Benzodiazepine

What happens when you stop taking benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepine, or benzo, withdrawal happens when a person suddenly stops taking benzodiazepine drugs, which doctors do not recommend. The withdrawal symptoms, which vary in severity, typically begin within 24 hours and may last from a few days to a few months.

Benzodiazepines are a group of drugs called nervous system depressants. People may take them to treat anxiety or sleeping issues. Common benzos include:

  • alprazolam (Xanax)
  • diazepam (Valium)
  • clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • lorazepam (Ativan)

These drugs are habit-forming and can easily result in physical dependence. This dependence may lead to a difficult withdrawal if the person chooses to stop taking the drugs.

Withdrawal symptoms may vary from person to person, although there are some common symptoms.

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