Anyone who has been prescribed benzodiazepines long term is potentially a victim of this disaster.
Below is the Wikipedia entry on paradoxical reactions.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence advises benzodiazepines should not be prescribed for longer than 2-4 weeks.
If you have been prescribed a Benzodiazepine for longer than 2-4 weeks (even at a low dose) and you haven’t been able to wean off then you could be a victim of this disaster.
Not being able to wean off has nothing whatsoever to do with “addictive personality”. It is to do with gaba receptor downregulation (damage) done by the benzos.
Your doctor will probably not know about this and may even deny it.
It is extremely dangerous to suddenly stop taking a benzodiazepine. Never do this. It could cause death or brain damage.
Benzodiazepine damage is often misdiagnosed as a plethora of other illnesses and conditions both physical and mental.
It is estimated around 30% of long term users of benzodiazepines will be adversely affected.
Be aware. Do research. Never stop taking a benzodiazepine abruptly.
Beating benzos on FB.
Best article in mainstream media re benzos and brain damage.
( Nb. The following piece was not written by me. It is a summary by someone else.)
As far back as the early 1980’s Professor Malcolm Lader conducted research into the effects of long term benzodiazepine usage. Using the crude scanning techniques of the day, his results on a number of long term benzodiazepine users, showed some patients had developed abnormalities in brain structure. These findings were directly contradicted by a number of other similar studies using the same technology. It is known and proven that alcohol can cause structural brain damage. The scandal surrounding Professor Lader’s work, which was inconclusive, is that it was never followed up by the British Medical Council, which buried away information about this for nearly 30 years.
It is Professor Heather Ashton’s view that Benzodiazepines are more likely to cause functional rather than structural damage to the brain through harm to the receptors and creation of neurotransmitters. In her supplement to the Ashton Manual 2011 -2013 she outlines the modern non invasive technologies that could be used to ascertain this in an effective medical study. The fact that people suffer long term harm affecting movement, and long term pain as well as other physical symptoms years after stopping the drugs is prima facie evidence of damage to the functions of the CNS. However this is deniable for some “experts” because there is no medical study in existence demonstrating this – that is what needs to be done.