Some additional points to consider that they found essential:
Tapering one or more substances at a time—even nicotine—is not advised.
Before starting a tapering plan, inform the patient about the risks of withdrawal.
For persons who take a short-acting benzodiazepine—eg, alprazolam or lorazepam—convert the dosage into an equivalent dosage of a long-acting benzodiazepine—eg, diazepam. Metabolized slowly, with a long half-life, diazepam allows a consistent, slow decline in concentration while tapering the dosage. This helps avoid severe withdrawal.
Understanding the tapering regimen enhances compliance and outcomes.
Supportive psychotherapy improves the prognosis.
Slow tapering is safer and better tolerated than more abrupt techniques.
See Tapering Strategies for further ideas to assist your patient in safely tapering off of benzodiazepines.