I have been taking Xanax for 20 yrs for general and social anxiety. I tried 7 different antidepressants and couldn't take them due to migraines before my doctor prescribed Xanax. I started at .25 mg x 3/day. Today and a few tragedies later I take 1mg x 4/day as needed. I've always been careful not to take more than what is diagnosed and usually have 30 pills out of the diagnosed 120/month left over. I have recently suffered two tragedies, one overlapping the other. I am taking my maximum dosage of 1mg x 4/day and it's like taking candy. I am suffering from withdrawal. I've tried cutting them in half and taking them more frequently throughout the day. Still, I have withdrawal symptoms of numbness mostly around my face (mouth & teeth), as well as an ongoing headache. I was already depressed due to circumstances, now I am suffering physically with ongoing withdrawal. Why has Xanax stopped working for me?
I am sorry you are feeling so badly. Having been on the xanax so long and taking large amounts througout the day has caused you to build up a tolerence to it so it no longer works unless you keep taking more and more. The numbness in the mouth area is a side effect of withdrawal syndrom. I would suggest you contact your doctor and ask him to help you taper off xanax. Xanax is not a medication to be taken for long term. When you do taper off do it very slowly. I wish you the best!
Unfortunately, you do build up a tolerance to Xanax over time. I am, however, one of the few who have not. I have been taking the same dose of Xanax - 1 mg ER for years. I never needed anymore to control terrible panic attacks that sent me to the hospital. Recently, my doctor went on a sabbatical and the new doctor I went to gave me a 30 day supply of Xanax ER and said no more. So I found a psychiatrist and now I am trying to wean myself from Xanax. I am very angry. I am basically doing this on my own with no help. I will do it very slowly over time - but my anger is really centered on the doctors who dispense the "drug of the day" like candy - and then years later when it is no longer in fashion - you are left with the problem squarely in your own hands. I know I can get through this difficult time. I am tired of the stigma associated with Xanax and of the medical profession who has abandoned those of us who never asked for this drug - but were prescribed it and never abused it. Thanks for listening and I wish you all the best.
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