Do you take if AFTER the onset of anxiety and wait for it to kick in? How long does that take? My anxiety shows up in the form of nausea and heart palpatations (sp?). It's really hard to function when that starts up. New to this medication for anxiety/depression game and want to find the right combo for me. Just wondering what has worked for others.
19 Jan 2012
well, xanax is the quickest acting benzo there is that will be prescribed to anxiety patient, you wont be getting nitrazepam or anything like that, so go with what you got, take the xanax at suspicion of anxiety onset, the pill should activate within 10 mins putting you in a sedated state then leaving you back in your normal state in 4-6 hours, the doctor meant dont take them everyday, but he probably gave you 3x a day P.R.N. wich mean perdeum, wich mean "as needed" so dont worry, if you gotta take it, take it. if you dont .. dont .. thats all he meant by that. hope that helps a little bit.
3 Jun 2011
I think your concern is very valid because Xanax is addictive. The Xanax is pretty fast acting so you are really ok to take as needed. If you take when you feel the anxiety starting or when you know you are going to be in an anxiety causing situation then it will take about an half hour to start working and reach peak levels in an hour or so. As you think about your anxiety, try to pin point your triggers then you'll be able to take the Xanax before anxiety causing events. Just do not take more often then prescribed and preferably less often is better as I said it is addictive.
3 Jun 2011
I agree, Xanax is a good medication it can be taken once you sense things starting to make you sick, be sure you take it exactly as your doctor has prescribed it, it can be a medicine that is habit forming but that happens when people usually increase the dose on their own or take more than is prescribed, I realize that you are new to this medication but give it a chance it can relieve anxiety and depression and for a good number of people it really works well a lot of it has to do with being on the right dose sometimes the doctor has to make an adjustment in dose so just try and hang in there I am in hopes that this will give you a very positive outcome, some people have other ideas about such drugs such as celexa, cymbalta Wellbutrin but they too can have undesirable side effects these are good medicines too but its a matter of giving this a chance I wish you the very best
3 Jun 2011
I pretty much agree wth everything I've read so far. If u talk to your dr. About adding an anti-depressant it is not quite as addictive, and might keep anxiety or panic attacks to a minimum. Billy suggested some good ones. I take celexa, but u may have to try different ones til u find what fits u best, then again the first one u try might be it. Different ones work differently on different people. The xanax, I take only when I feel an attack coming on, and it won't take long to kick in. For me 15-20 min and I start calming down. If u take it regularly it is very addictive, so please be careful. If u do try an anti-depressant u may only need xanax once a week or every few days. If u have anymore questions please ask. We r all here for that reason, to help each other. Good luck and let us know how u feel. By the way, if u do start something like celexa, paxil, cymbalta, etc it can take 3-6 weeks to really get in your system so don't lose hope. I wish u the best.
3 Jun 2011
I am diagnosed with Panic Disorder, and I used to be prescribed Xanax. I got up to 120 a month ( 6 a DAY ) and ended up absoloute zombie. I do not recommend this for anxiety unless you want to be numbed of all emotions and have anxiety for your remaining years alive. After having a mental break down and a trip to the hospital, I spoke with my doctor and counselor, and got Diazepam (Valium). It has a 72 hour half-life, so you won't feel the rebound anxiety, as Xanax has a 6-8 hour half life. Valium does not numb my emotions, just my physical and mild mental anxiety. Please, think about it. Good luck.
5 Jun 2011
AirborneMom, please let us know how things go. But please take meds as doc has written. Would you care to tell us the mg and how it says on the label to take. I take 1/2 of 1mg, 4xday and I take Lexapro 10mg 1 x day. It sounds like you are suppose to take then as needed but only up to 3xday. But doc hoping you don't need them that much but is giving you the option if you need it. Yes the are addictive, I did come off them 15yrs ago, and started taking them again about 1 yr ago. Good luck.
3 Jun 2011
well i know what ur saying but really if i was u and u dont want wanna be dependent on the zanex!!! only take it when u feel an attack coming on. All you have to do is put it under ur tongue and let it desolve. it's just like getting it I.V but not quite mas fast. but it will hit u soon. hope this helped. iv been taking zanex for along long time and i know what to do to make it kick in faster and all. I dont have medicaid so i have to get mine off the streat as quick as i can when i fel an attack coming on and what i dont is what i told you to do and within 5 to 10 you'll feel relief
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