Step 14- Taper Schedules
Why this step is important
Deciding how often to make cuts in sync with a chosen overall monthly taper rate is an important consideration that is best determined based on one’s personal needs, preferences, and situation.
Setting a taper schedule involves deciding how often to make a cut in dose (i.e. Monthly? Weekly? Daily?) and how much each of those cuts will be in order to meet an overall monthly dose-reduction goal.
In this step, you'll consider the two basic types of schedules used in the layperson withdrawal community, and compare the reported pros and cons of each. Note that certain taper schedules will only work with certain taper methods, so in Step 15, it’ll be necessary to use any decision you make here to help you settle on a preferred taper method. Alternatively, after you choose a taper method, you may wish to return here to reconsider your taper schedule.
In this section
- Step 10- Get Informed About Your Psychiatric Drug
- Step 11- Ensuring that a Drug is Relatively ‘Taper-friendly’
- Step 12- Interactions, Reactions and Sensitivities
- Step 13- Taper Rates
- Step 14- Taper Schedules
- Step 15- Taper Methods
- Step 16- Preparatory Decisions
- Step 17- Gather the Gear
- Step 18- Essential Skills
- Step 19- Setting Up a Taper Journal
- Step 20- Implementing a Taper