Brain fog and Xanax!!

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   Posted 4/30/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys, as a lot of you know, I experienced 2 months of severe anxiety, and now I am infinetly better, albeit far from perfect.
Anyways, in the first 2 weeks of this new "cycle" I took a lot of xanax. My doc prescribed it to me, I've taken it for panic for over 5 years... normally I would take 1/2 of a 0,25 dose a day, which is nothing... and 1/2 of 0,25 if I had a crisis. Never had ANY problems with it.
During this period of crisis, about 1.5 months ago, for 2-3 weeks, I took more than that. I took about 0,5 - 0,75 mg a day!!
Now I'm only taking 0,25 mg per day at night before bedtime. It's been like this for over 1 month,
Today with my therapist I mentioned I have been having a bit of brain fog. Like in the end of the day when I'm very tired I can't really concentrate or if I'm doing something else and someone talks to me I feel like I can't think properly for a second, it's like I freeze... this only happens when I'm very tired and not that into the topic. When I'm talking about something that really interests me I don't have the fog, but for example, at work, if I'm working on something and my boss asks me about another topic, I get stuck for a second.
So yeah, my therapist was like, oh, that might be because of the xanax, it will pass soon.
Then I read stories here at healing well about people ending in the psych ward due to xanax withdrawl and I am FREAKING out!! Do you guys think I might be addicted to it??? I mean, I don't feel the need to take it at all during the day, I only take the daily 0,25 mg dosage before bedtime because my doctor think I should as sleeping well is important etc... but I don't feel the need to take it...
I'm also taking 62,5 mg of Sertraline, which is a lot for me because I used to take 12,5 - 25 mg when I was younger. However, since I'm older and this crisis came with mild depression, my doc upped my dosage.
I'm just scared that I have too many drugs in my brain, specially the xanax! Other than the "brain fog" I've been feeling very well.
What do you guys think?

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   Posted 4/30/2009 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
You are taking such a low dose I can't imagine that you are addicted to it or that it would cause serious withdrawals. OF course, I am not a doctor, but I have taken Xanax on and for many years and am very careful about my dosages. I mentioned to my doctor once about the concern I had about becoming addicted and he said you would have to take a whole heck of a lot more than .25 for it to cause an addiction.

And that is what I take. Sometimes I take .25 at night, sometimes I take .5 at night depending on how I feel and this has been for about 2 weeks. If I don't take it one or two days, I don't feel anything abnormally.

Could it be the other medication you are taking?
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   Posted 5/2/2009 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning and Welcome to HealingWell, I am Kitt.

Sertraline tends to increase levels of energy—which is helpful for people battling fatigue or "brain fog." Although I have read posts by members who have brain fog from the SSRI meds too.

As far as your addiction/withdrawal and Xanax you dose is very low.  You may be very sensitive to benzos which could cause you to feel a bit foggy from even a small increase.  Most people will adjust to the dose changes without problems.

I am not a professional so I would have to say your physician is your best source. 

Hope you can kick this brain fog to the curb.  Stick with us as we care.

Hugs to you,



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   Posted 5/3/2009 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   
If it makes you feel any better, I have been directed to take 0.5 mg 3x daily which I never did. I would occassionally take 1/2 a 0.5 mg tablet evry now and then since I was scared of the "withdrawl" issue as well. My doctor has told me that there are people that do take up to 6mg of Xanax a day! He also tol dme that the 0.5 mg 3x daily is also minimal to contribute to any future withdrawl. Funny thing is today is the first day in 5 months that I took a full 0.5 mg tablet and I felt tired all day but it did minimize the "tingling" sensations I have been feeling in my head.
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