Our expert says:
Although many who are taken of Benzo's dont experience any withdrawal symptoms, some may. In case of a short acting benzo such as Alprazolam the patient can either e switched to a longer acting benzo and the dose of this new benzo can then gradually be reduced.
A slow reduction in treatment is preferable and, as withdrawal symptoms tend to emerge four or five days after the last dosage reduction, it may be wise to adopt a weekly reduction programme. Withdrawal may be more successful if the dosage reduction programme is flexible and takes account of the withdrawal symptoms seen. Most patients will tolerate a fairly rapid reduction in dosage spread over a few weeks but those who have been taking higher doses or have a history of withdrawal problems will need longer. There is no definite length of programme to recommend - withdrawal periods varying in length from four to 16 weeks have all been suggested. Much will depend on the individual patient and a flexible approach is required. On reaching the lowest doses it may be helpful to move towards an intermittent dosage, with the patient taking the drug on alternate days, then every third day and so on.
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