My retired psychiatrist finally found how to treat my anxiety - with Xanax XR. For 12 years I took 1 mg in the AM and 1 mg in the PM. I was good for 12 years, but then it seemed that it stopped working. My GP took over handling this med for me since I seemed steady, but once it stopped working he wanted me to take anti-depressants. I tried Viibryd - awful! Then, he gave me Cymbalta - weight gain and unemotional. I asked him to increase the XR to 3 mg which he did - reluctantly. Now, I am seeing a new psychiatrist who also wants me to stop with the Xanax. The doctors are not fans of benzos and I get it. However, that was the ONLY thing that helped me. I have agreed to try to go back to 2 mg. of the Xanax/day to eventually wean off totally (after trying another anti-dep. - Trentellix - with more weight gain). My original psychiatrist told me that I would probably have to take Xanax XR for the rest of my life. I'm not happy about that, but it is the only thing that has worked. I feel like I will have a heart attack or constant panic attacks if I stop. So, has anyone been on benzos for many years? I'd appreciate any help, guidance, suggestions. Thank you!
I understand the struggle! I have been on both Xanax and Xanax XR. Some of your story was a bit unclear on the forms of Xanax you've tried. Have you tried regular Xanax? You could take it more often and a lower dose would probably suffice. For example, 0.5 mg. 3 times a day would lower your total dose of Xanax. I would ask your psychiatrist or the physician who is currently managing this medication, if this would be an option. It's food for thought!
I first started taking traditional Xanax in 2008, then switched to Xanax XR in 2011. I suffer from severe panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, and depression. This medicine has been a Godsend to me and in all the time I've taken it, I've never increased my dosage or taken more than prescribed. I take 1.5 mg of Xanax XR in the morning and again at night.
People will tell you all the horror stories about this medicine and try to scare you with stories of bad side effects, dependence and horrific withdraw symptoms if you try to go off it. What they don't seem to understand is that for people like me, life is a living hell without the medicine. I do occasionally have memory issues, but that's it. I do not get a euphoric or high sensation from the medicine, just relief from the anxiety and panic to some extent.
I still have attacks and struggle with anxiety, but it's nothing like what I knew before I began taking the XR version. If your doctor prescribes it and you are struggling, take the medicine and find your relief.
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