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  • Posted By: anxious Annie
  • October 17, 2009
  • 06:19 PM

What is the best way to wean yourself off of this drug? I would have refused to take it if I had been told how additive it was.

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  • What is the best way to wean yourself off of this drug? I would have refused to take it if I had been told how additive it was.From what I've read, the general idea is to cut back slowly, over time, and with the help of a medical professional. This website seems to say that it can be very variable, however, and that tapering doesn't work so well. It recommends taking it slowly, and giving yourself a LOT of time to do so, so that you can minimize the problems.You want to be careful. As you know already, withdrawal from Xanax can be horrible, even to the point of psychosis.Hope I was helpful! =)
    bluebird121 2 Replies
    • October 20, 2009
    • 02:16 AM
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  • What is the best way to wean yourself off of this drug? I would have refused to take it if I had been told how additive it was.Xanax which is Alprazolam is the most powerfull and dangerous type of benzodiazepine/tranquilizers on the market. It is a very short acting (half-life of 6-12 hours) therefore it leaves your body faster than most drugs of this class. For example if your doctor instucts you to take 1 tablet at night the effect of the drug will be gone in the morning and even after a few days you will start to get withdrawal symptoms until you take the next dose. Even if you take 1 tablet in the morning and 1 at night you may still get withdrawals. What is the most successful way to taper off xanax is for your doctor to change you to diazepam which is long acting (half-life of 20-100 hours). A dose of eqivalent strength is prescibed and the dose is lowered every 1 to 2 weeks.Believe me this drug is very difficult to get off and the withdrawals are horrendous and very lengthy but it is achievable. I was on 100mg of Morphine a day for over 2 years and it was 20 times easier to get off than Xanax which I was also addicted to.Very useful links:Benzodiazepine Equivalence Table - http://www.benzo.org.uk/bzequiv.htmBenzodiazepines: How they work and how to withdraw - http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/All the best.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 17, 2009
    • 09:01 AM
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  • Xanax which is Alprazolam is the most powerfull and dangerous type of benzodiazepine/tranquilizers on the market. It is a very short acting (half-life of 6-12 hours) therefore it leaves your body faster than most drugs of this class. For example if your doctor instucts you to take 1 tablet at night the effect of the drug will be gone in the morning and even after a few days you will start to get withdrawal symptoms until you take the next dose. Even if you take 1 tablet in the morning and 1 at night you may still get withdrawals. What is the most successful way to taper off xanax is for your doctor to change you to diazepam which is long acting (half-life of 20-100 hours). A dose of eqivalent strength is prescibed and the dose is lowered every 1 to 2 weeks.Believe me this drug is very difficult to get off and the withdrawals are horrendous and very lengthy but it is achievable. I was on 100mg of Morphine a day for over 2 years and it was 20 times easier to get off than Xanax which I was also addicted to.Very useful links:Benzodiazepine Equivalence Table - http://www.benzo.org.uk/bzequiv.htmBenzodiazepines: How they work and how to withdraw - http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/All the best.In addition to what I wrote above. A Xanax 0.5 mg tablet is equivilant to 5 mg of Diazepam (Xanax being 10 times stronger than Diazepam). Therefore say, if you are currently taking a total of 2 mg of Xanax per day your doctor should start you on a total of 20 mg of Diazepam a day or if you're on a higher dose of Xanax, say 6 mg then he/she should prescribe you 60 mg of Diazepam a day. If your doctor puts you on a lower dose of Diazepam than that is equivilant to your dose of Xanax then you must insist that he/she puts puts you on the same strength. Remember you are paying the doctor, you are hiring him/her hence he/she is working for you. Don't let doctors intimidate you because most doctors are ignorant to benzodiazepine addiction and remember they got you addicted in the first place. Imform yourself well on this subject so you understand what you are going through and it will take a long time to recover depending on how much Xanax you are currently taking and how long you have been taking it for. You may also suffer withdrawls for 3 to 6 months even when you have stopped taking it altogether. Important, do not stop taking this medication suddenly as it has been known to cause seizures! Be patient, go at your own pace and take your time. Do it slowly and you will do well.All the bestAnother great site dedicated to helping people with benzodiazepine issues, below.http://www.reconnexion.org.au/
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 18, 2009
    • 09:18 PM
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  • In addition to what I wrote above. A Xanax 0.5 mg tablet is equivilant to 5 mg of Diazepam (Xanax being 10 times stronger than Diazepam). Therefore say, if you are currently taking a total of 2 mg of Xanax per day your doctor should start you on a total of 20 mg of Diazepam a day or if you're on a higher dose of Xanax, say 6 mg then he/she should prescribe you 60 mg of Diazepam a day. If your doctor puts you on a lower dose of Diazepam than that is equivilant to your dose of Xanax then you must insist that he/she puts puts you on the same strength. Remember you are paying the doctor, you are hiring him/her hence he/she is working for you. Don't let doctors intimidate you because most doctors are ignorant to benzodiazepine addiction and remember they got you addicted in the first place. Imform yourself well on this subject so you understand what you are going through and it will take a long time to recover depending on how much Xanax you are currently taking and how long you have been taking it for. You may also suffer withdrawls for 3 to 6 months even when you have stopped taking it altogether. Important, do not stop taking this medication suddenly as it has been known to cause seizures! Be patient, go at your own pace and take your time. Do it slowly and you will do well.I must apologise to you please disregard the dosages in my post above they are incorrect. I have corrected the post below with the correct dosages highlighted between the asterisk, eg: *40 mg*.In addition to what I wrote above. A Xanax 0.5 mg tablet is equivilant to *10 mg* of Diazepam (Xanax being *20* times stronger than Diazepam). Therefore say, if you are currently taking a total of 2 mg of Xanax per day your doctor should start you on a total of *40 mg* of Diazepam a day or if you're on a higher dose of Xanax, say 6 mg then he/she should prescribe you *120* mg of Diazepam a day. If your doctor puts you on a lower dose of Diazepam than that is equivilant to your dose of Xanax then you must insist that he/she puts puts you on the same strength. Remember you are paying the doctor, you are hiring him/her hence he/she is working for you. Don't let doctors intimidate you because most doctors are ignorant to benzodiazepine addiction and remember they got you addicted in the first place. Imform yourself well on this subject so you understand what you are going through and it will take a long time to recover depending on how much Xanax you are currently taking and how long you have been taking it for. You may also suffer withdrawls for 3 to 6 months even when you have stopped taking it altogether. Important, do not stop taking this medication suddenly as it has been known to cause seizures! Be patient, go at your own pace and take your time. Do it slowly and you will do well.Another great site dedicated to helping people with benzodiazepine issues, below.http://www.reconnexion.org.au/Personal Recovery Stories:- http://www.non-benzodiazepines.org.uk/benzo.html
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 19, 2009
    • 09:15 AM
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  • What is the best way to wean yourself off of this drug? I would have refused to take it if I had been told how additive it was. Thank you for your responce. I take .05 mg twice a day. I understand that this is not a high dose, but I have been on it for 10 years. Big mistake. I cut out the third dose a few years ago and have had no problem, but when I cut back on the other I can feel a difference.
    anxious Annie 59 Replies
    • November 19, 2009
    • 02:00 PM
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  • What is the best way to wean yourself off of this drug? I would have refused to take it if I had been told how additive it was.Ann, Hi I use to be on Xanax I was 18 at the time, I think this is the worst drug for a doctor to give to anyone. I was so addicted that I had to have this medicine to cope. This doctor told me to continue to take the medicine but to lower my intake until I come completely off. What you do is break the tablet in half take this half for a while then start missing a day then the next day take that half a tablet until the final day you stop completely. You will feel good but I still advice you to get in contact with your doctor.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2010
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  • Yes xanax is the worst drug they can prescribe to any one! They need to take it off the market and replace it with something that isnt as addicting, When I was 17 I took 2 of them just to get a high and that was the last thing I rembered, I could have died from it, To many teens abused it and older people too, Now I need to take something for my nerous but scared to cause of what I done and it done to me as a teen.
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  • I think it depends on how long you take it. Two mgs sounds high but if you take it for a short time I think you'll be okay. The thougth of ever taking this drug again makes me cringe because it's ***l getting off! The side affects when you decide to quit may not be as bad as mine but if you take it for long be prepared! It screws with your nervous system and brain chemistry. Hope this helps!
    Murdah777 1 Replies
    • October 8, 2010
    • 01:24 PM
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  • Here's my experience with xanax. I've been using this drug for more than 3 years (in between I've been using over 20 other kinds of pills)I was addicted to 2 - 3 mg per day for 3 years. I gradually started taking more as my anxiety wasn't healing...... to be honest xanax was relaxing my muscles/tension and everything but hasn't treated my anxiety.......I lived nightmares whenever I quit cold turkey... Once I haven't been able to sleep for 10 days in a row and was afraid to breathe (not joking) I was deeply terrified to even walk out of the house...The only way to get off xanax is to slowly reduce the dosage .... don't do it cold turkey (there's proof people even died from going cold turkey from alprazolam/xanax....I am feeling a lot better now without taking any medication... it's all inside you..... you need to get off the toxic thoughts ... and implement a positive thinking throughout the day.......
    precious007 4 Replies
    • November 23, 2010
    • 07:27 PM
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  • Here is the biggest problem...People firstly take a pill and only after that read about side effects and precautions :(
    marlena21 8 Replies
    • January 12, 2011
    • 04:52 PM
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  • Like any narcotic drug, the body develops a tolerance to xannax the longer you take it. A first time user will get the same effect from a .5 mg dose as a long time user will from 10-15 mgs. I found it helpful during our trial and when my baby was in the hospital because it does have an initial calming effect, however the potential for abuse is high and I found myself falling asleep at the wheel and being really irritable with family and friends. I got really obsessive about everything too. My house was immaculate down to cleaning the baseboards with a toothbrush. I switched to valium which is a better choice for me because I forget to take it all the time so I'm obviously not addicted to it. With Xanax, I was counting the hours until the next dose.
    marlena21 8 Replies
    • January 17, 2011
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  • In my opinion, I would gradually ween yourself off xanax. Lowering the dosage you take daily by .25mg or .5mg until you are completely off the drug. I am not a doctor, but have seen this in similar situations with family members and/or friends. There are other options if you have trouble lowering the dosage yourself. One of them would be to voluntarily checking into a drug rehabilitation center. There are several places worldwide that offer inpatient and outpatient services and resources. Best of luck to you and finding inner peace.
    browneyeblues 2 Replies
    • February 25, 2011
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  • Xanax saved me from the brink. I suffer from panic disorder and anxiety and Xanax has been the only thing that works. The only thing: respect it. Don't drink alcohol on it or you will become highly intoxicated, and possibly get sleep apnea. Respect this drug and it will serve you well.
    marlena21 8 Replies
    • December 4, 2011
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