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I've been on Diazepam for 5 years now. I was on Xanax for two years prior to that. I've only ever taken a small dose at night. In the beginning I used it to give me some control over insomnia. I haven't felt that I needed it for years, but I keep taking it to avoid withdrawals. I was able to go from 5mg to 3.75mg a few years ago. I thought it was only a quarter of a pill of an already low dose, and it wouldn't be a big deal. I had pretty serious withdrawal symptoms and felt like I was on a bad trip for about 2-3 weeks. I got through it but have been afraid to taper further. Now I am determined to get off of it and am looking for the best way to do that. I am currently taking 3/4 of a 5mg diazepam pill (3.75mg) every night before bed.
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Welcome to Benzo Buddies. We are a support and information group for those wanting to get off of benzodiazepines. I am very pleased that you are looking for quality data in respect to tapering from where you are at now. The majority of us manage our own tapers.

 

The max recommended cut is 5-10% every 2 weeks. Many of us have to go slower, depending on our medication and what we can handle. Here are the boards on tapering. Feel free to print out anything you wish, and share it with your doctor.

 

http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual 

 

http://www.benzobuddies.org/forum/index.php?board=56.0

 

http://www.benzobuddies.org/forum/index.php?board=145.0

 

In the forums pertinent to your circumstances, you will find other buddies going through their own tapers. This is a good place to ask questions, and receive guidance.

 

Again, welcome to Benzo Buddies, you have come to a safe, confidential informative support group, and we are happy to have you as a member. You can do this, with knowledge and finding coping skills.

 

Please take some time to Create a Signature. This will help other members understand your history so they will be better able to support you. Go to the top of the page and select Profile, then choose Forum Profile, insert drug history/timelines into the text box and click Change Profile.

 

We look forward to reading more from you over the forthcoming days and weeks.

 

Take care,

 

 

BB Team

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