Thousands of people could not possibly invent the bizarre, yet similarly reported, symptoms caused by the therapeutic use of benzodiazepines and reactions to their withdrawal. The following list of symptoms was compiled from existing symptom lists and also with contributions from the individuals who have suffered and endured benzodiazepine withdrawal syndromes themselves. These symptoms can present in tolerance and interdose withdrawal (while still taking the drug), during a taper and/or post-cessation. The most severe symptoms (like seizures, hallucinations, suicide) typically result from over-rapid tapering or cold-turkey withdrawals.

The below is a Comprehensive Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms List (alphabetized):


Abdominal pains and cramp

Aching jaw

Aching joints

Aching muscles

Acute hyper-excited state

Aggressive behaviour

Agitated sight




Allergic reactions

Allergic reactions to/Intolerance of 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 (or other menstrual irregularities)

Bleeding from the nose

Blepharospasm – eye twitches

Bloated stomach, distended abdomen (“Benzo belly”)

Bloated, diarrhea, constipation

Blood pressure fluctuations

Blurred vision, seeing spots, flashes, vivid vision

Body feels like jelly

Body odor – stinking sweat

Body temperature fluctuations

Body temperature reading higher or lower than 98.6

Bradycardia – slow heartbeat/pulse

Brain moving within the skull sensation

Breasts – heavy, over-sensitive, swollen, enlarged, painful

Breathing difficulties/Breathlessness

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 color, 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 of the muscles

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

Dehydration (loss of perception of thirst)


Demented and murderous thoughts

Dental pain

Depersonalisation (a feeling of not knowing who you are)


Derealization (a feeling that your surroundings are not real)


Difficulty in writing slowly

Difficulty swallowing (choking sensation, a feeling of pressure on Adam’s apple, retching) 

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 or being sucked out of 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

Edema – especially face or ankles Electric shock feelings

Electric shock feelings

Emotional blunting – can’t receive or give, having no emotions 

Encopresis (fecal incontinence)

Esophageal spasms



Exercise – exacerbating all benzo symptoms


Extreme cold (“cold to the bone” and can’t get warm, feeling like “internal thermometer” is broken)

Extreme lethargy

Extreme thirst (or no thirst at all, to where the person becomes severely dehydrated)

Extremely disturbed

Extremely nervous and jumpy

Eyes – sore, tired, seeing “floaters”, spots, itchy, red


Falling hair

Fatigue, leaden heaviness

Fear (terror)

Fear of being a burden or unlovable

Fear of being alone (monophobia)

Fear of dying or health anxiety

Fear of insanity

Fear of losing control

Fear of never recovering

Fear of water

Feces – appears abnormal looking

Feeling bloated

Feeling like the ground is moving beneath you, as if on a cruise ship or boat (Mal de Debarquement)

Feeling of extreme cold

Feeling of impending doom

Feeling of vulnerability

Feelings of shaking inside and out (or vibrating, “as if I swallowed a purring cat”)

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 or skin

Female ejaculation or incontinence during orgasm

Fingernail problems – median nail dystrophy (line/ridge down the center), ridges



Fluctuations in blood pressure

Flu-like symptoms (“Benzo flu”)


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 (bruxism)



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

Hypersensitive (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

Hypertension (elevated blood pressure)

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 multi-task)

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 (or dry mouth)



Intense fuzzy feeling in the head 

Intense jaw pain

Intrusive thoughts

Iris in eyes changes color

Irrational rage

Irrationality (in general)




Jaw, tooth, neck and shoulder aches and pains

Jaw tension, clenching, teeth grinding

“Jelly Legs” – weakness in the legs

Jerks in arms, legs fingers

Joint aches and pains



Jumping toe


Lack of concentration

Lack of coordination

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 (short and/or long-term)

Loss of self-respect

Loss of taste or metallic taste (or other strange tastes)

Loss or changes in appetite

Lung pain


Memory problems – short-term or long-term

Menstrual problems (painful periods, irregular periods, cessation of periods, worsening w/d symptoms w/ periods)

Mild hypertension

Mood swings

Morbid thoughts

Mouth and tongue soreness

Muscle spasms

Muscle tone (Loss of)

Muscle wastage

Muscle weakness

Muscles locking and rigidity/spasticity

Muscular aches, pains, cramps, spasms

Muscular rigidity


Nausea, flu-like symptoms

Nervous ticks or twitches


Neuralgia (nerve pain)

Neurological problems


Night apnea (or sleep apnea)

Night sweats


Nose bleeds

Numbness – around the face, mouth or any other part of the body



Obsessive behaviour

Orgasm changes – anorgasmia (cannot orgasm) or setbacks/worsening withdrawal symptoms after orgasm

Outbursts of rage or aggression

Over breathing


Painful scalp (hair hurts) 

Pains in neck and shoulders and back

Pains in temple

Pains in the chest 

Pains in the lungs Pains in the neck 

Pains in the neck 

Panic attacks

Paraesthesia (numbness, tingling) 


Passing gas continually

Penis and testicle sensitivity

Persistent, unpleasant memories (intrusive thoughts)

Perspiring, night sweats

Phobias (hydrophobia, agoraphobia, monophobia)

Pins and needles

Post Traumatic Stress symptoms

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 or dilated

Pushing away friends/family/people (Isolating)


Racing thoughts


Rapid blinking of the eyes

Rapid changes in body temperature

Rapid mood changes

Rapid weight loss (or gain)

Rashes and blotches on skin

Recurring mild sore throat

Repetitive or looping thoughts (songs stuck in head)

Restless legs in bed at night


Rigidity of muscles


Saliva running from the mouth at night

Scalp pain and burning

Screwing up of the eyes

Seeing spots or “floaters” before the eyes

Seizures (fits)

Sensation of brain moving within the skull

Sensitive or painful teeth/Sensation of teeth shifting or moving

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, “molting” or peeling


Smell problems – everything smells bad, or “smellucinations”- smelling things that are not there

Smelling bad, but only to you

Snorting like a pig which jolts you awake (like apnea in sleep)

Sore and tired eyes

Sore mouth and tongue


Speech difficulties

Stomach cramps


Suicidal feelings/thoughts/urges

Swallowing difficulties 


Swollen (or sore/painful) breasts


Tachycardia (increased pulse, skipped beats)

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

Thirst (or no thirst at all, to where you become dehydrated)

Thrush-like symptoms

Thyroid disturbances (or abnormal thyroid tests) 

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 (or very dilated)


Toe and finger nails change colour

Tongue – sore, burning

Total loss of confidence

Toxic naps – feeling worse upon wakening/short bursts of sleep where you’re “jolted” from sleep into worsening withdrawal symptoms

Tremor or feeling of inner vibration

Twitching of the head


Unable to walk

Under-eye puffiness, dark circles or lines

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/loss of balance


Weight loss or gain (can be rapid)


Yellow coating on the tongue (which can yellow the teeth)