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Symptoms and Other Factors

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

All the information below has been compiled when symptoms were at there worst for the survey respondents, that is, at the worst point in withdrawal.

The graph below shows the average symptoms rating over all symptoms group at the worst point in withdrawal by drug taken. For the major benzo drug types Xanax, Klonopin, Valium and Ativan - the average severity of symptoms varied from 11.9 (just under moderate) to 12.16 (just over moderate) - very little variation. The group on two or three benzodiazepines, the combo group, had an average that was a little higher at 12.4.

All drug groups had respondents who said all their symptoms were severe and all drug groups had respondents who rated their symptoms at just under or just over mild. This is indicated by the maximum and minimum figures in the table below.

  Xanax Klonopin Valium Ativan Combo Other
Max Average 13 13 13 13 13 13
Min Average 10.7 10.1 10.9 10.4 11.4 11.1

A question that is sometimes raised on the Yahoo Benzo Group is "Valium is a muscle relaxant so does it cause more muscle problems in withdrawal?" While this survey isn't rigorous enough to establish any causal relationship - the graph below shows the rating that the respondents of this survey gave to the muscle symptom by drug and those who had been taking Valium didn't report significantly greater muscle problems.

The graph below shows average symptom rating at the worst point in withdrawal by age group.

Average symptoms for the respondents to this survey ranged from  a rating of 11.8 (just below moderate) for the 20 - 29 year old age group to 12.2 (just above moderate) for the 30 -39 and the 70 - 79 year old age group. This is showing very little variation.

The table below looks at the worst and best case scenarios in each age group.

  20 - 29 years 30 - 39 years 40 - 49 years 50 - 59 years 60 - 69 years 70 - 79 years
Maximum 13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 12.7 12.8
Minimum 10.4 11.1 10.1 10.4 10.2 11.6

All age groups had people who rated all or nearly all their symptoms as severe.

The graph below shows average symptom rating at the worst point in withdrawal by amount of drug taken.

The averages of each of the mg valium equivalent groups are fairly close. The average symptom rating for those who were taking between 0 and 20 mg was 11.9 (just under moderate) and for those taking over 120mg the average was 12.2 (just over moderate).

The table below shows the worse and best case scenarios.

           0mg  - 20mg 20mg  - 40mg 40mg - 60mg  60mg - 80mg  80mg - 100mg 100mg - 120mg over 120mg
Maximum 13.0 13.0 13.0 12.8 12.9 12.2 13.0
Minimum 10.1 10.2 10.7 11.3 10.9 11.7 11.1


The graph below shows average symptom rating at the worst point in withdrawal by the time the drug was taken.

Some variability is showing between the various groups, with those who were on benzo between 1 - 3 months and between 9 - 12 months having an average rating of 11.8 (just below moderate) and those who were on benzodiazepines between 6 - 9 months have an average rating of 12.7 ( just below severe). There is no consistency of results over the various groups so it is highly likely that these differences are occurring by chance.


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Last updated 21 July 2020