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I am wondering, for those people who take Xanax "as needed" just how often you take it and how much you take. I would also like to hear of what things you do before reaching for the Xanax . . . what things work to settle yourself down.

I find my anxiety is the highest (sometimes through the roof) first thing in the morning. I have tried doing the relaxation and breathing stuff and telling myself that it's going to be a great day over and over again before I even get out of bed. This works as long as I am laying down, still in bed. As soon as I get up and start my day, the anxiety comes flooding in. My anxious feelings are pretty much all physical. I feel nervous, tense and restless.

I've tried to do all the right things anxiety wise, such as cutting out caffeine, eating well, exercising, meditating, soaking in a warm bath, acupuncture, seeing a psychologist etc., and I just don't feel like I am getting stronger, better and more relaxed. I honestly don't feel like I have that much going on in my life to be anxious about. I really have it pretty good.

Xanax helps me tremendously and truth be told, I would love to take it on a daily basis because it makes me feel normal (at even the smallest dose), but I know that isn't right. I've tried Lexapro and it was not right for me. The psychologist that I am seeing has given me a "Burns Anxiety Inventory" test, and I come out in the "mildly anxious" category. He does not feel that I need medication at this time and I really don't want to take anything other than the Xanax.

So, can anyone think of anything that I may be missing or share things that work for you to calm down the anxious feelings. I would truly appreciate it.
hi, I have been taking xanax for about 3 yrs right after my son was born,i was having probs with sleep my dr tried a lot of stuff prozac and cellexa, i just didnt feel like i was depressed i just had a lot of anxiety i have 14 and 12 yr old girls who do nothing but fight almost to the point of fist fights always arguing and i have a 3 yr old boy who shall i say is all boy head butting biting just mean so at times i feel like im gonna explode,i take a .5 around noon for the anxiety and a .5 at night to sleep .5s the lowest dose you can get.i do feel better taking this my docs good with it. BUT and dont take this lightly i recently lost my insurance so i was not able to afford the dr appt and ran out.I dont neseceraly think it was withdrawel as it was that i was not sleeping without it, try no sleep and these circumstances (KIDS) lol but i got very lets say uptight my 14 yr old told gramma everyone was staying out of mommys way and hubby was scared of which kinda day he was gonna come home to! So the answer i can give you and as i say ive taken them for 3 yrs is they help but make sure a dr moniters cause in SOME people the are addictive and when stopped have withdrawel symps
[QUOTE=jitteryme]I am wondering, for those people who take Xanax "as needed" just how often you take it and how much you take. I would also like to hear of what things you do before reaching for the Xanax . . . what things work to settle yourself down.

I find my anxiety is the highest (sometimes through the roof) first thing in the morning. I have tried doing the relaxation and breathing stuff and telling myself that it's going to be a great day over and over again before I even get out of bed. This works as long as I am laying down, still in bed. As soon as I get up and start my day, the anxiety comes flooding in. My anxious feelings are pretty much all physical. I feel nervous, tense and restless.

I've tried to do all the right things anxiety wise, such as cutting out caffeine, eating well, exercising, meditating, soaking in a warm bath, acupuncture, seeing a psychologist etc., and I just don't feel like I am getting stronger, better and more relaxed. I honestly don't feel like I have that much going on in my life to be anxious about. I really have it pretty good.

Xanax helps me tremendously and truth be told, I would love to take it on a daily basis because it makes me feel normal (at even the smallest dose), but I know that isn't right. I've tried Lexapro and it was not right for me. The psychologist that I am seeing has given me a "Burns Anxiety Inventory" test, and I come out in the "mildly anxious" category. He does not feel that I need medication at this time and I really don't want to take anything other than the Xanax.

So, can anyone think of anything that I may be missing or share things that work for you to calm down the anxious feelings. I would truly appreciate it.[/QUOTE]
Benzodiazepines like xanax are probably the best "as needed" medications for anxiety. I have the most trouble at night as opposed to the morning. If you need one in the morning to help get you going, take one. You mentioned you don't think it's right to take Xanax on a daily basis. If it works don't worry so much about what might be right or wrong. Taking Xanax daily is no different than taking Lexapro daily. Just make sure you take it as prescribed.
jitteryme, I kow how you feel. I have had .5 mg prescrip of Xanax for three years "as needed," and I too feel guilty if I need it every day. I know, its silly, if it helps me, I should take it. It's not like I take it when I don't need it and I'm not taking a huge dose or anything, I just feel good when i can get through a day without it.

Do you know what it is in the morning that you are feeling anxious about? it must be something you are dreading during the day, otherwise why it would be so frequent in the morning? i used to get bad morning anxiety because I HATED my job, so of course getting up to go to work was a major source of morning anxiety. If you could somehow pinpoint what causes your anxiety and try to change that part of your life, that may help.
I am with you... I have anxiety (have been pretty good other than a panic attack two nights ago out of the blue). When my anxiety was the worst, I would put off taking a Xanax even though it always made me feel better. Was afraid of becoming dependent and think that a lot of anxiety is caused by ourselves, thinking about feeling anxious, so wanted to teach myself how to get out of the cycle on my own. I got through my wedding without a Xanax (being a shy person I definitely thought I would need to take one) and even read my own vows in front of all those people. Moments like that make me know that I can do this without the Xanax. This past anxiety attack was very scary, but I just talked myself through it. Told myself "this is only anxiety. It will pass." I ended up falling asleep, no Xanax. The next day, I was still very nervous that I was going to go back into the bad anxious place. Afraid I was going crazy. But got through the day, and today is much, much better. I believe it is, among other things, the cycle of thoughts that lead us to anxiousness... "will I be anxious?", "am I short of breath", "Will I fall asleep", etc. So turning those thoughts off is the hard part, but it is doable.
I am prescribed .5 mg of Xanax as needed. Like others have said, I feel better when I don't have to take it. I think I made it a few days without it, but was told that you can't just stop taking it abruptly.

If you feel better when you take it, then I say, "Just take it!" Who wants to be living with anxiety when one little pill is going to help. :)





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