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Old 04-08-2008, 10:21 AM   #16
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As long as you take them only "as needed", and no more than once or twice a month, I'm sure you would be fine. However, Xanax is not meant to be used daily.

It's a long story, but Xanax was a life saver for me last year. However, this drug causes long term problems. I realized that when I tried to lower my dosage and encountered horrible insomnia and anxiety. Prior to starting Xanax, I made the mistake of trusting my doctor blindly and only doing limited research about the drug online. I thought that it was only a problem if you were taking higher doses (3 mg or above daily).

Currently, I'm getting ready to cross over to valium (a longer acting benzo) to ween off of my dosage. Which, BTW, is only .375 mg one time a day. A very very low dose.

I suggest doing research before beginning. Here is a good site for those who are trying to ween off of the drug. This will give you an idea of what those people who want to get off of Xanax are going through.

http://benzowithdrawal.com/forum/index.php
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:37 AM   #17
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The buspar is a good non-addictive alternative. I take it daily and do not know if it helps when taken only as needed.
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:44 AM   #18
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Things like this scare me! Like I need a Xanax because I'm freaking out ovewr someone dying on Xanax. I'm not kidding.

Were these overdoses?
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:46 AM   #19
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I take Xanax occasionally for work-related anxiety. I have a very stressful job and occasionally I have trouble leaving my work-stress at work. If I'm getting so worked up that i'm having chest pain and can't eat, I need a Xanax. Within 30 min I"m back to normal.

I would never take this every day, too addicting. But when I need it, it's a godsend.
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:46 AM   #20
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The buspar is a good non-addictive alternative. I take it daily and do not know if it helps when taken only as needed.
Buspar (generic name Buspirone) is an excellent drug, IMO.

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Buspirone is an anxiolytic drug unrelated to conventional tranquillisers such as benzodiazepines. In terms of efficacy it is roughly equal to the benzodiazepine medication diazepam in the treatment of generalised anxiety disorders but is less effective than benzodiazepines in general. It is also very useful in the treatment of anxious depressive illnesses when mixed with SSRI antidepressants in particular. Unusually for an anxiolytic, buspirone is not sedating and does not interact with alcohol; it is also thought not to be addicting. Unfortunately the drug takes several weeks to take effect so patients are often treated with faster acting tranquillisers initially. Buspirone should not strictly be mixed with RIMA or MAOI antidepressants.


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Old 04-08-2008, 10:59 AM   #21
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When I worked on the psych floor for a couple of years, our psychiatrists literally NEVER prescribed xanax for anxious inpatients. If they prescribed a tranquilizer, they always prescribed a longer-acting one such as Ativan or Klonopin. Reason being, for very anxious people who need to take a tranquilizer every day, xanax has a short half-life and is more likely to lead to rebound anxiety attacks. It's better to take something more long-acting.

When I was in school, I was VERY anxious (I literally averaged probably 3 hours of sleep a night for 2 years, that's how anxious I was--couldn't sleep) and I went to my doctor and he prescribed xanax 3 times a day. I looked up the side effects and just absolutely wouldn't take the stuff. I suffered instead. I wouldn't recommend this route (suffering), BUT I would question the doctor prescribing xanax if it is going to be an every-day medication (I wouldn't think you would have any problems with it if it was a once-in-a-while medication).
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:18 AM   #22
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Buspar (generic name Buspirone) is an excellent drug, IMO.

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Old 04-08-2008, 11:58 AM   #23
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I know a few people that take it occasionally, maybe more than they say.
Here is a list of common side effects, I am sure a poster will come on & say all drugs have side effects.Xanax can be addictive.There is another list of more uncommon side efffects that I did not paste here.

While Xanax seems to be the most prescribed agent in stopping "panic attack", people should be aware of the potential problems and side effects of this medication. Xanax effects the memory of an individual, especially in verbal recall. Here is a list of the known side effects of Xanax:


drowsiness
fatigue
light-headedness
speech problems
abdominal cramps
constipation
dry mouth
hyperventilation
blurred vision
nausea
chest pain
change in sex drive
confusion
headache
change in appetite
insomnia
unusual dreams
change in salivation
low blood pressure
racing heartbeat
fainting
nasal congestion
difficulty urinating
sweating
weight change
skin irritation
twitching or tremors
nervous or anxious state
sun sensitivity
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Old 04-08-2008, 12:20 PM   #24
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Xanax is, strictly speaking, a Benzodiazepine or "Benzo".

I don't like Benzos.

Why?

Well, they're addictive and tolerance forming, so if you take them for any length of time you not only get addicted, you lose any benefit you might have got from them to start with.

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Benzodiazepines, also known as minor or trivial tranquilisers, are drugs that act as central nervous system (CNS) depressants, sedatives, hypnotics, anxiolytics, anticonvulsants, amnestics (inducing anterograde amnesia) and muscle relaxants.

Benzodiazepines are believed to be GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) agonists, acting on the GABA-A receptor. GABA is the principal inhibitory neurotransmitter in the mammalian CNS.

The drugs were used primarily in the 1960s and the 1970s and were hailed as a huge leap from the more primitive barbiturates.

These drugs are classically split into three groups: long lasting sedatives, moderate lasting drugs (usually between 6 and 10 hours) and short lasting compounds which last a maximum of 6 hours.

Benzodiazepines are, however, habit forming so long term use can be counterproductive. However, they are far less open to abuse and exhibit far less side effects, especially in overdose which can be fatal in the case of barbiturates.

In terms of tolerance, any hypnotic effect loses its power in a matter of days and the anxiolytic effects wane after a couple of months. Addiction is a problem not only thanks to withdrawal effects but also because of the chance of an iatrogenic disorder. For these reasons, treatment is confined to a maximum of one month, although a limit of two weeks is more common.

Overdoses may lead to coma, but the effects are still favourable to those of barbiturates.

Benzodiazepines have other uses too - they are sometimes prescribed to combat depression, agorophobia and premenstrual tension; many also act to reduce memories of events whilst the patient is under sedation, for example, during medical procedures. Some can also reduce physical symptoms such as muscular spasms.
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Old 04-08-2008, 12:57 PM   #25
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Do you take it? When needed for panic attacks

Have you had complications? No

Do you take it everyday? No

What does it do? Pulls me out of panic, returns my pulse to normal, calms me enough to function

I take the lowest dose, .25mg, and it relaxes me in almost the exact same way a glass of wine would. I only take 1 every few months, as needed for panic attacks.
Same here. I've had panic attacks for twelve years and just knowing I have this as a back up if I get a bad attack, has relaxed me tremendously. I think I have used a total of 12 pills since last Sept.
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Old 04-08-2008, 12:57 PM   #26
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Old 04-08-2008, 01:41 PM   #27
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I think Xanax can be a VERY effective drug when used appropriately. It can be very scary for an already-anxious person to read a thread like this and then get scared off from a drug that may potentially help them tremendously. I know, because I used to be like that.

If you have anxiety all day, every day (like GAD) then Xanax is NOT the right drug for you if you need daily medication. Things like Buspar, Cymbalta, etc. should be used for that. (I cannot take Buspar due to nasty side effects, but Cymbalta has been a miracle drug for me).

Xanax is best used to treat occasional bouts of panic. I have been using Xanax for 3 years now, and I bet in that time I have taken less than 10 pills total. I am not addicted to it at all, yet I take comfort in knowing it is there and available if necessary. I actually use Niravam, which is a form of xanax that melts under the tongue. After all, you don't always have water on hand when a panic attack sets in.

I know there are some schools of thought that say "living with the addiction is better than living with the anxiety" and I would agree to an extent. I truly believe my body is addicted to my Cymbalta (SSRI), but honestly, I would much rather live having to take a daily med the rest of my life, than live the way I was pre-medication. Like a PP mentioned, it's like walking around just waiting for "the other shoe to drop." Always worried, scared, waiting for that terrible thing to happen.

I guess my point to this long thread is that if you are experiencing daily anxiety to a point that it is disrupting your life, then there are better alternatives for daily treatment than Xanax. However, Xanax is a wonderful drug that when used properly can truly improve someone's quality of life.

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Old 04-08-2008, 01:44 PM   #28
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My Dr. offers me xanax all the time but I decline. I've seen how messed up it can make people. Its highly additive although those who take it will deny being addicted to it. I know people who have gone into rages if they can't get it and hurt those who love them because of the addiction and will seek out others for their pills if they run out. Its not a pretty sight. It's quite sad actually to see someone suffering like that.
If I were you, I'd look into another type of drug. Perhaps more of a mood stabilizer such as lamictal would be beneficial.

I suppose though as a once in a while thing it would be ok. Just be careful.
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My Dr. offers me xanax all the time but I decline. I've seen how messed up it can make people. Its highly additive although those who take it will deny being addicted to it. I know people who have gone into rages if they can't get it and hurt those who love them because of the addiction and will seek out others for their pills if they run out. Its not a pretty sight. It's quite sad actually to see someone suffering like that.
If I were you, I'd look into another type of drug. Perhaps more of a mood stabilizer such as lamictal would be beneficial.

I suppose though as a once in a while thing it would be ok. Just be careful.
oh ya! It is a highly used "street" drug! for 2mg it runs approx 4/5 bucks around here! A lot of Heroin addicts use it, my ex did. In fact, most people cannot even find a doctor that will write for it!

I have been getting it thou for approx 25 years, since it came out to replace V's
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Is lamictal a daily thing or once in a while?

I am prone to forgetting to take my pills and also prone to stopping abruptly so I would prefer the type that I would take only when symptoms arise.
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