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I've been on Xanax .5 years and 1 mg next

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I've been on Xanax .5 for three years and 1 mg for the next three years at night only. I am starting to have withdrawals during the daytime. I am 73 years old and I just want to find out the best way to get off Xanax.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.
Xanax is very addictive and strong medication.
This is challenging to get off xanax.
It is best done under supervision of a psychiatrist.
Since you failed to lower dose, that means this will be a difficult journey.
In this case, te best option will be to switch to an easier benzodiazepine like lorazepam first, stay on it and they try to taper off.
The equivalent dose of lorazepam will be 1 mg lorazepam equivalent to 0.5 mg xanax.
After switching to lorazepam for 2 weeks, then the dose can be reduced by 0.25 mg every 2 weeks.
The whole process may take 3 to 4 months.
Please do not try it by yourself --risky.
Thank you for sharing your concerns with us today. If you have any additional questions or need further clarifications, please do not hesitate to ask. I am here to answer them. I wish you good health. Regards, ***** *****