Stopping benzodiazepines suddenly, or “cold turkey,” can lead to withdrawal symptoms that can be severe and potentially dangerous. It is important to taper off benzodiazepines slowly and under the guidance of a healthcare professional. The specific tapering schedule will depend on the individual and their use of benzodiazepines. Tapering may take several weeks or months, depending on the person’s dose and the length of time they have been taking benzodiazepines. A healthcare professional can help develop an individualized plan for tapering off benzodiazepines to minimize withdrawal symptoms and potential complications.