A Medical Emergency
The effects of benzodiazepines are insidious and unpredictable – suddenly stopping or withdrawing them too quickly can kill.
Acute benzodiazepine withdrawal is a medical emergency which can be life threatening.
Sudden or too rapid withdrawal from benzodiazepines after regular use can cause seizures, psychosis, hallucinations and delirium, as well as many other severely incapacitating symptoms. These include memory loss, confusion, sensory disturbances, neurological and other physiological symptoms. The reinstatement of a benzodiazepine is essential as benzodiazepines must be withdrawn slowly – 3 months to a year or more.