I want to stop relying on them?].
I have taken 0.5mg Xanax to sleep for 5 years. How do I stop and taper off?
Question posted by Sonne on 11 Nov 2018
Last updated on 14 November 2018
Hi, firstly I agree with Ros 2 that any tapering should be done under the guidance of your doctor. I will add that when I was asked to discontinue Xanax (Alprazolam), my psychiatrist switched me to Valium (Diazepam) first as it is longer lasting and then had me taper down from that dose of Valium to a progressively smaller and smaller dose over about 6 months to a substantially lower equivalent daily dose. These days I only take it as needed; so it can be done without pain or suffering just so you know.
Hello Sonne, Xanax is designed for anxiety & panic... it is too short acting for sleep. I take Diazepam 10mg at bedtime for sleep to relax my muscles. Taper off on this drug very slowly & with the assistance of your doctor!
Take care & be well
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