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The short answer , yes. The main severe symptoms of Xanax withdrawal is agitation, nervousness, shakiness, muscle spasm and pain , the feeling of skin hypersensitivity, light sensitivity, headache, appetite disturbance and insomnia. The most dangerous threat is a seizure. All of these symptoms were controlled for me by Nembutal a strong barbiturate that was in widespread use in the U.S. only 20 years ago. The indications for barbiturates, Nembutal, Seconal, Amobarbitol, Phenobarbital are used still today for sedation , hypnotic and sleep. In a proper dose ( talk to your doctor) will relieve all symptoms of benzodiazipines. No kidding you can taper very quickly from the benzos whjle taking an adequate dose of barbiturates. A stronger dose may be required at night to overcome insomnia in the first two weeks or so. Then after a maximum of 4 weeks the benzos should be completely stopped and you can then wean off the barbiturates which should be very easy compared to the tapering of benzos which you would have faced over a six month to 1 1/2 year taper without one of the barbitols. ( Note: myself I recommend Nembutol 100mg. X2

every 4 to 6 hrs. for the first week.

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