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Supplements and Withdrawal

This is one of the most asked questions.  "Should I take amino acids? Will magnesium help me?  What about the 'detoxing' juices or products that contain groups of supplements?  Can I use some Vitamin B to help?  What about Omega 3 Oils?" 

We would love to be able to name the product or plan that will help everyone, but we can't.  What we have seen on the benzo support groups in the past several years is a mixed bag of responses after people have tried virtually everything that can be marketed and sold. 

Some people have taken some magnesium and it seems to help their muscle pain.  Some people swear by the B vitamins.  Some people believe that certain products have gotten them well in a month. 

However, there has been and continues to be overwhelming empirical evidence on the groups that people on benzodiazepines can react quite badly to almost anything they try to add in to help themselves.  This doesn't mean that everyone who adds in something will have a bad result. But we have seen enough of these bad results to have a real desire to advise extreme caution when trying any of these products. 

Someone asked what bad results we were talking about.  We are talking about having an increase in benzo withdrawal symptoms that can last days, weeks, or even months.  This is really not surprising since we are talking about a very delicate nervous system, in a heightened state of overdrive from withdrawal, being hit by any number of things that interact with the brain across the blood/brain barrier. 

So we give a gentle warning to be careful about what you decide to use. You might start at a very low dose if you decide to give something a try.

Also see Taking Vitamins in general

Disclaimer:  The information contained in this website was not compiled by a doctor or anyone with 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.

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Last updated 22 July 2015