pm October 25th, 2016

Thanks for info… is 5 htp OK to take? LTheanine? Had thought gaba rich foods would help… maybe not. I had very bad advice when I tried to come off the anti depressant mirtazapine. & had to take diagram and temazepam… Managed to find a fab gp who is an expert on benzo. She is helping me taper. It’s a pig though. I had to go back on the mirtazapine. . Was too ill. Thankfully only been on benzo for 4 months.. not too high a dose .Am down to 1mg diazepam,and around 7mg temazepam. Tapering diazepam first. Thanks again for info. Oh and assume magnolia bark a no no..thought it may help? Blessing ,nicki x

9:14 pm October 27th, 2016

I am hoping to get more information about withdrawal. Specifically, I have been trying to quit, WELL, rather, I was “Yanked off” by a young inexperienced doctor who wanted to convert the world, so to speak. So I have been without prescription for more than 2 years, and am dealing as best I can in isolation because nobody really seems to know what they are doing. i was caught by your first comment “to seek a doctor who has experience”.
I hope that by writing here, I can get more information.

9:10 am November 2nd, 2016

I have a friend that has a severe case of benzo withdrawal. I knew that she was ill, but I only recently found out how to name it. Her panic attacks are so bad she doesn’t even trust her own parents, and runs away every time they try to send her somewhere for proper care. She fears her own family and that isolates her. Yeah.. I don’t always know what to do, so I research as much as I can and then just encourage her that it will end soon and all the bad stuff will go away soon. But i don’t know how to convince her to go to rehab, because she has gone before and I think it was a bad experience for her.
I don’t need a reply… I just wanted to vent on a platform that understands. Thanks.

10:36 am November 4th, 2016

I feel trapped like I’m running on a gerbil wheel and I can’t get off. I went to detox and was doing well until they cut me off suddenly and then when I got home I could do nothing but get back on the medication. My dose ended up being pretty high towards the end and they can’t find a doctor who will help me at this dose. Help!

2:03 pm November 5th, 2016

Hello, I have been taking tranxene for over 4 years now and I recently started to taper off because I am a truck driver and doc said I can’t be on this medication while driving. Was diagnosed a couple years back with GAD and have been on every SSRI out there. Yesterday I had probably one of the worst anxiety/panic attacks ever after not taking tranxene for 8 days! I was shaky, had diarrhea, heard noises, couldn’t breathe, eyes twitching, weekness, bad memory, confused, head felt tight, all kinds of symptoms! ! I thought I was doing good for 8 days but all of a sudden. ….Bam it hit me and I still feel the aftermath. .. somebody help

6:08 pm November 6th, 2016

To Jennifer–

Your situation sounds similar to mine–I cut down my dose too abruptly, and it caused anxiety and panic attacks. So in an attempt to alleviate these symptoms, I went up to a much higher dose.

However, the higher dose did not help. The abrupt reduction causes these unfortunate symptoms, and it takes time for the brain to stabilize. I saw the advice of one of the withdrawal-help organizations that the first thing to do is to go back to the minimum amount that you were comfortable with before. This is what I did, and the symptoms are gradually reducing with time.

I know the symptoms are difficult now, but you get through them. It’s really unfortunate, though, that doctors don’t warn about what can happen–and sometimes even make it worse–and so many people are suffering.

10:52 pm November 7th, 2016

I’ve been on and off Benzos for approx 2.5 years. My GP originally prescribed them for PRN anxiety needs. It started with Ativan which I started to have to take more frequently in higher doses just to go to work. Safe to say, I’m not working anymore – it’s been 1.5 years. I’ve been in several treatment facilities since and nothing has changed. Psychiatrists have put me on Klonopin (started at 1mg / day but most of the time I managed to keep it at 0.5 mg… some days I would abuse because I just wanted to die) and then tapered me at my request. But I only ever lasted a few weeks until I had to start again. I’ve tried multiple antidepressants and nothing has changed (most of them made me feel worse or just had too many side effects for my body to handle). I’m taking Trazadone 50 mg right now and have been for 3 weeks but that’s just for sleep. Not even sure I should be taking that. I’ve been completely off of Benzos for the last 3 weeks. I tapered slowly from Clonazepam (0.5 mg) to Diazepam (2 mg) and then to chlordiazepoxide (5 mg) again over about a 2 month period but felt miserable through the whole taper process and now I feel worse most days. I try to exercise every morning but still have daily suicidal ideation, restlessness, relentless anxiety, no motivation to get back in the workforce – I want to so badly but the anxiety will not go away, tremors / shakiness, lot’s of fear; scared I’m never going to get through this. Absolutely no happiness or laughing or emotions but desperation, despair, and hopelessness. My psych won’t try me on anymore medication as I’ve tried most and my GP doesn’t know what to do. I’m only 42 and I was a successful business man. Now I am nothing and burning through my savings as my wife doesn’t make enough money to hold the fort. I have tried to take some Niacin which I think helps a little and L-Theanine but the pain in my head / hyper vigilance feeling never goes away. There just doesn’t seem to be any hope or anyone who can help.

4:52 am November 15th, 2016

I have always had anxiety but never debiliating anxiety and panic attacks, until I started abusing bath salts, MDMA, things of that sort in 2010-2011. I then started having debilitating panic and fear. I thought I was dying, literally. And this persisted long after I stopped the uppers. I tried to offset the symptoms with Klonopin. At first, I took way too much. I was on 4mg a day and STILL having anxiety attacks. I couldnt figure out why. I forced myself to take less and less.

Now, in 2016, I take very very little. I take .025 mg a day at most, and sometimes will skip a day or two. But I am so disheartened because even now, I feel that same horrible feeling and panic, inability to shower, eye tracers, pounding heart, etc…. when I run out of the Klonopin. My doctors have started a “taper” that is too quick. I need to go slower but they won’t listen.

What am I to do? Will I be “messed up” and needing Klonopin forever because my brain is damaged from all the drugs I did before? I regret it so bad now and I just want myself back. I have struggled ever since 2011 with opiate addiction as well, which came from trying to curb anxiety and depression brought on from taking Klonopin. I’m a mess. Is there hope?

Thank you.

9:38 pm November 16th, 2016

I am on day 8 of cold turkey withdrawing from Clonazipam and Tramadol. I was sent home to my Autistic son and husband with very little leave from work. I have lost it….I feel I don’t have the stamina to cope with my screaming nervous system at night. Are the first two weeks the worst or does it go on with more of the same intensity of symptoms? Is there anything the doctor can give you to help in the intense phase? Can I expect any sleep down the track?

9:59 pm November 16th, 2016

Was on phenibut for ~ 4 months at 3-4 grams a day. Decided to go cold turkey. Kava Kava actually helps and is a GABA B upregulator so, I don’t know why it is discouraged in this article. It also is non-addictive and helps ameliorate the withdrawal symptoms. Along with theanine(another GABA B upregulator) along with ashuaganda(sp) these things assist getting through the critical phases of intense withdrawal and are non-addictive. I would recommend anyone going through severe withdrawal to seek out and utilize these tools to get through. I am on day 7 cold turkey and it’s not a walk in the park but, these substances I have mentioned allow me to function and get through my work day. Good Luck to everyone that is going through what I am…time heals all wounds and know what you are going through is not “you”. One more thing, I’ve found that candied ginger stops the nausea most effectively. Best of luck to everyone.

3:33 pm November 17th, 2016

I was taking up to 4mg of Clonazepam a day. Now I am just a week and a half off the drug. Doctors tell me I should be fine now but I feel like hell. My mouth is numb, I’m having crazy dreams, panic attacks, feel dizzy all the time, crying because I’m scared I’m going to die, numb all over. How long will these symptoms last and is there anything I can do to heal faster?

1:45 am November 21st, 2016

I am three classes shy of getting my Caadac license
For drug and alcohol
Counseling , I did my Term paper on BENZODIAZAPINES and there is very little research and help for many people in these?! I , myself, have taken a 1 mg dose to sleep nightly , & just recently my migraine headaches have returned and I have terrible insomnia if I don’t take the 1 mg every night? You are so correct that there is very little awareness and treatment facilities that specialize in BENZODIAZAPINES AND TREATMENT FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE THAT SPECIALIZE IN THIS!! Any HELP AND ADVICE SOULD BE APPRECIATED!!
Thank you,

6:33 pm November 21st, 2016

Hello there. Thank you so much for all the helpful tips. On top of the withdrawal I have a very stressful situation to deal with.elderly sick parents. I have successfully come off diazepam. . Now have to tackle temazapam. Unfortunately I upped the dose last week as we had a family funeral. It was very distressing. Now I’m gradually reducing again.i live in the UK. . My doc is pretty benzo friendly, but it’s very tough. I had to go on benzos after trying to come off anti depressant s.. I was giving terrible advice ( not by my present GP). I was very ill.. thankfully stayed home and managed to keep going.My new doc has put me back on the anti depressant. .said it was dangerous if I didn’t. She’s saved my life I think . I have noted all the advice. I am a christian so that’s very helpful have bought one of doctor Leighs books. Thanks so much for all the help… there isn’t much in the UK. Blessing and love, nicki x

5:24 am November 23rd, 2016

Went from taking 5mg wice a day 13 years ago to
1 1\2 a night.So,far no symptoms of withdrawal noticed cannot digest meat.Had reaction to lovastatin aflectng the musckes of R leg.Had a stroke,was given lorazeam for cramps .If I totally stop,how can zi control the muscles spans in the R side of the body.New Dr. wants to cut me off..Now I feel terribly nervous am allergic to most other drugs .Take Lorazepam to sleep and control the leg cramps.Do not drink only take RX for high blood pressure

6:32 pm November 26th, 2016

About nine weeks ago I was taken off Klonopin after 8 years of usage at 1 mg a day. My doctor said it was no longer working for me so switched me to Atavin .5 mg every 8 hours. He also prescribed celexa 20 mg once a day, I have felt terrible ever since. Was quitting klonopin C/t wrong to do or was switching to Atavin supposed to help with taking away the klonopin? I am getting no relief from this switch and feel more anxious, sick, nauseas than ever. I plan to go back to my doctor and see what he suggests. I am 81 years old and can,’t live like this. I would appreciate any suggestions

11:58 am November 27th, 2016

I am scared to death I will not be able to function at work.

12:31 pm November 29th, 2016

I was on restoril for 6 years and got off after a rather fast taper almost a year ago. I had noticed I had difficulty with increased wine intake. I also abused wine but grateful this is no longer an issue. I ran 5 ounces of wine two and a half weeks ago, another 6 ounces three and a half weeks ago, a bottle of wine 4 weeks ago and 1 bottle of wine 5 weeks ago (a bottle being in one night). I have had no wine in 2 1/2 weeks and do not plan to have anymore. I have support for this. I tried Kava recently as well and valerian root extract. I take magnesium supplement at bed. The insomnia I am experiencing is severe. Could I inadvertently have prolonged the withdrawal effects nd recovery from the restoril from taking these products? Not sleeping is debilitating. Thank goodness I am not working. What can I do to sleep and aid in healing of my brain?

4:15 pm November 29th, 2016

Hi, my peril began in 2003 since when I had been on and off Paroxetine 20mg and Clonazepam 0.5 for almost two years. After a cold turkey terribly reaction that lasted for several months I was hospitalized for 9 days. Several oral and intravenous drugs on, I was discharged ‘normalized’. This second episode of medication continued till early 2013. That means from 2003 till 2013. I tapered down the medication in that year and totally off of it now.

My problem now is that since the tapering days till this date the classical benzo withdrawal symptoms persist unabated. I wonder if my condition is withdrawal symptom or a relapse of my earlier anxiety/depression episode? If it is withdrawal condition will it last for such a long period? It has been four years since I stopped it and never went back to it no matter what provocation there was.

Jon G.
5:40 pm December 4th, 2016

For those in the midst of benzo withdrawal as I am right now, stay strong, committed, diligent in your absolute need to stop this madness. This may not be our first time where we’ve decided to take back our lives from the grip of absolute ignorance on many doctors, psychiatrists and other prescribers. You can do this. I can do this. We can do this. Listening to your body definitely helps along with taking care of our immediate needs. If you’ve already overcome this battle, all I can say is never look back, EVER…

9:17 am December 9th, 2016

I have been on on Xanax then switched to Valium as per the Aston manual. I am currently on 4.25 MG my doctor says that I am on such a low dose why can’t you just stop altogether. I have extreme anxiety and my whole body tingling. I have held at this dose for almost two weeks and I am afraid to cut .25mg. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

2:44 pm December 10th, 2016

I’m struggling atm. Anxiety and fear… obsessing about big family Christmas. Unfortunately I went up a dose 3 weeks ago as had a very stressful family funeral. Thankfully stayed off valium Just slow tapering the temazepam.I only took one higher dose. Hoping new year will bring hope and relief. Nicki

8:02 pm December 13th, 2016

Hi there-
I am beginning a taper from 1.0 mg Klonopin that I was on for 4 months for anxiety and insomnia. I also take Lexapro 15mg, that I started in September. I am just wondering if you know of a mentor program that is available? I basically just need support, -not overly fond of some of the ones I have found online. I think I basically just need a friend to bounce fears,symptoms, and concerns off of. It is amazing that fear of doing this is actually the worst part for me so far. I am a healthcare provider, and cannot wait to be on the other side helping someone else one day. I am willing to pay for the mentorship, or provide a donation to a non-profit. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Also, do you know anyone that has used the Point of Return program with success? Thank you so much.


11:08 pm December 19th, 2016

Im 63 and been on 0.5mgs of clonazepam once per night for sleep for 5 weeks now. Been tapering down for two weeks . Im down to 0.25mgs. I have life long depression which is making this withdrawal process so much harder. I am so sick and need to know how long I should hold between cuts.

Benzo site says I should cut 1/8th every two weeks . I have 2/8ths left to go which is where Im at now 0.25mgs but I wonder if that is even to fast. I went through this two years ago for the same reason . Last time between on and off It took 4 months total and that time I made tiny razor cuts every so many days as tolerated.

This time its so much harder because even though I was on 0.5 for a very short time I had to start cutting at that larger dose. Pharmacist says to Me oh that is such a small dose just stop taking it. I did that last time and had a seizure.

Each time I take My dose It puts me out for around two hours then the minute I wake up if You will I am in withdrawal which goes on through the day and sometimes calms down a bit before the next dose other days not.

I wonder if I start feeling the withdrawls right away is because I have hit tolerance or is this just the typical withdrawal process. I am so very sensitive to these type of drugs. I took it because I had no choice. I hated getting back on this but did not realize how much harder it would be to get off again. My digestive track is suffering the most with the flight or fight set in stone. Nausea cramps etc etc headaches etc.

Doctors and pharmacist are basically useless when it comes to this process , We can only depend on the internet and support groups.

11:54 am December 20th, 2016

I understand ive got problems and cant wait to heal.i have been 28 year’s on alprazolam and in my 3rd year off withdrawal. Please reply with any help!!

8:46 am December 26th, 2016

I am a xanax addict for past 25 with drawl i feel a lot of discomfort.what i can do…?

11:16 am December 28th, 2016

Thank you so much for writing this! It’s been about a year (give or take a few weeks) & I’m finally starting to get warm fuzzies from life again but just when things started looking up I sank right back down again. This has happened to one degree or another since cold turky but this was like feeling bulletproof then made of clay all in less than 24hrs time. While it gave me hope, sinking back down, as anyone going through it knows, threw me back into the fear that this hopelessness is who I am now. I never even considered what I was eating could be effecting how I feel but it makes perfect sense seeing as I starting feeling like hell right after the holliday crap food fest. I hope info about this can become more wide spread. When I kicked heroin all the info was everywhere. Heroin withdrawl is a much less complex kick so hopefully benzo info will grow as well.

7:12 pm December 31st, 2016

I am trying to get off rivertrol I have been on few bemzos in 13 years .dr took me off .but i get them off street now.

3:46 am January 3rd, 2017

Hi there I have been on klonopin for two years now, the most I took was 3 mg a day and now I am down to 1 mg a day through the supervision and taper scheduled of a very knowledgable psychiatrist, however the only symptom that is truly debilitating is extreme exhaustion and everytime I make a cut like this last one it gets worse. I also feel so mentally slow and I am usually a very sharp individual. I am very scared and feel like I don’t have control over my own brain or thoughts. I am only 24 and eat a very healthy diet and try to exercise as much as possible, I gave up alcohol and caffeine and I know I have only felt these symptoms for the past week and a half but I am feeling hopeless especially after reading so many horrible stories about benzo withdrawl. Please help me feel like my symptoms are normal and will pass.

9:22 pm January 5th, 2017

Can anyone help?? I have been on kolopin for eight years .last year had a Tia due to meds. Have cut down to 1/2 of0.5 mg daily and having withdrawals crazy panic,want to jump out of my skin want to scream having nightmares waking up and screa!ing ,shaking, and panic,heart flying,bs up BP up and so much more can’t work can’t drive can’t think pressure in eyes, head exploding anxiety so bad ,fear for no reason hard to concentrate and of course bed ridden with vertigo has anyone had this?

2:29 am January 6th, 2017

I’ve been on Ativan 4 years I have shortness of breath problem with eyes.i have 4 children I feel some times that my mind isn’t there anymore.what can I do to get better.

8:07 pm January 7th, 2017

I’m doing a Liquid Titration taper off Klonopin and so far so good. However, one of my main symptoms is fatigue so I drink coffee to feel better. Yesterday I had more coffee than normal in the evening so that I could stay up later. But today, I feel like I have absolutely no energy and could sleep All day. I have health anxiety (aka hypochondria) , so I think I’m possibly dying walking pneumonia or maybe heart disease! 😬😬. Could my severe fatigue be related to coffee the evening before. PS in order to stay out of bed, I drank coffee and listened to great music & danced. I feel better but I’m still freaking out.

3:42 pm January 14th, 2017

Good day!

My insomnia occurred last April 2016. For the first days, I could not believe that such chronic illness occurred in my life. I have some suspicion that this was inflicted by a drug pusher who put something in my beer when we were having some drinking session. ( Thats the reason I am advocate of our dear president in his war on drug addicts). I went to see my doctor who prescribed me with a sleeping tablet ( rivotril) which I took until end of September pf 2016. Finally, I went to see an accupuncturist last September 30 who told me to stop taking said medicine. Slowly I took the tablet on a milder dose until I was able to overcome it with 1/4 tab until finally last October 10 I was able to tough it out not to take anymore the tablet. Exactly four months from said date I have not taken anymore the said tablet. I experience all those withdrawal symptoms and the only issue now is my depersonalization which I am trying to overcome. I pray and hope that one day this would already be gone. I just want to know if other survivors and those that are already have healed completely would really say if my case would also be the same. Sometimes I have doubts when will I really be healed since I only took the said tablet for 5 months until I finally stopped taking it last October 10 until now.

Hope that somebody would share his experience also with me that I too would be healed. I have lost my job and right now I am uncertain on how I sustain my family with still this condition. I went to see a neurologist who did not even listen to what I feel and again prescribed me with another anti depressant( zooloft) which I did not anymore buy as I know this will again render me more depressed.



11:03 pm January 14th, 2017

I take My 0.25mg dose at midnight Im down to .069g . It no longer provides sleep if You want to call it that. The insomnia is killing Me and Making My brain even more hyper. What can I do for sleep , anything natural.

6:48 am January 15th, 2017

HI – in relation to the supplements e.g. magnesium and vitamin B – i have been taking both of these as some sources say that these help with recovery.. but the advice you provide is contrary to this.. can you explain why these supplements should “rev up” symptoms? i read somewhere it is because some of these also contain glutamate.. so is this the reason..


8:36 pm January 15th, 2017

People trying to get off benzos or sleep meds should really take a look at the website, I am 4 months off of klonopin after taking it for 2.5 years. They helped me realize what was happening to me while taking the drug were tolerance withdrawal symptoms, how to do a slow/safe taper, and what to expect after tapering off (still a long road to recovery). I have many tough symptoms still but, I am back to being “me”. Their advice and support is priceless and I believe, helped save my life. They also post success stories from people just like us who have recovered.

4:44 am January 24th, 2017

I wonder why my doctor NEVER told me anything about these drugs! He had me on 2 different doses and at the beginning, without knowing much about them, I took myself off of the others. Which left me at 3 mg per day of Klonopin. I had a seizure in front of my 12-year-old daughter ! Scared the hell out of her as well as me when I came to. I never knew anything could happen like that from medication your doctor gives you. Now I want to do something about it to inform people. I am on a tapering schedule. I hope it works. If the doctors don’t know that much about them, why the hell would they prescribe them?

7:30 pm January 28th, 2017

My wife was fazed off of Klonopin for 2 1/2 months by her doctor. Almost 3 weeks had passed when she started having severe anxiety. Her blood pressure and heart rate shot through the roof. Her doctor had also started her on lexapro to help with the withdrawal. He added wellbutrin after seeing him. Just last night she woke me up screaming uncontrollably. I felt helpless, but tried to assure her I was going to be there for her. For a few minutes, she seemed in another world and very terrified. She had been on Klonopin 1mg for nearly 20 years. She has been off for 4 weeks now but she is at a point of giving up. After reading your article, I know she should go back on it. We both welcome your advise for her. Thanks

2:13 pm February 1st, 2017

I’m down to 0.25 clonazepam taken at night from 0.5 taken am and pm. I started tapering 1-1-17. I’ve had pain in back, neck, feeling of numbness(mild) on face, night sweats, headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure, anxiety and fear. I had panic disorder for many years; which has lessened but still around. My huge fear is seizures, how can I protect myself, I hate being afraid because fear torments me. Definitely not a fan of mental health psych nurse I have. Any advice or comfort for this? Thank you

9:27 pm February 3rd, 2017

I just did a rapid one month detox from temazepam (restoril) 15 mg. Now I am feeling crappy. My nerves are frayed, I feel like I’m shaking inside, my senses are being overly stimulated by everything. Is there something I can take to calm me down. I’m afraid of being like this for a long time I was on the benzos for nine years every day. Also it would be wonderful if you could display the comments in reverse order with the latest one on top.

3:17 am February 4th, 2017

I been off benzo’s for 8 months I feel so amazing and one of the things that really helped me was YouTube Todd white . Please watch any of his videos .

6:42 pm February 8th, 2017

OK!!! This was seriously helpful, especially the words in No.5, I have made my planes to get off XanaX I’ll taper of taking about 30% off my dose every week. I am taking 0.25 mg 3 times a day so it should take me 3 weeks to totally quit . I also got some GABA supplement 750mg which I am willing to replace the dose that I with, also willing to workout, and pray as much as possible as I am a muslim, As much as it is so scary the idea of getting of XanaX however I k ow I am strong enough to kill it off my life totally , thanks again your words made lots of difference, PS: apologies as my English is not so well as I am an Egyptian living in Egypt

10:20 pm February 9th, 2017

Hi. I have been going through withdrawal from clonazepam for 9 months. My doctor recently put me on 25 mg of zoloft and it has made myou symptoms worse.

2:06 am February 10th, 2017

i am 38 ive had major deppressive and anxiety dissorder since i qas 18 19 was put on diazipam longterm,i wasnt told the damage it would do to me its destroyed my life,any way i managed to stableize on 20 last summer then started taper 1mg a month i managed 2 month got alot of stress with health assesment and relapsed,u managed to get a couple boxes of real ones and started takeing more,my doctor thinks am tapering ok at 16 mg now but have been takeing exrtra to function right,now i have run out of the ones to help me function and cant get no more,i feel so deppressed and very anxios all the terribble withdrawl symptoms,my doctor wont put me back to 20,he doesnt no about my relapse im too scared to tell him i feel such a let down to myself and the doctor,am feeling suicidal,not sleeping eating i feel there is no other way out

5:02 pm February 10th, 2017


This message is for you. My story is too long and too heartbreaking. I’ve been going through horrific with drawl for over a year and have been housebound because of it. Doctors have messed with my mind my entire life because of medications. I have finally realized that they are the rrasons why we feel like a nightmare. Honey don’t give up. Once you get off your medication you can go to a good therapist to help you deal with the underlying issues beneath your depression and your anxiety which are always related to how you think and how you relate to the world. I know this sounds crazy but I’m doing what’s is saving me and when you can google bible verses to get you through.
I know even this is hard to do when you’re in this state. If you need a great kind coach to help you through. Let me know and I will give you her name. She is the best get off all your meds. Go through the fire. Get proper counselling and Jesus and your life will change. I know I will make it through in this dark tunnel and so will you ❤️🙏

10:54 pm February 11th, 2017

I have suffered from panic and anxiety for many years. I was prescribed Klonopin after a nervous breakdown .5 mg. After 6 years or so I did a proper taper pet Ashton Manual. I was off 7 months. Felt amazing!! Then I had to get on a plane so I took one pill so I wouldn’t panic. Big mistake. Ended up having to reinstate. It was like I became instantly addicted again. Experienced kindling. Hell on earth. Got as stable as I could and repeated the 10 month taper. I am currently three months off. My anxiety is just awful now. Any time the smallest thing happens, it throws me into a state of anxiety so bad I can’t function. My psychiatrist wants to put me on an antidepressant, which I think I need for depression and anxiety. However I am terrified that it will affect my healing from the benzo. Do you know if it will make my anxiety worse? Could it possibly help? I’m just too afraid to take anything after having to go back on klonopin and taper again. She wants me to take pristiq or celexa. Does taking an antidepressant cause kindling or adverse affects after tapering off a benzo so recently? I feel I really need to be on something. I had the DNA test done and the celexa shows to be a good choice, I just don’t want it to backfire. Thanks!

3:02 pm February 12th, 2017

I took clonazepam 2mg per day for last 3 months and then i running out the pills. So i must stop. Now i feel bad with this withdrawal. Ive been stop for 10 days. Doctor gave me 0.5mg xanax for sleeping but only 5 pills. What should i do? How long till i get normal again?

9:36 pm February 13th, 2017

I’m benzo free after a 9 year addiction I was taking 9 mgs a day for a few years I started a detox last January and I am now completely benzo free since start of October. Since I’ve finished taking them I’ve been suffering severe anxiety when say I meet up with friends I haven’t seen it in a pub. Is this normal?

4:11 am February 14th, 2017

My mom was put on alprazolam probably 2 years ago . Or more . 25 milligrams 2 times a day then drop down to half a tablet in the morning and one tablet at night. She has Alzheimer’s and is taking two medicines for that and thyroid medicine for her hypothyroid. her weakness in her legs brought her to the ground on February 5th she has become super lethargic weakness just standing up was refusing to eat but eating a little bit better now… I didn’t even realize that she may be in withdrawal. Completely fatigued and becoming incontinent at 83 years old for the first time. Could this be a symptom of the lower dose of Alprazolam? I should mention that she had lost a ton of weight the past few months down to 75 pounds she is now back up to 80 pounds but still her doctor lowered the dose on her thyroid medicine because of her weight loss but didn’t think to do the Alprazolam till later like I said just recently I think February 1st lowered the dose to just 1 pill at night. I don’t think he is benzo wise as you said in this article… I see the symptoms are actually opposite of what my mom is having so do you think it is related to the benzo decrease and how long are you supposed to be on alprazolam because I know for the past two years she is always complaining of how tired she is… I’m not sure if she should have ever been put on alprazolam and for the length of time she has been on it she has never had the symptoms described in your article she has always been tired and in a fog but we thought that was due to her dementia and now I’m not so sure. Please help! Any advice is welcome

8:22 pm February 14th, 2017

I have been taking Triamozam .25mg for 1 year every night for sleep. To get off of the pill, I started taking 1/2 tab for one week. Then fully stopped, but now no sleep whatsoever. It has been 2+ weeks. In reading I should have been taking 1/2 tab for 3-4 weeks. With no sleep, I am really struggling. So last night I took LESS than 1/4 of the .25 tab (kinda licked the tab). Did I set myself back? I did get some kind of rest last night – say from 3am-7am, which I have not for 2 weeks. What should I do next? Stay off completely, or continue to taper off with 1/4 or less, then 1/4 every other night? What have I done by taking this tab last night? Was I almost there, now did I set my self back? Should I absolutely discontinue? I am concerned…. ?

8:37 pm February 14th, 2017

I was using Xanax for for about 3 or 4 months for sleep because I was on night shift and was having a hard time sleeping. I was only taking half a pill which was a low-dose anyhow (.25mg). I started noticing my stomach cramping every time later in the day and realized it was from the Xanax. Since I was on a low-dose I quit cold turkey. The with rose lasted about a week and I seem fine after that.
A few months later when I was adjusting back to day shift I had a hard time so I decided to use it to adjust back to days. This time I only took it for a week but I took the full pill once a day at bedtime. I didn’t think only being on it for a week that I would get hooked back on it again. It’s been about 2 weeks so I’m feeling a little better I had a lot of insomnia this time around. The last couple nights I finally got sleep without sleep aids for the first time but I still feel some of the side effects from withdrawal here and there. Once again I did it cold turkey thinking I was only on it for a short time. I did notice after reading this article that my present issues is when I drinking coffee or taking some magnesium which I’ll stop doing.
I used to take magnesium to help me sleep but didn’t know it would affect me during withdrawal.
I talked to my doctor about it and he didn’t think that being on a low dose that I could be so dependent on it. Any other advice you have I appreciate.

2:05 pm February 16th, 2017

I am a 75 year old woman and been on Xanax .5 mgs for 25 years. My family doctor retired and my new Clinic doctor (hardly knows me at all) and I’m lucky to get 10 minutes with him each visit suggested last summer I stay on Xanax because of my age, but just recently wanted me to slowly wean off it. I come from a family full of anxiety riddled people and I had horrific panic attacks throughout my life where I had to quit my job once. I feel that after 25 years on this drug and because of my age it’s dangerous to wean of it. I feel fine, am energetic and I’m social. I live alone and have no support so that’s another worry.
Thank you for any help you can give me.

3:43 pm February 18th, 2017

I have chronic anxiety and stress, borderline personality disorder and bipolar all of which comes from me childhood…One doctor put me on 2mg klonopin 3× a dayl, I had left him and went to a woman doctor so around thanksgiving of 2015 we disagreed on something and parted ways she wrote me3 refills for everything but my klonopins well doctors don’t like to just give meds like that out to much anymore however I am one of those people whose life depends on it..anyway I had one refill left but I went on the date that was on the bottle and you are suppose to go before that day..they called but she would not let them fill it..because of her lack of her knowledge of me and the dangers of cold turkey withdrawals I now have GAD ( generalized anxiety disorder) Herpes simpex1(cold sores) was allergic to the medication for the viral infection so it disseminated which means it went past it’s origin and it is now and will forever be in my bloodstream and it possibly will eventually kill me by effecting my brain, eyes, lungs or liver..I constantly have sores in my mouth or on tongue.
..I have sores from my neck up called punched out erosions that are so painful and embarrassing and all of that together is called eczema herpeticum…lock that is horrible
..I am in the process of trying to find a good lawyer because so for sure made me sick for the rest of my life if not gave me a death matter what I have thought and sometimes wished I would die everyday since around December15 2015.
I completely lost my voice for8 months..I went to about 10 different doctors 5. ” b “

5:44 pm February 20th, 2017

There is a special detox center for benzo taller in California, I have heard Encinitas’s Hospital is a good one? But very difficult to find one that alecializes in this?? Please let me know if you find any?

1:50 am February 21st, 2017

I want to get off ativan so bad.I want my life back.I don’t know why I was put on it to start with.I went to the ER with my blood pressure and they gave me Ativan.I didn’t know what it was so I thought it was for high blood pressure,now I’m hooked.How do I get off.I need help!

7:56 pm February 21st, 2017

I am a bit confused. Since Monday last week, I have been taking- GABA 750 mg (2 times per day), Taurine 500 mg (2 times per day), Vitamin C (1000mg), B6 (100mg) , B12 (500mg), D3 (1000iu) , B-Complex, Calcium (600mg) Magnesium (400mg) at bedtime, Fish oil (1000mg), L-Taurine at bedtime, a multi-vitamin, and Kava tea at bedtime – however, based on your article some of these are wrong. I read many articles about this, they can conflict with each other. I am concerned I am not on the proper road to recovery. Please point me in the correct path, for a proper recovery. I fully agree and understand that time is our friend. Thought I am following a better, yet limited diet of:
Broccoli – lots
Green bell pepper
Olive oil
whole grain oatmeal -old fashioned
Musecli cereal
Cottage cheese
wheat crackers… walking and exercise 1 hr per day 5 days per week, plus sitting in the sun (when I can)
fast foods
processed sugars
sweets of any kind

What else can I do? It has been 3 weeks since my last Halicon, my head feels less confused and less wondering. I just cant sleep, every other night I get 3 hrs or less but only at nodding off. When will a better sleep pattern return. I just want nightly rest of 5 hrs will work for now. I was on Halicon for 14 months at .25mg nightly.

Any advise or the opportunity to clear these up would be much welcomed and appreciated.


10:22 pm February 22nd, 2017

I started on 1 mg of xaxax as needed and take up to 6-8 mg /day. I have tapered myself off, feel fine after about 7-10 days then have a seizure. I have had 4 Xanax related seizures. I don’t have panic, I just took it for recreational use.

the first several days I feel agitated but then when I start feeling good I have a seizure. Now I am afraid to get off again. I want my Dr. to put me on Ativan since it is used to treat seizures.

6 mg of Xanax does little to nothing to me. I am taking gabapentin to help take the edge off and hopefully keep me from having a seizure

10:05 pm February 23rd, 2017

My Mother is 62 was prescribed Lorazepam for fear and insomnia (which insomnia was caused by too high of thyroid meds which have been adjusted). She has taken it for less than 30days and she has been tapered off but the side effects she’s having are insomnia, incontinence, shakes, extreme anxiety, irrational fears… Not sleeping has been the worse that is pushing her into psychological issues. My family wants to institutionalize her or get her on another drug but that’s what has caused this to begin with! She’s totally incapacitated and there seems to be no end. We’re trying melatonin which isn’t helping at all. So I don’t know what to do for her. Any suggestions on what can help to get her to sleep? She’s also a thyroidectomy patient which seems to make her extra sensitive.

8:07 pm February 24th, 2017

I have been on klonopin since 1988, .5mg when I was diagnosed with panic/anxiety attacks and Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome. I am 64 years old. I also take an antidepressant. I believe I will always have to be on an antidepressant. My brother and uncle both committed suicide and I have tried to “come off” of the antidepressant in the past and have become extremely depressed – spiraling downward quickly. However, I would like to get off of the benzo b/c at my age I have a strong desire to limit the number of medications that I take. In addition to the Klonopin and antidepressant, I also take nadalol (also prescribed by MVP team) and Zonisamide (preventive for migraine headaches). I have to start somewhere – so I am going to try stopping the Klonopin. Also, I have a new dr. who has told me he will not prescribe klonopin – which is a a very strong incentive to stop taking the medication! I know .5 is a small dosage but the length of time that I have been taking it is so very long….28 years! I really need some advice! I am so glad I found this site as all I have seen previously have been the horror stories.

3:40 am February 25th, 2017

Sorry to bother again. My doc had me down then back up then back down. I don’t think she knew this would “kindle” my brain. Can I still recover from this drug even with the kindling?

10:09 pm February 28th, 2017

A friend of a friend came to my home. During the visit, I discovered she is a heroin addict. Unfortunately after she left via the rescue squad 1/3 of my dose of klonopin, along with part of another prescription, insulin syinges, and otc eyedrops were missing. I did not see her take the drugs–but I suspect that is what happened. I normally take 1.5 mgs (.5mgs TID) which I had reduced over the summer from 3 mgs (1 mg TID) because I wanted to get off this drug. My problem is that I did have a small amount left in my purse which will only allow me to take less than .25 mgs per day until I can have my Rx refilled. I dislike taking this drug, but I don’t want to injure my brain or trigger seizures by going off of it too fast. Is this achievable, or am I correct to be concerned that it is too aggressive–could it cause brain damage?

4:32 am March 1st, 2017

Hi, im only 3 days into withdrawal after taking benzos on and off for 10 years. I am having a really bad time 😣 im reading it can take months or years to get over these withdrawals and it’s freaking me out more! I wish I had never ever taken them 😢 I just want to sleep, have anxiety really bad, diarrhea, horrible dreams, loss of appetite, massive brain fog, pain in all of my muscles etc etc I’m freaking out 😭

12:45 am March 4th, 2017

I had bad reaction from cipro and then took low doses of xanax on and off only at and during night to sleep. Its been 5 months. I have fear, anxiety, depression, derealization and spend most of time on couch. I cannot think well enough to do anything complicated. Too anxious and afraid to go to the store. Taking many supplements and homeopathics. I wonder if I will ever get better.

11:54 pm March 6th, 2017

Hello – I have been on low-dosage valium for 1 year, ranging from 1 mg to 10 mg, as needed, the average being about 2-4 mg over the entire period. I stopped taking Valium 4 weeks ago.

Question: can one suffer from substantial withdrawal if the dosage is low? It has been 4 weeks and I am experencing increasing physicsl distress – hyper-sensivitity to light and sound and feeling that there is an electric current flowiung through my body,.

3:49 am March 7th, 2017

Hello out there, I stumbled upon this article and wanted to throw my story out there, hoping I can get a little help or maybe someone can get help from hearing this. 10 years ago I was diagnosed with neurodermatitis, felt like my forearms were on fire. My family doctor put me on 2 mg kolonopin a day. The burning went away so I took them religiously. 9 1/2 years later I am on 4 mg a day. I start seeing and hearing things that aren’t there. I was terrified I was losing my mind. I also had panic attacks and anxiety almost around the clock. About this time I looked into benzos for the first time and started reading the bad effects of them so I decided to stop. I didn’t look into this process at all, I figured it would be hard for a while but two or three weeks it would be over. Wow… I tapered from 4 mg a day to nothing in one month. This last Thanksgiving was the last time I had any Benzos. About three weeks later I started to realize I was in trouble. I went to the ER twice because my heart was hurting and skipping beats. My ears started ringing about week 2 and still are ringing 3 months later. My ability to do ANYTHING has completely been hijacked. Today I could not get out of my bed, my brain is full of mud! I feel SUPER TIRED about 90% of the day and completely out of my mind. This “fog” has taken over and I feel like my real me is gone, my ability to feel regular emotions is gone. I don’t feel happy, excited, motivated, my sense of humor used to be my biggest tool for coping with life, gone. I just want to know if there’s anything I can be doing to help this process along. I get brief windows of normalnes and then quickly sink under the fog of death. This is my story, I hope it falls on some needed ears

11:18 pm March 8th, 2017

I have had a lot of the withdrawal symptoms after 2 and a half yrs off I am having hip pain which Iwill have checked out.It hurts.Night sweats and still bad insomnia.I am 69 yrs old and I pray I will heal.I do have a lot of Windows.I will stay strong and keep praying.God Bless for such enlightening information that has help me to understand a lot that is happening with my body.I always go to the doctor to get checked out and thank God they never find anything.Thank you and I will try to keep a positive attitude and keep praying for all of us to heal.

9:03 pm March 9th, 2017

Hello anyone. I have about the same question as Matt. I am 67 years old and went to a detox where they just stopped the clonazepam. I dextoxed, or attempted to, about 3 years ago. I was tapered and it was awful. I was in an out patient program when they put me on Suboxone and then the Dr there suggested I go back on 0.5mg a day and that I might have to be on that for the rest of my life. Well needless to say that did not work and here I am. I have been off both the Suboxone and Clonazepam for 35 days and am still having horrible withdrawals. It has not stopped but only for a minute here and there. My brain is ringing, feet tingling, fast heart beat, nauseous and no energy. I have lost a lot of weight and look like a saggy Skelton. Food taste terrible. They have me on hydroxyzine, omeprazole, Zoloft, Robaxin, buspar. Also for sleep Rozerem. Melatonin, Elavil (low dose) and trazadone. Not sure but sounds like too many meds? Don’t know if I like the Buspar. Something tells me not to take it. I go to my primary care doctor again on. Monday and she really does not understand the effects clonazepam has. She says it could be my electrolytes, anemia,and mal-nutrition. I had my blood drawn yesterday and being out was awful. Like I said I have been off 35 days and am not sure what to do. I think it would not be a good idea to go back and taper as it would just start all over. Am I going to be this way the rest of my life? Sort of scared. My poor 10 year old granddaughter wants to come to my house so bad and I told her I can’t right now. My daughter, her mom, overdosed a year and a half ago. She made the comment “please don’t leave me Grandma.” I assured her I wasn’t,that I was getting better. I feel awful about that.

3:35 am March 10th, 2017

I know the feeling of withdrawals and it’s not a walk in the park but I just want to encourage every one of you to give your lives to Jesus who is Lord and savior and he will help you through this. Find a local Bible driven church and you will find Gods love. He did it and is doing it right now for me. Jesus loves you all. Have faith that you will get through it. Here is a prayer for all of you. I love you all and I pray that this chain is broken off every one of you and that you be healed in Jesus name.

Lord, today and every day, I need your light. The addictions that tempt me and torture me have closed my mind to your will, and wrapped me in deep darkness like the night. Be my light radiating out of the darkness of my addiction, to direct my faltering steps towards the total release that is now enslaving my life. Through Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen

Nick r
7:06 am March 10th, 2017

Great information.. I’ve been going through this for a few nights now I know how to fix … can’t get to stoned during my taper .. I almost felt like I was getting the flu

1:15 pm March 10th, 2017

I have me/CFS was prescribed clonazepam 5 years ago for night spasms and insomnia. Take 0.5mg but am v sensitive to drugs etc. A sip of coffe affects me like a full cup so avoid it. Nov 2015 I decided to come of clonazepam. Cut it to half then tapered but had horrendous withdrawal and palpitations etc thought I was going to die! My mum had a rare and aggressive form of dementia and within 4 month diagnosis she died. I was so traumatised and had panic attacks and severe anxiety ans stupidly went back on clonazepam. Still on it and suffering anxiety daily. Please can you help? Thanks

10:14 pm March 10th, 2017

CBD is actually being prescribed in Canada now for benzo withdrawal and is effective.

Kava Kava changes in the activity of 5-HT neurons, which could explain the sleep-inducing action. However, failure of the GABA-A receptor inhibitor flumazenil to reverse the anxiolytic effects of kava in mice suggests that benzodiazepine-like effects are NOT contributing to the pharmacological profile of kava extracts.
Therefore it would be pretty safe for BZD withdrawal and unlikely to prolong it as it works on serotonin more than GABA-A. The bulk of evidence from users seems to confirm it’s more helpful than a hinderance.

Phenibut works on GABA-B and Dopamine, NOT GABA-A (unless in very high doses), so is helpful in strict moderation (e.g max. x2 doses weekly for insomnia, as it can be addictive in it’s own right like Benzos).

Magnesium depletion is common in nearly all examples of people ingesting drugs. Thus, magnesium supplements are helpful. Nightly Epsom salt baths and 400 mg of magnesium citrate, once in the morning and once in the afternoon can facilitate a smooth transition away from benzos. So no idea why you listed this? Evidence?

Herbs that work on GABA-A receptors are generally weak antagonists and often have other functions that we do not fully understand yet that actually make them useful for BZD withdrawals. Writing off all herbs that have some evidence they work on GABA receptors is a knee-jerk reaction, many actually work on GABA-C and dopamine or as weak MAOIs (like Passiflora).

St. John’s Wort is better though I find – working more as an anti-depressant sleep aid is very effective with insomnia and depression in withdrawals.
Matcha tea has low caffeine and high L-Theanine – you can even take L-Theanine supplements which many find effective.
5-HTP supplements are useful too.

Everything else you mention though, is fair: Alcohol should be avoided (big GABA-A), and high caffeine drinks (stimulants will heighten anxiety).

Meditation, exercise and dietary changes are essential though in combination with the supplements. There is no magic cure.

11:31 pm March 10th, 2017

Question: Tapering on Klonopin after years of Xanax use – down to slightly under 1mg/day. I bought pure Gaba supplement 750mgs I take twice a day – 10am, 10pm with vitamin C (no Niacin combo as I have severe Tinnitus – reason I got on Xanax in first place – and Niacin exacerbates T bad). Do you think this form of Gaba supplement is okay for me? Also your take on Nux Vomica liquid homeopathic. I like that it’s calming and detoxing both as I figure I have a lot of detox to do even after I’m off K. Thanks for your site, it’s been very helpful – especially supportive emotionally through this terrifying trial.

7:34 am March 11th, 2017

I was wondering if salmon should be avoided while in the healing stage i.e. Post Benzo’s. I’m 68 days post Benzo’s and I’m wondering if salmon may be a reason why I’m feeling the way I’m feeling. I have also recently taken Omega 3 Fish oil,Probiotics,and Turmeric supps also have taken Cayenne supps and cinnamon supps. I had acid reflux and I think it was the cinnamon. I’ve stopped taking that. I also took Turmeric and have stopped that because of the Ive felt since taking them. I understand that quite a few supplements should be avoided from the list above. I found out the hard way when I was tapering, I had terrible withdrawals.I searched to find out what could have made me feel so terrible back in Sept and found your blog. I understand that my CNS is quite sensitive and I have other health issues that I’m tending to i.e. Thyroid disease,digestion issues,adrenal fatigue and insomnia. Thank you Kathy

4:49 pm March 11th, 2017

Anybody’s thoughts on the value of Amino Acid complex supplements during withdrawal? Seen them prescribed by holistic “specialists”.

11:56 pm March 11th, 2017

I think I’m going through benzo withdrawal but I’m not sure. I took 1mg of ativan almost every day for about 2 and a half months. I cut cold turkey at first and felt like I was going to die and then went on them again for a couple of weeks to taper off. At first I felt terrible but now I’m having these strange periods where I’ll feel fine for a few days and then feel miserable for a few days. This has been ongoing now for about 6 weeks, the waves of feeling great and then feeling terrible out of nowhere. I feel really tired, my mind feels foggy, nauseous, depressed and heart palpitations. Is this common what I’m going through?

Thank you

8:47 pm March 12th, 2017

Can long term use of Benzos withdrawal make you disabled? Have been slow tapering for 8 months from 1mg once a day and I feel totally disabled. Lots of muscle weakness, zombie gait, twitching, balance issues, and very shaky. Also lots of gut spasms.
Is this normal? Or is this from something else?
Still Taking 2 mg of long time use of sertreline. Could that be the culprit?
Plz advise! Very scary….
Thank you

8:13 pm March 13th, 2017

I was on 30 mg of Tranxene daily (14 15 mg pills per week) for almost 50 years as of August 1, 2016. Over the last few years, anxiety attacks had begun again. The same thing that I took Tranxene for to start with. From what I’ve read and experienced, this happens to many people. The drug started causing the same effects I was taking it for in the first place. Fortunately, there are some medical people in my immediate family for advice and consultation. Somewhere around the first week of August, 2016, I began tapering off. Just 1/2 a pill per week for the first several weeks. Gradually, I went on to reduce my dosage by one pill (15 mg) per month. By March 1, 2017, I was down to 6 15 mg pills per week from 14 15 mg pills per week. Have not had the acute anxiety attacks since I began tapering off. I’ve experienced some days of total peace and relaxation. Have had some mild anxiety but find that physical activity reduces it tremendously. This for me is brisk walks (1 mile or more) and lifting weights. Diet has also been an important recovery factor. It’s hard to do everything suggested 100 %, but I now feel more positive and uplifted about this whole experience of withdrawal. So far so good. For me the gradual withdrawal was the only way. I know I have a long way to go, but have no regrets about my decision, in fact just the opposite. Reading the testimonials in this post have been of immeasurable help. Thanks to all of you who have posted.

9:22 am March 15th, 2017

First of all, thank you Dr. Jennifer Leigh for this extremely valuable resource. You have done many, many folks a tremendous service here. For those searching for advice, I would like to strongly suggest that you follow the advice given here. I am aware that to anybody reading this I am yet one more opinion amongst many. Let me tell you, I have been there and done it back when few were even aware of the Ashton Manual. Do yourself a favor and read Dr. Heather Ashton’s manual right now. After that, as Dr. Leigh recommended, sign up right away on a knowledgeable forum. The best forums follow the Ashton protocol and can help you crossover from your shorter acting benzo to diazepam, the gold standard for tapering benzos. Good luck and again, as Dr. Leigh has wisely stated, know that this is not forever and that you will get through this with time. Good luck and Godspeed!

9:58 am March 16th, 2017

Hi Jennifer
Since I started to withdraw from lorazepam Nov 28 2016 I have had crushing head pain had brain MRI all good but also had pain in both feet I have been walking like my feet are broken that’s how bad the pain I been phsio he said he had never seen anything like it could not bend them at all found out yesterday I have a 5th metatarcel fracture caused with how I’ve been walking getting worried because I’ve had 3 spinal ops including cauda Aquino 1994 I have been told I’ll have these symptoms till the Benzos are out my system I am dropping 1 mg diazapam a month start on 8 today any advice would be great
Hope you are ok
Thank you ler

4:58 pm March 16th, 2017

Hi there l have been off diazepam for12 1/2 months now and made slow progress,l really did think l was just about healed then out of the blue l have had a wave which l have’nt had so bad for a long time it as really worried me and bringing back memories of how l felt a lot of months ago….. l wondered if you could tell me if this is still withdrawal… Thankyou

6:47 pm March 16th, 2017

I have weaned from .5mg clonazapam. To .0625 in a month. I am still really anxious and out of it. Having vision problems as well. I was wondering if I should be done at this point and try quitting at this dose. I have been at .0625mg for 9 days. It is not easy by any means.

3:39 pm March 18th, 2017

I was on Zopiclone 7.5 for 2 and half weeks then reduced to 3.75 for 3 nights then came off but have been taking diazepam 2 mg for 2 weeks after now I am on 1 but feeling completely unreal and slowed down. I’m also on Quetiapine and had a bad reaction to all the tablets. I’m terrified I won’t feel better. Please help. Not felt real for a month.

8:49 pm March 21st, 2017

I’ve didn’t taper. I had a suicide attempt and have been off for 18 days

1:52 pm March 22nd, 2017

I’ve been taking 1mg of clonazepam nightly for 6yrs to sleep. I forgot to take it one night then I took it the next so I purposely didn’t take it the next 2 nights. Should I just stay off of it or take it tonight and keep tapering or go cold turkey?

3:59 am March 23rd, 2017

My doctor put me on klonopin at the end of October .25 mg I took 1 in the morning an 1 in the evening for panic attacks I also have high blood pressure I started coming off of them 3 weeks ago I started by cutting my evening pill in half that went ok for 8 days then I cut my morning down to 3/4 in the morning an 1/2 at night that went ok for 8 days now I on 1/2 in the morning an 1/2 at night that is kicking me pretty bad I had an attack yesterday an very jittery today I guess I’m asking is this the right way an what should be the next cut

9:07 pm March 23rd, 2017

Suffering from xanax withdrawal. Need some help please.

11:48 pm March 23rd, 2017

I’ve been on benzos for 4 years now. I started with Lorazapam and then worked up to, eventually, 4mg of Xanax and 2mg of Klonopin A DAY!!! I’m not even sure HOW the doctor got away with prescribing that much. Anyway, I eventually dropped my psyc and started going to my GP instead to fill my perscriptions, and he helped me get off the Klonopin entirely and move down to 3mg of Alprazolam (Xanax) a day. 3mg a day though still seems like a bit much, but I honestly feel like I can’t function if I go without.

I’m questioning whether or not I actually do need help getting off of benzos, or if I even WANT to…

Doug Miami, Florida
10:08 pm March 24th, 2017

Started tapering from 5mg to 2.5mg daily in July,2016 after 15 long years! Maybe came down to fast. Ignoring fatigue,heart palpatations and muscle tightness, dropped down to 1.25mg daily in January. Everything became more excruciating. Went back to 2.5 on March 14.

That seems to have been a mistake. All WD symptoms just as bad or worse. Now resolved to start tapering again to 2mg on April 1 if my brain and body can handle it. Any advice for this nightmare will be appreciated!

I believe I should add that Valium was first prescribed for extreme vertigo in June,2001. The vertigo had entirely abated by the summer of 2003, however the Doctor kept the refills going, and I went blindly along without knowing the dangers for 13 more years.

A very heavy price is now being paid for my ignorance of this intolerable drugs lasting effects.

7:08 pm March 28th, 2017

I was taking Xanax for weeks, I was up to about a bar a day. I decided I did not want to take it anymore because I knew I was dependent. I didn’t want to be dependent on drugs so I stopped, cold turkey (I know, the worst possible thing). The thing is, I don’t have anymore and I’ve been off it for days. Since I didn’t taper off, I’m going through the worst withdrawal I’ve ever gone through! Please help me, what can I do now?

1:20 am March 29th, 2017

Continued from March 13, 2017
I want to sincerely thank Dr. Jennifer Leigh, Psy.D. and all others who have made this website available. Additionally, a great big thank you to all who maintain this site and also to the many contributors who have posted their invaluable and helpful posts. With close to a 50 year daily intake of 14 15 mg tabs of Tranxene per week, I managed to taper off beginning the first part of August, 2016, to 6 15 mg tabs of Tranxene per week by March 1, 2017. Thanks to a lot of help from all these posts and much reading, the withdrawal symptoms were fairly mild. I did not experience any acute anxieties. Had several bad days around the middle of March, 2017 and after talking to my Primary Doctor, decided to go to 1 15 mg tab per day which is a reduction of 50 per cent. Several reasons for this are mainly my advanced age (77) and facing possible surgery (Gallbladder) some time in the near future. I believe it is in my best interest to discontinue withdrawal until after surgery or just stay on 1 15 mg tab of Tranxene per day indefinitely due to the stress involved in withdrawal even at it’s best. At 1 15 mg tab of Tranxene per day, I am doing OK, with very little side effects of withdrawal. I would appreciate any comments, advice or any other suggestions you may have. This site is by far the best I have encountered on my withdrawal journey and value highly any help you may provide. Thank You, in advance.

3:30 am March 31st, 2017

Hello i take 0.5mg xanax, I have these crazy symptoms in the morning-muscle ache, headache, dizzy somewhat . foggy. My Doctor told me that i cant get a seizure if i dont take it, anyway ive been taking it 8 months, and i wanna be weened from it, the doc prescribed me prozac , i forbid to take that, because i wanna be med free. So i tried to take 0.25mg, today I felt like crap, my legs were like jello,and their is nothing the doc will give me. i have 10 pills left and they wont help me. Please tell me what i can do? please help me .ty

3:59 am April 1st, 2017

Hello I am a 45 yr old male i’ve been off Klonopin now for six months. I had been described it for about 5 to 6 months had an average of about 1 mg a day, fluctuating to 2 mg a day at times. I have a history of anxiety and panic attacks. I would use benzos only on occasion because I never want to get addicted to them and I get very bad rebound anxiety from them, but I had a condition called Wolf Parkinson’s white ..about a year ago I was getting more and more episodes of SVT which were precipitated by anxiety. So I agreed to the doctors suggestion of going on klonopin until I had a catheter ablation to cure the WPW. I went on the Klonopin in early May of last year, and had the ablation in early July. It was successful. I stayed on the Clonopin for a month after words as a precaution then slowly tapered off. At this time I also stopped taking beta blockers because I didn’t need to be on them anymore. Getting off the klonopin was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. It took me months but I finally did it in the first week in October of last year I took my last Klonopin. Horrible symptoms at first but then as the months went on they got better I would have periods where I would be symptom-free but then go back to anxiety, but the windows of getting better got more frequent and longer. Until I thought I was home free. But they started up again recently with waking up in the middle the night with a racing heart etc…my heart is fine the tachycardia I get is sinus not SVT. So it is not a heart problem. But my T3 is low my T4 is normal and my TSH is normal. I’ve been on level thyroxine for over a decade. The low free T3. Seems to correlate with this extended withdrawal has anyone else had this experience and do I just need to wait this out I am trying to lower my stress. All my other numbers are good. But I can’t stand not being able to work because I’m trying not to wrap up my system because it seems I have a cortisol dysregulation given my symptoms now.. does this pass without any kind of intervention? I just need to wait this out any help would be great thank you

4:50 am April 1st, 2017

I have been on benzo for 10 years 5mg per day and some awful day I took 10mg. Benzo eased my anixety and help me function my daily activities, I am sick of benzo and finally decided to put a full stop. I taper to 2.5mg for 5 days the withdrawal is horrible, I would cry in the middle of a sleepless nite worrying how can I make it to work the next day? Suicide thought arise and indescribable anixety and panick feeling as if a cold lemon was dripping its juice on my heart. It isn’t easy. I wondered how am I going to continue if only around a few days I was feeling so miserable…..

Sean United Kingdom
2:19 pm April 2nd, 2017

DANGERS of physicians not being professional regarding benzodiazepines, not recognising or helping with side effects and benzodiazepine protracted withdrawal symptoms.

My experience: 40mg DIAZEPAM daily for 4-5 years, stopped COLD TURKEY without tapering.

The doctors help was to take my driving licence away there for lost my job, which increased my anxiety and depression and does not believe that there are server side effects for months and months with benzodiazepines. Doctors NEED to be aware that this is a very very hard drug to withdrawal from, there are going to be alot of people in the same boat as now-a-days you can order these prescription drugs over the internet.

Server anxiety
Server depression
Out breaks of sweating profusely
Loss of motor control, muscle twitching, shaking.
Daily fear and feeling everything is lost and hopeless
Central Nervous System is shattered, jump at every little sound around.

Can’t go to work or face the world, feel a shell of your former self.


3:05 am April 4th, 2017

I’m 3 months off Klonopin ( took .5 to 1mg of k daily for 8 years) did a slow wean over 10 months from a compound pharmacy and it still was horrible ! Currently my energy level is still low and sleep only 4-6 hours at night. Some days or better than others. Fighting depression and sadness. How much longer will this last ? I try to eat well cut out sugar and carbs. I know time is on my side but this really sucks !

8:10 pm April 4th, 2017

More info. to above post. I’ve lost approximately 10 pounds during my weaning from benzo’s. Aged 10-15 years. My clothes hang and have lots of loose skin. Have had 2 stress tests OK results. Lab work OK. EKG OK. Most of the time I feel as if I’m dying. How long will this last ??? Please respond.

11:02 pm April 4th, 2017

Hi I was on clonazepam for 3 years I have been off of them for about 9 months. I have debilitating anhedonia. It will not go away. I’m on antidepressants nothing helps. Just wondering if this is permanent.

7:51 pm April 5th, 2017

I have been on kolonapam and Ativan off and on for periods of time for two years
while dealing with severe pancreatitis pain …. with nortriptoline …. I had to get off nortriptoline sooner than before because of the heart side affects, high blood pressure, etc. then I thot I wd try getting off the kolonapam since it was a small amount each day and then some days without …. well I did before with no problems but now I cannot…. I have read that not just any dr or psychiatrist cannot help because they do not know much about benzo withdrawal!!! What kind of dr can help me 😟

11:44 pm April 5th, 2017

I’ve been on the same dose for 30 years, I’m cold turkey and I’m lost 10 pounds and had no sleep, this is not worth it.

6:56 pm April 6th, 2017

Hi been withdrawing from poly benzodiazepines for a year now. Initially for ten months it went smoothly but this year suffering from brain seizures and chronic insomnia, literally cannot sleep for days on end. I feel like I’m going to just drop dead one of these days

1:27 am April 8th, 2017

Thank you so much for the 5 Facts Info. You have just described my withdrawal problem exactly!.
I have NO psychological problems just the good old MOTOR symptoms as defined by Prof Ashton. After 3.5 years trying to be drug free, my symptoms are absolutely raging. I now know that by going back on the drug twice during this time, I actually made everything far far worse. My 2nd biggest problem is that no-one understands my problem, not my doctor nor my wife and family. Hence I get virtually no support whatsoever. Your 5 Facts has just given me all the support that I need to continue this battle for as long as it takes. I will win.

2:15 am April 8th, 2017

I need assistance in getting off Zanax, what route should I take? Help!

5:26 pm April 8th, 2017

I have been off and withdrawing for about six weeks I have found that driving in heavy traffic or going onto the highway brings very high anxiety deep breathing a hot Rush feeling comes over me I feel like things are spinning and I have to totally pull over. Will this go away way so that I can enjoy driving again I am only 60 and sometimes I have to go out of town I have always been able to drive before. Thank you for your response

1:56 am April 9th, 2017

Please direct me to someone experienced in getting off from Ativan and Efexor xr I dont drink or smoke or do drugs .This is the first time in my life I accepted after trying to fight my anxiety some depression.
This started last year late September after some very very serious financial trouble happened .I thought I was able to fight off my emotions but they only got worse.I got all my blood work checked and my Cortisol was way over 80-620 was 731 nmol/L I guess I stressed myself way to much .The test was done December 3/2016 I had to almost plead to get the test as the Doctor said we dont usually do these test for anxiety So you can understand what and why I need proper help I reluctantly accepted the help from another Dr Read and wish I would have red-up about this terrible drugs.Please help me to detox get off of this stuff I am at this point 1mg of Ativan and 75mg of efexor xr Started January 2017( Was up to 212mg efexor xr and 3mg of Ativan) As you see I have been trying to get off this stuff and started to have shakes some crying even hives some hair loss. I never have had hair loss told my Doctor she said its not fom the drugs?? So if you could help me God in heaven please do contact me I looks like most all these folks on the web sites are years ago I need to talk with someone Thanks

11:52 pm April 9th, 2017

i weaned off valium, after thirty some years of 20-30 mg at night, for pain and anxiety and other disorders. can’t take opoids, thank goodness….but intractable pain along with insomnia…well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.
stopped totally, after a 2 month wean on 2/28/17. on 3/2/17, i experienced a pounding in my chest with a racing heart beat, paranoia, anxiety i have never felt before, could not take a deep breath or complete a yawn. all of the symptoms of an anxiety attack or panic attack. except it lasted until april 2 or 3……i finally started taking 2.5 x 3 times a day to slow down my heart… support, no doctor.
i don’t know what to do now.

3:44 am April 10th, 2017

Hi I started taking Ativan over 12 years ago for axiety and I think now it is from Ptsd too. I have decided to go off of it completely. I started at 2mgs then went down to 1 1/2 stayed that way a long time. Then stayed at just 1 mg a day. After I decided to go off completely. After a month I am down to 1/4 every other day and drink Chamomile tea. I didn’t know that I am not suppose to drink the tea. But it does help me calm down. I sleep pretty good with out meds. I feel I am getting better. I am going to go down to every 3 days according to my doctor that is finally helping me. I also take a allergy pill that makes me kind of sleepy this is a good thing. The name is Loratadine 10mg. I can’t take other allergy meds because it makes me shakey. I have a sensitive system. Am i doing this right? I don’t drink a lot of tea but when I get shaky I don’t want to take anymore Ativan.

7:02 am April 10th, 2017

I was on 1 mg for.over a year. I titrated off it after going down to one eighth. My symptoms get better at night. At one point it was so.bad I thought I would die and took 1 mg and felt better for a short time.
I am able to sleep at around 3AM. I wake up at 5AM and have some warm milk and I find reading helps me to relax.. I to sleep a.bit more but at about ten AM it hits me like a ton of bricks. I experience agonizing anxiety, tension, numbness on the side of my face, jitters chills, fatigue. I am 70 years old.
This goes on throughout the day but always calms down at night. These symptoms have not changed for 3 months. I also take 10mg of Amlodipine Besylate onc a day.
I am.afraid.i will never get over this. Do you have some helpful advice?

7:07 pm April 10th, 2017

Hi I have been drinking Chamomile tea to help with my withdrawals coming off of Ativan. i read on 1 site Chamomile tea is ok. I read here it is not. I have also been taking a Allergy pill Loratadine to help some of my withdrawal syntems. I get shakes and Axiety which has gotten a lot better. The tea does give me a tummy ache sometimes. I am down to 1/4 of a gram Ativan every other day. Hopefully I am suppose to try going for 3 days !/4 gram according to doctor who is monatoring me. I feel good somedays and Not so good others back and forth. But I want off of this drug. It’s been over a month now. Somebody help me please.

12:28 am April 11th, 2017

Valium withdrawal and flu at the same time, not sure it is flu?
Feeling horrible and shoulders and neck very sore.

2:06 pm April 11th, 2017

Cymbalta made my sodium drop to dangerous levels. The kidney doctor pulled me from the drug immediately. It was that or die. So here I am after 18 years, taking nothing. This is not fun.

7:26 pm April 12th, 2017

I have been trying to get off xzana since Nov.and have very
Little success I only take a I milagram usually one a day a half at a. time but I have to continue to worry about have heart palpitations and my. Blood pressure spiking up.Can someone give me the best way to detox off this harbable drug.

10:57 am April 13th, 2017

Hi Jennifer
Sorry to email again but really frightened about the pains in my head which have been there since stated Ashton withdrawal been had brain scan and seen neurologist all good but scared it won’t go thank you lee

4:54 pm April 13th, 2017

I’ve basically been going down for the last year and some change about every three months going down a fourth of a .5 pill. I’m a fourth less than .5 now. And this one has been particularly hard. This time my skin hurts, as if I had a high fever or a sunburn. All the time. Any tips to help with that? It’s normal isn’t it?

5:05 pm April 13th, 2017

Lee. Sorry to give you the bad news but when I was on Clonopin which is the worst I think of all of these I cold turkey detox which was the stupidest thing and the major two symptoms were severe migraines for a week nonstop and heart palpitations I thought I was going to die so it’s not unusual

9:08 pm April 13th, 2017

To Anna, Anna, congratulations you are off them, Now find something else to think about and do with your life. Join a church go to a gym get a dog, You are off of them! You were successful. Pat yourself on the back. Join narcotics anonymous if you think you have to but it sounds to me like you are off of them. Now move on. Awesome for you! Don’t make trouble where there is none. You did it girl!!

4:53 am April 14th, 2017

I have been under a Dr care and have got hock on xanax .25 mg tabs. Have ben trying to detox off of this crap for over three months now. Have gone from three tabs a day to four 1/4 tab a day. Do not seem to be able to make the next step. Can not cut the tablets any smaller with any accuracy. I do not know how to make the next step. Everytime I try something I get anxiety and stop what ever I’m trying.

1:53 pm April 14th, 2017

Im currently on benzos and i have been for about 3/4 years and I already fear withdrawl before I have even stopped taking them I have heard nothing but terrible things and I don’t think I could deal with the hot cold sweats what do i do now…

5:32 pm April 14th, 2017

I have been on suboxone for almost 2 years and it is prescribed by my doctor. When I went to him in the beginning for this treatment I was honest and also told him about my benzo addiction, he wanted me off the benzos asap and had me ween off in about two months. I could not handle the symptoms and secretly started to take. Now its been over 16 months and I have finally come to a realization I cant keep juggling all this and am in my second full day of withdrawal and work a 60 hour job I have had for almost 13 years. It has been the only stable thing in my life and I am not off until Monday. I am finding people can see I am sweating, twitching etc. and I cant seem to form proper sentences as I have not slept and just recently moved out of my house.. again and live with a sister who works the same job- different location. I can NOT put this on her again. I have no other family around and nobody at my job knows about this- only that I am going through a “rough patch”. If I went to an ER will they tell my suboxone Dr? I am afraid they will make me go to rehab, try to detain me, or both plus call my doctor then I would lose my job and I would. Please let me know if there is anybody that can help and keep confidential.

Thank You,

10:37 am April 15th, 2017

I just turned 20 and i got out of jail not only feeling anxiety but im depressed abd im also on probation now. I used to take xanax and smoke weed. My withdrawals are ok cuz ik i can handle it a lil but is goin cold turkey bad? I need to know cuz i can really function pike myself and i think i need help. I been getting better a lil but i still think i need the help IM LOST

7:39 am April 17th, 2017

Dr prescribed .5mg ativan to take twice per day for one month due to a family situation which caused me so much anxiety. Things are better and I want to stop bc the ativan is starting to mk me not feel good. I was only on it one month. What kind of withdrawals am i looking it and how long. also hoe do i dose it. i was taking 1 mg per day; i would cut each 5mg in half and take 1/2 at time. I am hoping i won;t have to go thru hell and back bc it was only a month but i have no idea. I work full time so i can’t call out. PLEASE PLEASE any help,suggestions, experience is deeply appropriated. thanks I don’t know what to do but I want off of them stat! thanks everyone!

9:26 am April 17th, 2017

Have you come across anything about the use of LDN while going off benzos?

3:47 pm April 17th, 2017

Hi and thank you!

I’m tapering from Ativan after a very difficult 2 months of thinking this was saving me from intense situational anxiety (death in family, intense job pressure), to realizing it may partly be the cause. I’ve read about using diazepam during the taper – do you recommend this?

I’ve been at .75mg of Ativan for 4 days now, down from 1mg. I’m more stable but it’s not easy. Lots of symptoms including tightness in neck and tinnitus. Should I add in diazepam to ease off of Ativan and then taper off diazepam?

Thank you so much!! Leslie

8:01 pm April 17th, 2017

I have been off Clonazepam two weeks now. I am 69 years old and have been on benzodiazepines for twenty years, along with many antidepressants. I have come off everything, one at a time. Tapering each medication individually. Clonazepam is the last one, I took a long time on each reduction in order to avoid side effects. The worst is not being able to sleep. Any ideas on how to cope during the day until I can

10:20 pm April 17th, 2017

My family member (not me) has been trying to come off klonopin for 3 weeks now. He is taking .125 mg and is having ongoing panic attacks when the dose wears off, interrupted sleep, numbness after going for a short walk. He’s trying to taper and extend the time period between doses, so he’s taking a 1/2 dose twice a day. Today, after extending the time period by 4 hours, he screamed to me that he thought he would pass out and said he had pushed it too far. He had the feeling of his body receeding from him and then started shaking. Then he took the normal dose. Just taking the dose made him calm down. I am the caregiver, I need advice–doctors have been little help–thay’s one trip to the emergency room, one to urgent care 5 primary doctors and one psychiatrist. The only psychotherapist taking new patients in his health system is an hour away by car. HELP!

2:58 pm April 18th, 2017

I have been off diazepam since 1-20-17 after tapering. I was perscibed the drug in a pain cocktail and now I am again having this pain, different and not constant. It’s just localized instead of radiating. Plus I have many other symptoms from buzzing in the lt ear, various vision issues, over sensitive smelling, tingling in my limbs and all over, indigestion, and lots of other things. I don’t seem to be as bad after nearly 4 months of this. But, when will this settle down? I’d be willing to accept any kind of information? I even ended up in the ER because I woke up having tingling and numbness on one side and pounding heart. My ekg, CT, and all labs were completely normal. I am otherwise healthy.

3:01 pm April 19th, 2017

Hi Snikwad180. There are many natural methods that can help you with insomnia such as: a warm glass of milk, a warm bath, lavender oil and magnesium minerals. Avoid caffeinated beverages, especially before bedtime. Make your room dark and turn of the tv. If you just can’t sleep, don’t lie in bed worrying about it. That will only make sleep harder. Let us know if any of this helps you.

12:27 am April 20th, 2017

I have been on lorazapan for 6 month. Started taking 1/2 ,then 1, then 2 even something three a day at the end of six months. I have been off cold turkey for 9 days. He’ll on earth is right. Don’t even know who I am, but I’m still working full-time as a courier, which is not an easy job, but I’m managing. Just thankful I found the page. Gives a bit of hope Thank you

3:30 am April 20th, 2017

I finished diazepam withdrawal over a year ago, I think it’s possibly been a good 16 months. Until this week I was still suffering from some withdrawal symptoms, mostly difficulty falling asleep and quite a bit of depression and anxiety. I went through the withdrawal process alone, no medical help but I pretty much checked in with the withdrawal website daily. I’m writing to let you know that I discovered L-theanine. It has worked in a week, to bring me back to totally normal. Nothing else I’ve tried has done that at all. I’m on pristiq an antidepressant but I’ve been on antidepressants for years so I’m not sure if that matters. I hope L-theanine will work for others suffering through this godawful withdrawal.

3:14 pm April 20th, 2017

I have been taking xanax for 17 years and currently being tapered down is there any relief to help me through the withdrawals I am 39 years old and don’t wish to discontinue my medication for it helps me a great deal but my doctors facility is choosing to taper off all patients any advice would be great thank you so much

3:40 pm April 20th, 2017

Hi Melissa. Make sure that you are getting enough liquids and replenishing the electrolytes in your body. You can use over-the-counter-medications from your local pharmacy to treat flu-like symptoms and address body discomfort. Teas such as chamomile or rosemary having a calming effect on the nervous system. Seek help from a nutritionist or your doctor for more recommendations on changes to diet or supplements.

Your doctor can help you address possible psychological symptoms that can manifest during Xanax withdrawal (paranoia, anxiety, and depression) by prescribing medications to treat them; or a psychiatrist (an MD who specializes in mental health) can help you regulate medications and find something else that would be better suited to your needs.

10:46 pm April 20th, 2017

This is an update to my post of April 14, 2017. I could not cut a 1/4 tab into an 1/8 tab so I gave up. In stead I stopped taking the Xanax altogether. I stopped on April 15 and I have now been off the stuff for a week. During the week I had several relapses which have lasted for several hours to 15 to 20 minutes. I have no intention of ever going back on Xanax in the future. During my time off trying to get off the stuff I have learned quite a bit. I would like to share this with anyone that reads this in the hope they will find the information useful. First of all I have learned about Mindfulness techniques and meditation. This has been a great help in many ways and is a proven health aid. I strongly advise everyone that is going through this to put the effort in and learn all they can about Mindfulness and to practice the meditation. There are several good apps for meditation that will help with this, I use an app called Aware. As far as finding anything that will help with the pain of coming off a benzo, I did not find anything. My Dr. also did not know of anything that would help. It is as they say here, a slow reduction in the amount used and time. I have found that marijuana will up at night, but the key is to only take a very small amount. Say one small hit. Do not go and get stoned and think that will work, you will not like the results if you do. Best of luck and keep working at it, you can do this just take your time and do not rush it.

4:09 pm April 21st, 2017

Thank you for the update, John. I wish you a successful recovery path as you continue on. Sharing your input and resources with other here is truly helpful. All the best, Ivana.

2:27 am April 24th, 2017

I am really struggling to the point that I feel
like I am going to die. I tapered off Ativan and Remeron simultaneously. I got down to 0.165 of Ativan. A pharmacist friend said I need to go back to my 1 mg does taking 0.25 every 6 hours to stabilize and then go on a slow taper because I tapered too fast. I am leaving on a Long plane flight tomorrow as I have to defend my dissertation. I am in hell. Anxious about flying. Do you agree with the pharmacists advice?

6:29 am April 24th, 2017

Hi everyone! Today is week 3 for me without xanax. The last 4 months have been the most insane I ever experienced. I was fired right before Christmas and at that time I was withdrawing from an anti-depressant, Sertraline (Zoloft). I had been taking that for about 3 years. I then decided due to financial circumstances I need to get off all these medications my doctor prescribed me that I really don’t feel I ever needed and quit Gabapentin (Neurontin) a week later. The withdrawals from both of these drugs were pretty brutal with head shocks and mood swings which lasted about two months. Soon after I lost my job back in December, my family all turned their backs in me and said some pretty awful things to me. This caused suicidal thoughts which I managed to overcome with the help of two former co-workers and my boyfriend. After that experience, I realized I am much stronger than I ever imagined so I quit smoking cigarettes. I had been a regular smoker for 20 years. The withdrawals ended around day 31 and now it’s manageable cravings on day 52. I had began tapering off Xanex two months prior and figured this was going to be easy so I saved that for last. I couldn’t have been more wrong! The first three days no Xanex was a breeze then day four hits and I feel the worst headache and nausea with uncontrollable shaking. The headache lasted about five days and the nausea and shaking still persist at day 21. The Xanex withdrawal is worse than nicotine with pain, nausea, anxiety and shaking which I was not prepared for with what I had heard. I am going to push through and make it because I have to. I am at a point where money has dwindled, I have no health care and I am going to lose my house and a lot of my belongings so treatment by physician, psychiatrist or treatment center is off the table due to the associated costs. I blame myself first and foremost for allowing my doctor to convince me to take these medications and not learning more about them. I am an addict and all these medications I have quit were prescribed for a reason and that was to make big pharma richer. I am angry and vow to never let this happen to anyone else by educating anyone who confides in me. I am tough and I will beat Xanex, find a good paying job and never let another doctor dictate to me what is in my best interest! Hang in there everyone as millions of people have beat this living hell and we will too!!

6:33 am April 24th, 2017

FYI — Buspar is helping me feel somewhat sane again as I go off Ativan.
I wait until the emotions start feeling out of control and take one — I have made it for 12-15 hours, which is really quite amazing. I felt like the Ativan had ceased to help anyway. The withdrawal of crying and then suddenly laughing and feeling dread again is not a lot different than what I felt on a full dose. Anyway, I know it is a journey that no one told me about. I WAS on Klonopin first and which stopped horrible panic attacks which left me in shambles. I asked the PA if this rug was addictive or would be harmful or hard to goof. All answers were NO. You all are so right that the medical world has very little idea about what it feels like to find oneself a slave the the meds they have given. I am told Buspar is not addictive. I sure hope that is true. Bless everyone who has to go through this. I hope my Gabas will heal up eventually. Sometimes I get scared I have lost myself. My feeling sense of the world which has often been Magical has been numbed out by stress and withdrawal. It will return for I know my Body/Soul is still here, is still the Me whose full return I eagerly await.

7:59 am April 24th, 2017

@Lisa L-theanine is habit forming from what I have read. There is no replacement for a benzodiazepine except maybe the combination of occasional allergy medication for insomnia, meditation, exercise and talk therapy. There was at one time a medication that would repair damage to gaba receptors from benzodiazepine abuse called picamilon but the FDA banned it due to shady companies spiking their supplements and our big pharma bought and paid for congress. It is available overseas however most mail orders can be scams in that you don’t get what you pay for with the ingredients or you simply don’t get what you pay for. Be careful, stay strong and research, research and research some more before putting anything into your body!

3:11 pm April 24th, 2017

I started being prescribed .5mg 3 times a day 2 years ago. Having been a heroine user (not IV, rather I sniffed it), in the past, I jade used Xanax before as a means to deal with withdrawal symptoms. Needless to say .5 three times daily had zero effect. Two years later after very slowly increasing my dose (it almost seems like he’s afraid he’ll get in trouble if he gives me a more theraputic dose straightaway), he had me on 1mg 3 times daily. i asked him at least 3 times in 6 months to try klonipin, because the Xanax doesn’t seem to work unless I take double or more of the 1mgs. His response was to up my dose to 4mgs a day (1 bar in the morning, and on at night, increasing my total to only 1 additional MG per day. This is not working and I have been so patient. I have tried 1 and 2 MG klonipin on the street, and have read that often times, when Xanax no long is no longer theraputic, that many doctors will move to klonipin as a way to regain the desired reduction in anxiety. I even told him that I had my first debilitating (about 1.5 hr)panic attack two months ago for the first time since he began the refining two years ago. Can anybody tell me or speculate as to why he is unwilling to take my feedback seriously and at face value? He’s never treated me as a drug seeker, and he is aware of my past heroine use, and u do know that doctors are now required to register with the state or the federal government each time they prescribe a benzoyl, but jeez, im actually asking for a lower dose of a different drug, you’d think he would appreciate the fact that I’m being honest in my self assessment. What’s the deal here?

7:51 pm April 24th, 2017

I am 24 days off of clonnazepam and struggling with exhaustion and insomnia. I am at the point of wondering if I will ever sleep again. I need input. I cannot go back on the drug yet I cannot live this way. When will I see a sign that my brain in healing.

I consulted with Jennifer Leigh several weeks ago which was helpful, but that was before I actually jumped off the clonazepam. Jumping off was far worse than I ever imagined. I feel my life will never be the same.

Any input will be welcomed and appreciated.

9:09 pm April 25th, 2017

off lorazapam for 3 weeks after on & off for 2 years 1mg for sleep. Was not informed of the addictive problem. Will Melatonin & Magnesium help ease symptoms. Sleep is difficult & feeling edgy….

9:55 pm April 25th, 2017

I’m 100 days off clonazepam and I feel like crap….major crap…

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Dr. Jennifer Leigh is a Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Coach and award-winning author. She works with people worldwide to prevent and to heal addictions.

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