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Halcion Tapering (Triazolam)

Halcion tapering can be very confusing, with few professional having real solutions or support to guide this process. Sometimes, you might ask if the drug itself might be the problem.

In 75% of the cases we find that the antipsychotics can be sustainably eliminated … and that in many of the others, the medications can be reduced to increase the quality of life.

Are you feeling alone in this struggle? So did we.

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Alternative to Meds has been the expert on benzodiazepines tapering and withdrawal for more than 15 years. We have published evidence regarding our success. We have seen that some people can indeed wean off of benzodiazepines easier than others; however, other people who have more neurotoxicity will go into fight or flight (sympathetic overdrive), and will need to clear that toxic burden before they can regulate. Individualized treatment protocols are absolutely necessary.
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Halcion tapering services are available at the Alternative to Meds Center, designed with care to make the process safe and gentle. Halcion, like all other benzodiazepine drugs, are now recommended to be taken only for very short courses of treatment, such as a few days or at the most for a few weeks.1

But often, the drug is continued on far past that amount of time, and the result is an often grueling withdrawal from Halcion. It doesn’t have to be that way. There is a way back to health and we can help make the process of getting off Halcion much easier to tolerate, with additional overall health benefits, described in more detail below. If you have been wondering how to get off Halcion safely and comfortably, our facility can make this possible for you or a loved one.

After helping thousands of clients through the process of Halcion cessation, Alternative to Meds Center knows precisely how to get off Halcion using exact protocols and 24/7 medical support and oversight. Halcion cessation can be made more comfortable than ever before.

Primary Uses for Halcion

Though the drug has been banned in some European countries due to the concerns relating to harmful and even fatal side effects, the drug is still available in the US. It is often prescribed to treat or manage insomnia, jet lag, and for preoperative sedation. The use of benzodiazepines generally has begun to decline in pre-surgical use for healthy adults, however, due to risks such as fatal respiratory collapse, and motor control impairment after surgery.2

According to the FDA, when used for insomnia, Halcion does shorten the time to fall asleep, but these effects diminish after 2 weeks. Halcion is recommended for 7-10 days only. Taken longer than that the drug becomes less and less effective, and can produce what are called paradoxical side effects. These can include increased anxiety and restlessness as well as increased difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep. Other concerns about Halcion are increased cognitive and motor impairment the next day. This can include amnesia.

There are numerous other reasons to consider stopping Halcion, and Alternative to Meds Center is the perfect choice for recovery.

Trying to Quit Halcion Is Easier In a Compassionate, Caring Setting

There are special concerns for the elderly as benzodiazepines can affect this age group more severely than others, and must be handled very exactly both in administering Halcion as well as during Halcion tapering programs. Preventing such adverse effects is one reason that a person might decide to withdraw from Halcion. Our beautiful facility is staffed with an impressive array of medical and clinical staff and provides a welcoming, caring atmosphere for all of our clients, whether getting off Halcion or other medications or even multiple medications safely.

Another grave concern about the drug as cited by the FDA is the mixing of opioids or other CNS depressants while taking Halcion. The results can be fatal. Due to cognitive impairment, accidental overdose/oversedation/death can occur all too easily when mixing alcohol, opioids, or other dampening agents along with benzodiazepine drugs. Preventing accidental poisoning or death is another reason to consider stopping Halcion and trying holistic methods instead, to improve sleep or other troubling symptoms.2 Competent help is essential for anyone trying to quit Halcion without suffering harsh withdrawals.

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Alternative to Meds Center Addresses Initial Symptoms

weaning off halcionA person who wishes to accomplish their benzo tapering at our beautiful inpatient facility will also be given the opportunity to discover contributing factors and root causes for their initial symptoms. For example, a person who began taking Halcion for insomnia would receive lab testing as part of their assessment prior to treatment to determine whether or not certain factors need resolving. These could include vitamin and mineral deficiencies and imbalances, the presence of neurotoxins such as heavy metals, pesticide or other chemical exposure, etc., food or other allergies, and hormonal factors that may need to be addressed, for example for more efficient methylation which can ease the removal of toxins and can also improve many other biological functions. A modified diet along with a supplement regimen might be recommended, tailored to the test results for gaining most efficiency during the Halcion tapering process.

Toxins and Initial Symptoms

It has been found through well over a decade of testing that a vast majority of our clients show toxic accumulations prior to beginning the program. Toxins act upon human neurochemistry the same way that pesticides act on the humble grasshopper. The toxic effect upon the grasshopper is an over-excitation of the nervous system until at last the grasshopper goes into a state of what could be called toxic shock and paralysis and dies.

halcion tapering and titrationThe human body is equipped with certain protective and filtration systems but was likely never designed for the onslaught that we are subjected to on an almost daily basis. Toxic materials such as industrial or household chemicals, poisons, food additives, etc., tend to be fat-soluble. The toxicity signals the body to begin protective mechanisms, and so these molecules are stored away in fat tissues, and not dangerously floating around in the bloodstream or entering vital organs. But their presence can still wreak havoc on the CNS, and so many intricate connections within the very complex and beautifully designed body.

Much research has been done on the effects of a burden of toxicity on human health, and how it leads to symptoms such as insomnia or anxiety.3

How to Get Off Halcion Safely and Comfortably

An important step in the beginning stages of Halcion tapering protocols is the administration of nutrients that will convert these fat-soluble molecules to water-soluble and then these can be flushed out. As these toxins are eliminated, sleep often tends to return to normal, as does appetite, mood, energy levels, and many more benefits. When the client is sleeping and eating better and is in a more calm state, is the optimal time for the withdrawal from Halcion to begin. Getting off Halcion does not have to be traumatic or long-suffering. Using these and other therapies to soften the process of stopping Halcion can transform the process into a surprisingly mild experience.

halcion titration and weaningOther protocols are also available to help with recovering a good quality of sleep, an important and rudimentary requirement for healthy living. Typically after neurotoxin removal, sleep will improve and other supplements and treatments can also be utilized toward this goal as required.

Many protocols are also available such as acupuncture, acupressure, soothing mineral baths, Reiki, yoga classes, trainer-led mild exercise, bentonite clay packs, therapeutic massage, cranial-sacral massage, counseling, Life Coaching, low-temperature sauna, nebulized glutathione treatments, nutritional correction, clean diet, and many more aids to recovery.

Education is a Golden Key to Recovery

All of our clients are invited to participate in an amazing comprehensive educational component while in the program. This program has been developed to help our clients better understand human neurochemistry and how to support excellent neurotransmitter efficiency holistically. We like to term this “creating natural mental health.” Also covered in depth are the important roles of nutrition and other lifestyle choices in establishing and maintaining a healthy microbiome as well as healthy brain chemistry for the rest of your life. These are valuable tools that can empower a person to remain informed and able to improve health while in recovery and ever after.

Please feel free to contact us at Alternative to Meds Center to discuss your health goals and learn much more about the many protocols we use to ensure our clients’ needs are met for safe and gentle Halcion tapering.


1. “Guidelines for the Rational Use of Benzodiazepines – When and What to Use“, authored by the Royal Victoria Infirmary Department of Psychiatry in Newcastle on Tyne, UK, 1994 Jul, published in the US National Library of Medicine and online, [cited October 30, 2019]

2. FDA label information for Halcion published online 2018 Aug, Psychology Today, [cited October 30, 2019] 

3. Kawada T, Katsumata M, Suzuki H, Li Q, Inagaki H, Nakadai A, Shimizu T, Hirata K, Hirata Y “Insomnia as a sequela of sarin toxicity several years after exposure in Tokyo subway lines” Study published in the US National Library of Medicine and online [cited October 30, 2019] 



This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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