8 tips for tapering benzodiazepines

IS TAPERING necessary for all patients discontinuing benzodiazepines?

1. For patients taking benzodiazepines at therapeutic doses and for less than four weeks’ duration, discontinuation without the need to taper is possible.1,2

2. For longer-term use, consider tapering to minimise or avoid withdrawal symptoms, particularly if the benzodiazepine is being taken at high doses or has a short or intermediate half-life.1

3. Sudden cessation of benzodiazepines in patients on high doses may result in