So my doctor prescribed me xanax for anxiety attacks about a year ago. I hardly ever used them, but recently I've been under a lot of stress, I've had a lot of health concerns, I think, and I've been going through a bad break up. And my anxiety seems all over the place and just pops up randomly. So I've been taking xanax more. My worry is dependency, I've only got a .25mg dose, because my doctor didn't want to give me something good too strong, and I've only taken about 3 over the past week, but Ivery heard a lot about xanax, and developing a dependency quickly, so I've been worried about it. Also, I've been prescribed zoloft to take daily, but I haven't started it because I was worried about me getting stuck on it, and the side effect of coming off. Is this drug that bad to take regularly? Any comments or suggestions would be super helpful.
If you have only taken Xanax 0.25mg maybe 3 times in a week, it is unlikely you developed any dependence at this time. If you were to start daily, you would need to taper off o to avoid uncomfortable symptoms when you decide to discontinue. The Zoloft will help you with the anxiety. You may notice some side effects in the first couple of weeks such as heightened anxiety, nausea, headache, but these should pass quickly. If you experience heightened anxiety in the beginning, don't be afraid to take the xanax as prescribed, you can taper off later. It will take the Zoloft upwards of a month or so to reach a therapeutic level so be patient and depending on the dosage the doctor has you on, you may need to have dosage adjusted to get maximum benefit. When and if it is time to discontinue the Zoloft you, again, must taper off so to avoid withdrawal like symptoms. If you need help controlling the anxiety because it is affecting your ability to function, please follow your doctor's instructions. It is not likely to bother you adversely once you are use to this medication.
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