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I take Xanax for anxiety and to help sleep. I take .5 to 1 mg/day, divided up in two or three doses. I had to take much more when I was still on Prednisone.
I started Lexapro a few months back, and in addition to helping GREATLY with depression it has lessened my anxiety and I take less Xanax these days.
The Xanax and Lexapro are prescribed by a psychiatrist, whom I see in person every six months.
My PCP or rheumy probably would prescribe Xanax short-term if I asked, but since I have been taking it for years and also am taking the antidepressant, both drugs are supervised by the psychiatrist.
Benzodiazepenes can be addictive, but I do want to say that I've been on them at much higher doses years ago and did not have any psychological or physical problems when tapering and even discontinuing Xanax (under my doctor's supervision, of course).
I'm sorry to know that you are feeling stress and anxiety and hope you find relief soon.
Hi Hippi. I'm really sorry about your anxiety. I've been seeing a nurse practitioner, Alex, at my psychiatrist's office for about 3-4 years. I also have had increased anxiety lately and Alex started me on Lamectil with Xanax PRN, two months ago. I take Ambien each night, which is addictive, so I can't take Xanax daily. The Lamectil is working well. I also take Seroquel each night to stop the racing thoughts. Seroquel is a psychotropic and in high doses (>600mg) is used to treat schizophrenia, but thank God the television doesn't yet talk to me personally and 200mg does fine. My major depressive disorder has been relatively stable for about 2 years now with Prozac. Like the rest of you, all of my docs keep current medication lists for me. I could be wrong, but I think I'm one of the few on the forum who sees a psychiatrist. My advice is for you to get your anxiety meds from the doc who can see you first, then let the others know. Xanax is great for short term and works within hours. I hope you get some good rest soon. Love ya Sis!
Sorry to hear about the anxiety. As I've read the replies here I see a lot of us do experience the anxiety. I was taking Xanax and it was abruptly stopped and then started into withdrawal symptoms and got put back on to taper off of it. Am now past that and the anxiety is back with a vengence. I hesitate to ask the doctor for anything as I have experienced the withdrawal of what I now have come to know are addictive drugs. I can see both sides of taking versus not. I was much calmer when on the Xanax and am now a lot more uptight and just downright moody. I was getting the med from my old PCP and saw her assistant who is the one who stopped it abruptly. So, I am now at a point where I want to feel calm but am investigating alternative solutions to it other than anti-depressants. I hope you can find relief soon.