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    leelee is offline Member
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    Question Xanax 2 mg vs. Xanax XR

    I'm just wondering what is the difference?My doctor asked me if I would rather be on the extended release,but I didn't fully understand how much of a difference the change would make.I looked it up online,and the colors are the same...both are blue....except one is round and one is oval.....should I stay on the one I've been on for 3 years? Or would the extended release work better for my problems (no sleep/panic attacks/racing mind and hyperness).
    I take one 2 mg twice a day,btw.
    Thanks in advance for the advice.
    L.L.

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    Hey Leelee,

    Been on benzos for a long time. Anxiety Disorder with all the symptoms: panic attacks, insomnia, seizures, sweating, racing mind, hyperactivity, anxiousness. Unfortunately, I was also addicted to opiates for 10 years. Large amounts taken in every form. Over 3,500 mg a day, plus the booting. My intake of Xanax became outrageous 40 to 50 mg a day. Fatal dose is 16 mg in a 24 hours period. I was doing that daily for many many years. Overdosed and died three times. Been clean from the opiates for 6 months and was able to get off the benzos for 4 and a half months. However, I never balanced out. I was going through horrible withdraws for those 4 and half months. Now my psychiatrist has me on 6 mg of valium and 1.0 mg of Xanax a day. But I only take 2 mg of Valium and only take the Xanax when I am having a panic attack. My point is that the long acting Valium has totally changed my life. Seizures came on when I went through detox. The valium has basically given me my life back. During my 5 month detox I lost over 40 lbs and looked like death because I could not sleep. Now I sleep like a baby and Anxiety is pretty much controlled. Many times I forget to take my dose and I feel the seizures coming on so I take the meds. My girlfriend gets pissed because I wait so long, but I don't want to build a tolerance. So I take as little as possible. If I were you I would try to stay away from Xanax and switch to a longer acting benzodiazepine. And if you don't want to try the Extended Release Xanax. At least, it will stay in your system longer. It is so easy to take more and more Xanax because it is fast acting, but on the other hand it has a very short half life. So you have to keep taking more and more to keep it in your system. Valium is the med for me. My blood work came back perfect, I sleep, have an abundance of energy, appetite and plenty more. It is hard to believe that just over a month ago I wanted to die because I was so miserable. But know I am living again. Quality of life issue. And life is good. God Bless

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    Question That sounds like ME your talking about!

    Wow....what a wierd feeling I got when I read your feedback.I took opiates for many many years,and was literally sick sick sick physically and mantally when I ran out.Even after spending 4 and a half years in a state prison without the use of opiates,I STILL had the racing,crazy,hyper,no sleep,just downright wierd feelings ALL the time.Some days worse than others...but every day was a living hell.
    When the doctors tried numerous anti-depressants,nothing worked until Xanax.NOW I feel like I am back on that same stupid roller coaster ride as I was on w/ pain meds.Lorcet,Lortab...etc...ANYTHING containing hydrocodone!
    As an addict,I am well aware of how I just want that quick-fix...and as bad as I hate admitting it...Xanax GIVES me that quick fix.
    People only accuse me of being high when I am OFF my meds!! Is that crazy or what? When I am out of pills,even my own mother asks me what drug am I taking.
    I just want to be "normal"...whatever the h*** that is.So I'm guessing that maybe the extended relief can prevent my attacks,but yet not give me the feeling that I am drug abusing.
    Ya think?

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    What's up LeeLee,

    For me the valium works great. You don't get that instantaneous feeling like you do from the Xanax. It is slow acting and last a long time. Don't feel tired or sleepy. The Xanax is good when your in the mist of a panic attack. But what I found is that the Valium has substantially lowered the incidences of my panic attacks. If you take the meds right they work. Maybe you could have someone dispense the meds to you if you feel that you might abuse it. The first month my mother or girlfriend controlled it. But now my girlfriend has to remind me to take them. She has seen me go into seizures and it freaks her out. Life is crazy sometimes, perhaps all the time. Honestly, I don't crave the benzos, but I do crave the opiates. Daily I crave, but I look at a picture when I just came out of detox and it deters me from those thoughts of using. Also I feel so great. I have a fantastic support group. People sometimes go to such extremes. I go out with my girlfriend and my crew at least 4 times a week. Drink a few beers. Shoot pool. And there are all types of opiates around me, but I stay clear. My band mates are all on junk. 6 months ago I couldn't even get out of bed I was such a juckie. I was on Fentanyl, Methadone, Morphine, Hydramorphine, Demerol, Dilaudid, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Propoxyphene. All prescribed in insane amounts. In pills alone 3,500 mg a day and who knows how many cc's I put in my veins. Again, all prescribed. My track marks are almost all healed. Barely can see them. But I did pretty much blow out all my veins. Have a lot of injuries from professional sports (soccer & martial arts) and car accidents. Most recent a broken neck in April and surgery in July. Hit a steel/concrete wall going 85 mph. Miracle to be alive. Rebuilt my neck with titanium plates and cadaveur bones. But I really don't feel the pain. And my body has been through hell. God is the ultimate physician. But some things we need to deal with in this world ourselves, not to say that God is not there for us. I am not a fanatic, but I do believe if it wasn't for God I would not be writing this to you. Hope reigns eternal. I will pray for you and if you are a believer pray for me. God Bless.

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    Default xanax vs xanax xr

    I have taken xanax xr and it is time released. I had severe panic attacks, running thoughts, anxiety pretty much all the time. I take 2 mg. xanax xr each morning and it carries me through the day and helps through. It is my understanding that it is less addictive than xanax.

    Only you can decide what is right for you, but it has certainly worked for me.

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    Xanax short acting is used to treat a panic attack/disorder, etc

    Xanax XR is used to PREVENT panic attacks.

    Xanax XR has a 12 half life, basically 3 times as long as regular xanax.

    We prescribe XR to take 1 pill when you wake up and 1 before you goto bed, this way its in your system a full 24 hours. This should prevent MOST panic and anxiety. Otherwise, people will just take.

    Eventually you will see xanax phased out and replaced by xanax xr. The XR is less addictive due to it being more difficult to abuse it.

    Mark CASAC, CPP

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    Default xanax xr is the way to go

    ive been a drug atick for 3 years i strted with pillsand stuck to em i would take 75+ mg of hydrocodon in a day i loved xanax and valium the most. i started using drugs after 2 of my close freinds hungthem selfs. i would 3,4 2mg xanx and 4 10mg valium at once just to get me started. i couldnt afford street prices fro thesedrugs so i would drive to mexico and smuggle back 500+ xanax and 270+ valium and around 100 percodans i would do this atleast twice a month it was a 900 mile drive there and a 900 mile drive back but ididnt care. iwas arested twice once for simple possion(after i got home from my trip) they just gave me a slap on the wrist so i continued my journeys and life of self destruction. the second time i was arrested i had just ottem back from mexico and was on a 5 day binge. u would take the drugs to sleep feel normal and to get rid of anxiety panic attacks and parnioa. i was arrested with only 10 or wso pills cause i was just walking to town. butthe side affect of abusing the xanax and valium so much was even more paranoria so i took a loaded .38 revolver with me. i was only 16. i was sent to juvey for 2weeks(thank god it wasnt longer) and when i got out i was put on house arrest but i still had the pillsfrom my last trip the last time i abuusewd drugs i took 54mg of alprozolam (xanax) and about 2grams of shrooms along with about 5 shots of whiskey i didnt overdose to the point of needing my stomach pumped but to stay from going back to juvey till i was 21 i had to get sober so i did. i was on probation for 5 more months. ive been clean now for almost 7 months. and up until about 3 weeks ago i was going insane. couldnt sleep fro days on end. extrem anxeity( my doc said i had 4 diffrent types) and panic attacks. he perscribed me xanax xr i am now at 3mg in the morning adn 3mg in the late afternoon along with sleeping pills. i feel 100% normal and can finally sleep . i dont get high off the meds either. i would try atleast try the xanax xr just to see how it works fro u. but for me it works like a charm!!

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    Default Xanax XR

    hi, i took xanax xr from an addictionoloigist for about 2 yrs. I too am addiction to opiates, i've been clean for a while now, but as far as the XR, it was very little help. the doc told me it was the least likely form of benzo to get me addicted, but the addict that i am, i would take two or three during the day to get any relief from panic symptoms. it's not fast acting like the traditional xanax 1 or 2 mgs pills.

    now i take temazepam, a very light benzo, or sometimes clonazepam, also weaker than xanax, and they work just fine for me.

    best of luck to you,
    sheryl

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    Im from TN kn in the knoxville area and Im going thru some rough times... i highly doubt anyone on here is from TN but i just thought >> give it a shot but i give me head a shot and end it. I got laid off i have no work my fiance is working and doin well but thats whats messing with me. Im havin panic attacks anywhere and everywhere i go. my depression just keeps climbing. I just dont know where to go or who to see....if any knows a good doc for anxiety, depression or panic atttacks please let me know I need help iv prayed to god every night and i dont know what to do this is been goin on since oct 8th but just for the past month the depression and anxiety and PA started bout a month ago so my so called soon to be mother in law handed me a white pill it looked like a stick and i took it and omg i felt normal i sleep like a baby the next day and now ive been looking to buy some off the street but i dont know anyone and its not a good idea bc i have a 6 month old...hes my life they both r its just me thats needs atleast one months worht of treatment and i think once i get this job at the end of jan ill be ok....

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    Hi there....Hope U R feeling a bit better.....Have U checked out the Psych Dep at Knoxville University? They have docs who could help U with what you're going through.... I ALWAYS go to the universities. My Doc I have, though in another state, I've had for 14 years! I'm on XANAX for PANIC ATTACKS - NOT THE XR - He said they didn't work as well - and since he's "the boss" - gotta believe him.

    I went through PANIC ATTACKS, THEN DEPRESSION - for 5 years before i was diagnosed! IT WAS HORRIFIC! Happened EVERYWHERE - so at least I didn't get stuck at home like some people do when it always happens there.....

    Moved south and went and saw a Psychiatrist who diagnosed me right away-AND I WAS IN PEACE AT LAST! Started me on 3x/day .25mgs of XANAX. Always taken BRAND - but Generic works well for most people - especially if they haven't been on it long. I did try the anti depressants but always ended up with too many side effects - but some really helped me out in the beginning when I was really down.....

    Knoxville University has an Outreach Program too - http://psychology.utk.edu/clinic/ - so U might not even need any insurance; or medicare or medicaid-check the link - hope this helps.....I FEEL 4 YOU - HANG IN THERE - MOMENT BY MOMENT, HOUR BY HOUR, DAY BY DAY - THEN YOU'LL START FORGETTING....WHEN THE "STRESS" LOWERS, SO WILL YOUR ATTACKS, AND YOUR ANXIETY. DOCS THINK PANIC DISORDER IS A "CHEMICAL DISORDER" SO IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT - YOUR JUST VERY SENSITIVE AS I AM AND WHEN EVERYTHING HITS YA AT ONCE IT "REALLY" THROWS YA FOR A LOOP!

    REGULAR XANAX STOPS THE PANIC ATTACKS (TAKE AS SOON AS U FEEL ONE COMING ON - DOC SAID ;PUT IT UNDER TONGUE) AND THEY ALWAYS - ALWAYS WORK BETTER ON AN EMPTY STOMACH - BUT WE NEVER KNOW WHEN WE'RE GONNA GET SLAMMED, SO THAT'S OUT - BUT THEY WORK FASTER - SO DO TAKE IT RIGHT AWAY. UNIVERSITIES SEE INPATIENTS AND OUTPATIENTS SO THEY'RE NOT STINGY ABOUT GIVING CERTAIN MEDS IF THERE'S NO OTHER PROBLEMS - BEEN ON THEM FOR 20 YEARS - W/O THEM I'D BE REALLY BAD...

    BE THINKING OF U! AND HOPE YOU GET THE RELIEF YOU DESERVE SOON!! XO

    P.S. The White Pill was either XANAX 2.0 or Purepac 2.0 - they are bars - cut marks 4 - 1 white/1 yellow - 1 brand/1 generic - U probably took 1 of those - alprazalom - generic for xanax!
    Last edited by FeelingSoGood; 02-25-2011 at 05:34 PM.

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    Red face To RfRw4ever

    Woops - forgot the # for the place - see if u like them.....info is on the link too - but this is the important part........hope you're close or can get to them.... universities usually have specialists in every area - so they'd know which docs would be best - and if you want a woman or a man - ask for that too.... I mean, sometimes I really do feel men and women are different species - we're soooooo different......LOL!

    An initial appointment may be scheduled by telephone @ 974-2161, or in person at the Clinic, Room 227, Austin Peay Building.
    No longer feeling "Bad & Sad"....dumped Prozac & I'm BACK TO MY OLE SELF !!! (w/Doc's approval - NO MORE SSRI'S FOR ME!)

    NEW >> COMIN'.....

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