I have generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, depersonalization disorder, attention deficit disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. I am perscribed to and take .25 mg of alprazolam 4 times daily to feel "normal" it has been about a month now and everything seems a lot better. However before this I was self medicating with alcohol for about 5 years everyday. Not drinking anymore and taking my medication I feel normal again. Does anyone think this could have bad long term effects or this is abnormal?
Hi. My husband has been on alprazolam for ten years. Since it is helping and you have a normal feeling again it is great. He also has generalized anxiety. So if it helps that is much better than alcohol which is a sad path.
At some point you will work through the other issues and get your life manageable. When you do, meds will have changed over that time. Am so happy that you have found help.
I am taking it as well because of side effects from medication. With an antidepressant. Hope your docs can get this sorted out for you. And I have had PTSD. It can be worked through. Good luck.
Yes it is ok to take the xanax in order for you to funtion in your day to day life. Once you take only the prescribed amount you should be fine,xanax can be addictive and is known for people to abuse it,but once you are taking it properly and keeping regular doc visits,you will be fine. I too take xanax for anxiety/panic disorder and find it helps alot! You could also consider going to some therapy maybe to help you through your anxiety issues?Just a thought!!
Best of luck to you and it is good to hear you are off the booze,just be careful not to replace one dependance with another!!
As long as you were prescribed that amount you should be fine. Glad you said you were not drinking anymore because alcohol is a depressant so you were really just making things worse for yourself when you were drinking and trying to cope with your issues. I just wanted to suggest that, in addition to the meds, you might try seeing a therapist to help you with your issues. I'm not personally a big fan of throwing meds at psych issues and pretending that they will go away; having worked in a psych hospital for 10 years, I can attest that therapy and medication work a lot better than just medication alone. Just a suggestion.
Besides medicines,in order to reduce medicines,Take help of Meditation and breathing techniques in the morning and try to lower alprazolam 4 tablets to 3 tablets if your body tolerates.
I wish you think positive and it will help you.
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