... I thought i was going to die. It's been 2 yrs now and I still can't sleep, extreme anxiety and have ED.Is this permanent? Is there any help?
Hey ruined for life,
If I understand your post correctly, you have been off the Xanax for two years? Then I suspect your symptoms of insomnia and anxiety and ED are from the mental disorder not the Xanax. If it has been two years since you took any Xanax then the brain has had time to recover. You may have a chemical imbalance in your brain that needs to be addressed by a quailified doctor. Unfortunately, there is no way to test the brain chemicals. Treating an anxiety disorder is done by drug therapy and counseling. Drug therapy is really a trail and error sort of thing, what works for one person doesn't always work for others. There are many medications out there to treat anxiety disorder, though.
I recommend you be seen by a specialist like a psychiatrist for your condition. There is no reason to live with anxiety, insomnia, and ED.
Good luck and keep us posted
Hi Ruined, I also took xanax,but for me it was more like 17 yrs,i started taking them in1994. I to quit cold turkey and it was absolutely the worst hell i have ever been through. I'm really glad you made it. I have learned that xanax is one of the most dangerous drugs to quit cold turkey.I understand that there is a great danger of seizure's.If for some reason you get in that situation again, i would suggest that you definitely detox under medical supervision.About the other symptoms xanax and drugs like it are notorious for leaving the person with what's called post acute withdrawal symptoms,everything you have mentioned,the not being able to sleep,the extreme anxiety, and the ED can all be linked to the post acute withdrawal.Unfortunately these symptoms can last for years,worst case scenario.
That all depends on how long,how much and just your make up.Talk to your doctor there are medications he can give you that will help fire up those neurotransmitters in you brain.You will just have to give it more time,I can tell you from experience that my ED eventually went away. There are drugs that can help jump start that problem. I hope this helped.Good luck. Jeff
Well done to you for coming off xanax cold turkey,i can imagine what you went through coming off it like that but i agree with the others,you should contact your doc about what you're experiencing and maybe he/she will try you with different medication,not benzo's if thats whats making you weary about going back on meds,your doc could suggest something else.I feel for you,you cannot live life like that,not been able to sleep and suffering anxiety-its not fair on yourself, so you should try contact gp or think about attending therapy or even both can help,but you should'nt have to do this alone.
Keep us posted as to how you are.I wish you the very best,hope you feel better soon
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