I am not sure why, but I have seen the same with Xanax, which is what I take. I also take it twice a day, even though right now it really isn't doing much. My guess on the taking it as needed would be so people wouldn't have to taper off of it or have withdrawals from it. I have to say though, in my experience, benzo's have been a piece of cake for me to come off of when I needed to (for pregnancy reasons). I say stick with how you are doing it until your situation in under control, since we are all different!
Oh, and don't worry about taking the Effexor, I have a feeling you will do just fine on it...I loved it, but it quit working for me after being on it for years. I have read a lot of your posts and you are a strong willed person! You can do it!
I also saw in the other post that you are in OH, I am in PA so we are fairly close state wise!!
Taking it regularly keeps your blood levels of the drug in the therpeutic range instead of using in prn (when necessary) . In essence you are preventing the anxiety instead of chasing it when your level starts to go up.
It keeps you on a level playing ground by just taking it on a schedule. There are many physicians that only order it for use as needed.
Lots of Hugs to you my friend.
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 11/15/2007 8:02:55 AM (GMT-7)
I've taken valium 2X daily when really stressed and panicky, and as needed otherwise. Good question for Dr. but if its working for you stick I'd with it. SOunds like it has controlled the panic attacks & I'd say that's a good thing. If you have holiday stress I wouoldn't change anything now.
Hello there and Welcome to Healing Well.
I have been taking a benzo daily for 25 years and have been weaning off since January. I am now down to Valium 2 mg/day from 40 mg/day. I have gone very slow under my physician's care.
I believe we always need to work with our physician when weaning any med and having a trusting relationship with our physician is the best way to go.
Glad to have you with us.
Thanks...I will ask my doctor on Tuesday when I go! The xanax isn't cutting it for me anymore and I need something that is going to help!
Is it me, or does it seem like sometimes unless we ask our doctors about a different medication, they just let us continue with the same ones!?