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Old 11-16-2012, 10:21 PM   #2
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Re: Weaning off Xanax?

Hey There Montana

Glad to meet you. :-)

I have tapered off Xanax myself after using it for 10 years or so. I can share what worked for me.

First off, while your dosage is small, I would suggest not to try cold turkey coming off at all. Xanax is a powerful drug and if the body has been used to receiveing it for such a long time, you definitely need to taper. I used the 5-10% rule when coming off of it. This means you never cut your dose more than that and that you stay at the cut dose for about two weeks before lowering it again. Sometimes we might feel ready after 10 days, sometimes it might be 3 weeks. Learn to listen to your body and only make cuts when feeling leveled out again.

I started off at 3 mg (1 mg three times a day) when I began to taper. Sometimes it was just a matter of breaking pills, but often it meant crushing them and eyeballing the dose. I always saved any crushed leftovers towards another dose.

It took me 6-7 months to get completely off, but in retrospect, I really should have taken more time. Measure in progress,not time. :-)

Give a holler if I can answer any questions.

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The hardest part is probably not rushing it! Coming off needs to be slow and steady. Especially at the end.

 
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