I hope my answers can help you some. I am glad you feel okay on the Xanax. Was just taking it a couple times a week working for you? If so, why did your doctor tell you to start taking it daily? If it were me and it was working just taking it a couple times a week, that is what I would do. However, if you are feeling more like yourself taking it daily, keep it up. The "heavy" and "sleepy" feelings should subside as your body adjusts.
1. Do you build up a tolerance after awhile and have to keep taking more and more to get the same effect?
I feel I have built up a tolerance to it and that it doesn't work the same as it used to. I take 0.25 mg three times daily and have been for about 1 1/2 years now. I have not talked to my doctor about raising the dosage. I am getting along okay with my anxiety as is so I figure why mess with an okay thing.
2. I don't currently drive, but hope to one day soon as panic gets better - do you feel your reaction time is slower or anything while on your Xanax?
I don't feel my reaction time is slower at all taking the Xanax. I take one first thing when I get up each morning and drive within an hour or so of taking it and have not noticed it made reactions slower. I hope you can one day get out and drive on your own. Independence and freedom.
3. When you have come off of Xanax (under a doctor's care slowly) have the side effects been really bad?!?! My doctor's quote to me was "why come off" he said I have had P&A for over 20 years and if this helps he doesn't see a reason I should need to come off - but if I do feel like I want to he can always help me do that later.
I have tried coming off a couple times on my own and suffered severe bad reactions so went back to taking it. I agree with your doctor, if it works, why mess with a good thing. If it improves the quality of your life that is what is most important.
I hope things continue to get better and better each day and that you can get "out" this weekend.
Thou shalt smile and have a nice day. It frustrates those who have other plans for thee.
Anxiety 2007; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002.
Medications: Allegra, Zantac, Xanax, Darvocet.