Xanax..Need some Input please

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melindazcrew6
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   Posted 11/10/2009 6:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I have Bad anxiety and panic and depression. This has been going on since sept with bad derealization!! I went to the doctor yesterday and he wants me to up my Zoloft to 50mg and to take my xanax. I am so scared of meds and have heard horrible things about uping my Zoloft and with taking xanax. Please help I am scared!!!

Nanners
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   Posted 11/10/2009 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
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Melinda,

You already have a post asking about Xanax. I personally take this med and it has done nothing but help me. Follow your doctors orders and take your meds so you can start feeling better sooner.

Good luck!


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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
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Cait88
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   Posted 11/10/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Melinda,

PLEASE do your research before taking Xanax or any other benzodiazapine. I can not stress enough how much damage Xanax has done to me and many others I know. My mother is an acupuncturist and has a lot of patients with anxiety who have tried Xanax. ALL of them ended up being hospitalized in order to get off of it. It is an extremely dangerous and addictive drug and once you are on it, it is very difficult to come off of. I began taking it for anxiety, .5 milligrams 3x a day, and noticed within a couple weeks that in between doses I was beginning to have what they call "break-through periods" in which I was experiencing withdrawal from the drug. This happens because the body builds up a tolerance to the medication and needs more and more of it the longer we take it. So they put me on Klonopin, another benzodiazapine in the same class as Xanax, and when that wasn't working, they tried Ativan. The withdrawal I was experiencing between doses was ten times worse than the anxiety I was having previously. A lot of people don't recognize this as withdrawal, but believe it is their anxiety returning, and continue to increase their dosage to avoid these break-through periods. Eventually, I wasn't able to sleep through the night, because I would wake up as soon as it wore off. One woman I know began getting constant and severe nausea and vomiting, after taking Xanax for over a year, and finally figured out it was the drug. She went through hell trying to get off of it.

Most doctors will not warn you about the dangers of getting off these drugs, because they simply don't know about them. Severe anxiety, Psychotic episodes, and even seizures and not uncommon during withdrawal. I know a woman who died from a seizure withdrawing from Xanax.

I having been successfully treating my anxiety, which was very severe, with Chinese herbs (you have to go to an herbal practitioner for these), good diet, regular sleep, and exercise. I would recommend the same for anyone.

Here is a good, comprehensive website:

www.benzo.org.uk/

Post Edited (Cait88) : 11/12/2009 10:33:28 AM (GMT-7)


Nanners
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   Posted 11/10/2009 8:12 PM (GMT 0)   
Melinda,

If you use this medication as YOUR DOCTOR ordered you should not have any issues with this medication. I have been using Xanax for a couple of years now on a as needed basis and have not had one problem with it. Yes, it can be addicting, but if used as ordered, you should be fine. This is usually not prescribed as a daily med, only to be used as needed. I take it 1-3 times a month now. JMHO

Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Mazfire
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   Posted 11/11/2009 3:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Melinda I totally agree with Nanners- ive been on Xanax and Zoloft for 7 years. I am FINE. They both work very well for me. Im so sick of people 'scare-mongering' when it comes to Xanax. If your doctor recommended it, I am sure He/She has their reasons, and after all, they are the professionals.
 
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debaser
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   Posted 11/11/2009 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Xanax is a great medication when prescribed and used appropriately. It's doctors who allow their patients too much who get them into trouble. It has destroyed my aunt's life, that is for 100 percent sure. But I know a lot of people who it helps a lot.

I've NEVER heard about Xanax causing nausea or anything like that. I suppose anything's possible but I've never heard of it during treatment, anyway. Only during withdrawal when people try to quit too quickly and without a doctor's help. Yeah it's hard to get off of but it certainly can be done and it's not like heroin or anything. First you switch to a longer acting benzo like Klonopin or Valium, then taper from those. With patience it should go okay, despite what the "benzo UK" crowd thinks.

When I had my anxiety blog I had a lot of trouble with those people. The fact is, if most people take their Xanax the way Xanax was intended, there should only be a tiny bit of it in their system most of the time. Addiction would be impossible; dependence would be highly unlikely. Like nanners said, it's only meant for occasional use. If you have to use more than that, switch to a maintenance drug with a longer half life. I knew someone who was taking a small amount of Xanax daily and had done so for years. She switched to Klonopin and that's not only safer, she's also doing better. The Xanax wore off too fast.

It depends on what a person's anxiety is like. Xanax can be wonderful for many people as it will stop a panic attack dead in its tracks. Herbs, diet, sleep, and exercise aren't going to do it for everyone. Herbs aren't even put through clinical trials. The rest of the stuff should help but that's not always going to be enough for everyone. Xanax has its place, without a doubt. It's nothing to be afraid of but it should be taken seriously. On that I think we all could (or probably should) agree.

Cait88
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   Posted 11/12/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   

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Cait88 please be a little more sensitive with your comments.  You are dealing with some folks who are suffering with severe anxiety and coming here for support, not to hear negative things you are posting.  Many of us have found great success in treating are anxiety with Xanax.  Thank you!

Post Edited By Moderator (Nanners) : 11/12/2009 11:18:21 AM (GMT-7)


yankee girl
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   Posted 11/12/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I was prescribed Xanax when diagnosed with PTSD 10 years ago. At that time I was unable to sleep and had horrendous flashbacks and anxiety attacks. This medication saved my life. I was able to continue to work, and was finally able to sleep.

I continue to take it due to PTSD, exactly as my doctor has prescribed. I have NEVER had any negative side effects from xanax.

Yankee girl
 severe nerve damage/several surgeries on wrist, fibro,TMJ, PTSD
 

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