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mmllr
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   Posted 9/11/2008 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I work with someone that has been taking xanax for 14 years. Her script is for 3 a day and she takes anywhere between 6 and 10. She doesn't really need them for anxiety but she takes them for energy. I can't stand to be around her when she is speeding because she isn't focused and her speech is slow, and she makes bad decisions when she is using. Has anyone ever heard of these pills doing that.

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   Posted 9/11/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
xanax is a habit forming drug. If your friend has been on these drugs for that long and takes that high of a dose each day, then something is definately wrong. I would be surprised that her doctor would be prescribing these drugs for that duration, and your friend may actually be seeing more than one doctor at the same time to get the drugs. She may be doing something illegal, but worse than that she may be harming her body. I have never know xanax to give someone energy but quite the opposite. However, I am not a pharmacist or a doctor, just giving my opinion.

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   Posted 9/12/2008 2:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't understand either how they give her energy from what I've read. She gets her pills the first of the month, 90, and within about 2 weeks their gone. I think her dr would get in trouble if someone found out. I've told her she is hurting her body and don't like the way she acts when she's on them.

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   Posted 9/12/2008 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
When I take a pill (.25), I feel like I can go to sleep.
That is A LOT OF XANAX!

Do you see her taking this amount or does she tell you she takes this amount?
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   Posted 9/12/2008 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I take .25 or maybe 2 of those if I need them if I am really upset or anxious. Once on a really bumpy plane flight, I took four!!!! I don't remember leaving the airport...LOL.

However, I am on a bipolar board where people tell of taking 3 mg a day and don't bat an eye. I'd be comatose with that much.

6 to 10 .25 Xanax a day is not an unheard of dose. But it's something that should be prescribed and closely monitored.

Xanax does come in 1 mg pills (I am pretty sure) so that should tell ya something. Someone must be taking strong ones.

I have NEVER heard of xanax giving anyone energy. She must be on something else or else be manic or something. Or maybe she is just giving you some wild story.
 
Yeah...I just checked...xanax does come in 1 mg strength. Whew!

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   Posted 9/12/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, she is taking 1 mg. and has taken as much as 14 in a day. I work with her and did check her container when she wasn't around so that's how I know she is taking that many. I kept check for a week. We are both caregivers so that's why I checked. She said she has built up a tolerance from taking them for 14 years and that they do give her energy. 90 pills will last her less than 2 weeks and then she has to wait till the first of the month to get them refilled.

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   Posted 9/12/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   

mmllr,

Hello, welcome to HW, it's lovely to have new members.

I am concerned for your friend. Xanax is one of the most potentially addictive anxiety meds out there and her dosage is not sensible. I was put on xanax when I was in my teens and the dose crept up to 8mg a day. Doctor sanctioned. I came off it by going to a re-hab unit, and it was not easy. I was put back on xanax by a doctor about 6 months ago and I found that it made me feel angry and aggresive. Perhaps this is what your friend feels gives her "energy"???

I am not a health professional but it sounds like she needs to get off the dosage.

She seems to be quite oblivious to the damadge she may be doing to herself. You mention you are both care givers. Is there any way you can get her into a re-hab facility? Drastic I know, but it may save her.

Please, any questions on this you need to discuss, email me.

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   Posted 9/12/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I have never heard of it giving anyone "energy" either.  I take 0.25 mg twice daily (sometimes 3 times if necessary) and have been taking it for about 1 1/2 years now.  I am always wondering about how to withdraw from it and have tried a couple times and had to back on it.  I would say it depends on the milligrams and why she is taking so much.  I would think she has built up a tolerance to it after 14 years but upping the dose without doctor sanction is very dangerous.

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   Posted 9/12/2008 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   

I came off my very high dosage by switcing to valium and reducing it slowly. From 60mg to 5 as needed. Yaay! It can be done.

The side effects of high level xanax (as I have experienced) are tinnitus, shaking and sleep issues (insomnia)

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   Posted 9/13/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   

I also found out she is taking Vicodin with the Xanax. I stepped on a pill yesterday so I had my husband take it to the pharmacy to see what it was. Her boyfriend gives themt to her. She also has been taking them for years and has built up a tolerance.

I can't even imagine what this is doing to her body and how she will hold up as she gets older, she is 55.

 


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   Posted 9/13/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
That is where the energy is coming from. The vicodin. It sounds like she needs an intervention, though I don't know if you are up for it. You have your own issues, so be careful.

I can imagine the second two weeks of her prescription is hard on everyone if she is without the medications. Being she is a care giver, it sounds like this could interfere with her work.

Tread lightly, if you think that she needs help you might want to talk to somebody, but I would discuss it with her first and give her a chance to get help on her own.

But if this is interfering with her work, I would definately talk to her about it. You are a good friend.

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   Posted 9/13/2008 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   

It actually doesn't interfer with her taking care of my lady. I don't get it! How does the vicodin give her the energy? I've only known her since March and she had a big chip on her shoulder and didn't want to take any direction from me as her supervisor. She has had a hard life and just about all of her problems have come with her choices. I've have tried to be supportive and give her a second chance by trying to help her grow and let her know that she is in control of her choices and she can't blame anyone else when she messes up.

I've told her I believe in second chances and she knows I'm on to her so it's up to her to take control. I guess I'll see what happens.

 


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   Posted 9/13/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
As her supervisor in a care giving profession you should also be aware that some of her clients may be taking meds as well. I would be concerned that she takes a pill of her clients and uses them for her addiction. As her supervisor I think you have a moral and ethical duty to respond appropriately to what is going on before something very tragic happens.

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   Posted 9/13/2008 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   

CC,

very, very valid. Second chances are what we give to people who are not in charge if other peoples lives. Mmlr you are a sweet soul, don't get caught up in her deceit. It is not safe working with such a high level of medication in her system. She may be safe, but for how long?

You are a wonderful friend, but you must protect yourself and your client. You know in your heart what you need to do here.

Bless,

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   Posted 9/15/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, that's a lot of drugs. Xanax is a CNS depressant and shouldn't give her energy, although people feel the effects of drugs much differently and she may perceive it as such. Vicodin, I believe, is an opiate derivative and those two drugs together could do some weird things, I suppose. The slurred or slowed speech is definitely a sign that her CNS is depressed and not stimulated, no matter what she says she feels like.

Xanax is extremely habit forming and most doctors these days only prescribe it on a short term basis and as-needed. Tolerance is a problem with any short-acting benzodiazepine.

If you feel your business or your clients are at risk, I would advise speaking to an attorney as soon as possible.
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