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medtaker
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   Posted 9/1/2007 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I am totally new at this and am almost a web dunce.  I have been taking xanax at the rate of two .5mg tablets a day for about a year. I have been trying to take less. Have depression/anxiety and wonder if the amount of xanax I take would produce wthdrawal symptoms if I quit suddenly.
 
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   Posted 9/1/2007 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
i'm actually wondering the same thing. i would like to get off xanax, but the withdrawl scares me. anyone done it?
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   Posted 9/1/2007 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and Welcome to Healing Well and the A & P Forum.

Xanax should be weaned slowly under your physicians guidelines.

For a person on 0.5 mg three times a day a typical suggested tapering would be  over 8-10 week period. Please remember we are not professionals, only sharing info and lots of support.

Again a Warm welcome. 

 


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john jones
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   Posted 9/2/2007 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes to get off Xanax you need to be put on another anixity med, like adavan. Take this med for about 4 days tapering and than your off. It hell going cold turkey off Xanax I know. Maybe check into the hospital for a weekend, so you can be weened by your doc. It be hard 4 days thou after you get off. Trying to get completly off clonazapam right now myself John

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   Posted 9/2/2007 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't pay attention to the above. You can't taper off your dose in four days, and you certainly wouldn't do it by switching to ativan. And you never cold turkey any benzodiazepine.

Kitt is right that you should be talking to a physician, but in the event that your physician is clueless, too, then you'd want to find another. Suggest to him that you'd like to switch to a longer-acting benzodiazepine and taper from that, because it's obviously easier given the half lives that are involved here. It's a LONG process if done correctly, but it shouldn't cause you much discomfort.

Too often patients are left in the dark when it comes to this stuff, and too often doctors don't know the proper way to taper, anyway. That's why you hear all the bad stories on the net. Those who had good doctors who knew what they were doing...well, you don't hear those stories because these people didn't have all that much of a problem. I know a guy who's tapering right from Klonopin/clonazepam and he's not experiencing any problems whatsoever. It just requires a LOT of patience.
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   Posted 9/2/2007 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Im going cold turkey right now down from 4mg of clonazapam a day. Was just at a half of a half of 1 mg pill. Like I was saying coming off 1mg xanex would be real hard, guess you could do it. It a fast acting benzo than clonazapam, need talk to your doc first john

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   Posted 9/2/2007 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
"Going cold turkey" implies that you simply stopped taking your medication.
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   Posted 9/4/2007 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Please DO see and work with your PHYSICIAN in coming off these meds "
As D stated you would be coming off " cold turkey" if taking nothing and from your post that is not the case you are tapering as your post reads to me
Totally different scenarios and reactions too

Meds as these need to be weaned off of with a doc's instructions and his/her input

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   Posted 9/4/2007 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
debaser said...
Don't pay attention to the above. You can't taper off your dose in four days, and you certainly wouldn't do it by switching to ativan. And you never cold turkey any benzodiazepine.

Kitt is right that you should be talking to a physician, but in the event that your physician is clueless, too, then you'd want to find another. Suggest to him that you'd like to switch to a longer-acting benzodiazepine and taper from that, because it's obviously easier given the half lives that are involved here. It's a LONG process if done correctly, but it shouldn't cause you much discomfort.

Too often patients are left in the dark when it comes to this stuff, and too often doctors don't know the proper way to taper, anyway. That's why you hear all the bad stories on the net. Those who had good doctors who knew what they were doing...well, you don't hear those stories because these people didn't have all that much of a problem. I know a guy who's tapering right from Klonopin/clonazepam and he's not experiencing any problems whatsoever. It just requires a LOT of patience.

I agree. DO NOT switch to ativan. My doctor actually said he wouldn't even prescribe xanax and I heard it was harder to get off xanax than ativan and ativan is very hard. My husband did it pretty much cold turkey getting off ativan and was as sick as a dog. They advise going to valium from ativan, and I think it might be the same for xanax, not sure though. I've also heard people have used klonopin. People are so different and there are schedules in lowering your dose but you can tell how much to lower your dose also. My husband for example got off the ativan and is taking valium but a tiny bit is putting him to sleep. With me, I am more of the resistant hyper type and it doesn't make me tired like him.
Speak to your doctor and look online on how to get off a drug written by a doctor.
Hope this all helps.
 

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   Posted 9/5/2007 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
john jones said...
Yes to get off Xanax you need to be put on another anixity med, like adavan. Take this med for about 4 days tapering and than your off. It hell going cold turkey off Xanax I know. Maybe check into the hospital for a weekend, so you can be weened by your doc. It be hard 4 days thou after you get off. Trying to get completly off clonazapam right now myself John
Not true...you do not need to take another med to be weened off xanax.
You're dose is not high enough.
When the dr's first started me on xanax, I was taking .75 a day for a month. I was out of it, Then went to .50 a day for 4 months.
No one told me to not stop cold turkey and I did. Big mistake. I was getting the hippi hippi shakes.
I just lowered my dose gradually over a month. I went to .25 a day, then 1/2 .25 a day, then every second day, then I stopped and was TOTALLY fine!
 

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   Posted 9/6/2007 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
WE still ask that all ppl check with and have their doc on BOARD with the medical decisions they make
Each of us is different

Glad you were able to do this however I still feel a doctor is needed in the weaning or changing your meds...........
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   Posted 9/6/2007 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Lyn is right, you need to have your physician involved in weaning of any med that you have been taking long term.  I will repeat, we are not prefessionals, we are all members from all walks of life with many personal life stories. Please be very  careful with your medications.

Take Care and gentle hugs to all.


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   Posted 9/6/2007 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
peacesoul said...
john jones said...

Yes to get off Xanax you need to be put on another anixity med, like adavan. Take this med for about 4 days tapering and than your off. It hell going cold turkey off Xanax I know. Maybe check into the hospital for a weekend, so you can be weened by your doc. It be hard 4 days thou after you get off. Trying to get completly off clonazapam right now myself John
Not true...you do not need to take another med to be weened off xanax.
You're dose is not high enough.
When the dr's first started me on xanax, I was taking .75 a day for a month. I was out of it, Then went to .50 a day for 4 months.
No one told me to not stop cold turkey and I did. Big mistake. I was getting the hippi hippi shakes.
I just lowered my dose gradually over a month. I went to .25 a day, then 1/2 .25 a day, then every second day, then I stopped and was TOTALLY fine!


I don't know if it's necessary or not, but here's what I do know. Xanax was not designed and has not been approved for long-term management of anxiety/panic disorder. This person took it daily for an entire year.

Since I'm not into biochemistry I can't really say anything for sure, and I don't think your statements should be so matter-of-fact, either. A psychiatrist is best to judge this.

And at any rate, I certainly wouldn't see the harm in switching to an equivelent dose of longer-acting benzo to do a taper. It may not be necessary, but it could help. Thats for him/her to bring up with her doctor.
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medtaker
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   Posted 9/6/2007 10:32 PM (GMT -7)   
 Thank you to all who replied.  I have switched from taking two .5 mg xanax to 3 times.25 I hope that works. When I stopped taking xanax cold I didn't know about the withdrawal. I was referred to a neurologist. He thought I had early parkinson's. He put me on 3
carbidopa/levodopa per day. It had bad effects. He then let me take 1/2 a carbidopa/levodopa 2 times a day which I do now.  For depression he put me on Wellbutrin
150mg 2 times a day.  Right now I take so many meds that I have no appetite. I sure would like to limit them to just blood pressure and cholesterol meds. I don't think I'm the only one who had a major life crisis and fell into depression/anxiety, then had doctors throw new prescriptions at you. I would like to stop as many of them as I can.  Lunesta and Remeron
take the edge off and allow sleep. But mental function the next day is jagged. Again, thanks. If I find out anything that can help any of you. I will.
 
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