Benzodiazepine withdrawal and basic information page: Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, Clonazepam, Lorazepam, Alprazolam, Diazepam–to name the most commonly used

I thought I would put a page together on benzo information and benzo withdrawal in particular since I have more collected info about this class of drug than the other 5 classes of psychotropic meds I’ve withdrawn from. Basically benzos and now antidepressant drugs are the two classes of drugs for which there is really quite a lot of info on the web regarding withdrawal. It’s still mostly anecdotal and not studied, but it’s been recognized much longer that there are severe problems with withdrawing from these two class of drugs so it’s easier to collect information regarding such.

So here is what has become a rather extensive collection of articles and stories that deal with just benzos.

Warnings of the dangers of benzodiazepines hit the media

About 2 decades too late and a good decade after the alarm bell was sounded in the UK but it’s better late than never. From the Washington Post: Benzodiazepines, often prescribed to manage anxiety, panic and sleep disorders, include Xanax, Ativan, Valium and Klonopin. Originally pushed as an alternative to barbiturates, their use has grown […]

Suicidal ideation gone…for a long time now

Something that comes up quite often in discussions with my friends and readers who have been on meds and have come off of them is how many of the “psychiatric” symptoms they were being “treated” for disappear upon discontinuation of the medications. This is widely known and experienced among those of us who have decided […]

I’m oh so close…

I DO NOT RECOMMEND IV nutrient therapy for withdrawal. While they may not cause any harm they are most likely a waste of money. I do think that on occasion some people do find them helpful, but they did not help me at all and most people I know who’ve tried them felt the same. […]

U.S. military: Heavily armed and medicated

The soldier profiled at the beginning of this piece is on the same med I’m currently withdrawing from in agony. It’s taken over 6 months to get where I am and now I’m in a detox center to finish the process it became so agonizing. This guy cold-turkeyed in a war zone with a gun […]

The 39 psychotropic drugs I’ve taken

It’s potentially dangerous to come off psychiatric drugs rapidly. For guidance in safer withdrawal methods see here. You think maybe something wasn’t quite right? This journey started the summer of 1985 and is about to end this summer of 2009. I have been withdrawing the past 5 years. Nothing ever did work and in retrospect […]