Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Timeline
Benzo withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on a variety of factors including the type of medication, dosage and the length of time the drug was used. Withdrawal symptoms can begin as soon as six hours after the last dose and can last months, even years after discontinuing the medication.
1 – 4 Days:
This is the beginning stages of benzo withdrawal symptoms, which often mimic the symptoms the medication was intended to treat. People may experience anxiety, sweating, headaches and panic attacks.
5 – 19 Days:
Acute benzodiazepine withdrawal phase, where symptoms peak, is approximately at the two-week mark. People may experience insomnia, palpitations, seizures, muscle aches and pain, perceptual changes and hallucinations, depression, flu-like symptoms, nausea and dry retching and weight loss. This is when withdrawal symptoms are most severe.
Months – Years:
Benzo withdrawal symptoms may come and go and lessen in severity. Reduced symptoms can persist for up to one year or more depending on the severity of the addiction.