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raze
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   Posted 7/6/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
To all xanax users:
 
How much xanax is too much?  Am I taking a lot of xanax for anxiety? I take 1.25 mgs most nights to help me relax.  
"Getting an idea should be like sitting down on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something."  -E. L. Simpson
 
General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) with Agoraphobia
Zoloft (100 mgs) daily
Trazadone (50 mgs) nightly
Xanax (1.25 mgs) as needed at night
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 7/6/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
How much Xanax is ordered by your physician?  This is a good question for your physician or a pharmacist.
maximum daily dose of 4 mg, divided into smaller doses is noted in PDR)
Kitt


 

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Post Edited (stkitt) : 7/6/2009 4:32:50 PM (GMT-6)


Paulos
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   Posted 7/6/2009 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah how much? I take 3mg a day for anxiety and depression.
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Mazfire
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   Posted 7/6/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   

I take 4mgs a day for Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia. Been on that dose for 6-7 years.

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Low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis. Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium.  Codeine Phosphate. Phenergan. Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
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raze
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   Posted 7/6/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
.5 mgs 3x per day as needed.
"Getting an idea should be like sitting down on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something."  -E. L. Simpson
 
General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) with Agoraphobia
Zoloft (100 mgs) daily
Trazadone (50 mgs) nightly
Xanax (1.25 mgs) as needed at night
 
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Dark
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Paulos
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   Posted 7/6/2009 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I see Maz, I also have agoraphobia.
"Make a joke and I will sigh, and you will laugh and I will cry. Happiness I cannot feel, and love to me is so unreal."-Loony from Rings of Power


ThatsMzTaz2U
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   Posted 7/6/2009 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 1 mg 4 X a time and if panic is really bad that day or I have to go somewhere I don't want to Dr. says I could take a 5th one if needed, I don't take the extra one very often at all but the 4 MG I have been on for at least 20 years and it helps me to get out of the house with out it I would be totally housebound. I look at it like a diabetic needs insulin.

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Mazfire
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   Posted 7/6/2009 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   
ThatsMzTaz2U said...
I have been on for at least 20 years and it helps me to get out of the house with out it I would be totally housebound. I look at it like a diabetic needs insulin.

YES! i could not have said that better myself. well said, exactly how i view it also.
Maz XX


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'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)
 
Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T and Upper respiratory tract infections, Reactive Arthritis, IBS, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo,  Impaired immune system. Tachycardia,
Low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis. Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium.  Codeine Phosphate. Phenergan. Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
Age:29. AP first DX @ 10. Fibro etc DX @14. Proud Aussie.
 
 


jades75
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   Posted 7/7/2009 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking Xanax - daily or as needed -for the last six - seven years.  Without it.....I will not be able to "live" life.  Dosage is .5 mg. - cut in half.  I usually take first half along with Lexapro 10mg (was on Paxil but Dr. decided to change meds) and the other half at night.  I just cannot control my anxiety without this medication.

Aries8
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   Posted 7/7/2009 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm amazed at how long these doctors prescribe Xanax on a daily basis. These meds are not meant to be taken for long periods of time. I would suggest talking to your docs about other, non-addictive drugs to take the place of Xanax.
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nellebutter
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   Posted 7/7/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Aries Xanax can be addictive. I've been told that anxiety sufferers with addiction in their family shouldn't be prescribed such drugs.
This too shall pass...


ThatsMzTaz2U
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   Posted 7/7/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to disagree with the 2 previous post but for ME I would rather be addicted then to spend another 6 months housebound like I was 20 years ago, that was hell couldn't even open the front door. for me xanax saved my sanity, sure I still get a lot of panic attacks and have bad health anxiety but I can at least go into a store for a little while a day this is just MO
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Aries8
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   Posted 7/7/2009 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
All opinions are welcome. Glad you're not housebound any longer.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
 
60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.
 
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."


jades75
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   Posted 7/8/2009 3:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I suffered for almost three years, because I did not want to be taking a "pill" to control my anxiety. Diet, Therapy, Exercise, Meditation.....etc., etc., My anxiety was so out of control, that I could not walk into a store to buy groceries to cook a meal....walking into a McDonald's to order something was out of the question....even waiting to see my Dr. was so, so difficult. Xanax plus an Anti-depressant have given me the chance to function again. Perhaps, one day I will be able to control this debilitating illness without the help of medications. I envy people that could take life without being medicated, BUT at the same time, I am very grateful that these meds. exist and that we are able to take them. Just my opinion.

Nanners
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   Posted 7/8/2009 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I take Xanax myself, although I only use it 1-3 times a month, it has been a lifesaver for me too. I agree with some of the above who state they would rather be dependent on the med than live with excess anxiety. I have a chronic health issue and to me sometimes you have to put quality of life ahead of dependency risks. JMHO


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Post Edited (Nanners) : 7/9/2009 9:34:56 AM (GMT-6)


bigcc_1976
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   Posted 7/8/2009 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all!   I too am prescribed xanax, however I don't take them it very often because of the habit forming tendency.  My doctor tells me I should be taking the xanax more often.  Even though I rarely take xanax maybe once every other month, I always have my pill bottle with me.  Just the notion that I have the pills in case I need them has really helped me.  I am extremely scared of becoming addicted to any type of prescription drugs, because if I am I would very easily lose my career.
 
I understand the arguement from others in this forum that they would rather be addicted and functioning, and that makes sense.  However, if it comes to the point where someone is doctor shopping because they need more or are using someone else's meds then that is illegal and is reason for true concern and something else should be considered.

CC

raze
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   Posted 7/9/2009 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Xanax is addictive; however, I am not addicted to it, I am dependent on it. There is a difference and those words are often used together which bothers me. I hate it when people say, "you are addicted". That's basically telling someone they are a drug addict. Don't get me wrong, I don't take it everyday, but it helps knowing that I safety belt. I must say that xanax has helped me tons over the year that I've been prescribed it.
"Getting an idea should be like sitting down on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something."  -E. L. Simpson
 
General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) with Agoraphobia
Zoloft (100 mgs) daily
Trazadone (50 mgs) nightly
Xanax (1.25 mgs) as needed at night
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 7/9/2009 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
raze,
 
Physical dependence is a result of your body becoming dependent on a medication (or substance), where slowly tapering off the substance is necessary to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
 
Addiction is entirely different than physical dependence. Addiction is an emotional dependence of a substance, where the addicted person will abuse a substance, regardless of the consequences, for a non-medical purpose.
The two terms are frequently confused as often people may have both a dependence on a drug as well as an addiction.
Kitt
 

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sukay
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   Posted 7/9/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I am prescribed xanax for my anxiety as needed and always need it to help me shut off my mind and relax so that I can fall asleep at bedtime as well.
 
What I do during the day is try to find other things to help my anxiety go away first like: deep breathing, refocusing my attention, closing my eyes and listening to some soothing music or just coloring in a coloring book!
 
If all else fails...THEN I resort to taking a xanax.
 
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Aries8
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   Posted 7/9/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I didn't mean that people should suffer and not take medications. I was just voicing my concerns regarding the long periods of time some people are taking Xanax. I've spoken to numerous doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists who have said you should not be taking drugs like Xanax for years.

Of course, it's not my business what anyone chooses to take. I was concerned because after having gone off Xanax cold turkey (per doctor orders), I almost died. It was the worst time of my life.

Anti-depressants work well to control anxiety/panic attacks and they're not addictive.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
 
60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.
 
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sukay
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   Posted 7/9/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Yikes!  I'm surprised after being on it for years that your doctor who claims to know so much about the drug, didn't taper you off them like stkitt was talking about.

I've been it for years and when I tried to stop on my own cold turkey, I did suffer the withdrawl symptoms and that was Nasty!!!

Now I take it nightly to help me get into the sleep mode and prn for my anxiety/panic per doctors orders.

Sorry for what you went through.


nellebutter
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   Posted 7/9/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not criticizing anyone or their doctor for prescribing xanax the way they choose. I'm just stating that it can be addictive and I've seen the effects of all types of addictions on people that I love dearly and its not pretty. I'm just saying be careful we are here to support each other I commend everyone who takes their meds because for me, after a small side effect I'vexperienced I'm scared to try anything else. So at least you've taken a step further than I have.
This too shall pass...


Nanners
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   Posted 7/9/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Nellebutter,

Please read Kitt's post. There is a big difference between addiction (drug addict) and dependence (person needing med and being physically dependent on it for their benefit).

Regards,
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Mazfire
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   Posted 7/10/2009 12:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Aries8 said...


Of course, it's not my business what anyone chooses to take. I was concerned because after having gone off Xanax cold turkey (per doctor orders), I almost died. It was the worst time of my life.

No doctor should expect you to go cold turkey off Xanax. Ive been told by my Pdoc that when im ready to come of the Xanax, i will be doing it in a private pysch facility as the withdrawals are a living hell. And im on quite a high, daily dose.
Having said that, my pyschiatrist is in no hurry to take me off a med that controls my symptoms so well. Ive tried antidepressants by themselves- didnt work for me. i need the combo of both to cope on a basic level. I am not addicted per se, but i am physically dependent and aware of that, but the prospect of going back to days packed full of terror that never seemed to end is enough to keep me on the Xanax.
Thats just my personal experience.
 
Maz XX
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Low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis. Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium.  Codeine Phosphate. Phenergan. Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
Age:29. AP first DX @ 10. Fibro etc DX @14. Proud Aussie.
 
 


raze
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   Posted 7/10/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't take it every night. I will take 1.25 mgs one night. And then go 2 or 3 days without taking it or longer. Sometimes the withdrawals are bad, sometimes they are not. I will admit that since I work early in the morning most days. when I take it at night, I have better mornings.
"Getting an idea should be like sitting down on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something."  -E. L. Simpson
 
General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) with Agoraphobia
Zoloft (100 mgs) daily
Trazadone (50 mgs) nightly
Xanax (1.25 mgs) as needed at night
 
Raze
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Dark
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