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Doctor insights on: Tapering Off Xanax

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Should I taper myself off of Ambien and xanax (alprazolam)?

Should I taper myself off of Ambien and xanax (alprazolam)?

Under supervision: Highly recommended that you taper under a doctor's/provider's supervision. Not only can there by uncomfortable withdrawals, medications like Xanax/alprazolam can result in life-threatening withdrawal seizures if an appropriate/safe tapering does not take place. What does of Xanax, how often taking? High dose/daily use may require inpatient detoxification. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Alprazolam (Definition)

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


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Can I be tapering off dalmane (flurazepam)?

Can I be tapering off dalmane (flurazepam)?

Yes: Dalmane (flurazepam) aka Flurazepam is a long acting benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines may be addictive and should not be used long term, but they do have potentially serious withdrawal symptoms if stopped abruptly. You can definitely taper it, but make sure you do this under your doctor's supervision. ...Read more

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How can I taper off the benzodiazepine lorazepam?

How can I taper off the benzodiazepine lorazepam?

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

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Taper off emsam, how?

With your doctor: This is something you should only do in partnership with your doctor. ...Read more

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How to wean off Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg?

How to wean off Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg?

Lower the dose: Meds like zoloft (sertraline) can sometimes cause withdrawal effects including dizziness, electrical sensations in your head, nausea, mild muscle aches, feeling flushed, anxious, etc. Zoloft (sertraline) does this infrequently. These withdrawal effects are not dangerous, but they can be uncomfortable. If you are having problems stopping from 50 mg talk to your doc about cutting to a lower dose for a week or 2 and then stop. ...Read more

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How do I taper off Xanax (alprazolam) while trying to switch to klonopin?

How do I taper off Xanax (alprazolam) while trying to switch to klonopin?

Xanax (alprazolam): Depends on current dosage, how long u have been on xanax, (alprazolam) & what other medications are used concurrently. Work with your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Will clonidine help with oxycodone withdraws while tapering off of them?

Will clonidine help with oxycodone withdraws while tapering off of them?

Yes it can...: Clonidine has long been used to treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal and oxycodone is one of those. However, it should be taken under a doctor's supervision and prescription. ...Read more

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How to deal with benzo withdrawal (xanax, klonopin, (clonazepam) ativan, valium, etc..)?

Not fun: Usually the strategy is to slowly taper off the benzo and use a long-acting one, and sometimes it's really, really slow. Here's a trick i sometimes suggest to my patients: when your dose is pretty low, gently drag you pill across an emery board before you take it. One time the first day, two times the next, etc. That way you're very gradually cutting the dose down. Good luck and stick with it. ...Read more

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Will hydrocodone 10mg help me taper off roxycodone?

Will hydrocodone 10mg help me taper off roxycodone?

Do it very slowly: The potential system is to decrease the dosage as much as possible while feeling comfortable and almost free of withdrawal symptoms. In your case decrease of hydrocodone by 2 mg per week. Many people can’t make it through a taper process because it requires a lot of discipline and the best way to do it is to get help from your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is tranxene for Effexor (venlafaxine) withdrawal?

Is tranxene for Effexor (venlafaxine) withdrawal?

No: It's is a minor tranquilizer--for Effexor (venlafaxine) discontinuance symptoms the best is take a small (37.5) of effexor (venlafaxine). ...Read more

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How to stop taking anti-seizure medication? Wean off slowly?

How to stop taking anti-seizure medication?  Wean off slowly?

Seizure: You should be free of seizures for 2-3 years before you stop this medication in consultation with your doctor. You don't have to wean. ...Read more

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How should you taper off trazodone?

How should you taper off trazodone?

Cut dose in half: Every 3 days, you don't want to be on any med long term for sleep. ...Read more

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Can Suboxon helps in weaning off Methadone?

Can Suboxon helps in weaning off Methadone?

Yes, but...: Weaning off methadone can also be done by a patient, careful, supervised reduction in methadone alone. That's certainly a cleaner way to move off all medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence. ...Read more

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Seizures due to Xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal?

Seizures due to Xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal?

A stated-warning: Possible seizure activities due to abrupt withdrawal of xanax (alprazolam) (hypnotic class of med) is clearly stated in the drug-label for this med. If prolonged use, do not stop abruptly. If you can/need to go off this medication, consult your prescribing physican for appropriate weaning protocol to safely discontinue it. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you take Lexapro (escitalopram) and pristiqe together an ween off lexapro (escitalopram)?

Can you take Lexapro (escitalopram) and pristiqe together an ween off lexapro (escitalopram)?

Switching meds: Yes they can be taken together when cross tapering but you have to watch for possible rare phenomenon called serotonin syndrome.You need to discuss with you health care professional if you have concerns. ...Read more

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How to wean off of cymbalta (duloxetine) 120 mgs in 2 weeks?

Depends: This is best handled by your prescribing physician. Usually decreasing the dose by half every two or three weeks is safe. ...Read more

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Withdrawing cold turkey off of valiumi side effects?

Withdrawing cold turkey off of valiumi side effects?

Very dangerous: Stopping Valium or any meds in that class cold turkey can lead to seizures and even death. You must be careful to wean off with your doctor's supervision. ...Read more

Xanax (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more