Benzodiazepine withdrawal: symptoms & effects
Benzodiazepines are one of the most common types of medication, prescribed by doctors to treat a variety of conditions. The most common ones would include anxiety, insomnia, panic disorders, muscle spasms, seizures, and in some cases, they can be used to manage and treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms as well.
It’s fairly common to see cases where people get addicted to benzodiazepines after suffering a serious injury, due to constant use of painkillers. These individuals get addicted to benzos, lorazepam, diazepam and other medication as a result of unfortunate circumstances.
Several brands are famous for producing benzodiazepines. Among others, Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin stand out the most, as they are widely used across the planet. Despite being relatively safe, benzos, as they are otherwise known, can be potentially extremely dangerous as well.
Unfortunately, the very fact that benzodiazepines are so common, oftentimes leads to many cases of individuals getting addicted to it. What’s more, the number of people addicted to benzos is rising by the day. Quitting benzodiazepines comes with its own set of obstacles and dangers, and that is another reason why most people are afraid to go “cold turkey” and stop using these substances altogether.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms you might experience
Once the body becomes addicted to a certain substance, a person becomes unable to function normally without it in the system. The physical dependence can be noticed through different benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms, such as:
- Muscle pain and stiffness
- Heart palpitations
- Chronic anxiety
- Inability to concentrate
- Sensory distortions
In many cases, a person also starts to feel other symptoms that benzodiazepines previously oppressed. That alone is oftentimes enough for most individuals to relapse and return to their old habits.
While most of these symptoms are somewhat manageable, they can lead to severe medical issues. If these symptoms do not subside for an extended period of time, people can even develop psychosis and seizures. When left untreated, these conditions can ultimately result in a lethal outcome.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal treatment
Modern day medication can greatly reduce the above mentioned symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal. However, the therapy should only be performed under strict guidance of medical professionals, where a complete benzodiazepine withdrawal treatment can be implemented. Doctors will prescribe the necessary dosage to ease the symptoms early on, while implementing a clear tapering off period as the therapy concludes, allowing the patient to get off any drugs safely and permanently.
See detailed information about benzodiazepine withdrawal treatment.
Interesting facts about benzo:
- Many celebrities and public people including Marilyn Monroe, Heath Ledger died from benzodiazepines overdose.
- Sales of benzodiazepines make 15-25% of total profit on the pharmacological market all over the world.
- In Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia you can buy Xanax or Lorazepam, Bromazepam without prescription. Price of one pack of Diazepam (80-100 tab.) equals the cost of one bottle of beer.
- Combination of alcohol + tranquilizers (benzodiazepines) resulting in coma is the most common cause of hospitalization in toxicology centers in Russia.
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