I've been on this dose for over a year , it helps me sleep, best sleep I've ever gotten. I have no anxiety after living with it my entire life (zebra as a young kid) I take antidepressant as well, which helps with certain aspects but the Xanax takes away my anxiety completely, I can think clearly and confidently. So I'm worried I shouldn't be on it from all the horror stories I hear. Is .5-1mg a night any worse than having a glass of wine at night? (I can't drink alcohol) I've thought of switching to something like ambien, or a natural supplement to help calm and sleep but I'm worried about mixing the two while I taper off Xanax, if I taper I want to taper very slowly, I'm very sensitive so I know I will feel all withdrawal effects. Anyway, love to hear your thoughts. Xanax has been a godsend for me, has made me feel normal for the first time in my entire life. I know I will eventually have to increase my dose which I don't want to do. I just don't know if I'm ready to let go of it, but part of me knows I enjoy that "melting" feeling a little too much.
If a small amount of Xanax is helping you get a good nights sleep, why change it. It is an acceptable short-acting anti anxiety med which is used by many before bed. If you were taking unprescribed during the day for that "melting" feeling, I would be worried. Nice thing about Xanax because it is short-acting it does't make you groggy the next morning.
Summergirl; Yes it's good that it is working just remember never increase the dose without the doctor okaying it so if for any reason this seems to stop working talk with your doctor but as long as it is working stick with it.
I take both xanax daily and ambien as needed, and they both fantastic medications! There is nothing wrong with taking either, don't believe all the rumors n just listen to ur psych. They've both helped me tremendously. Just don't mix em!
I did wonder what the Zebra thing was all about, lol! I really wouldn't worry about continuing with Xanax, you are taking a low dose and it is working. There is no harm in what you are doing. Don't listen to the 'horror stories', different medications affect different people in different ways
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