I have been taking alprazolam since may 2007 as have been having panic attacks since I was 16yrs... old..I am 45 now. I have always dealt with my anxiety on my own until this dr gave me alprazolam back in 2007 and started me out on 0.5 mg a day! I was so happy back then as it stopped my panic attacks..fast heart beat, passing out, muscle spasms, shacking. feeling like I was going to die..and I know you can all relate to these horrible feelings!! anyway I did have to start increasing my dose to 1 and half mg sometimes 2 mg a day as was going through a lot of stress in my life so was told to increase my dose. A few months ago I started to get real bad went to my dr and she said we will take you off the alprazolam but will have to give you clonazepam! she started me off on 2mg in the morning and 2mg at night but this was way to strong for me so she lowered it to 1mg twice a day..I ended up getting down to 0.5mg of the alprazolam but the clonazepam were making me too sleepy..was almost falling asleep at work and was having horrible withdrawals from the alprazolam so cut back n the clonazepam to 0.5mg twice a day but they were not helping me at all so the dr told me to come off the clonazepam and just back to the alprazolam?? so I did then I had bad withdrawals from the clonazepam! by this time I was at my wits end and was worse off than before!! I am back to 1.5mg to 2mg of the alprazolam a day now but I really think my body has built a tolerence as am having withdrawals when the alprazolam wears off... I want off this med so bad but am scared of seizers or getting worse, please help if anyone can give me some adive in how to get of these completely as don't want to have to get on another med and go through this all ove again. I'm wondering if I can do this on my own slowly or would I be able to go into a rehab to get of them... PLEASE HELP!!!
Hi Chezzy, all sounds very familiar... I have only the last few months stopped the Xanax after being on it for years, but found over that time that I needed more and more as it didn't seem to work as well after a while. I started on .5 then 1mg then 2mg then ended up on 8mgs a day ! aarrgh so I totally understand. With my gps help I moved from Xanax to valium to help with the withdrawl as I was worried about seizures etc but was a good step for me. There is so much negativity about Xanax but I honestly think it was good for me at that time and really helped, but I do know that I got so used to them and wouldn't leave the house without popping one or 2 and carried them everywhere in case I was panicking etc... not a really good way to live. Anyway after trying so many diff anti d's etc am currently on Prozac and just started on Seroquel which are helping me to sleep etc .
My advice with the Xanax is reduce it slowly... take your time as no rush to stop etc try just taking it at night etc and see if you can get through the day without it. Also ask about Seroquel as is helping me and its not addictive like Xanax. I so know what you mean about withdrawls when its wearing off etc... do what your doing and be upfront with your doctor but if you can get off the Xanax you will benefit down the track... I thought I was going crazy and was forgetting things and memory loss all the time but knew I was getting out of control on them..wish I had a magic wand to give you better advise... just trust yourself and how your feeling and forget all the negative comments about Xanax as again its a good thing for some people but like me I think after such a long time on it, it wasn't having the same effect. Wishing u all the best of luck and plelase repost to let us know how your going. cheers tonestar
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