Im running the course trying new meds to help me sleep. I took 2mg tonight per order and it has been 2 hr. He dc'd the klonopin and I am going off 2 hrs. Can I go up or does it take time to get in your system?
The xanax will take upto two hours after taking it to reach maximum blood level. By the way, do not know if you smoke but smoking will decrease the absorption of xanax. If two mgs is what the doctor prescribed, I don't recommend you take more. The more you take the greater the chance of physical and emotional dependency.
There is no recommended dose for sleep in the literature. Again, it is done by individual and what your doctor prescribes.
I wish you sweet dreams sc333 and hope that you can find a quiet, peaceful place to try and sleep,
Thanks for all the responses! I slept like a baby. I took one around 730 and when I was not asleep in 2 hours I became Nervous so I did take the other one and was asleep in no time. I dont know if it was because I was sleep deprived or what. I will try the one tonight. I just thought if 2 did not work I might need to call the d. I dont smoke, I just dont sleep! Thank you again for all your help. I will keep you updated.~Sharon
I take Wellbutrin 300mg for depression and Strattera 25mg for ADD in the a.m., plus .125 Xanax in the a.m. to counteract the anxiety the Wellbutrin and Strattera can sometimes trigger (especially without eating breakfast!). At night, I take .5 Xanax to sleep. By that time, the Wellbutrin and Strattera, which have given me motivation, energy and concentration during the day, have worn off pretty much, but I still need a little Xanax to get me sleepy enough. This has worked great for 4 years. I may need to increase the Xanax by .125 again (which means three .25mg pills) - I'll talk to my shrink about it next time, I still wake up during the night sometimes, like I'm not sleeping deeply enough.
Everyone's body chemistry is different - and please please please give the meds several weeks unless you're having life-threatening side effects - even several days isn't enough for your body to start effectively balancing itself out with the new chemistry. I can't tell you how many people in my AA meetings have gone off their meds after a few days or weeks because "they're not working" or "I'm fine now" - and end up using and sometimes dead!!!
The 1 mg xanax for me personally, takes about an hour. I wish you the best. All my doctors are refusing to continue giving me Xanax. It's the only med that works. They say they don't like to give a 67 year old xanax. Duh. I've been on it for 15 years. My previous Dr. gave me 120 per month. 2 a day for panic disorder. 2 at night for sleep. New Doctor this year, cut me down to 30 a month. When I have a panic attack, I have to try self healing. Last night I had to take .5, due to SEVERE panic attack
I took the other half hours later. No sleep. I'm happy you have a Dr. who understands your need. Take Care...
My MD recommended 1/2 of a .50mg pill alternating nights. I take it when I get in bed about 10:30,
it kicks in while I am a sleep. It allows me to sleep longer before the nightly john trip and lets me fall back to sleep quickly instead of laying awake. With a 1/2 life of 12 hours, at midmorning its at .125 strength. I haven't had any craving on the non-pill nights but occasionally lay awake for an hour or two, but I resist the urge to take a pill. Been doing this for 4 months.
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