Step 18- Essential Skills
Why this step is important
Planning and implementing a taper requires knowing how to use different types of gear and tools depending on one’s chosen taper method, and how to make calculations of doses and cuts.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers generally do not provide sufficient options in drug forms and formulations to facilitate slow and responsible tapering off psychiatric drugs. Consequently, people who want to try to taper off psychiatric drugs in the most careful manner possible often have no choice but to attempt to alter their own drugs so that appropriately small cuts can be made. In this step, we show some of the key ways in which people in the lay withdrawal community have been adapting common techniques for working with drugs in order to facilitate their own tapers.
Below we identify the main, basic “skills” that people master in order to be able to implement each particular layperson taper method. Follow the links for detailed instructions and tips from the lay withdrawal community about each skill.
Skills checklist for using a digital scale to weigh powder from a crushed immediate-release tablet or poured-out powder or beads from a capsule
- Using a mortar and pestle for pulverizing tablets
- Using a digital scale for weighing and making cuts
- Understanding the limits of a digital scale's accuracy
- Diluting powder when Using a Digital Scale
- Doing calculations for a taper