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 Xanax, 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 appointments, send out job app's, etc. I have a husband who doesn't understand how the Xanax 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 medicines. 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,
I can't believe I just found your comment! For years this has been the case for me. I have to take a pretty significant amount, probably far over therapeutic levels but it is the only time I can clean and organize effectively. In fact it's almost to a manic degree. I organize everything and I mean meticulously! I really thought I may be the only one. I can grocery shop, make all of the necessary phone calls I've been putting off . I tend to make plans that I otherwise would never be able to keep and often if I don't have Xanax on the day the plans are made for, I cancel anyway. No one else I know has this effect from Xanax even in large quantities. I often have wondered if it has something to do with a chemical imbalance however I've never been diagnosed with anything other than Maybe generalized depression that only comes and goes.
Is it possible that there is something else specifically that is activated in my brain, only through benzodiazepines? Let me know if you found out any information about this. I really appreciate your comment. Thank you so much.
I'm really curious - I feel the exact same way when I take Xanax, but I have to be completely honest and say I don't have a prescription for it. I buy it from a friend who very clearly told me that while it's alprazolam, it's a counterfeit pill. I wouldn't say I've ever abused it; I take a small amount to help me get to sleep, but the next day I feel absolutely wonderful. I'm extremely productive, my brain feels like it's working at 3 or 4 times the speed it normally would, I feel endlessly motivated to complete every little task that comes across my mind. Basically, I have no mental fog whatsoever and my motivation levels are through the roof. To be honest, I would go so far as to say the effects that it had on me were almost entirely responsible for me getting a massive promotion at work.
I can't help but wonder though - considering that I know I'm buying counterfeit pills - does alprazolam actually do this to me? Or am I ingesting some other wonder substance that has this effect on me? For that reason I'm curious, since your experiences seem analogous to mine, do you all have prescriptions for Xanax and can confirm it's alprazolam that makes you feel this way? Or are you also buying counterfeit xanax and reaping these odd, but welcome benefits?
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