I have a prescript
ion from my doctor for .5 mg which takes the edge off without making me loopy.
Also, the day I had a lumpectomy for breast cancer, I was given 5 mg on an empty stomach before they ever gave me any anesthesia. It was the best day of my life LOL
On that dosage, I did get pretty talkative, and it's not completely clear to me that I was making sense. My cat (RIP) was also on the same drug (and he was prescribed .5 mg! I was furious that he and I were on the same dosage) and the first time I gave it to him, he was very talkative and insistent and I thought he was reacting to his trip to the vet and so forth, so I gave him another dose at bedtime and he kept me up all night, talk talk talking.
In the very worst case scenario, I'll take 1 mg for sleep if something is really weighing on me and my mind won't shut up. But for taking the edge off and yet allowing me to work, .5 mg is just right.
I should also note that (a) I pretty much get no side effects from medication so YMMV, and (b) I also have been a meditation practitioner for 25 years, so the drugs are just one part of a larger whole.
edit to add: I abused it for a short time in college, and my experience with it then was that it did not make me feel any better about the things that were upsetting and depressing me, but it removed all inhibitors on expressing my feelings. So I would be sitting in class crying and what not, and that really didn't do me any good. This was, however, on what was probably far too high a dose taken steadily for far too long without a break.