... and I want off. I was taking 2 @ .5 in the AM and 1@.5 afternoon and 1@.5 evening. I have cut the morning to 1 1/2@.5 and afternoon same and evening to 3/4 of a .5mg. Where do I go from here? I had a few withdrawals but i spent 2 months cutting them just that much. Any help is greatly appreciated
I can only share how I did it. I was taking 0.5mgs three times a day. I cut out one pill every 2 weeks and took about 6 weeks to come off. You are taking 1mg in the morning, 1/2mg afternoon, then 1mg in the evening so I wouldn"t cut more than 0.5mgs at a time and know more often than every 2 weeks at the fastest. You need to realize that the anxiety may come back as you decrease this med and be prepared to manage it.
My Dr told me a general guideline of benzo (Xanax in my case) tapering is to give yourself one month for every year you've been on it. So by his calculation, give yourself 32 months to responsibly and comfortably wean yourself off. I found this method very reassuring, because other Drs have tried to wean me off much quicker than this, and I've had several seizures due to rapid withdrawal. I hope this helps you!
You can do it; however, you need your doctor involved as he needs to give you scripts for smaller doses, and towards the end you may want to go to a compound pharmacy. The main thing is to take your time and when you do a cut, hold until you feel stable which is usually about 2 weeks, but if you feel you need to go longer that is fine. It took me 18 months to taper xanax at about 8 mg a day doing a cross over to valium and had just very mild wiithdrawal, but most of the time it was a smooth taper. If you need more help just send me a private question. I wish you the best outcome.
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