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Re: Tapering Lindsay Rae

Posted by ed_uk on January 26, 2005, at 13:37:47

In reply to Re: Palindromes, posted by Lindsay Rae on January 25, 2005, at 17:29:54

Hi,

>Are the two of you Pharmacologists, or just well-versed on the topic from personal research?

I'm a pharmacy student. I think CamW is a pharmacist but I'm not sure.

>All that aside, my main question was whether it would be comfortable to switch from Xanax to Valium given the half life difference and lack of antidepressant effects of Valium?

Although switching to Valium should ease the withdrawal, mild withdrawal symptoms may still occur- particularly during the early stages of the switch.

In general,

1mg Xanax is approximately equivalent to 10-20mg Valium.

So,

4mg/day of Xanax would need to be replaced by 40-80mg/day of Valium. A certain amount of trial and error is usually required to find a suitable dose of Valium to prevent withdrawal symptoms.

Once the withdrawal symptoms have been controlled by the Valium, the daily dose of Valium can be reduced by approximately one-tenth every two weeks.

Ed.



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