I have had a severe Panic Disorder since I was a child. At age 27, I started taking Xanax, and I have taken it for 30 years - and it has worked 99% of the time. I have never taken more than prescribed, and started out at .25 3x a day, the most was .5 3x a day, and now back to .25 3x a day. Why are the doctors all of a sudden not wanting to prescribe this med any longer when it is working? It is very frustrating! My general physicians has required me to now go to a psychiatrist to prescribe this med, and he is trying to ween me off, and keeps trying other things that I have terrible side effects from. His first excuse was that it causes Alzheimer's, and then at a later appointment, he said that had never been proven. So, does anyone know the real scoop on this? Thanks! StarGlitter
My family physician actually hollered at me for taking Xanax that was prescribed by my neurologist. I have been seeking both for about 20+years. He tried all the ssri's and each made me sicker than the previous one. This family dr just didn't get it. I raised my voice back at him and told him he doesn't know what this feels like. So... Back to the neurologist for a visit and explained what happened. He wrote out the prescription for 'brand name' only ... long story ... and I have my Xanax. Ask around for s good, compassionate dr. One of your friends must know of one. Keep trying. No matter what anyone says, there is no reason to wean off this drug. If it works, stay with it. I tried many things during this last bad panic attack and ended up in the hospital twice and I'm not a big baby who whines. I meditate and practice mindfulness. It helps some. Please look for someone new to help you.
There are good reasons to stop in medical literature that links the long term use of clonazepam and Alprazolam to developing dementia. After 20 years your odds of developing dementia are around 90%.
Sorry STAR; YOUR having to go through all of this, Stop the research you won't find it and it's crazy but part of this is the pressure the doctors get from the medical board And some of the doctors are just jerks when it comes to prescribing these medications stick with the guns and keep complaining about how these new medications are messing you up you were doing so well when you were on just the lower dose of Xanax and did not have all these side effects.we are being put between a rock and a hard spot when it comes to these medication because of the abuse by others and all that are making it to the streets. best of luck.
Steve, And Star And everyone else my kind of hot post at the end is by no means directed at anyone it's the system. After working in Pharmacy for over 45years give or take I would not do it again with the way they do stuff now. And I am not right by any means when I answer questions to the chemo has really taken a toll on me.And the last thing I want to do is get any more people here mad at me.You all know I have a hard time reading the post and get chemo brain at times and I so appreciate the people that have kindly corrected an error I might come up with at times but I have been doing pretty good I know This has saved me by keeping my mind busy so I answer a lot more than maybe some would like me to But it's therapy for me and thanks for putting up with me at times. I HAVE A BAD HABIT I SEE SOMETHING WRONG I SAY IT LIKE IT IS. no beating around the bush with me.But never am I directing any type of anger at anyone.
And hope I do more good here than bad.It's hard because I can't send messages in private due to a problem with my computer or drug.com so thumbs up do not work, And I can't add friends I have many in a file here that when it decides to work I friend them.But if I try and answer some question private it changes it to a post Hope you all have a fantastic Monday I well quit rambling now all my best to my friends here Chuck1957 aka Chuck.
I just joined this forum and I don't believe my question has been posted yet, but our situations are similar except I started 30+ years ago on 1 mg and over time have increased to 2 mgs a day. They are extremely site-specific and work very well for me and now I am in a tough situation with only 3 weeks worth left and no doctor. I have all kinds of insurance ... well, Medicare, Medicaid and Aetna but I am a stranger here in a new big city living alone in a small apt for the first time in my life and on a fixed low income. I'm not only anxious but somewhat scared. Now the clinic I have found refuses to write a script for me even though I have brought my past medical records with me to prove what drugs I take and dosage, etc.. I suppose my only options (to stay out of a hospital) are to start weaning off tonight or pounding the pavement until I find an empathetic doctor who will understand my plight.
I'm not looking for a pill-pusher, just someone who understands that they actually work for me. Dementia? bring it on. I'm 66 and pretty mentally clear considering what I have been through ... Good luck to both of us, eh?
Yes,I know the answer an the answers is all medicines have side effects an u been taking it for thirty years you know ur body better than anyone an if its helped u that long the proof is in the pudding, so people got to pick an choose what medicines they can deal with on side effects because its going in to your body so u should definately have that right,if your responsabile,
don't use illegal drugs,an do good things then good for u,the truth is there just giving u the run around because its a narcotic that's just plain truth with no beating around the bush,but also the truth is sometimes people are gonna have to take a pill that consist of taking a narcotic an some of them are very good an can help u it just depends on how the person uses it ,anything can be bad no matter what it is even if it ain't a narcotic its all on the persons mentality so for example if xanax was the same medicine an not labled as a narcotic an had no category we wouldn't even be talking about this or me answering this questions that's that but hope it helps an if u believe that an or makes u better then happy for u.God Bless
Maybe because you have to constantly increase the dose, unlike other benzos, e.g. clonazepam;
Because second only to the opiate crisis... which has been blamed on doctors and the manufacturers... benzodiazepines are the most abused class of drugs. Who would want to be blamed for this too?
Besides, do some research on the short- and long-term side effects of benzodiazepine use.
- Xanax Information for Consumers
- Xanax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Xanax (detailed)
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