I have been on Xanax a while myself. It is the only thing that really helps. Recently started low dose of Buspar, AD's never worked for me, made me feel worse. At one time I was taking 3 mg a day and that was too sedating. Now down to 1 mg a day and holding well. If I try to decrease any further, it gets bad. It does not sound like you are abusing it, but it gets such bad press from the people that do, it makes everyone paranoid. I think as long as you are being seen by a Dr., not drastically increasing your dosage and are Dr. about it. Worrying about your Xanax use is just going to cause more anxiety.
Hope today is a good one for you!
Good Morning All,
I have been on a benzo for many years and at one time was on 4 mg of Ativan per day. Well my P-Doc had a fit and wanted me off the Benzos so I weaned down using Valium as a substitue. I did very well but when I got to the low dose of Valium I refused to give it up completely as like you the side effects from the AD's cause me severe side effects that keep me from being able to live my daily life as normal.
Many people do wonderful on the AD's and I wish I did.
I think debaser gave you good advice, talk over with your Doctor the use of your medication and as long as you are not abusing it IMHO you are doing OK.
Take care and I wish you peace.
Ive been on 4mgs of Xanax for 7 years now and I absolutely wouldnt cope without it. It allows me to function on a 'normal' level and cope with the world. It doesnt make me feel sedated at all.
I've been on xanax for years as well for my anxiety and sleep issues.
Anxiety: Gets into my system quickly when I need it NOW!
Sleep: Adds that touch to relax me enough so that I can shut my mind off and get to sleep. (I'm also a rapid cycle bipolar).
Been on Ambien, Trazadone, Klonopin, etc. and they all leave me feeling very dragged out during the day and takes too long to kick in for me.
I agree with debaser's post:
"Klonopin has a longer half-life...much longer than Xanax. If you take Klonopin twice a day you'll always have some in your bloodstream, hopefully mitigating anxiety and panic. It's not so much that the Xanax isn't working for you. But consider that Klonopin may be worth talking to your doctor about. It may work better for you."
Wishing you wellness.
I have made appt with new PDoc. I really think my Xanax level is too low as I was functioning well on 2 mgs a day and nothing else. PDoc retired and GP does not like me being on Xanax at all. PDoc's attitude was, if it helps take it! Hanging on until the 30th of October.
Good for you Precious Gem,
I feel better that you're sticking with a pdoc regarding this issue instead of a GP!
Keep us posted!
I take 1mg 3xs daily as needed but always 1 at bedtime.
Good Morning Gem,
I am also gald you are following through with seeing a Pdoc as they specialize in mental health meds, which I believe I may have said before.............yours is my first post of the day.
Good Morning Kitt!
I am feeling a bit better today and I think making that appt was the right thing to do. Not so much looking for a "label" for my issues, just some consistant relief.
Have a great week-end
I had the same thing happen as Precious Gem. I had tried a single Xanax pill from a friend, and it helped me, but my GP would not prescribe it.
When I ended up seeing a psychiatrist, he had no problem with my having it. I take generic Xanax .5 mg as needed, and probably take 1/2 a pill 3 to 4 times a week. I am VERY careful. The psychiatrist did say that many GP's worry unnecessarily about prescibing Xanax.