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How do I quit if I often take prescription pain killers/tranquilizers?

Before you decide to quit, it is important to assess your ongoing needs. Do you still have serious pain or anxiety? If so you will need to come up with an alternative plan to treat these problems once you reduce or discontinue your tranquilizers and pain medications. Because withdrawal from some medications can be very uncomfortable and even dangerous, it is always best to consult with a qualified medical professional prior to discontinuing any medication, even if you’re pretty sure you don't want to take it anymore. Your prescribing physician should be able to offer guidance on how best to reduce or stop taking your medication and give referrals for other services.

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