- I would really like to know how it makes you feel, personally... Do you feel had you been better informed (or were you even informed) about the risks of addiction, would you have chosen this drug, irregardless, or would you have taken something less addictive such as BuSpar?I'd like to know honestly, just what you are going through in trying to get off this drug particularly, as I have a friend who's just been prescribed it for anxiety, and I want to make sure he knows ALL the risks/dangers/pitfalls of this dangerous drug...
nodopes, most drs will imform the patient of the risks of addiction. i know my dr did, and the risk is so high, that is why most drs refuse to prescribe it. i too take xanax for severe anxiety/panic, and i do my best to not take it everyday because of how severe the addiction is more so another opiate. bring your friend to this site, go to the forum for xanax, and show your friend. take care and i hope this helped some, helpmehawaii
Hello NoDopes. Tad late but I'd like add to what Leanne already mentioned. Alprazolam (Xanax) is very effective in fighting anxiety as well as panic attacks. Some years ago I went into detox because of my Xanax addiction. In my case it was simply popping the pill and not thinking twice, just took it as prescribed, to help my anxiety. My body had built up had tolerance to it and the dose was increased. This was back in the mid 80's or so, when Alprazolam was a relatively new drug. While in the hospital (detox) I had a seizure (on phenobarbital to prevent one) and it left me without my speech. I had to learn through therapy how to talk again. Having said this, its a drug that can and does its job. Sad part is how today, this prescription medication is being abused, as many of the psychiatric drugs are also. Best of wishes and good luck to you and your friend,pledge
NoDopes, I take xanax & have since 1994. I was prescribed .5mg to get me to sleep, not for anxiety. Over the years I have become tolerant of the dose & have had to have it increased, but I never crave the drug or abuse it at all. I take it specifically for sleep at bedtime because I cannot shut down my brain. Once I have taken my xanax, or alprazolom, within 30 minutes I am asleep & usually do not wake up til morning. It works very well for me, but I do not have an addictive personality either. I guess I cannot help you altho' I am aware of other people that use it for anxiety & have become dependant on it for that reason. As Pledge says it works very well, but then in my case I am up to 3mg at bedtime to get to sleep. My doctor does not think this is a high dose & does not have a problem with it at all. Best of luck to your friend... Mary
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