How much do you take does it help?
Hi Theresa. Yes, many do so. It is highly addictive and easily abused. If you do it exactly as it says for the time the doctor says, it can help. However it doesn't fix the problem. No medication will. Therapy is the tool. The dose will be set by the doctor. It is an individual response that is monitored.
Dear Theresa06 - I do take Xanax, 1mg up to 5 per day, but usually make it on 4. This is in addition to the Fentanyl Patch 100mg every 48 hrs, and liquid morphine 2mls 4x daily for breakthru pain. My anxiety is beyond what any pill can "fix" but it does help me. My pain doc who writes for these 3 has been with me 8+ years. I have severe Crohns Disease 28yrs, and in the last 8 or so have had 2 heart attacks w/ double by pass surgery, with 7 individual additional stents, diagnosed with Fibro, Brain Tumor, Herniated discs (c1, c2, c3) cataracts due to long term prednisone use. When pain doc was 1st called in, I was on Lortab 7.5 and suffering all day every day. He is NOT one to give much and he has seen mr thru many surgeries, and the shock at new diagnosis b4 age 38. We started low, on everything.
It has taken time, trial & error to get to this point.Am I highly dosed? I think so, I also know it has taken a long time to get here. 3 of my 11 diagnosis could kill me in an instant so I try to live each day the best I can, and many days that is just simply getting out of bed. Anxiety and the treatments for it are as individual as are the different people who need help. Per my pain doc, Xanax is a better "fit" with all the other meds I am taking.than some of the newer and possibly better drugs. Be honest with your doctor about how you feel, how long it lasts, how bad it gets, give as many details as possible. This will help your dr find the right drug or drugs for you, Good luck, hon, be well as can be...
I take .5 mg of Xanax four times a day, as needed, and have been taking this dose for a couple of years now. Prior to that, I was taking the same .5 mg dose only two times a day. I suffer from anxiety as a result of a case of chronic hives (urticaria) which I've been battling for going on 4-1/2 years now.
I can attest to the fact that it is truly addicting! For a long time, I really didn't feel any reaction from taking Xanax. But, it did allow me to live with less anxiety over my hives. It was only when I inadvertently ran out of Xanax on a Friday evening that I realized how addicted I was/am! The pharmacy had made a mistake and was not going to fill my prescription until they could talk with my doctor the following Monday. I was super upset, as I was going through what I considered pretty bad withdrawals.
I went personally to the pharmacy and broke down, shaking and crying hysterically, in front of the pharmacy assistant, the pharmacist and a couple of people who were waiting in line. Luckily, I was able to show them their mistake and they gave me my prescription. I vowed to never again allow myself to run out of my Xanax pills. I take all of my medications AS PRESCRIBED, and I believe this is very important.
Hope this helps!
If you suffer from generalized anxiety disorder you should look into something more long term. I suffer from GAD and Xanax didn't help me whatsoever it's half life is very short so it needs to be used many times during the day. Maybe an antidepressant would help? Not a lot of choices out there for GAD unfortunately.
I used to take Xanax regularly, & it did help, but u will build up a tolerance requiring higher doses for effectiveness. It is difficult to come off of requiring a slow taper with withdrawal symptoms. The rebound anxiety was awful coming off. I also experienced grand mal seizures as I could not handle the slow taper due to anxiety so ran out of rx early. U will have seizures if u just stop taking suddenly.
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