I started taking 0.5mg xanax 3x per day after giving birth to my daughter back in march 2011, I was having major panic attacks and even got to a point where I didnt want to leave my home. During my pregnancy I went through a lot of stress from being sick from the pregnancy to almost losing my husband in an accident.I went through a real depression. Thankfully now I feel a lot better and feel as though im getting stronger and have been able to drive and do everyday errands with my daughter. =) I have been able to get down to half of one 0.5mg once a day for a few months now. Im afraid that taking it every single day is a problem and I feel like Im the only one doing this. If I dont take that one dose a day I am afraid of withdrawals and also possibly going back to that dark place feeling anxious and panic. Your help and opinions would really be great as I have noone in my life who can relate. thank you.
12 Apr 2012
Congratulations on the birth of your daughter. I had major
depression/anxiety after I had my daughter (although it was
24 years ago I remember it well). I am on zoloft now but my
pdoc gives me Xanax to take on an as-needed basis. Once when
I was in the middle of changing meds I had to use a pretty
high dose of xanax for 5 months until my new med kicked in.
Once the new med started working I was able to come off
the xanax quickly without any withdrawal effects. You can
always check with your doctor but at your low dose just
once a day I wouldnt think you would have any problems.
If your symptons were to return you may want to consider
a long-term med like an antidepressant but of course your
doctor knows best. I hope things continue to improve for you.
12 Apr 2012
Since you are only taking half of a 0.5mg pill you shouldn't have any withdrawals. You could always go to taking the half everyother day for a week and then stop. See what happens. If the depression returns, though I doubt it would be from the lack of xanax, might want to try an antidepressant which also works great for anxiety like the previous poster says. You are not alone in your efforts, time to take the jump.
13 Apr 2012
Hi there - first, congrats on ur new baby girl! 0.25 mg of Xanax is actually considered a subtheraputic dose, which basically just means u should have no issues stopping. It's just not enough 4 ur brain 2 care :) I'm not completely clear on whether u felt ur anxiety/panic attacks or depression was/is ur primary issue. There are antidepressents that have some anti anxiety properties, and ironically, Xanax has some anti-depressent properties. I would agree that trying every other day & seeing how u feel is a good start. Whatever u choose, there's no shame or blame in the proper use of either Xanax or Cymbalta. Even a positive life change like marriage, birth of a child, promotion at work, etc are all still major life changes. Through in hormones, ur husband's accident, & adjusting 2 caring for an infant... that's a lot! Pls be kind & gentle 2 yourself & pat yourself on the back 4 handling all this as well as u have! Best wishes 2 u & ur family
13 Apr 2012
I totally agree with the others answers. I have had to take xanax for years to get me to sleep at night, not for anxiety. I started on .05 mg., & many nights didnt use it at all. It is a low dose, & if your anxiety has lessesned, it shouldn't be a problem to do as laurie suggested taking it every other day or just when you feel you must have it. Stopping it shouldn't be a problem... Mary
13 Apr 2012
Well, I agree with the others too. I am prescribed a benzodiazapine like Xanax three times a day for major anxiety disorder. I try to only take it two times a day. I don't feel bad about it at all. I don't plan on staying on it forever. But feel I definately need it right now. You are definately not the only one who has to take it every day, but if you can get by with every other day, then try that. And then if you want to get off of it... you can. That is what I plan to do in time myself. Good luck to you and best wishes. Ruth Oh..and congrats on the new baby girl. What a blessing for sure. Ruth
13 Apr 2012
Hi. Am on Xanax and antidepressant to deal with my health. My hubby has been on Xanax for many years, helps him sleep.
I have found that when you need a med there are far less problems getting off than pushing a drug until you can't get relief. The brain adjusts to high doses as easily as low doses.
Don't worry about all the withdrawal stories you read. This is a tiny bit of something and you can finish the weaning as you are by cutting the pill in half, if that makes you more comfortable. Sometimes changing the antidepressant is more important and you won't need the Xanax. Since it works for a few hours and is done, the little you are taking only affects you for maybe four hours the day you take it. That means you are already doing fine on your off days, right? maybe you are done already.
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