Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:05 AM
If I don't take it...I feel incredibly jumpy and just have a really hard time functioning.
How the heck do I stop taking this stuff? My doc says I'm on a very low dosage, and just to taper off, but I'm having trouble with that. Is this just a mental thing for me or am I really physically addicted? My doc says it could be either, and I just don't know...
Any thoughts ?
Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:13 AM
However, I had the exact same delimma. In fact I got in a huge argument with my pdoc over it ..... I think there's a post somewhere in my blog earlier this year about it here: http://www.beatingth...;showentry=3253 Mind you I was VERY anxious when I wrote that.
If I didn't take my 1/2 mg of xanax, I was just a nasty person. Short tempered, etc. It wasn't necessarily anxiety that I was taking it in the first place for. But when I did get extreme anxiety this year, I was up to 2 mgs a day. I was NOT happy with that, very worried that I'd become addicted, and started weaning (I think the whole idea of becoming addicted made me anxious .. go figure).
Eventually I weaned myself totally off of it. I don't NEED it everyday now (although today I took some for the first time in a while).
Looking back, there was no need to panic. My doc was right. It really is a tiny dose. (the 1/2 to 1 mg, but not the 2. That was too much!) And just because you "NEED" it doesn't mean you are physically addicted. You might feel like shit without it, but that's not necessarily equal to being addicted.
You can taper down by really tiny doses since they offer xanax in tiny doses, and the pills are breakable (unless you are taking extended release).
Since your dose is similar to what mine was, relax. If you need to take it, take it. If you want to taper off, do it really slowly (get your doctor to write a script for the .25 mgs which I believe you can break in half).
Anyway, I'm no doc, but your doc is telling you what my doc told me, and I think now that my doc was right.
Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:16 AM
It will not be near as hard to taper off xanax as effexor (my most hated anti-d). Yea, it is a low dose, but still most all these meds require tapering unless we want some withdrawl effects. I have taken xanax and it is very helpful. Just wondering - why do you want to get off of it? Just wondering if you need to take it anymore?
This is how I taper and it is very judicious: I would reduce 1/2 of .5mg for two weeks and see how that goes. If okay, reduce the same for the next two weeks. Repeat. The closer we get to being completely off of these meds the more we need cut the reduction amount because it is a bigger % reduction as we go. So, if all goes well, and you get to the last 1/2 .5mg tab, bite a bit off so your last week you will be having just a bit in your system. Xanax is a quick acting anti-anxiety, but if taken at a consistent level it maintains that doseage in my experience.
Once I reduce the xanax to just about none, I use on an as needed basis. I don't know if you want to do that or if that would work with your situation. Good luck.
Please let me know how it goes.
Posted 24 August 2008 - 02:37 AM
Posted 24 August 2008 - 07:01 AM
It helps so much to hear your thoughts and experiences. I've been learning more about some of the meds I've been on for awhile, and wondering if I really need to be taking some of these things. I just don't know if I really have an anxiety issue at this point, or if I'm creating it myself by stressing about the meds, or maybe I'm really addicted to the xanax. My doc really isn't much help, to be honest, so I feel pretty much like I'm on my own in evaluating things.
I feel so grateful to have found all of you.
Posted 24 August 2008 - 08:48 PM
You may be interested in some of the web sites about meds (there are only a gazillion) a good one to start with, in my mind, is www.psychcentral.com One I like that gives med information and interactions between meds, and meds and food, etc. is www.drugdigest.com - this one has taught me a lot.
Glad you are here with us too. You are part of the BtB Cyber family, as Uncle Ed says (paraphrasing) the strongest beast busting family ever.
Come on over to S & S Beachside Bar and relax in the Butterfly garden or on the beach.
Posted 05 October 2008 - 03:08 PM
+ crashed a motorcycle near 100 mph which absolutely destroyed it - nothing left but debris.
of course i walked away without a scratch - well walked to the ambulance
Edited by where_am_i, 05 October 2008 - 03:11 PM.
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