I am prescribed .25mg (very low dose) of xanax (alprozolam) for anxiety. From many of the posts I have read, it has been said that xanax is a terrible long term drug. I only take .25mg of the drug maybe twice a week at the most sometimes going for months without it because i only take it as needed. at this rate will my body build a tolerance to the drug? I really want to continue to use the drug as needed in the long term (years), considering how little I take xanax is this okay to use for many years to come or should I look into switching medications?
i have been off and on xanax for twenty years I never got above 10mg a day and that when i choose to abuse it. I take it for panic attacks and i take 1mg to 4mg a day and i am ok with that because i dealt with alot of trauma and i can go outside and live. I think the dose your on is fine and at that level and in frequency it sounds like you have a good handle on it. Xanax is a tough drug because it does work so well for anxiety and panic attacks. You are one of the only person I have ever heard of at that dose. Dont sweat it you are doing well. I set a guldeline for my self I dont go above 4mg a day and I only get weekly prescriptions and I see a dr and therapist weekly. We are looking into alternatives but at 42 i am ok if i have to take a couple of pills to make the panic go away and i live a productive life, I dont buy them off the street, i dont run out of them, i dont sell them. So you are doing very well. If you notice you are going up talk to someone and see what is going on in your life. Good luck and you are fine.
if your only using it that often i dont think it should build up a tolerance since xan clears your system (but if you start taking more often this is one of the most addictive benzos) within the day but in my opinion valium is overall better for most people. it lasts 100+ hours in the system before termination and since you dont need to take them very often less chance to build a tolerance. this also makes it easier to taper off of if you do start building anything. i havnt been on any benzo prescrips but i have been on them and i would have to say the xan are much more addictive.
I have panic attacks. I have been on .5 mg for about 7 years and a VA doctor just told me I won't get any more, that I was "addicted". I took 1mg mg to sleep every night and 0 to 1mg per day for anxiety and it was fine. Now I take Ambien to sleep, so don't need as much Xanax, but need some during the day for anxiety in order to live a full life. I know when I am addicted. I am not. It works and that is why it was developed. The doctors are CYA rather arbitrarily. M.D.'s or not, they are wrong on this one. I am sick and tired of doctors paranoid over controlled drugs because some people abuse them. I don't. Doctors need to treat people like we have some intelligence but they too often take the route of medication with more side effects, etc., because it is safer for them, but ineffective or worse for the patient.
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