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Halcion Withdrawal

Halcion Withdrawal

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Halcion withdrawal doesn’t have to be torturous or difficult because Alternative to Meds Center has developed comprehensive, individually tailored programs for better health and safe elimination of prescription drugs.

A prescription of Halcion, even if indicated during a time of actual crisis, does not always mean that a lifetime of being medicated is inevitable.

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Alternative to Meds has been the expert on Halcion withdrawal for over 15 years. We have published evidence regarding our success. Underlying issues can in many cases be addressed in much less toxic ways. We find that frequently there were medical conditions, or that the original factors that contributed to the crisis have since shifted, were diagnosed prematurely or even misdiagnosed.

It is not necessary for Halcion users to suffer fierce symptoms of Halcion withdrawal. We have clinically proven ways to make side effects and symptoms a part of your past. Alternative to Meds Center has shown that there are other ways to have people feeling good and engaged in life without suffering from Halcion side effects and Halcion withdrawal symptoms.

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Halcion withdrawal (triazolam) can be done gently and correctly, with proven protocols in place to avoid the potential risks of incorrectly stopping a benzodiazepine that can include seizures, convulsions, tremors, and rebound insomnia.1 This drug should only be prescribed for 7-10 days at the most, and people who have taken it for longer periods may experience more intense withdrawal symptoms and may appreciate the peace of mind that 24/7 care and medical oversight provides to all our clients. 

FDA Warning Re: Pregnancy and Halcion

Special Note: Coming off Halcion is recommended where a woman is planning pregnancy due to risks of infant birth defects.2 

Halcion Withdrawal Symptoms  

Drugs like Halcion are designed to interrupt normal neurochemistry in the brain and central nervous system. Some of the chemicals it acts on (flooding the nerve pathways) could be referred to simply as sleep-inducing natural chemicals. If it were taken just once, likely this change would be normalized again quite quickly.

But when Halcion is taken night after night, for weeks or even months, the body turns the switch on its built-in defense system to “active mode,” where it will attempt to adjust the neurochemicals that were interrupted, to find equilibrium again.  Now the body is set up to operate with the Halcion present for maintaining this equilibrium. But the drug-influenced neurochemicals have been reset in a more chronic way, and withdrawing the drug will now unleash a sort of neurochemical chaos and this chaos is normally referred to as withdrawal. 

Halcion Withdrawal and Rebound Insomnia

There are many different manifestations that can occur. For instance, it is common that withdrawal from Halcion (or triazolam) will produce what is called rebound insomnia, where the person’s insomnia issues are worse off than before starting the drug. Seizures are another possibility, along with nausea, tremors, sweating, abdominal pain/cramps, and even hallucinations especially where the cessation was abrupt. To avoid these undesirable symptoms, using a slow and steady pace for benzodiazepine withdrawal is recommended generally, and 24/7 oversight is also recommended.3

Natural Correction of Neurochemistry 

A gardener knows that yellow leaves may indicate one of several missing nutrients, or the presence of something undesirable in the soil, or several other possible causes for the condition. Perhaps the soil is too dry. Perhaps the roots need to be separated for better drainage. The gardener would never guess and pour a bunch of Drano or green paint or something equally toxic on the plant to try and “fix” it. Guesswork has no place in gardening. 

Testing the soil will tell if it is too dry or wet, and soil sampling can tell whether there are molds, invading parasites, or the pH is too high, or the soil contains toxic run-off, etc. With the results of testing, the proper corrective measures can be done and the plant can be quickly brought back to health without introducing further harm. 

Finding the Root Cause(s)

Alternative to Meds Center similarly uses testing of various kinds to get a snapshot that helps reveal the “root causes” for symptoms like insomnia or anxiety. Why guess when you can actually find out? Where neurotoxicity (mercury, lead, pollutants, etc.) is present, it can be gently purged to unburden the ability of the CNS to function well. Mineral and vitamin deficiencies can be detected and rebalanced.

Even genetic precursors can be discovered and the necessary supplements can be given to compensate, improving methylation or other functions to a significant degree. There are many more ways of applying natural healing methods to address unwanted symptoms. When done prior to and concurrently with benzodiazepine withdrawal, the experience is one of feeling better and better, rather than worse and worse.

Why is Nutrition So Important at Alternative to Meds Center? 

Alternative to Meds Center believes that a clean diet, nutritional testing and corrective actions are fundamental to natural mental health. Nutrition is well-documented to be linked to insomnia, depression, and many other health issues.4 

How to Find Out More 

There is much to learn about the programs at Alternative to Meds Center and we look forward to answering your questions and supplying you with enough information to assist you in making your treatment decisions. 

We have been helping thousands of our clients over the last 15 years to accomplish their health goals and becoming free of the need to rely on a lifetime of neuroleptic drugs that often leave much to be desired.

Our Halcion withdrawal and recovery programs are individually tailored to each client’s needs and we are happy to discuss the program in more detail and show you the benefits and expected results from applying scientifically proven principles that support natural mental health. 


(1) FDA label Halcion (triazolam) 

(2) “Triazolam (Oral Route) Precautions”  by Mayo Clinic, accessed online January 23, 2020

(3) “Halcion – An Independent Study of Safety and Efficacy Data” published by NCBI, accessed January 23, 2020

(4) “The Relationship Between Insomnia, Sleep Apnea and Depression” Findings from the American National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005 – 2008″ (Hayley, Williams, et al) published by the ANZJP, accessed online January 23, 2020.



This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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