and i'm wondering if the xanax im using to help ease the anxiety of withdrawal is going to be the next demon im fighting. I am prescribed xanax, but only as of about two month ago... and in that time, I've gone from the 2mg my doctor put me on to taking anywhere from six to eight a day.. how quickly can i taper off these and should I wait until i have a few days of the sub detox behind me to start... and how much of a habit could i have developed in this time. The first month I took exactly as prescribed after that I started my detox with the subs.. but the less sub i took the more xanax I took. Any help would be greatly apppreciated.
24 Jul 2011
Mary, Could you please hit comment and list how and how fast you are tapering off the suboxone? You are wise to try and catch the possible benzo addiction before it gets horrible or even occurs. I slowly tapered off subs and didn't have much anxiety, but I also exercised by walking and this is not possible for everyone, it does help one stabilize better and faster as they taper. They like to put people on clonidine as opposed to a benzo for opiate withdrawal or opiate replacement withdrawal. Methacarbomal and sometimes an antidepressant are needed. My dr hated clonidine for some reason and with the slow taper, I didn't use anything but the walking and the low dose antidepressant. LaurieShay may be able to help you figure out a taper for the xanax and possibly I can help you with the suboxone. The fear of getting off subs can cause any symptom to seem worse, so stay here for support and vent if you have too, we will be here. You can do this. Pattishan
24 Jul 2011
The xanax is addictive and you will have to taper in order to prevent withdrawals including the risk of seizures. From what I can read in your posts, you are abusing it. Taking more than 4 mgs a day for anxiety is not recommended. You are taking more then the recommended absolute maximum of 10mgs day. People who take doses above 4 mgs a day have markedly increased problems with addcition to the medication. I encourage you to reduce your use of the xanax.
If I understand corrrectly, you are taking 12mgs a day. I recommend you start by reducing your daily dosage to 8mgs a day, 2 bars twice a day for 2 weeks. Then reduce to 4mgs a day, one bar twice a day for 2 weeks. Once you are comfortably off the Suboxone, you can continue to reduce your dosage by one mg a day every week until you are off the xanax. This means it is going to take at least two months to get off the xanax. Can you get enough to support this taper? Is your doctor supplying enough xanax for you to support the 12mgs a day? Was just wondering since you said the doctor prescribed 2mgs a day, how are you getting enough to even take 12mgs a day?
Here to support you and help anyway I can. Keep us posted.
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