I have been taking Xanax for nine years. Started at .25 as needed. Today I take one mg 5 x a day at regular intervals. Despite this my anxiety has gotten worse again and my panic has returned. How can this happen taking so much Xanax?
Hi Ruth, I think you answered the question with "9 years" and "5 times a day at regular intervals". You have become both tolerant and habituated; at this stage you likely need the Xanax that frequently just to feel normal. At one stage I took up to 8mg per day until my psychiatrist (new then) took things in hand and got me back to Diazepam 5mg as needed, but with a monthly maximum of 50 until now where I take 50 x 5mg tabs every 4 months. I'm not free of anxiety but some is normal and I like my pills to work when I really need them.
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