I started xanax xr .5 mg twice a day a couple days ago for anxiety and panic attacks due to stress and depression. I feel tired and foggy all the time. I also am having memory issues. How long does this last and will it go away ?
If I am not mistaken.I think Xanax Extended Release last 24 hours.So you should not be feeling any anxiety at all.Though I am not competely sure on this one.The tired/drowsiness should go away in 2 weeks because you have to give your body time to let the medication get in your system.
Maybe you could try lowering your dose? i literally take half of .25 & it seems to do the trick for a few hrs & calm me without putting me in a fog and tired!
I take 1MG XANAX XR. Initially I felt like you do but side effects wear off in about a week. You won't notice this huge feeling of happiness or euphoria on this med but you will notice you no longer for anxious throughout the day nor do you think about having panic or anxiety attacks anymore out of the blue. The short lasting XANAX (usually .25mg) is what I carry if I do happen to get anxious and it can't be controlled with my XANAX X, because it's quick acting. VERY rarely do I have to take my immed. effective "emergency" Xanax, though because the XR really keeps my attacks at bay.
Everyone who reads this : GET OFF XANAX. I don't care what the doctors say, unless it's a dire emergency, don't take this stupid drug, in literal sense. It will put you to your lowest function, to where you have no memory and are a complete drone, even after a couple sporadic nights of fun. Getting through Xanax withdrawal is painful, getting through Xanax recovery is saddening, just knowing how far down you've gone. You can't think, you literally have no ideas [imagine that night 4 months of your last Xanax where you finally have an idea, then imagine having to then form two ideas, then three, then somehow put the ideas together? Xanax recovery is something no one should go through.] Unless your heart stopped because of some intense anxiety, then don't take it. I forgot to mention, the first months to years after Xanax, anxiety will be much worse even the most simple things. Then imagine how bad anxiety will be when you have a real panic attack. Don't take this drug.
If possible, please talk to your healthcare provider and see if you can work together to find a different medication. In my experience, the foggy mind, exhaustion & memory problems do not diminish, but in fact get worse. Also, as mentioned in another response, becoming dependent/addicted to this drug creates many unpleasant difficulties and withdrawal is dangerous & often requires medical assistance in a residential program.
Omg. Was prescribed. This for anxiety and depression as my husband died two weeks ago. I am a zombie. Staggering around can’t see well. Shaky. Nervous. Get off this drug. Who would choose to feel this way ? Grief is better
I am a professional in Emergency Medicine and I also take the drug. I have been prescribed alprazolam for almost ten years for PTSD that is untreatable with talk therapy and other non narcotic drugs.
Xanax is a wonderful drug if taken correctly and should only be used short term if that is possible in your situation, as long term you deal with the repetitions of withdrawal seizures and insomnia say if you were to not have a dose (ex you lose your meds or emergency aren't home/don't have them with you for longer than 24 hrs, etc.)
Beyond that, this feeling Should go away pretty fast. Tolerance to this drug literally takes DAYS to doses to lower or raise. I went from my first dose of 0.5 at 19 years old (which made me feel this way as well for about two weeks) to 2mg in a month, to 2mg next month, to 2mg 3x a day.. That also said Most people wish the opposite with this drug. I'd go as far to say that just to get the medication to work again as it once did I've had to lower my dose to 1mg a day for two weeks (so as not to have withdrawal effects that are life threatening as seizures etc) and raise again.
When you do get used to it, try to take as low and as little when you do. Watch how often you take it if you can stand to go without it, Def do. I hate to say my Dr is an idiot, but Years later I find out this drug is only for short term use (6 mo. or less)... And if taken longer, you are stuck with all the yucky side effects of weaning off or switching to a drug of the same family with longer half life (ex klonopin) to help you off.
If I can help any further with anyone on this drug pls ask as I basically am a Xanax dictionary. Def saying, use caution and keep the dose low as long as you can! The drowsy forgetful feeling passes very fast as your body gets a tolerance which can be your best or worst enemy. Good luck!
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