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Detailed Symptom Results

All data must be read in conjunction with the survey limitations.

The table below shows the percentage of respondents who rated the specified symptom as not a symptom, mild, moderate or severe at each point in the benzo journey. The symptom category that was least troublesome at each stage has been marked in blue and the symptom category that was being reported as most troublesome is marked in yellow. For instance, before starting benzos, the dermatological symptoms category was reported as the least troublesome, with 68% of respondents saying that they did not rate this as a symptom. At the same stage the psychiatric group of symptoms were rated the most troublesome, with 31% rating their experience with this symptom as severe.

Before Starting Benzos Cardiovascular Dermatological Gastrointestinal Musculoskeletal Neurological Genitourinary Paradoxical Psychiatric Respiratory
  % % % % % % % % %
Not a Symptom 55 68 48 50 49 66 24 23 59
Mild 20 17 24 21 22 19 19 21 20
Moderate 15 10 18 16 16 12 30 25 14
Severe 11 5 9 13 13 3 26 31 8
                   
At Time Decided to Withdraw Cardiovascular Dermatological Gastrointestinal Musculoskeletal Neurological Genitourinary Paradoxical Psychiatric Respiratory
  % % % % % % % % %
Not a Symptom 30 35 31 25 21 38 13 9 39
Mild 29 26 24 21 21 25 21 16 23
Moderate 22 26 28 25 27 23 27 29 25
Severe 19 12 17 29 31 13 39 46 13
                   
Worst Point in Withdrawal Cardiovascular Dermatological Gastrointestinal Musculoskeletal Neurological Genitourinary Paradoxical Psychiatric Respiratory
  % % % % % % % % %
Not a Symptom 13 20 17 4 5 27 3 2 24
Mild 17 17 21 9 10 25 11 10 20
Moderate 27 25 28 20 21 27 14 21 29
Severe 43 38 34 68 64 21 71 66 27
                   
End of taper Cardiovascular Dermatological Gastrointestinal Musculoskeletal Neurological Genitourinary Paradoxical Psychiatric Respiratory
  % % % % % % % % %
Not a Symptom 21 30 25 13 10 35 10 8 34
Mild 28 23 31 24 24 28 24 23 28
Moderate 51 26 23 23 26 21 18 21 20
Severe 0 21 20 40 39 15 47 49 18
                   
Worst Point in Recovery Cardiovascular Dermatological Gastrointestinal Musculoskeletal Neurological Genitourinary Paradoxical Psychiatric Respiratory
  % % % % % % % % %
Not a Symptom 25 31 33 15 10 46 16 18 45
Mild 30 31 31 21 22 24 24 13 21
Moderate 22 24 21 19 24 15 13 25 22
Severe 22 13 15 45 43 15 46 43 12
                   
12 Months off Not Well Cardiovascular Dermatological Gastrointestinal Musculoskeletal Neurological Genitourinary Paradoxical Psychiatric Respiratory
  % % % % % % % % %
Not a Symptom 11 17 11 2 2 23 11 6 17
Mild 32 26 40 15 11 45 23 23 43
Moderate 30 30 30 43 45 19 34 38 28
Severe 28 28 19 40 43 13 32 32 13
                   
24 Months off Not Well Cardiovascular Dermatological Gastrointestinal Musculoskeletal Neurological Genitourinary Paradoxical Psychiatric Respiratory
  % % % % % % % % %
Not a Symptom 19 19 31 0 4 19 8 12 15
Mild 38 31 38 31 19 50 19 23 54
Moderate 27 23 15 42 46 23 54 54 23
Severe 15 27 15 27 31 8 19 12 8
                   
36 Months off Not Well Cardiovascular Dermatological Gastrointestinal Musculoskeletal Neurological Genitourinary Paradoxical Psychiatric Respiratory
  % % % % % % % % %
Not a Symptom 13 7 27 0 0 33 20 20 20
Mild 53 40 47 33 27 40 27 27 53
Moderate 13 27 20 40 53 27 40 47 20
Severe 20 27 7 27 20 0 13 7 7
                   
At Time of Deciding to Stay on Benzos Cardiovascular Dermatological Gastrointestinal Musculoskeletal Neurological Genitourinary Paradoxical Psychiatric Respiratory
  % % % % % % % % %
Not a Symptom 32 45 30 32 14 45 11 7 45
Mild 41 25 39 23 43 32 50 43 27
Moderate 16 23 20 27 18 9 25 25 11
Severe 11 7 11 18 25 14 14 25 16
                   

 

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Last updated 22 July 2015