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Benzo Belly: Our Gut in Withdrawal

Updated: May 22, 2023

Have you ever heard of “benzo belly?” How about abdominal distension? The gut-brain connection? Since our digestive and central nervous systems are so closely linked, our gut can take a big hit during benzodiazepine withdrawal.

In today’s episode, we’ll explore the symptoms of the gut and reveal some of their causes. We also have a benzo story from Switzerland which spans 44 years, have some great feedback in our mailbag, and highlight Benzodiazepine Information Coalition and the work they do.

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00:00 Introduction 08:27 Mailbag 18:51 Benzo News 20:35 Benzo Spotlight 23:00 Benzo Story 34:33 Benzo Belly: Our Gut in Withdrawal 51:23 Closing



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BENZO BELLY: Our Gut in Withdrawal



In today’s intro, we opened with the latest stats from the podcast, including 1,300 downloads in 33 separate countries. Then I shared about personal experiences with the flood of returning emotions which so many of us experience.



This is where we share questions and comments which were discussed:

  • FOLLOW-UP: Welcoming help in identifying resources This was a follow-up to a comment from Juerg in Switzerland last week who was seeking German-speaking resources for his wife. W-BAD had responded with some ideas and I encouraged others to let us know what else we don’t know.

  • FOLLOW-UP: Cipro and Quinolones I reminded the listeners of the dangers of taking quinolone antibiotics while on benzos or during withdrawal.

  • COMMENT: Addiction vs. Dependence Anne from Canton, Michigan, U.S., commented on the need to continue to differentiate in terminology between addiction and dependence for benzodiazepines.


Benzo Stories

I shared a longer story today, from Beatrice in Zurich, Switzerland.



Today’s featured topic: Benzo Belly: Our Gut in Withdrawal

In today’s feature, I discussed benzo belly and it’s associated symptoms of the gut. I broke down the symptoms into abdominal pain, appetite change, benzo belly, constipation, diarrhea, distention, inflammation, nausea, groin pain, menstrual difficulties, pelvic floor dysfunction, urinary difficulties, vomiting, and weight change. I shared personal experiences with many of these symptoms and discussed their causes and even a few tips.


The Podcast

The Benzo Free Podcast provides information, support, and community to those who struggle with the long-term effects of anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium) and Z-drugs (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata).


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