Welcome to the Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Support Site.
The benzodiazepine (benzos) drugs may be associated with side
effects, tolerance, dependency, addiction, withdrawal symptoms and a protracted
withdrawal syndrome. This site is a place to learn about these issues.
The internet support group
Benzo Buddies is also a place to learn about the issues associated with benzodiazepine
withdrawal and to give and receive support while dealing with them.
BENZO BASICS - this is a new page aimed at providing a brief
summary of benzo facts. It has links that can be explored in more depth if the
reader wishes and it has a file that enables the page to be easily printed
out for quick reference or for education purposes.
SURVEYS - I am collecting statistical information
from people who are taking benzodiazepines or are or have withdrawn from them.
If this is you please help with this project and complete a survey. There is
very little good information around about benzodiazepines or withdrawal and it
is hoped that this project with go towards addressing this issue. Results to
the June 2007 Survey are available here.
Results as at 15 July 2012 are here.
POLLS - This is a new section on this website. It is
mainly for fun but it does answer some of those questions we all ask as we
taper off these drugs. MORE POLLS about
Protracted Withdrawal are now available.
PETITION - Please get
behind this important piece of work.
Note that as at the 3 July 2012, this petition is under active consideration
by the FDA and they are still looking for public comment.
We are pleased to
announce a formal benzo petition is now on the docket of the US Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) and is open for public comment from everyone (not
just US citizens). These changes have the
potential to impact benzo prescribing worldwide. Public comments WILL
affect how the FDA rules on our requests--this is your chance to be heard.
Please make the FDA aware of how benzodiazepine withdrawal has impacted your
(If you select 'individual consumer'
from the pull down menu your comment will not be posted on the government
website, only the FDA will see. When they ask for organization and third party
just put N/A).
To read petition,
click on the .pdf image here
To get full
information, instructions on how to comment, a summary of the petition and a
Margaret Mead: “… a
small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the
only thing that ever has”.
FEATURED ARTICLES. This weeks suggested reading.
Jennifer - A story about Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin
Kim - a jounrney about Ativan and the faith needed to
After submitting to vaccinations, this woman’s life was
taken over and devastated by creatures who call themselves doctors. Anyone’s
life can be destroyed in this system that dares to demand it be the only
approach to health.
A New Book
Xanax Withdrawal provides a road map for stopping Xanax. Xanax dependency
is a common problem, and there is little practical information available on
how to safely and comfortably stop taking it. A patient can unknowingly become
dependent on Xanax, with dependency sometimes happening after as little as a
week or two of regular use. Dr. Shipko addresses issues related to stopping
Xanax; why to stop, when to stop, how to taper the drug and what to expect
during withdrawal. Dr. Shipko is a practicing American psychiatrist with 34
DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS WEBSITE WAS NOT
COMPILED BY A DOCTOR OR SOMEONE WITH ANY FORM OF MEDICAL TRAINING. THE
ADVICE CONTAINED HEREIN SHOULD NOT BE SUBSTITUTED FOR THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN
WHO IS WELL-INFORMED IN THE SUBJECT MATTER DISCUSSED. BEFORE
MAKING ANY DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR HEALTH OR TREATMENT YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONFER
WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN AND IT IS ALWAYS ASSUMED THAT YOU WILL DO SO.