Natural Remedies to Help Safely Taper Off of Benzos

on May 10, 2023| Modified on Jul 28, 2023
Tapering Off Benzos Remedies
Posted by Denise E (Crescent City, CA) on 05/23/2023

I also am a T2 Diabetic, and for 2.5 years I have been on a ketogenic diet. Only 2 times have I knowingly ate something I thought could spike my blood glucose so I have been very diligent. I'm 70 and not into playing around foolishly with anything. I did have just a bit of sort of burning pain in just my toes in the beginning, after diagnosis. I don't remember before while I was, unknown to me, prediabetic. It had showed up in my labs from 2018.

Anyway, I think that was just a little neuropathy and I basically cured that with my Keto nutrition with extra Magnesium and still take my magnesium every day (500 mg 2 x per day). Last night I had severe burning pain in a much larger part of my right foot. It would come and go for about 30 minutes and if it hadn't been coming and going I think I would have been in such pain I probably would have called for help. Each time it only lasted a few seconds though and finally subsided.

I'm here hoping for feedback as I am not finding much on it, and I'm trying to determine what else I might do to help prevent it, and the possibility of it getting worse. I don't know if it's my T2 as my diet has not changed, nor my regular walking, and gym workouts. I suspect this is a withdrawal symptom which neuropathy and peripheral neuropathy are listed as wd symptoms from Benzo diazapines.

Any feedback is so welcome on what I might try, and I did see the list above, but I would love to hear from someone that may have experienced neuropathy, and type of neuropathy, and thanks so much,


Tapering Off Benzos Remedies
Posted by Denise E (Crescent City, CA) on 06/16/2023

Update on my progress tapering off Clonazepam

I took the drug many years at 1 mg only so even though it was a small dose, comparatively speaking, cold-turkey brought on a nightmare I had to walk through in 2010. Luckily my doctor, at the time, re-prescribed the drug and I took it for another 10 years. Then 2 Summers ago, I had been weaned too fast and I had another episode they thought, still think but not proof whatsoever from tests etc., that I had a TIA. I found a forum where at least 1000s, if not more people are trying to get of Benzos, and I learned a lot about tapering.

So now, just about 4 months ago I began what they call a slow-taper that is usually 5-10 percent of tablet, and started my taper at just 3%. I am doing GREAT, very few wd sxs (stands for withdrawal symptoms) while I see others tapering more as they are in a big hurry, and as a result are suffering awful wd sxs which I won't petrify anyone with the details.

I just want to say that I hope anyone reading this will look into any drug your doctor wants you to take, be open-minded in studying, doing your own home-work so you can make an educated decision rather than going in blindly on some drug.

Sometimes it is difficult because of mixed reviews, and beliefs, but at least you can be more informed than I was. I do not even know, honestly, if I would have listened to negative information back then when I was first prescribed, but I usually do learn things the hard way. Now I will try a supplement if I feel the need, but I am careful to listen to my body, and found it does speak to me. Also I am on a ketogenic diet which has done amazingly positive things for me, and am convinced that my lack of wd sxs has a huge amount to do with what I eat, and the exercise I get at least 3 times a week. I am 70 years old and go to the gym and do weight-training, and my fave thing is taking walks after dinner most nights.

I love Dr. Heather Ashton if you want to read some very good info on Benzos, and you can see many videos by real doctors and scientists, I will put 2 of my fave by Dr. Ashton below:

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Tapering Off Benzos Remedies
Posted by FAM (Tennessee) on 07/28/2023


I strongly encourage you to look at all the information from the Benzodiazepine Information Coalition (BIC). They grew out of Dr. Ashton's work. They have put out a new study on benzodiazepine harmed patients and have an incredible amount of useful information available. I just found their Potentially Dangerous Substances List of supplements and herbs and allopathic medicines to avoid during a benzo taper and post-benzo taper. It was a real eye opener. You can find it at

Online Resources
Posted by Debbie (MI) on 05/23/2023

This is a place to get help withdrawing from any drug. Much wisdom and knowledge...

Online Resources
Posted by Denise E (Crescent City, CA) on 05/31/2023

Hi Debbie,

I belong to Benzo Warriours on FB, and also another forum but I prefer to talk about it here because of the remedies that might be offered. Thank you for the link though, Denise

Tapering off Benzos Remedies
Posted by Earth Clinic on 05/10/2023

Hi Denise,

As you suggested in your recent post to Art above, we created a new page on benzo tapering. Please post any helpful tapering remedies on the new page:

Tapering off Benzos Remedies
Posted by Denise E (Crescent City, CA) on 05/10/2023

Oh thank you so much! I'll share what I can, and have experienced with tapering, and I will send some new found friends to EC!! Denise :)