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!
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