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Because the withdrawals of a Xanax detox can include such serious symptoms as convulsions, high blood pressure and suicidal thoughts, people dependent on xanax should never attempt an unsupervised cold turkey detox and should always get professional advice on an appropriate tapering schedule.

Xanax detox can be difficult and you should get a doctor’s opinion, following a medical examination, on the best way to move forward to abstinence.

How Long Does a Tapering Detox Take?

In general, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians: People who have been using benzodiazepines for an extended period will likely need to taper down their dosage over a period of 8 to 12 weeks or longer

The speed at which you should taper down your dosage is at about a 25% dose reduction per quarter of the total tapering period. This should be taken as a rough guide only, and not a recommendation for your individual tapering regimen, as individual health circumstances may vary this rate of reduction.1

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