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   Posted 3/21/2009 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from anxiety and depression and read so many horror stories about using xanax on the web....I have tried 3 different ad's, none of which of helped much.  The xanax is the only thing that is really helping.  I try to use only .5 mg twice a day, usually only .5 once a day.  Is this highly addictive and should I not be using it?  I'm continuing to try to find (with my APRN) to find an effective ad.  Thanks for any comments

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   Posted 3/21/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   


Many people use this med or similar medications to help with their anxiety. If it has been RX by your APRN and you find it helps you I would take the medication.  Most people use it short term and only when needed and others on a daily basis.

If your concerned about addiction please do talk with your physician.

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   Posted 3/22/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not a doctor, but from experience, Xanax is addictive if taken regularly. But this need not be a problem. If you are taking it under a doctor's care, you will be fine. Don't increase or decrease the dose without speaking to your doctor. Also, never go off one of these drugs without help. You must follow a doctor's advice to do it safely.

I think if Xanax is helping, then continue taking it. If you're going to need something long term, perhaps your doctor can suggest an anti-depressant. I take Ativan and that is addictive, also. With a doctor's care, you'll be fine on the Xanax.
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   Posted 3/22/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken Xanax for years. Yes, these medicines may certainly be addictive, but it changed my life. Every time I tried to taper, my anxiety would worsen. I decided to continue with Xanax under my doctor's care, and do not plan on stopping. Just my two cents. Blessings, Julie
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