I saw my doctor last Monday the 15th of July. She prescribed me Xanax. 0.25 mg-30 pills with a refill for another 30 for my terrible anxiety and panic attacks. I have a one month follow up appointment on August 19th. The directions on the bottle says, "Take 1 Tablet By Mouth Every Day As Needed For Anxiety" Monday I took one pill at work. The next day I took two, one at work and the other at night so I could drive home calmly. The next day three. I never have taken any more than three a day and when I do take three a day it's never at the same time. It will be one in the morning then many hours later one at work then many hours later one at night to help me drive home and go to sleep. I don't feel like I am abusing my prescription since my anxiety is off the charts and this medicine really does help me through out the day. It's almost been a week and out of the 30 pills I got Monday I have about 15 left. I'm not concerned about it since I have one refill before I see my doctor in one month. My question is, if I tell my doctor that I take about 3-4 pills every day will she think I am abusing it? I don't use my medicine to get high, I don't take 2 or 3 at once. I feel that I am being responsible with it, making sure that it's been at least 4-5 hours before taking another dose. I'm afraid that, if I get a refill before my appointment it will look bad. I don't want my doctor to think I am abusing my medicine. I also want to ask her if it is possible to up my dosage from 0.25mg to .5mg. How would I go about that? What things should I say? I'm starting to notice that I need more of my medicine to do the job when one was doing the job. I want to be honest with my doctor, I do NOT want to be off of Xanax, I don't know what I would do, I think I would have a nervous break down and my anxiety attacks would be much more frequent and harsh. Help?