Many questions has been asked of switching to KalmPro from other medications. This article will discuss how to switch from benzodiazepines to KalmPro. Benzodiazepines include lorazepam (Ativan), clonazepam (Klonopin), alprazolam (Xanax), and diazepam (Valium).
If you want to switch from benzodiazepines to KalmPro, then take the following steps:
- Continue with your benzodiazepine at the current dosage.
- Start KalmPro at 1 capsule per day for 1 week, then increase to 2 capsules per day.
- After 1 week of starting KalmPro, decrease your benzodiazepine dose by half.
- After 1 week on the reduced dose of the benzodiazepines (1/2 of the original dose), then decrease the dose by half again.
- After 1 week on the reduced dose (1/4 of the original dose), then discontinue the benzodiazepine.
So this is called a cross-taper, where one medication is being slowly tapered and eventually discontinued (in this case it is the benzodiazepine), while the other medication is being slowly titrated and eventually ramped-up to the therapeutic dose (in this case it is the KalmPro). This cross-taper of KalmPro with benzodiazepines takes 3 weeks to complete. Following these steps will help to prevent withdrawal symptoms from the discontinuation of the benzodiazepine. However, if you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms, then you need to slow down the cross-taper and go back to the previous dose- so it may take more than 3 weeks to switch if you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
Disclaimer: your doctor should be guiding you on this cross-taper. Please consult with your doctor before starting this switch to KalmPro.