i just started with generic zoloft for anxiety/panic. and the dr gave me .5 xanax to take as needed. i have been taking one every nightm cause it been really hard to fall asleep and stay asleep.and the past few days i have been breaking the pill in half and taking during the day when my anxiety gets bad i think maybe a side effect of the zoloft . im worried about getting addicted to them, even though the psych dr and my therapist both said to take them when i need them instead of suffer.
and i have read that people take is 3-4 times daily to help them, so that makes me feel like im doing ok with the meds.
do you think at this rate it will get me to be addicted if i have to continue taking them for the next few weeks until the zoloft takes effect?
I take Xanax or the generic form Alprazolam .5 mg as needed for panic attacks (sometimes for a few days until i think the panic or anxiety episodes are gone ) for the past 10 years ( no problems with addiction ) . I was taking effexor xr for the past 10 years .75 mg daily which i just recently came off of completely ( it was no big deal quitting since they taper you off it gradually for 6 days . It takes about 6 days for effexor to be completely out of your system ) although i did read quit a few horror stories about going off it . I think the fear of addiction issue with people can be blown out of proportion especially on blogs like this . Always , Always be in close contact and communicate with your Dr concerning any fears or questions you may have taking this medicine because if its making you feel uncomfortable or anxious taking it thats no good and defeats the purpose of actually taking it .
My own view is i think its good that you are concerned about the addiction issue but a person should not be overly concerned about it , unless they are taking high doses daily . Starting dosage typically is .25 mg depending on a persons body size . Let your medicine do its job and work for you without being or feeling anxious about it because you already have expressed the desire of not wanting to be addicted to anything , so . :)
11 Aug 2011
I am bi-polar and have a severe anxiety disorder. Years ago I was put on Xanax to help with depression and anxiety before I was diagnosed with bi-polar. and yes, I abused the heck out of it. But since then, having tried every known anti-anxiety med on the market, literally, nothing works as well as xanax. period. I have a wonderful psychiatrist and we talked about my past history with the drug and other options. He put me back on 3mg daily and said simply, dont ever ask me to increase it, and I havent needed to or wanted to. I know that the drug can work wonders on my anxiety and if I abuse it, there is not another drug I have tried that will work as well. It is addictive, and being on the dosage that I'm on, if I were to abuse it and run out before my refill is due the withdrawals are AWFUL.
But, that isn't necessarily being addicted, it is that my body is used to maintaining a certain level in my system now that I have been on it for over a year and that if that level is not maintained I will go through withdrawals. It is the same for most prescription drugs in this class. My sister suffers from anxiety and after going through everything like I did, her doctor also prescribed her xanax .5mg as needed. She was so paranoid about the drugs addictive side effects that she wouldn't even take it if she needed it. Now, she takes about 1mg daily and can't believe what a difference it makes. So, the question is, if it actually works, trust yourself to use it responsibly and control your symptoms. I had a friend who died of breast cancer. She was prescribed morphine. Now, would it have made her a stronger person if she didnt take it? No. Did it make her an addict because she did? No. It made her a person willing to accept her disease and treat it to the best of her ability under the care of her physician. Don't get caught up in all the hype. If it helps then work with your doctor to find a dosage that will work best to take care of your symptoms. And don't just expect that zoloft is going to take its place. I use mine in conjunction with other medications to get the best effect for me to FUNCTION. And that is the ultimate goal. It is not to take just enough so that you feel a little bit better but still have frequent episodes where you don't. Nor is the goal to be so drugged out that you wouldn't know if you feel good or bad. The goal is to find just the right "cocktail" so that you can go about your life as normally as possible. Yes, it means having to take prescriptions on a daily basis. In my case, it means having to take more than I like to admit to anyone that I'm not real close with. But I know the alternative is to not have any quality of life that lasts long enough for me to raise my chilldren, have a career, and be able to socialize with friends. You have the ability to take an active role in your care, you are not going to become an addict simply because you are on medication that has addictive qualities. Take your meds as directed. Talk to your doctor if you are still having symptioms, doesn't mean your turning into an addict, you simply haven't found the right combination. My doctor said that with illensses such as anxiety, it can often be like walking a tight rope. It can be a long process, and will require a lot of changes to fine tune your meds to what will work best for you. If something, like xanax, works, then let it work for you. You have a disease, and you deserve to be treated with the medications that work best for you, not to be judged because there are a ton of people out there that like to get "high" off of them. I take them to feel normal. There is a big difference so don't beat yourself up over something that you're not. And if you find yourself not using them as prescribed, then talk to your doctor about it. You could need a higher dose, or you might need a different med altogether. But, whatever the case, you are just as much a part of your treatment as your physician. Do what you need to do to feel better and don't buy into the social judgments regarding mental illness. Do what you need to do to be happy. Best of luck and trust your own instincts, you are smarter than you are giving yourself credit for. And you are NOT an addict, and won't become one either if you take them as directed. Even if you find that you want to continue taking them in addition to the zoloft. It's that simple.
1 Aug 2011
Xanax is a good medication when it is taken according to the way the doctor prescribed it, as long as it is not used more than is ordered by the doctor then the problems stem of people who use this medication above and beyond what they are suppose to be doing, xanax is a drug (which if a person abuses by not following instructions as to how it is to be taken ) that can be addictive and the patient can have a very difficult time but that in no way means because this can happen that it is an ineffective in inappropriate medication, the thing that needs to be looked at is people who refuse to follow instructions. I in no way mean to sound rude I just want to be sure that you know as long as you are using Xanax in the dose and manner in which the doctor/therapist has recommended then you should be fine. it's the same thing people can abuse pain medications but that does not make the medicine bad it's the way in which it is used. I wish you only the very best,
1 Aug 2011
Hi turkee! I must agree with L, V, and strm on this, do NOT worry about it, worrying about it could actually increase your anxiety! As Von so kindly pointed out, you do not seem as if you've an addictive personality and you are not abusing them, taking too many nor are you begging for more! Just relax about it, and do what your doc suggested, take as needed!! You will feel better, just hang in there gurl, it will happen, takes time though. Let us know how the Zoloft is going when it's in your system a wee bit longer? Your friend, sweet lemon P.S. as Von said, I am around all the time, on my pc a lot, so if you need a shoulder shoot me a PQ if you would like!!!
1 Aug 2011
I wouldn't worry about becoming addicted. You are on a low dose. The real problems begin when people are on more than 4 mgs a day. As long as you take as directed and don't abuse them, you'll be fine. When the time comes to get off the xanax, you'll slowly reduce the daily dosage and won't have any problems so relax and take as needed.
31 July 2011
Hi turkee25, I'm glad you're taking some meds that seem to be working for you. Usually your doctor will start you out on the lowest dose just to start you out, and to see how well you do, and to get your body used to having the medication. That's what my doctor did with me. It usually takes about a few weeks to get the full effect of the meds. Just go to regular follow-up visits to your doctor and if you feel that you need a stronger dose, talk with your doctor and since he started you out on a low dose, they can adjust it accordingly. I think you'll do fine. Let me know how you're doing and take care. :)
31 July 2011
I think if you get to the pont you don't need them and talk to the doc, they will just ween you off them. You aren't taking enough right now that I think it will hurt anything. Plus you don't seen to have an addtive personality. i take 1/2 of a 1mg 4 x a day. I know when i come off them I will have to ween. But as long as you are not craving them and I see you are not I really believe you will be fine. My doc thinks xanax is a wonderful med as long as you don't abuse it and with your personality you are not going to do that. Von