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How Long Does It Take to Taper off Benzodiazepines, Sleeping Pills, or Antidepressants?

The length of time it takes to taper off of prescription drugs will depend on a variety of factors, and the timeline will look unique for each individual. Yet, Point of Return can offer some great insight as to which drug class takes the longest to taper off of, which ones go faster, and the myriad of factors involved in determining a safe taper rate.

Benzodiazepines are the slowest class of drug to taper off successfully. Generally, individuals can expect to taper off benzodiazepines in 5 months as a minimum amount of time. This class needs to be taken slowly. However, people love the idea of going slower. Point of Return experts work with each individual to identify a safe taper rate. 5 months might be the minimum, but some people will need to take it even slower, and that’s ok.

For those hoping to taper off sleeping pills, the process might go a bit quicker. Still, Point of Return will cautiously determine a safe taper rate for each individual, as well as consider other factors. Things like possible drug interactions and the length of time someone has been using a sleeping pill drug must be taken into consideration. It’s easy to understand why taper rates will differ for each individual.

Other individuals might be looking to taper off antidepressants. This class of drug can take significantly less time than the benzo class. Individuals can complete the program within 10 or 12 weeks or longer. However, certain drugs within the antidepressant class can be more challenging than others. Paxil and Effexor, for example, have higher degrees of discontinuation syndrome and therefore must be tapered more slowly than other types of antidepressants. And, as with the other classes, drug interactions and other factors must be taken into consideration to determine a safe taper rate.

Weaning off a prescription drug takes time and must be completed safely. Some people have tried to get off on their own, only to experience disastrous results. At Point of Return we tailor our program for each individual and walk with them throughout their journey. We keep the process safe, and our participants experience fantastic results.

If you’re looking to taper off benzodiazepines or sleeping pills or antidepressants safely, Point of Return is the perfect place for you to start. Our program has helped individuals for over 15 years to find success and renew their life.

Send us a message or call us toll-free at 866-605-2333 if you have any questions or are ready to get started.


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