Of course, it's not my business what anyone chooses to take. I was concerned because after having gone off Xanax cold turkey (per doctor orders), I almost died. It was the worst time of my life.
No doctor should expect you to go cold turkey off Xanax. Ive been told by my Pdoc that when im ready to come of the Xanax, i will be doing it in a private pysch facility as the withdrawals are a living hell. And im on quite a high, daily dose.
Having said that, my pyschiatrist is in no hurry to take me off a med that controls my symptoms so well. Ive tried antidepressants by themselves- didnt work for me. i need the combo of both to cope on a basic level. I am not addicted per se, but i am physically dependent and aware of that, but the prospect of going back to days packed full of terror that never seemed to end is enough to keep me on the Xanax.
Thats just my personal experience.
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Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T and Upper respiratory tract infections, Reactive Arthritis, IBS, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, Seasonal Mood Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo, Impaired immune system. Tachycardia,
Low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis. Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium. Codeine Phosphate. Phenergan. Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
Age:29. AP first DX @ 10. Fibro etc DX @14. Proud Aussie.