Hi Faith

It’s best to explain it in terms of the solid form tablet. If your beginning dose is 10mg valium per day, and you reduce by 1mg at a time, your initial reduction will be 10% of that 10mg’s (down to 9mg), but if you keep reducing by that 1mg at each cut, by the time you get to 5mg’s, your next 1mg reduction will be a 20% reduction - 20% of 5mg. Once you got down to 2mg’s remaining, if you cut another 1mg, it would be a 50% reduction in dose. The brain doesn’t experience the reduction as just another 1mg cut, it experiences it in terms of the percentage that is being removed from its daily needs, so you can see the shock that this would cause to the brain as the reduction percentage climbs higher and higher. Can you see how removing that same 1ml every day creates the same issue?

This is where I state upfront that I am very challenged by numbers. Just gonna be straight up.

I struggled with this concept from the beginning. I wanted to ensure that I was taking a percentage away from the current dose, not the original dose. I thought I had managed to do that by the way I set things up (with the help of a friend). As I said...not mathematically inclined. But, have I accomplished that?

I have a scale I purchased. What led me to do a water taper was the fact that cognitively I just couldn't get my you know what together. So, I opted for something less complicated for me.

I use 250ml water twice a day. I drop my .5 mg tab in the 250 ml water. I pull .5ml every other day. So, each dose I am starting with a full tab. I do the same at night...drop my tablet into 250 ml water and pull .5ml out every other day. So, you are saying that I am increasing my removed dosage more than the intended percentage by this method? By calculations, it shows to be a total of 1.4% per 28 day cycle...steadily based on the new current dose at the beginning the new 28 day cycle.

If your answer is yes, I am going to have to say I give...I can't wrap my head around it. And, this is where a good ol' conversation would be so much easier than typing this out. I know this convo is going to be frustrating because this just isn't my forte.

I understand what you are saying with the dry pill...but, you are describing taking 1mg off each time rather than the new current dose. So, 10% should now be figured out from 9mgs of Valium, and 10% at the current dose of 5mg of Valium. I had thought I had accounted for that. Honestly, not sure now.