I have been on quite a few benzos for aniety/ panic attacks but so far have found this to be the best one yet. An overall even feel all day as u only have to take 1 every 12 hours. However, i'm only being presribed 30 a month, what about the other 12 hours in the day? do they ever prescribe 60 a month? I don't always have ativan or serax on hand to fill in the gaps (this is from previous precriptions that i didn't finish all of them) so what is your best advice on this one? Thanks for ur time! :)
28 Nov 2011
Grey, I have not tried the Xanax-XR but have been on Xanax from .25mg to 1mg 3x a day, Klonopin 2mg 2x a day, and Buspar 15mg 2x a day, and none of these have helped me. The Xanax was the best as far as a fast acting calming effect, but it didn't last very long. I started on 50mg Zoloft daily switched to 40mg of Fluoxitine (Prozac) and most recently Citalopram 40mg daily. I have yet to find the antidepressant med to keep me even throughout the day, so maybe that is why the other meds haven't worked well. I have tried therapy and it helped to some degree, but of course my therapist can't be with me 24/7 LOL. I have Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder and OCD. Any advice?
27 Nov 2011
Welcome to the site, you may not love my answer but here goes. I have suffered from anxiety/panic disorder for a long time and used to depend solely on the benzos, but while treating an opiate dependence, I had a great addiction specialist who helped teach me how to control it and what in my past and present was causing it and I am eternally grateful for this.It doesn't happen overnight but I am so much better now and I never would have believed it was possible. Also, some antidepressants can help. I personally am very sensitive to those but found that generic Prozac (fluoxetine) in the NON extended release 10 mgs per day also helped tremendously. I am not sure if they will give you 60 a month, but I will tell you the dr will say you are supposed to be asleep for part of those extra 12 hours so they don't think you won't be having anxiety and panic when you are asleep, so be prepared to hear that when you ask.
I am not trying to sound blunt with that, I just do know that is one argument the dr will give you for not giving you more extended release Xanax. I know this is true of opiates, if you take them long enough to become dependent, the brain stops producing it's own opiate. I believe it is true with many systems in the brain, it you replace the natural chemical in the brain with a medication for long enough, the brain will stop sending it's own relief and your tolerance will grow, so just keep that in mind and good luck. Patti
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