PLEASE do your research before taking Xanax or any other benzodiazapine. I can not stress enough how much damage Xanax has done to me and many others I know. My mother is an acupuncturist and has a lot of patients with anxiety who have tried Xanax. ALL of them ended up being hospitalized in order to get off of it. It is an extremely dangerous and addictive drug and once you are on it, it is very difficult to come off of. I began taking it for anxiety, .5 milligrams 3x a day, and noticed within a couple weeks that in between doses I was beginning to have what they call "break-through periods" in which I was experiencing withdrawal from the drug. This happens because the body builds up a tolerance to the medication and needs more and more of it the longer we take it. So they put me on Klonopin, another benzodiazapine in the same class as Xanax, and when that wasn't working, they tried Ativan. The withdrawal I was experiencing between doses was ten times worse than the anxiety I was having previously. A lot of people don't recognize this as withdrawal, but believe it is their anxiety returning, and continue to increase their dosage to avoid these break-through periods. Eventually, I wasn't able to sleep through the night, because I would wake up as soon as it wore off. One woman I know began getting constant and severe nausea and vomiting, after taking Xanax for over a year, and finally figured out it was the drug. She went through hell trying to get off of it.
Most doctors will not warn you about
the dangers of getting off these drugs, because they simply don't know about
them. Severe anxiety, Psychotic episodes, and even seizures and not uncommon during withdrawal. I know a woman who died from a seizure withdrawing from Xanax.
I having been successfully treating my anxiety, which was very severe, with Chinese herbs (you have to go to an herbal practitioner for these), good diet, regular sleep, and exercise. I would recommend the same for anyone.
Here is a good, comprehensive website:www.benzo.org.uk/
Post Edited (Cait88) : 11/12/2009 10:33:28 AM (GMT-7)