HOW TO ACTUALLY GET OFF ALPRAZOLAM (XANAX)

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Hi, I am trying to get off my xanax, but I can't seem to make myself stop taking it for good. I am only prescribed .25mg and I am seriously trying to get off of it but can't for some reason. It's like anxiety kicks in when I want to not take it for a day and then I have to. I want to be done with it for good! Any tips or anything? I am trying to replace with CBD oil which somewhat helps.

Please need help, I want to be off this drug. 😦

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    Hi Mikayla, you're on an equivalent Valium dose of 3.8 mg. How long have you been taking this? Even if you had been taking 1mg Valium for more than a few weeks it's possible to be physically dependent on that dose and you would need to taper by about 10% every couple of weeks.

    The Ashton Manual is worth a read. The best advice is to convert to Valium as you have more granularity in dosage. Xanax also has a very short half life, so that makes it harder to come off too.

    Good luck and don't try to stop taking it suddenly, you must stabilise and taper from there.

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    Not wishing to over-advise, but I would suggest converting to Valium if your Doctor agrees, then dropping around 0.5mg every few weeks.

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    I agree with sheneedshelp. Try to cross over to Valium which has a log half life and helps to keep you more stable and slowly taper from there at the rate of around 10% every 10 to 14 days.

    I've done it and so have many before me - it is a safe way to get off and free yourself.

    Its a great idea to download The Ashton Manual because there are sections in it for doctors to read but you need to educate yourself also so that you understand what's going on in your body.

    I've written a book designed to help people with tools to help you through a taper but there are also many other online resources. You are fortunate in that you are on a fairly low dose and that is in your favor. Best of luck.

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    I tapered off Xanax. I did not have access to convert to Valium. At .25 I had a very hard time. I started the 'water taper' when I got down to that dose. I bought a scale and weighed it before I mixed it. It took me about a month after I got down to that dose to stop completely. Good luck!!

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