How to Taper from Benzos (Part 2 of 2)
Updated: Mar 22
Have you taken an anti-anxiety drug long-term? Do you think you might be dependent? Do you want to know what to do next? We collected some of the most respected information on benzo tapering and provided it here in this two-part series.
In today’s episode, we look at possible complications, symptoms, when to take your last dose, and what it’s like when you’re finally benzo-free. We also answer a few questions on tapering and hear a story from San Diego, California.
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00:57 Introduction 06:12 Benzo Story 12:47 Feature 38:03 Q&A 54:02 Moment of Peace
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FEATURE: How to Taper from Benzos
Ashton, C. Heather. Benzodiazepines: How They Work and How to Withdraw (aka The Ashton Manual). 2002. Accessed April 13, 2016. http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual.
Aubrey, Allison. “Benefits Can Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women on Anxiety Drugs or SSRIs.” NPR Shots. September 18, 2017. Accessed September 18, 2017. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/09/18/551020800/xanax-or-zoloft-for-moms-to-be-a-new-study-assesses-safety.
“Direct Tapers.” BenzoBuddies. Accessed March 2, 2017. http://www.benzobuddies.org/benzodiazepine-withdrawal-methods/direct-taper/.
Foster, D E. Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal. Erie, Colorado: Denim Mountain Press, 2018. https://easinganxiety.com/book.
Longo, Lance P. and Brian Johnson. “Addiction: Part I. Benzodiazepines — Side Effects, Abuse Risk and Alternatives.” American Family Physician 61(7)(April 1, 2000):2121-28. Accessed March 6, 2017. https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0401/p2121.html.
New South Wales Government (NSW). “Benzodiazepines.” Health Fact Sheets. Last updated July 11, 2013. Accessed March 6, 2017. http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/Factsheets/Pages/benzodiazepines.aspx.
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH). City Health Information: Judicious Prescribing of Benzodiazepines 35(2)(2016). https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/990dad_167113513c9445f8bc77a77370ce649f.pdf.
U.K. National Health Service (NHS). “Guidance for Prescribing and Withdrawal of Benzodiazepines & Hypnotics in General Practice.” NHS Grampian. October 2006. Reviewed October 2008. https://www.benzo.org.uk/amisc/bzgrampian.pdf.
U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). “FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA Updates Warnings for Oral and Injectable Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Due to Disabling Side Effects.” Drug Safety: Safety Announcement (September 26, 2016). Last updated March 8, 2018. Accessed April 10, 2018. https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm511530.htm.
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