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I am trying to stop xanax. I have been taking it for about a year and really didn't think I had been taking it long enough or at a high enough dose to have this much trouble. wrong! I was taking .25 about once or twice a day and .50 at bedtime. I stopped the bedtime dose and just took one or two .25 a day for a few days and then one .25 two and a half days ago and then had to take .125 once today. Having a lot of brain fog and today was scared to drive because I really couldn't think. I shared with my husband that it had been 2 1/2 days since my last dose and he said "you can't just stop it like that" and then I took 1/4 of a .5 today. I will read up on tapers when approved here. That's what I need help with. Want off this asap. I am embarrassed and mortified that I have allowed this to happen to myself.
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Hi  :) Welcome to BenzoBuddies!


I am glad you found us today. It only takes as little as two weeks to develop a dependency. Your husband is right. You should not stop it suddenly. The recommended reduction rate is 5 to 10 percent every two weeks. Stopping too quickly or suddenly may cause severe or/and prolonged symptoms.


You might like to check out The Ashton Manual it is an authoritative source on what to expect in withdrawal and recovery.  Dr. Ashton is an expert in the field. 


Please feel free to post to any of the dedicated boards, we have a wonderful community of people here, who will give sound advice. Members have been through all aspects of benzodiazepine use and withdrawal and are more than willing to share their experiences.


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Please take the time to Create a Signature.  This will allow others to see where you are in the process so they can better support you.


Again Welcome!  :smitten:



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