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Tapering Xanax


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Hello, Suppykat :) - welcome to BenzoBuddies!


Congratulations on your decision to come off of Xanax - you've come to the right place for support while you figure out a comfortable taper plan.  :thumbsup:


I'm so glad you decided to join the forum - you'll find plenty of information and support here. Our members have gone through all aspects of benzodiazepine use and withdrawal, so you'll be able to connect with others who understand what you're going through and can tell you what has worked for them.


Please feel free to post to any of the specialized boards, which can all be accessed from the BenzoBuddies Community Forum homepage. Based on the information provided in your introduction, the following links may be a good place for you to start.


  General Taper Plans

  Withdrawal Support During Your Taper


When you have a chance, we highly recommend that you take a look at The Ashton Manual, which is an authoritative source on what to expect during withdrawal and recovery, authored by Dr Heather Ashton, who is an expert in the field. It provides a great deal of information that can be very reassuring during any stage of this process, including a list of common symptoms accompanied by helpful explanations.


For those who are currently tapering, we suggest reducing no faster than 5-10% every 10-14 days, and some taper even slower than that. One exception: very short-term users of a few weeks or less may be able to taper faster than that. 


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


Again, welcome!

Leslie  :smitten:

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You have come to the right place for help!! Benzo Buddies really made a difference  when I found this forum in the middle of my taper. The words of encouragement, the advice and the  friendship meant so much to me and helped  me  be successful in getting off xanax after 30 years. The one word of advice I would give you is to taper gradually  at a pace your body can handle- this is not a race. Also-  be sure to take really good care of yourself while you taper- if you need extra rest, or need to avoid certain situations then do that- your body is in battle and anything you can do to make it easier will help you.
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