Hi optomist and welcome.
You will no doubt get differing opinions on this subject...but ultimately it is something that you and your doctor should decide together.
If for some reason, you or your doctor become concerned about
either a tolerance/dependence issue, or long term usage...then you will want to seek other ways in which to lower your anxiety, and be able to sleep without the benefit of an Rx...
There are different ways of going about
this, from coping exercises, to therapy/self-help techniques, ect.
However, if you continue to only require a small dose of your benzo, and are feeling fine with the status quo...then you can stay the course. Many people use Xanax as a maintenance med.
Discussing this with your doctor, and deciding what works best for you and your situation should help you in making your decision.
If you would like to add in some self-help/anxiety management skills to your treatment plan (which I recommend for everyone!) please see our suggestions in the link below.
Keep posting with us as well if you find it helpful. Support is key!
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Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 1/4/2014 5:00:18 PM (GMT-7)