Side Effects Of A Benzo Detox
There are other more serious side effects that can occur during a Benzo detox. These side effects include, extreme confusion, hallucinations, seizures and fever. The Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association states “Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be life-threatening due to grand-mal seizures that may result in coma or death in someone heavily dependent on benzodiazepines who stops taking them suddenly.” Psychological symptoms can last for several months even years in about 10% of Benzodiazepine addicts. This is called ‘protracted withdrawal’. ABC News reported that “anxiety and psychological withdrawal symptoms may continue for several month or even years in about 10 percent of those addicted to a benzodiazepines.” Therapy and mental health services help manage this condition.
A Benzodiazepine’s method of action will differ based on how they are produced.
For example a short-acting benzo will have a shorter half-life and a faster onset than an extended release benzo. Per the medical journal site Primary Psychiatry “Short-acting benzodiazepines include Halcion (triazolam) and Serax (oxazepam), Ativan (lorazepam) and Xanax (alprazolam) are intermediate-acting, and Valium (diazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam), and Librium (chlordiazepoxide) are long-acting.” When designing an individualized benzo detox, knowing which form of the drug was abused is important to know.