I have noticed that when I take my xanax, I clean, get organized, able to make phone calls, and get so much accomplished throughout the day. If I don't have any xan's, It takes everything in me to clean, do the laundry, etc. I imagine this is from maybe a chemical imbalance in my brain. I only know of one other person who cleans on them, as well. Other than her, do you know if xanax has this effect on others? I don't care for the short-term memory loss that is a side-effect with this med. Is there any other medication (I have not found any other medicine yet that has this same effect for me) or herbal remedy or over the counter med that may have the same effect for me so I don't have to rely on the xanax to make me do "everyday chores"? I talked to my therapist about this. She suggested that perhaps, with my anxiety, without the med, I am too overwhelmed to know where to begin, so I don't. But, I have taken Valium and it just relaxes me and doesn't give me that desire to clean my house, make appt's, send out job app's, etc. I have a husband who doesn't understand how the xanax's would make me so organized. He feels I should do this automatically. Needless to say, it's a touchy subject. Because it's a constant battle to get me to "functional" when I am out of my meds. Any suggestions or advice would greatly be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Also, I have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder which I am prescribed Wellbutrin. PS. I had to take a xanax to write this question and have noticed my heart is racing as I type. If I had not taken a xanax, I wouldn't even had considered coming to this site, let alone, asking my first question. Thanks again.
I was going to say the same thing your therapist said! I think it's true. I take Xanax for panic disorder and unfortunately, it doesn't have that effect on me, wish it did.
I bet you are slowed down enough to know what needs to be done and prioritize the chores. Valium also just helps my neck pain, it doesn't relax me. So who knows why Xanax specifically makes you better able to concentrate, but it does.
How much do you need to take to get this effect? Why are you running out of your Xanax early? Are you taking them to clean or for anxiety? If you are running out early and you take them on a regular basis, be careful! Your seizure threshold is lowered when you run out.
Best wishes to you KarrieAnn,
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