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Reducing Medication

How you reduce a medication is the same, no matter the type of medication.

This is the safest approach

Your first reduction should be no more than 5 percent of the current dosage you are taking. If you are taking a benzodiazepine it is best to only reduce as close to 2 percent as possible.

Only reduce the medication again in 14 days.

The 3rd reduction, as long as all went well with the first 2 reductions, you can increase to a 10 percent reduction. Benzodiazepines can be reduced up to a 5 percent reduction.

When you have 2 reductions left before completely off the medication; go back to the reduction amount you did during the first 2 weeks of the taper. That being at 5 percent; except for the benzodiazepine which was at 2 percent.

After the last reduction of the medication keep taking all of the supplements as you have been for 45 more days.

In 1999, I published the first method to reduce these medications and it has been adopted by virtually every drug manufacturer.

“Reduce the medication gradually, if withdrawal side effects begin during the taper process, go back up to the last dosage you felt stable, remain at that dosage until completely stable again. Once you are ready to resume the taper reduce the medication more gradual.”