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Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Psychosis

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms The benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms are physically and emotionally painful, and can even be life-threatening if the user stops “cold turkey.” Those with a history of taking higher doses or taking the substance for a prolonged time have the worst withdrawal symptoms. Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms are highly variable and often come and go during the Benzo detox process. They may vary in severity and frequency throughout all phases of the withdrawal process. During the Benzo detox process the most common benzo-withdrawal symptoms, often called “rebound” symptoms, usually manifest within one to four days of discontinuing use, depending on the benzo used, the amount of use, and the frequency of use. These symptoms typically last up to ten days and include: Benzodiazepine Side Effects Sleep disturbances Increased tension Anxiety Panic attacks Difficulty concentrating Excessive sweating Cravings Heart palpitations Headache Muscular stiffness or discomfort Mild to moderate changes in perception Hand tremors Less common and more severe symptoms can occur as well, especially in cases of severe addiction. These include: Hallucinations Seizures Psychosis or psychotic reactions Increased risk of suicidal ideation How Long do benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms last? Benzodiazepines are not intended to be taken long-term, as prolonged use or…