Tranquilizer Detox Withdrawal Can Last Years
FDA, Patients Say Quitting ‘Benzos’ Abruptly Can Lead to Horrific Side Effects
The positive effects of benzos are widely discussed in blogs, and in the media. But the much appreciated “mother’s little helper” drugs can have dangerous side effects that last for years. Some of the worst problems actually start once someone tries to stop taking them.
Americans take a lot of “benzos,” even if they don’t know exactly what “benzos” are.
In 2007, U.S. doctors wrote more than 82 million prescriptions for a type of tranquilizer called benzodiazepines, often called “benzos,” which includes Valium, Ativan, Xanax and Klonopin.
Now we just need to get them clued into how damned difficult it is to get off all psychotropic drugs. Someday…it took forty years to get benzos in the news like this. The new generations of neuroleptics, antidepressants and mood stabilizers have only been around a couple of decades at most. And most people are still clueless as to how nasty they are as well as to how often they are misused and over prescribed much like benzos.
You can bet that one reason the media is ready and willing to trash benzodiazepines is because they are all generic now. No big pharma interests behind keeping the truth hidden like there is for a lot of the other psychotropics that are still cash cows.
I’m currently withdrawing from Klonopin or clonazepam, the last of 7 drugs I was on. I’ve been through the ringer. My case is so complex it’s hard to say what’s what. But I know my most debilitating withdrawal effects are most closely associated with discontinuing Lamictal. I’ve gotten no worse since starting my Klonopin withdrawal. I began at 3 mg and am now at 1.75 mg. We’ll see how it continues. I can only hope and pray I don’t get worse. I’m already bedridden most of the time, illustrating that any psychotropic can make you sick as hell when withdrawing.