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This is my first post. I'm trying to come up with a plan for coming off diazepam by tapering. Up until one month ago I was taking one 5 mg tablet every morning but since then I've taken five doses of 10 mg, instead of my 5 mg normal dose, when I've had a night sweat during the previous night. I get the night sweats from a blood cancer/bone marrow condition.
I have 5 mg and 2 mg tablets prescribed by my doctor available to me. I don't want to tell him I'm planning to reduce my diazepam. I'm confident I can do it myself with some help from this forum.
Because of my occasional use of 10mg, I wasn't sure what my starting dose for withdrawal should be so I decided to assume it was 7mg. For the last two weeks I have been taking 5 mg each morning, supplementing that with 1 or 2 tablets of Mersyndol - consists of doxylamine, paracetamol [acetaminophen] and codeine - as needed, to help alleviate the withdrawal effects. I wanted to make as much progress as possible while I had no work commitments in April.
My plan is to reduce in 0.5 increments once I can live with 5 mg per day. I will keep this group informed as to my progress. I have a 'goal-setting' personality and plenty of will power.
1. How will I be able to tell when I have reduced my level of dependancy to 5 mg and I'm ready to drop my dose to 4.5 mg. When I feel clear-headed and tension-free without using the Mersyndol?
2. Once I start my plan, how far apart in time should I be able to drop the dose by 0.5 mg? Weekly? (I will refuse to use diazepam for night sweats anymore).
All comments appreciated.
P.S. I intend to keep using the Mersyndol as needed to get me through the entire process. Apparently it has no addictive properties and doesn't interact with diazepam. I have regular blood tests as part of my cancer treatment so I can watch things like liver counts, etc.
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