I recently was preacribed .5mg er daily to combat my anxiety. I never sought treatment for it before but i have to say thank the lord i did. This drug has worked wonders for me. My anxiety is gone, im getting sleep at night, and put my weight back on. Why the bad rap for this drug? Its my first personal experience and i love it. However, since it works for me, when i got from seeing my gp to a psychiatrist do i need to tell him it works for me? I dont want to be viewed a drug seekee.
27 May 2012
I've had your problem and lots more phych issues than I can list here except for bipolar disease. Xanax is very good at relieving anxiety, a wonderful medication. Only thing is the addictive qualities. But all anti-anxiety medications have addictive properties except Buspirone or Buspar, which I don't think works so well. That is my perspective on buspar. My psychiatrists have kept me on Klonopin for 35+ years and yes, I never want to stop taking it because it manages my anxiety and panic attacks so well. Am I addicted to it, probably but i can taper myself off, but then the symptoms come back with a vengeance. Hate that. The reason shrinks prescribe it for psych issues is that it has a long duration, over 12 hours and has a long mode of action, relieves symptoms for a long time due to its long half life. That means, unlike Xanax with a 4 hour mode of action, Klonopin or clonazepam lasts way longer. With that information in hand, you have more ammo to explain what is happening to you and you and your shrink can discuss what's best for you. Some shrinks want to add an anti-depressant to the mix, some want to add a mood stabilizer. Just depends on your doc. Klonopin is widely used in psych issues.
Now go forth and talk to your shrink with a little more info.
I wish you the best as I know how debilitating anxieties can be.
27 May 2012
Hi, football. Always tell a doctor the truth. The whole story including how it has helped and how you want to know more. Drug seeking behavior is easy to spot by a psych. So is hiding something. Just be you and all will go well. My experience with alprazolam is that a little goes a long ways. They want you on it short term, but people like my hubby can be on it a decade or more.
It is really about how well the doc knows you and how long that relationship has been. Drug seekers jump from doc to doc, most frequently. People who need some help for a while maintain a strong relationship with their docs. or so my experience has been.
Anyhow, once you see the psych doc you will be evaluated for meds and can go from there. Part of that analysis is to report how other meds have helped or not. This is nothing to fear (anxiety, right?) and something to look forward as a possible relief. Good luck with this. Let us know how you are doing, ok?
27 May 2012
Anytime you see a new doctor, they want to see your list of medications. Let your psychiatrist ask the questions. When he asks about the xanax, tell him the truth. When you started it, & how it has helped you. You will not be labeled as a 'drug seeker' if you let the doctor take the lead. Just try not to be so overly anxious about this, & be truthful when you fill out the forms, & talk to the doctor. Tell him/her that anxiety has been a problem for you, & that the xanax ER is helping tremendously. You didn't list why you are going to see a psych, but that doesn't matter. He/she will probably want to take over your prescribing is all. Hope this helps calm your fears... Mary
27 May 2012
Most of that bad rap stems from abuse of the drug, which is unfortunately available quite readily without a script. When misused/abused Xanax can cause some pretty serious sides, and the withdrawal is ugly, especially for those who foolishly abused it and just as foolishly stopped too abruptly.
Very happy to hear this wonderful medication is being used properly and working for you! An inspiring success story both for you and the drug. Hope this helps.
28 May 2012
Hello football20. Xanax is a benzodiazepine. It has a tendency that the longer you are on the drug, the more difficult of a time you will have when it is time to stop taking it. And your body will most likely ask for more in as much to whatever dose you are at. That is the nature/chemical makeup of the drug. Your psychiatrist will have your file, if not, will ask you medication history. Regards, pledge
5 Jun 2012
I've been on Xanax, Clonazapam, Ativan, etc., for years. (They are all different forms of the original benzodiazapines) The reason I am telling you this is that I have taken myself off of these meds many, many times. If you don't have the disease of addiction, you don't have to worry. If you feel that at a point in your life, that you don't need it anymore, you can take yourself off of the med. You are on a VERY low dose. Actually the lowest they can prescribe, unless you cut your pill in half. So long as you don't abuse the med, you will have no problem. Psychiatrists don't have any problem keeping people on these meds for years,and years. They are VERY helpful medications for a great many people. Don't sweat this. You are ok.
8 Jun 2012
Hey there. You're mentioning how wonderful it is and how much you love it, yet asking if it's right for you. Don't get me wrong here at all. I am in no way being sarcastic or anything like that at all. Quite the oposite. Honey, everything gets a bad rap about it one way or another. You don't need to even worry about that if it is helping you. I'm serious. Yes, tell your dr. how well it's working for you. But sometimes you just cannot worry about what others think. It's what's right for you. I went through something horrible about three years ago and was put on Klonopin, which is alot like Xanax. They had me on a very high dose. 2mg 3 x a day. Several months ago I decided I didn't need to be on that much and went down to 1mg 2 x a day. But at the time of the ordeal, that is what I needed. I didn't let what anyone thought bother me. All I knew is I went through a nervous breakdown and I needed that medication. When things calmed down, I went down on the medication. I wish you nothing but peace and happiness hon, and I hope it will continue to help you and work for you. Keep in touch, please, and let me/us know how you are doing..K? You take care and best wishes to you hon. Ruthie
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