I take Xanax 1 mg at bedtime and .5 during the day, the doctor wants me to take 3 mg a day and I refuse to do it due to last taper down was terrible, I have been on this medication for 16 years and want off of it, what is the best way to taper off completely without having muscle tension, burning sensations in the brain and chest pains, when the medicines wear off I feel normal, but when I take my dose I feel so depressed so I know it is time for them to go, I am getting ready for left knee replacement and want off this medication so bad, and suggestions?