Sunshine, You will hear of people that have been on this med for years and other's who have a physician that will only prescribe it short term.
Perhaps another med to help you sleep may be more doable for you. Please do check with your physician.
Ive been on 4mgs of Xanax for around 7 years. I take it for panic attacks, not as a sleep aid. I would strongly advise that you dont use Xanax as a sleeping tablet, that you find something less addictive which is specifically made to aid with insomnia. That is not the purpose of Xanax- there are plenty of other good meds that are really effective with sleep. I would tread carefully with Xanax, its is powerfully addictive if not used correctly for its intended purpose.
Trazadone for me, too, for about 7 years now. 100mg/night. I also take 2mg. Klonapin (which is addictive, but I haven't had a problem with that and don't take all I am supposed to take during the day unless I'm having panic/PTSD symptoms.
I've tried Xanax and for my body type/structure or whatever it is that makes me tick - it makes me feel very loopy and almost scared when I was on it for awhile.
Trazadone is an anti-depressant that helps with anxiety and is taken only at night because of how it helps you get to sleep and stay asleep (ahhhhhhhhh). It's really nice to be able to sleep when you've not been able to for years..
If you try it, let us know how it works for you!!
Trazodone works well for me too and I use 100mg most of the time although I may take up to 150mg if I feel I need to. Gentle Hugs,
Re the Trazodone, you can start this medication while weaning off the Xanax.
Glad to hear you did get 5 hours of good solid sleep last night.........hurrah !