Benzodiazepine Taper Calendar
Consult your doctor or pharmacist before making ANY changes to your medications. This website is not a substitute for professional medical help.Xanax (alprazolam)
Common benzodiazepines include:
After long term use of benzodiazepines, some users become physically dependant and must gradually withdraw the medicine to safely quit. This website is intended to estimate timelines and assist you and your doctor with planning a taper schedule.
Always ask your doctor first before making any changes to your medications or doses.
Here are some starting points for taper plans:
Taper according to the proportional dose remaining: Taper by 10% of the dose every 1-2 weeks until the dose is at 20% of the original dose; then taper by 5% every 2-4 weeks. - nationalpaincentre.mcmaster.ca
As a very rough guide, a person taking 40mg diazepam a day (or its equivalent) might be able to reduce the daily dosage by 2mg every 1-2 weeks until a dose of 20mg diazepam a day is reached. This would take 10-20 weeks. From 20mg diazepam a day, reductions of 1 mg in daily dosage every week or two might be preferable. This would take a further 20-40 weeks, so the total withdrawal might last 30-60 weeks. Yet some people might prefer to reduce faster and some might go even slower. - Ashton Manual
We suggest that unless past experience of attempted tapering indicates otherwise, members should initially try cutting their dose by no more than about 10%, and will probably make new cuts (about 10% of their dose at the time of the new cut) every 7-14 days. These figures are intended as ballpark estimates - mileage will vary. - www.BenzoBuddies.org
Wikipedia: Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome - Prevention
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