I take 2-3mg Xanax every 2-3 days for anxiety, and have been doing this for nearly 6 months now. On average, I take 2mg EVERY OTHER DAY. It works wonders, and I would take it every day but I am terribly scared of benzo withdrawal. However my question is this; if I continue to take 2-3mg Xanax every 2-3 days, will I eventually become physically dependent? Or is am I spacing my doses out far enough to where I will avoid physical dependency? If I continue dosing this way for a few years and suddenly stop, will I have withdrawal symptoms? I am absolutely terrified of benzo withdrawal and want to avoid it at all costs, I am unwilling to give up the Xanax altogether however. It really is my saving grace when it comes to relieving my general anxiety. Any responses/thoughts/answers will be greatly appreciated!
Yes as this drug is highly habit-forming and you are likely to have withdrawal symptoms. Some people took it for years, and they said they cannot live without it.
Given that Xanax is fully eliminated from the body in just over two days (~62 hours), you are not going to become habituated in the same way you would if you were taking it daily. Having said that I am not a fan of Xanax for my general anxiety disorder as I find it a little hard for the effects (potency) to be predictable.
Holy cow yes.
I agree with the responses. I do the same with my Dilauded as if I take it every day I quickly build a tolerance and it really doesn’t work so I space and use sparingly ensuring relief.
Everyone eventually gets tolerant to any drug, some more quickly than others. I am an ex alcoholic so My brain is different than others and unfortunately I quickly grow tolerant to basically all medications until I max out the dosage and move on to another.
I agree with the other responses. One good thing is that you are on a low dose so the withdrawal may not be that terrible. What you may want to try is taking just 1 or 1-1/2 instead of 2 for a week or so and then reduce it again. But you also said they help you a lot, so I'm curious as to why you want to get off of them? You were obviously put on Xanax for a reason.
I’ve been taking Klonopin intermittently like that for sleep for 5 years. I’m good. My doctor said I don’t take enough to have withdrawals.
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