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Xanax for Panic Disorder User Reviews

Xanax has an average rating of 9.1 out of 10 from a total of 233 reviews for the treatment of Panic Disorder. 91% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 5% reported a negative experience.

Xanax rating summary

9.1/10 average rating

233 ratings from 256 user reviews.

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Reviews for Xanax

  • Jen
  • February 6, 2019

"Do not be afraid to try this medicine! The stigma of this drug caused me to avoid it for about 15 years. If I was prescribed it, I flushed it down the toilet. I FINALLY took one when I was so desperate I didn’t have any other choice. I take 0.5 most days. People take all kinds of medication for all kinds of other diseases. Anxiety and depression are diseases just the same as anything else. It’s a shame that we are made to feel like we’re doing something wrong for using Xanax. It has helped me control my anxiety and depression for about 8 years now. Without it, I honestly don’t know what would have happened to me by now. It stops the terrible cycle of impending doom. It has kept me from going into major anxiety and depression so many times I can’t count. Mental problems are the hardest thing I’ve EVER dealt with in my life. I’m almost 45 and have been fighting this since I was 18. Whoever you are, I hope wholeheartedly that you find help and hold on."

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  • Elis
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • January 31, 2021

"Listen, I ONLY take it if I feel like my breathing exercises won't help and a panic attack is coming. I avoid taking it as soon as I get rapid heartbeats, etc. This is my security blanket; I carry it everywhere with me. It works like magic, and I always pray for the people who created this drug :) 3 years, no addiction. Use as needed! And remember, those panic attacks will come and go, they won't hurt us. Welcome them with a smile; that scares them."

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  • Gramm...
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • February 4, 2019

"I was first diagnosed with panic disorder and agoraphobia 40 years ago. After seeing many doctors, I finally found one that understood the brain's chemistry. My mother had it and never left the house due to severe agoraphobia, and both of my children developed panic disorder. I have been on Xanax 0.5 four times a day for 37 years and was told because of my brain chemistry that I will need to take it forever. No one would ever guess I take Xanax as it does not slow me down but only makes me able to function daily and travel for work. For those of us with panic disorder, it is a lifesaver."

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  • Anony...
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • April 21, 2021

"Xanax has literally saved my life. After going to the hospital for a panic attack and seizure due to an overwhelming feeling of fear and worry, my psychiatrist prescribed 2mg once daily. WHAT A DIFFERENCE. Listen, many people say it is an addictive drug... which it can be if taken incorrectly... however, if you have to take medicine for a heart condition, what is really the difference? The only people that don’t understand are the ones who have never suffered through a panic attack or had a moment of extreme anxiety. It can be very debilitating. I am grateful for this medication."

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  • Ada
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • December 9, 2019

"Xanax really helps me with my panic attacks. If normally a panic attack would last me around 3-4 hours, if I take this, it will be gone in around 30 minutes and then feel extremely calm and peaceful. It really helps a lot, and I don't think I'll ever stop taking it, because I just can't deal with my panic attacks on my own."

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  • Bigboy
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • March 5, 2019

"I've taken Xanax for thirty years, and I had to only increase the dosage once! I would've lost my job if I didn't take it. In my opinion, it's a miracle drug; that's why I've stayed with it all these years!"

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  • Darling
  • April 24, 2021

"Been on Xanax 4 years 1mg a day for intense panic attacks in the evening/night. Would wake up sweaty heart palpitating impending doom and vomiting nonstop. Also have CVS. Xanax worked great, also helped my TMJ. Never had to increase my dose in the 4 years I've been on it & never took more than the one pill a day I was prescribed. So tell me why now, all of the sudden my dr has taken me off of it?! After 3 days of not taking it I was twitching, vomiting, couldn't hold down water, TMJ pain, intense migraine and tinnitus. Called dr & told him I have a 5 year old child, cannot be bedridden all day! He called in a script but only 15 pills half my normal dose & said he couldn't give me anymore. His reasoning: "You've been on it too long and you shouldn't need it anymore." Xanax helps my panic attacks, TMJ, CVS, insomnia. Had given me my life back. No quality of life now. Guessing this is because of people who abuse them, they want to take people off who legit need it & don't abuse it."

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  • Dawnie
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • April 12, 2018

"This is one of those medications that you try to avoid due to 'bad press.' That being said, it has saved my life. I went from being homebound agoraphobic to traveling outside my home, getting and maintaining a 12-hour job, and this year going back to college to finish my nursing degree. This is what this medication was originally made for... to give those like us a chance at a normal life. So sad, so many are deprived of this miracle drug due to a few bad apples. No memory impairment thus far, and I have been on this med for years. Not expensive. No bad side effects other than an occasional headache. Wonderful medication!"

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  • David
  • August 23, 2019

"I have been taking Xanax for 7 years now. And I do not feel like myself anymore. Everything have become worse step by step since I started this! I can barely go out now! Xanax took my life away! My agoraphobia and panic attacks has increase over 1000 times! I'm so addicted to this medicine by now so if I miss one dose, I get crazy panic and feel I will DIE and get a stroke or heart attack! Have been close to call ambulance many times! I had one bad seizure a while ago. NOW I have decided to quit this "medicine" but at the hospital under the supervision of a Doctor! I can not quit myself! I have been taking 4 mg every day since 7 years! Please STAY AWAY FROM THIS DRUG! If you take if for years, it will be like selling your soul to the devil! Xanax is the devils candy! I would have torn my first prescription in 2 parts if I could travel back in time! Now I need 4 MG a day, at least just to survive! Only to keep my nose above the surface! Remember I WARNED YOU! I lost my girlfriend! Pray for me, please!"

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  • Ken
  • May 14, 2015

"It's amazing how many symptoms come about because of anxiety: chest pain, chest squeezing, dizziness, light-headed feelings, feeling faint, sweating, nausea, heart palpitations. I could go on. Xanax is practically a miracle drug. It stops most of these symptoms cold after about 45 minutes of taking it. You feel better, and you look back at one hour ago, and you're bewildered that stress and anxiety caused you to feel so badly."

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  • Blondie
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • January 13, 2019

"I've been taking Xanax 4mg daily for severe panic disorder and agoraphobia since 2014. This drug is a miracle; it gave me my life back. I'm able to work and enjoy my life again instead of being bedridden. I experienced no side effects either. If not for Xanax, I would've been in an institution by now. Xanax saved my life."

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  • eyaka...
  • October 29, 2014

"I have a panic disorder and have been taking Xanax for over 20 years now. Never had to increase my dose and finally can live a normal life. The doctor had tried all different medications, and this is the only one that worked."

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  • Free...
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • August 19, 2018

"Been on Xanax over 30 years. Began taking it for severe panic attacks which turned into agoraphobia after doctors said nothing was wrong and kept telling me just to relax. I had panic so bad I could not leave the house, answer the phone or doorbell, eat. When my blood pressure went so high I burst a blood vessel in my eye I finally met a doctor who was an expert in panic disorder. He started me on Xanax and all my symptoms resolved almost immediately. Blood pressure normal, could go out and shop, got a good job. Life was wonderful for 30 years. On .25 3 X per day. Never wanted or needed more. Now doctors want everyone off Xanax and I am being forced to quit. I am terrified. At least I had 30 great years"

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  • Lisetta
  • July 4, 2013

"I was 16 when I had my first panic attack! It was so scary. I didn't know what was happening to me. It got to the point that I had anxiety every single minute of my day. I became housebound for the next 2 years. I would not step foot outside my house. I felt like the world around me was a dream. I now know this is called derealization, something that happens when anxiety is at its worst, at its peak! My mother took me to her psychiatrist. That was the best day of my life. I was prescribed 1 mg Xanax 3 times per day. I started to flourish, I started living again and slowly getting back out into society. I am now 44, I have a loving husband, 2 kids, and am still on Xanax, but my dosage is much lower, 0.5 milligrams in the morning or when necessary."

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  • Trudy
  • September 16, 2019

"I have been on Xanax for over 30 years - I have a panic disorder of some kind. It has changed my life and allowed me to function normally. Now my psychiatrist retired and I am seeing a young resident who wants me off it. I could have seizures and terrible withdrawal. And be back to not leaving the house."

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  • Missy
  • February 28, 2020

"I’m a young adult & I feel like all I experience in my life is anxiety & panic. I’ve tried a number of antidepressant and anxiety medications over the years that do indeed help, because without them I would never be able to leave my house. However, I still do get extremely anxious and have panic attacks. My new psychiatrist has actually been able to figure out my particular chemistry. She prescribed xanax for the panic attacks, which has helped tremendously. I only take 2mg when I’m having an attack. At most 15 minutes later, I feel twenty times better. My attacks can easily last hours so the xanax cuts that time greatly. Afterwards, I get sleepy and my concentration isn’t very good, but I’d much rather be calm & not be able to concentrate than to be panicking & feeling like I’m losing my mind & STILL not able to concentrate. I don’t see myself using it for years like some people have to because I do take Fetzima and Prozac daily, but for now it’s helping me so much!"

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • July 15, 2015

"Xanax is by far the best anti-anxiety medication on the market. I take it as needed and it works within minutes. I can't stand doctors who talk bad about the medication and how addictive it can be. People will abuse anything and everything. Xanax is amazing, and I take it as needed, not like an addict would."

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  • Autism...
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • September 16, 2019

"My child has been sick and disabled for 40 years. She has seizures and autism and is a wanderer. We have both been thru enough nightmares to write a series of books. I have panic and anxiety. Now because of silly adolescents and adults trying to get high I am unable to get Xanax - the only medication that has kept me sane for 30years. I only filled my prescription 3-4x a year. I never got high from taking it. I didn't know you could. I barely leave the house now and I have panic attacks while driving and this is new to me ...panic attacks wake me up. I can't even sleep on peace. I'm in AZ where pot is legal but Xanax is not. No one prescribes it anymore. The stupid Dr's here think panic attacks are not real and laugh at me. They see my child. She is always with me."

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  • Anonymous
  • April 22, 2008

"Xanax saved me during my separation/divorce. We have one child and the realization that I would only see her on weekends destroyed me. I would have panic attacks and anxiety so bad I could not function in life. I lost weight, had nausea, could not sleep or eat and wanted to die. I was prescribed Xanax 0.25mg (the lowest dosage). I take half in the morning and half in the afternoon. Xanax has saved my life, I feel normal, can work, focus, and enjoy the time I do have with my daughter. It works!!"

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  • Sapph...
  • January 28, 2014

"I had a breakdown in my doctor's office after my Klonopin stopped working. She said I needed something stronger for my daily panic attacks as I could not even function at my part-time job that was only three days a week. I am on 2mg twice daily. It's affordable and helps like no other medicine I've tried. I take it with chamomile tea to relax if I've had a stressful day. Or if things get too hectic at work, I may take half of one. It also cured my insomnia. I feel like a normal person now."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 18, 2014

"Just got prescribed 0.5mg of Xanax. Within a half hour the intrusive thoughts and panic attacks stopped. Taking sparingly, only when needed. Definitely a good thing to take at your worst moments, but not good for regular use."

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  • anxie...
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • September 4, 2016

"Before I was prescribed xanax I weighed 90 pounds, bags under my eyes, couldn't get out of bed, had no appetite, dehydrated, couldn't leave the house, or even speak to anyone. I have SEVERE anxiety and depression & also suffer from PTSD.... thoughts on suicide were everyday and I had to be basically babysat 24-7 to make sure I didn't do anything stupid. I don't understand why everyone talks about the negative effects of this pill when people like ME actually need it to function and live a happy lifestyle. Since taking it, I've gained healthy weight, no longer throw up from anxiety, i have friends now, and do activities i never thought i would without having panic attacks. Its a great feeling to be able to live again. Thank you XANAX"

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  • GGano
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • September 2, 2019

"Have had symptoms of panic attack and anxiety disorder over 50 years. Diagnosed 1980 by psychiatrist. Was able to lead a high-functioning life and hold down a 20-year high functioning career with the state. After this many years and all the reading that I have done and also my experience in working with psychiatric patients I understand what a benzodiazepine can do in my estimation it is The Most Dangerous Drug bar none to detox from. Because of the opiate epidemic it is being suggested to the medical community to also curtail use of benzodiazepines. If I came away with nothing from this post I hope to come away with the fact that doctors need to be educated as to the dangers removing patients from long-term benzodiazepine use without titrating"

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  • Beard...
  • January 6, 2020

"This drug Xanax does exactly what it’s supposed to do for panic attacks. It’s honestly the only prescribed drug I’ve ever taken that really fulfils what it says it will do. I’ve been taking this medicine for close to 20 years sometimes not for long periods of time but very steadily for about the past 7. I gave it nine stars bc it is super effective but has a good deal of drawbacks. For one, it’s crazy addicting. I feel I’m definitely addicted to it and start having very serious withdrawals if I skip a few days. Personally, I feel like it’s the lesser of two bad options being that not having it my life is just constant anxiety and panic but it creates its own anxiety knowing that you need it. I currently take 2 mg a day and sometimes I break it up throughout the day. If your anxiety is truly severe and strongly affecting your life I would recommend taking it but if that’s not the case I would use some discretion before getting involved with a drug as strong as this."

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  • chand...
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • February 20, 2013

"I've tried Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, and many more antidepressants and none of them worked for my severe anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I struggle with panic attacks on a daily basis, but Xanax has helped me so much and I've come a long way. Panic attacks are one of the worst conditions to have."

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