hello. ive been taking xanax , just as needed for anxiety and panic attacks. i only took probably 2-3 2mg. bars a week, or less. lately ive been having a really tough time with my bi-polar and anxiety and depression. my psych, who is not the dr. who prescribed this for me, said she wanted me to stop taking it at all. she said she wished it had never been put on the market. she said that all it does is mask the problem for a short time. then when the med. wears off, you still have the problem and you probably feel worse for using a depressant. i must say, even though i (DID NOT) want to give up the xanax entirely, i agree with her. what she said has been exactly my experience. ive only been off 1 week. it was a very tough week as my bi-polar was acting up and i had a few bad days. i wanted to reach for my xanax but i had promised i wouldnt. well i got through the week without it. im happy about that but i do have some xanax left over and i cant promise ill never take it again, but i will try to deal with my problems without it. you need to do whats best for you, of course, in conjunction with your dr. i hope you will feel better, whatever that may entail.