10 tips for tapering benzo use

Switching to a long-acting substitute can be helpful

A couple of days ago 6minutes covered nine ways to say no to inappropriate benzodiazepine requests.


As promised, here is a follow-up on best-practice tapering techniques.

  1. Carry out a thorough risk assessment of the patient, which will guide management. 
  2. Decide with the patient whether the plan is to withdraw totally or stabilise on a maintenance program.
  3. Low-risk patients (those taking a daily dose of 10mg diazepam or equivalent)