Jo suffered from exam stress at university, which led to insomnia and a prescription for lorazepam from her doctor. After having a bad reaction she was switched to diazepam, and eventually came off 60mg ‘cold turkey’. She went through a horrendous withdrawal experience and still suffers from some symptoms two years later.
I know this very feeling I was on lorazapam 3mg a day and got down to 0.5mg and then jumped off. Horrendous withdrawals and cost me all i loved.
I was over medicated on other drugs too namely mirtazapine and chlopromozine.
I would like to share my story with CEP
Hi jo are you OK now iv come of vallium 8 weeks ago and im a nervous reck how long does it take to get better I’m panicking over anything my body aches all over.my email dont work 07858205344
Doctors know the damage these drugs do and how difficult withdrawal is. Trying to get help from a doctor is almost impossible. It’s sad, as heroin addicts get help by being offered prescription methadone which is maintained or tapered off gradually. With benzodiazepines, the duration and severity of withdrawal is much greater, but could be managed medically by prescribing the benzodiazepine concerned in a gradual, patient led taper. Why should benzodiazepine dependence be treated so cruelly? Simply because of dogmatic attitudes from medical practitioners. Whether a patient who is heavily dependent on benzodiazepines was prescribed them or obtained them themselves, there should be no difference to any other addiction. Treatment should be available, whereby a benzodiazepine dependence should be treated by careful, gradual tapering off. If alcoholics, opiate addicts and all other addictions are treated by the NHS so should benzodiazepine dependent patients be. It’s tragic that the most damaging substance which is so difficult and dangerous to withdraw is being withheld by the medical profession at the cost of people lifes. Methadone is prescribed routinely, if people really need benzodiazepine prescriptions to cope with dependence they should get them. Who are doctors to discriminate against and judge people?