Are You Getting Hooked on Anxiety Medications?
Tips for Stopping Anti-Anxiety Medications
If you take benzodiazepines regularly and would like to stop, talk with your doctor before making any changes. Abruptly stopping Xanax or Valium can lead to withdrawal, which can make you sick or even be fatal, Weaver says. Over time, your doctor will help you slowly taper off your dosage.
After stopping, you may still need to address the problem that caused you to start taking the drug in the first place. “Whether it’s depression, insomnia, or anxiety, you need to get to the root cause of these problems and find workable alternatives,” Weaver says. “It may be another type of antidepressant medication or working with a therapist for various types of counseling.”
If you find you’re unable to stop taking benzodiazepines, Weaver adds, you may need to find an addiction treatment program that can work with you intensively to break the cycle. Ask your doctor for a referral to one of these programs.