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!
If I take 2mg Xanax every 2-3 days, will I become physically dependent? Will I have withdrawals?
- 12 Aug 2018 by ambler16
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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.
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.
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