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How To Wean Off Xanax
Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system . So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight , dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more
Narcotic wean: Hydrocodone is an opioid. The weaning process usually involve a slow decrease in dosage. It is recommended to do it under physician supervision. Depend on narcotic dosage, you might need to be weaned off as inpatient versus outpatient please see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The body will wean: off Amiodarone all by itself. The half life of Amiodarone is in the range of 57 days so if you stop it today it will take two and a half months before 60% of it is out of your system. There really is no specific weaning process. Just stop and it will wean itself over several months. ...Read more
Under supervision: Amlodipine is a medication used for treatment of high blood pressure. Discontinuation of this medication is not associated with significant rebound effects. However stopping any prescribed medication should be done under the supervision and by instruction of your physician. ...Read more
Xanax (alprazolam) taper: This is a short acting benzo which can be difficult to come off. I usually switch people to the equivalent Klonopin dose (about have the mg dose of xanax (alprazolam) per day) and reduce the daily dose by 0.25mg every week. Ie it would take 1 month to come off 1mg of Klonopin which is equivalent to about 2mg of xanax (alprazolam). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
With medical help: You should be under the care of a doctor who is knowledgeable about benzodiazepines like lorazepam. There are multiple ways to do it but they all involve either gradual stepwise reductions or changing to a longer acting agent and initiating a gradual taper with this different agent. It is better to talk with a doctor about it first to determine if it is even safe to do so to begin with. ...Read more
Slowly: Depends on how your current daily dose and the amount of time you've been taking it, but in general I've found people have the most success with a slow, gradual taper. For patients on a high dose who've been taking a benzodiazepine for years, I will reduce the dosage by roughly 10% every 1-2 weeks, sometimes even more slowly. If the dose and duration are shorter I sometimes schedule a faster taper ...Read more
Depends: On how long you've been taking it and how much you've been taking. If a pain management doctor was prescribing it, it it best to have him/her work with you and develop a plan to get you off. Withdraw symptoms can be severe and you need a physician by your side to help you through it. ...Read more
Very gradually: For this, you need to work with your own psychiatrist on a plan to gradually taper. You and your doctor first need to agree that it's safe for you to wean off the medicine -- and if you're still having symptoms, whether another medication could provide you better relief. Good luck to you. ...Read more
Variable withdrawal: Everyone is different, and benzodiazepine withdrawal can vary, depending on age, individual metabolism, underlying psychiatric disorders, dose, and length of time taking the medication. This should never be attempted without the supervision of a qualified physician. If you are on a fairly high dose (4-8 mg/day), you should plan on months of tapering this medication safely. ...Read more
With medical help: Hopefully the doctor who prescribed it will assist in terminating it. It needs to be either a very slow tapering off or being switched to a different ssri with a longer half-life and have that drug tapered. Those take a shorter time to taper. The "discontinuation" syndrome can be very troubling and serious. You want to avoid it and you can, but not alone. Best wishes for success. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Consult with your dr: Weaning off meds is not easy. There are several ways to do what you asking,but the process needs to be supervised by a specialist. ...Read more
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