In addition to depression I also have quite severe anxiety, I have found myself "abusing" xanax, mostly using it to sleep and having to increase the amount over a 6 month span. I am now taking 5 mg at a time, every night. My physician and counselor is unaware of this. I'd like to wean myself down safely myself. Is it possible? I have been told I would need to be medically weaned off, as in other drugs used instead of xanax, I could have seizures etc. Assuming I discontinue xanax, is Klonopin a better choice for daily use?
Sorry 4 the late response just getting over being sick... In my opinion and this is only my opinion you should get a doctor on board to do this the right way sure you could taper slowly and I mean very slowly xanax is a tough benzo and yes you can have seizures if just stopping c/t... I myself was on xanax and after a while I was doing the same as you upping the mg and I think it's cause of the rebound anxiety you get after if leaves your system..it has a short life versus Klonopin and I found myself being more anxious do to this so was switched to klonopin for it works longer in your system in my opinion it is better then xanax and I don't find myself reaching to take more then I am suppose to, but I can't tell you what's right for you I am not your doc just my opinion... perhaps you can talk to your doc about switching to k or something else cause it's only going to get worse if you are taking 5mg's now trust me been there...
I wish you nothing but the best but please consult with your doctor you can't do this alone... GOD BLESS..
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