I have been using this drug for roughly 10 years on and of but in the first 4 years of my situation totally on..(2 mg per day).then i didi not use it for 3 years at all..and now i have been use it for 3 years on and of.besides i have been taking citalopram(20 mg) per day..i am so scared of being addicted to it.hounestly it saved my life in my 20s.
I cannot see how you are addicted to xanax as you have been on and off over the years,you must have been able to get through the times when you didnt have the xanax.But I personally agree that it is a great med for anxiety and panic,I myself am on it at the moment along with prozac for anxiety and severe panic disorder.To be honest i dont know how i would cope without them at the moment.Im also attending therapy but thats only once a week.I do hope that when i start to feel better then i can taper off the xanax.
There are positive and negative comments about xanax,once your taking the prescribed amount that your doc suggests then you will be ok,it is when people abuse it that the addiction comes into it,but you seem to be aware of addiction and its seriousness so i would'nt worry if i was you.If your doc was concerned he/she would'nt prescribe it.
Hope this helps ease your mind.
If you are taking the Xanax as prescribed and no more and are not tempted regularly to take more, than you are not addicted in the strictest sense of the word. On the other hand, if you mean addicted in the sense of will you experience withdrawls if you stop it, then yes you are. You must taper off the Xanax when and if the time comes because your body has become use to it and can seize if you stop abruptly.
All that being explained, if you need the Xanax and are not just taking it for recreational use, I wouldn't worry. It really is no different than the citalopram as far as using it to help you function better. You take the citalopram for anxiety and depression and you take the Xanax for anxiety and panic disorder. If you need it then it is plain and simple, not an addiction.
I wish you the very best and do stop the worry, it is so counter productive, speaking from one who worries all the time, lol,
Xanax is a medication that I am on along with medications for Chronic pain, I use to a long time ago had terrible Panic attacks, it is a very horrble thing to have to go through because you wonder if you will come through this, I think it is a safe drug and also an effective medication I have had a relative that abused this medication he told me that he thought it was going to be the end of him, always use the medication as prescribed by the prescribing doctor, if you find that is does not do the job like you think it should then discuss this with the physician, I think my cousin ran out of medication early because he was taking more than was prescribed then of course his doctor would not refill the medication early then of course his body was left with withdrawl symptoms,
I have been on different dose's at the present time I am on an extended release tablet one is taken in the morning and one is taken at night, apparently it goes into the system throughout the day and is dispensed on a regular basis. It is my sincere hope that you have good luck with the medication and that it continues to work well for you.
Laurie answered your question very well (as always may I say). The only thing I might add is a general observation that xanax is not physically addictive, but can become emotionally addictive. Narcotic pain medication on the other hand becomes physically addictive if one is on it over a long period of time or takes it other than as prescribed by a doctor.
- Xanax Information for Consumers
- Xanax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Xanax (detailed)
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