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