I take 2 mg of Xanax XR twice daily and 1 mg XR in the afternoon. I am taking it for maintenance, not to get high. I want to safely stop taking it or at least lower my dose. I know I can't taper off without some kind of drug for detox. If I don't take it in the morning and wait until 12:00 p.m. I already start withdrawal symptoms. My head buzzes, I can't concentrate, I start to panic, and I just feel awful. I want to reduce my dosage without side effects. I am a mother and stressed out as it is. I can't put my kids through withdrawal symptoms and can't be hospitalized because of custody issues. Any suggestions? Can I take a substitute medication to withdraw?
You should work with your dr and get decreasing doses of the xanax in order to wean off of them. You can't just cut 2 mg. You can take an antihistamine for nerves while decreasing it. Your dr can prescribe something like hydroxyzine for you. You have to do it slowly. Its not something you can do in a week.
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