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Withdrawal Symptoms

There are several sites on the Internet that have lists of benzo withdrawal symptoms. Visit the Benzodiazepine Symptoms List and Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms.

The list below is an attempt to bring all those lists together. It contains duplicate symptoms and it is also likely that there will  also  be symptoms that do not appear on the list.

If a symptom is particularly worrying then it is always wise to get it checked out by your doctor to rule out any other causes.


Abdominal pains and cramp
Aching jaw
Aching joints
aching muscles,
Acute hyper excited state,
Aggressive behaviour
Agitated sight
Allergic reactions
Allergic reactions to foods previously tolerated,
Allergy & nasal symptoms exacerbated,
Appetite - either loss of, or voracious appetite with constant desire to eat,
Arms and legs feel detached from body,
Ataxia - can't coordinate muscle movement,
Back pain,
band around head,
Bladder incontinence
Bladder irritation - feeling of having an infection or cystitis,
Bleeding between menstrual cycles
Bleeding from the nose
Blepharospasm - eye twitches,
Bloated stomach, distended abdomen, (benzo belly),
bloated, diarrhea, constipation,
Blood pressure fluctuations,
Blurred vision       
Blurred vision, seeing spots, flashes, vivid vision
Body feels like jelly
Body odour - stinking sweat,
Body temperature fluctuations,
Body temperature reading higher or lower than 98.6,
Brachycardia - slow heartbeat/pulse,
Brain moving within the skull
Breasts - heavy, over-sensitive, swollen, enlarged, painful,
Breathing difficulties
Bruxism (teeth grinding)
Buildings appear to be leaning       
Burning along the spine
Burning sensation around the mouth
Buzzing, burning, tingling limbs,
Changes in perception (faces distorting and inanimate objects moving)
Changes in skin colour, tone, texture,
Chemical sensitivities
Chest tightness,
Chills - (can feel like the heebie-jeebies you get when viewing a scary movie),
Cognitive impairment,
Cracked and sore lips
cramping in stomach,
Craving for sweets and sugary foods,
Crying jags,
Cuts and abrasions take weeks to heal
Dark circles under the eyes,
Decaying teeth and gums,
Demented and murderous thoughts      
Dental pain,
Depersonalisation (a feeling of not knowing who you are)
Difficulty in writing slowly       
Difficulty swallowing
Difficulty writing or holding a fork, due to muscle weakness,
difficulty writing,
Discharge from the breasts
Distended abdomen
Distortions or hallucinations
Dizziness - in general, or a feeling like you are falling off the couch/chair/bed,
Double vision       
Dry mouth
Dry throat, sore tongue, and thrush
Dry, itchy skin
Dry, tickly cough
Dyspepsia (indigestion)
Dysphagia (difficulty eating or swallowing)
Dysphoria (inability to feel pleasure or happiness)
Dyspnea (breathing difficulty)
earache, and sinus problems,
Electric shock feelings
Emotional blunting - can't receive or give,
Encopressia (faecal incontinence)
Oesophageal spasms,
Exercise - exacerbating all benzo symptoms,
extreme cold,
Extreme lethargy
Extreme thirst
Extremely disturbed       
Extremely nervous and jumpy       
Eyes - sore, tired, seeing floaters, spots, itchy,
Falling hair
Fatigue, leaden heaviness
Fear of being a burden or unlovable,
Fear of being alone
Fear of dying,
fear of insanity,
Fear of losing control       
Fear of never recovering,
Fear of water       
Faeces - appears abnormal looking,
Feeling bloated
Feeling like the ground is moving beneath you, as if on a cruise ship or boat,
Feeling of extreme cold
Feeling of impending doom       
Feeling of vulnerability       
Feelings of shaking inside and out
Feelings of shame, despite realizing this was all accidental and not your fault,
Feelings of the spirit being out of synchronization with the body,
Feelings of unreality
feelings of worms under scalp
Female ejaculation or incontinence during orgasm,
Fingernail problems - median nail dystrophy (line/ridge down the centre)
Fluctuations in blood pressure
Flu-like symptoms
Formication (sensations of bugs crawling on skin)
Fuzzy feeling in head,
Gait disturbance - hard to walk straight,
Glassy eyes
Goosebumps - very visible to the eye,
Grinding teeth
Hair - loss, thinning, dullness,
Hallucinations (auditory and visual)
Headaches - mild or severe,
Heart palpitations, pounding or racing heart,
heavy arms, legs and head,
Heavy pounding heart
Holding onto the walls in the shower,
Hot flashes,
Hurts to wear clothes, a car seatbelt,
Hyper sensitive (unable to watch the news, see films, read the newspaper),
Hyperacusis - profound hearing sensitivity, hurts to talk on the phone, music, etc.,
Hyperosmia (sensitive sense of smell),
Hyperreflexia (‘jumpiness’)
Hypersensitivity to being touched,
Hypersensitivity to light, sound, and other stimuli
Hypersensitivity to stress,
Hyperventilation (over breathing)
Hypnologic (hallucinations, sleepwalking),
Hysterical and inappropriate laughter
IBS - irritable bowel syndrome,
Impacted bowels,
Impairment of motor coordination,
inability to comprehend the simplest things,
Inability to concentrate,
inability to cope with a lot of information
Inability to draw a satisfying breath,
Inability to make a decision,
inability to read or write,
Incontinence, frequent or urgent need to urinate, unable to hold or pass urine,
Increased saliva
Intense fuzzy feeling in the head               
Intense jaw pain       
Intrusive thoughts,
Iris in eyes changes colour       
Irrational rage
Jaw, tooth, neck and shoulder aches and pains,
Jaws clamped together
Jerks in arms, legs fingers.
Joint aches and pains,
Jumping toe,
Lack of concentration
Lack of co-ordination
Left/Right-sided symptoms,
Legs arms and head very heavy
Leukonychia (whitening of nails)
Libidinal changes - variances in sex drive,
Loss of balance
Loss of concentration
Loss of confidence,
Loss of control of movement,
Loss of interest in people and/or things,
Loss of memory
Loss of self respect
Loss of taste or metallic taste
Loss or changes in appetite
Lung pain,
Memory problems - short term,
Menstrual problems (painful periods, irregular periods, cessation of periods)
Mild hypertension
Mood swings,
Morbid thoughts
Mouth and tongue soreness,
Muscle spasms
Muscle tone, wastage,
Muscle wastage
Muscle weakness,
Muscles locking and rigidity,
Muscular aches, pains, cramps, spasms,
muscular rigidity,
nausea, flu like symptoms,
Nervous ticks or twitches,
Neurological problems - topical nerve anaesthesia,
Night apnea
Night sweats,
Nose bleeds,
Numbness - around the face, mouth or any other part of the body,
Numbness, pain,
Obsessive behaviour,
Oedema - especially face or ankles,
Orgasm changes - big setbacks after orgasms,
Outbursts of rage or aggression
Over breathing
Painful scalp
pains in neck and shoulders,
Pains in temple,
Pains in the chest       
Pains in the lungs
Pains in the neck
Panic attacks
Paraesthesia (numbness, tingling)
Passing gas continually,
Penis and testicle sensitivity,
Persistent, unpleasant memories
Perspiring, night sweats
Phobias (hydrophobia, agoraphobia, monophobia,
Pins and needles
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,
Premature menopause,
Premature wrinkling around the eyes and face,
Problems of decaying teeth
Psychotic symptoms - usually transient and confined to rapid withdrawal,
Pupils of eyes become minute
Pushing away friends,
Racing thoughts,
Rapid blinking of the eyes
Rapid changes in body temperature
Rapid mood changes
Rapid weight loss
Rashes and blotches on skin,
Recurring mild sore throat,
Repetitive thoughts       
Restless legs in bed at night
Saliva running from the mouth at night
Scalp pain and burning,
Screwing up of the eyes
Seeing spots before the eyes
Seizures (fits) 
sensation of brain moving within the skull,
Sensitive or painful teeth
Severe cramping in the stomach       
Severe headaches
Severe muscle rigidity
Sexual problems - no sex drive or ultra high sex drive,
Shaking - inside or out or both,
Sharp throbbing pain in the wrists
Shivering - feelings of extreme cold or hot,
Short-term memory impairment
Sinus pain
Skin problems - dry, itchy, rashes, slow healing, tickling, burning,
Smell problems - everything smells bad,
Smelling bad, but only to you,
Sore and tired eyes
Sore mouth and tongue
Speech difficulties
Stomach cramps
Suicidal feelings
Swallowing difficulties       
Swollen breasts
Teeth - pain, throbbing, sensitivity, feel like they are falling out, grinding,
Tension between eyes,
Thinking you are dying,
Thinking you have some awful disease other than benzo withdrawal,
Thrush-like symptoms,
Thyroid disturbances,
tickling and itching
Tight band around the head       
Tight band around the legs and ankles,
Tightness in the chest
Tightness in the head
Tinnitus (buzzing or ringing in the ears)
Tiny pupils
Toe and finger nails change colour
Tongue - sore, burning,
Total loss of confidence       
Toxic naps - feeling worse upon wakening,
Tremor or feeling of inner vibration
Twitching of the head
Unable to walk
Under-eye puffiness,
Unusually sensitive (unable to watch the news on television or read the newspaper)
urinary problems (continence or incontinence)
Vaginal discharge, or extremely dry or wet vagina,
Visual disturbances - waves, sparks, flashes of light, seeing spots, floaters,  blurry
Voice quality changes,
Walking side to side, like a drunken sailor,
Weakness - "jelly legs",
Weight loss or gain (can be rapid),
Yellow coating on the tongue (which can yellow the teeth)



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 21 July 2020