... this for several years damage my memory or cause any other physical or mental problems? I've been using Xanax to help get back to sleep when I wake up too early. Thank you.
How long have you been on xanax and were you prescribed it for sleep. I cant see how you would get addicted to it when only taking once a day and not every day at that.but again you'd have to speak with your doctor if you have any worries.Xanax is addictive but when taking properly it can be effective and work wonders,its those that abuse the meds that damage is likely to occur.Depending on the case,they say its for short term use but in severe cases they will prescribe it for longer depending on the individual itself.But check with your doc,he/she might change you to something else,it wont do any harm to hear what he/she has to say.
Xanax is a benzodiazepine and is considered additive. I personally have been taking it every day since 1994. I started at .5mg. This was prescribed for Fibromyalgia to help me sleep. I think it's a wonder drug for helping you sleep. I think you have done very well at keeping your dose at .5mg, and only taking it 5 days a week. Do you sleep well on the other 2 nights? I must admit that since I started I have had to have mine increased & take 2 - 1mg tabs a night now Sometimes I have to take a third in the middle of the night to stay asleep. I have a huge amount of pain related problems also, and that doesn't help me to sleep either. The Xanax is very helpful & since my conditions will only get worse, I don't care if it's addictive! I know you have a very real concern, & you would have the same if you were to change to a sleeping pill I believe. If it's working, & you have been diagnosed with insomnia I wouldn't worry too much.
You are taking a very small amount. Talk to your doctor if this really bothers you. My Neuologist told me it does not affect your memory in the way you are thinking of.
I have been taking .5mg of Xanax at night to help me sleep and I have not had any side effects at all. All I get is a good nights sleep. Before I discovered Xanax, I would sleep 3-4 hours a night and was a zombie everyday. I inherit this sleeping disorder from my father. I am 57 years old and never felt better. The key is never to use more than .5mg and you won't have any problems. Some nights, I use 1mg of melatonin to give me a boost. If I skip a night, I do not sleep at all. Benadryl stays in your system and gives you hangover where Xanax does not. Plus, benadryl causes high blood pressure with long use. Xanax is truly a wonder drug.
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