The titration system for cutting benzo dosages is as follows:
This is a procedure called water titration. If gives you good control of your withdrawal. I have used this the last 2 times with no withdrawal. I also know many members of both Benzo Buddies and Cymbalta Withdrawal sites that have successfully used this method.
1st - Grind (in a mortar and pestal) three days dose.
2nd - Dissolve this in 600 ml of water and shake well. Poor in storage bottle and store in refrigerator.
3rd - Every 6 hours, take the bottle out of the refrigerator, shake well and pour out 50 mls and drink it . Usually this can be measured using a graduated shot glass (yes they do have shot glasses that are calibrated this way) and I have also seen tiny measuring cups at Wal-Mart. Some people use a large syringe from a vet supply store or farm supply store to measure the 50 mls. Do this four times per day.
It is very important to have a stable blood level of a benzo during withdrawal.
To make a cut follow the above procedure through step 2. To make a three percent drop, make a new batch, shake well and remove 18 ml from that 600 ml solution. Then add 18 ml of water back to the bottle. You have just removed 3% of the medicine. Still take 50 mils 4 times per day.
Remember, benzos do not fully dissolve so always shake the solution before making cuts or taking a dose.
I have been a member of benzobuddies since 2004 and that is where I learned about water titration. I have never suffered withdrawal. I have also had two pdocs that have encouraged this method as well.
I have described what procedures I follow and you can ask questions from there.
Lets say I am on 3 mg of lorazepam per day.
Step one - Dissolve 9 mg of Lorazepam (a 3 day supply) in 600 ml of water. Room temperature is fine.
Step 2 - Take 50 ml of this solution every 6 hours. This will provide you a more stable blood level of your benzo rather then taking it every 8 hours.
Step 3 - Once you decide to start tapering make up a new batch at the same 9 mg in 600 ml of water BUT this time remove 1 ml of the solution and replace with one ml of pure water and continue taking 50 ml every 6 hours. This is a 0.17% drop. Very small. If after a few days you feel no withdrawal then you can try dropping 2 ADDITIONAL mls each time. If after a few days and no problems then you can try removing 3 additional mls each time.
Step 5 - At some point you will start to notice some light withdrawal, drop back to the previous dose and stay there to stabilize. Once stable then you can continue to drop at that slower rate with little to no withdrawal.
Caution - Benzos do NOT totally dissolve in water so you must shake vigorously before pouring your 50 ml dose. It is recommended to use PEG (polyethylene glycol) to dissolve the benzo because it will totally dissolve in that material. Unluckily PEG can upset the stomach in some people (like me) and then water may have to be used.
I have done this several times and am aware of several other individuals who have done the same with little to no problems.
Klonopin is considered by most drs to have the worst benzo withdrawal with lorazepam second. You are lucky that you are only on alprazolam. It is not as bad.
There is a new FDA warning that staying on a benzo too long increases the risk of dementia. Benzos are not to be used for a period of more than 4 months.