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Re: Xanax
May 25, 2004
(hey michelle - no making fun of the smiley face or i'll never forgive you)

As far as Xanax is concerned, many people on this board post horror stories about their experiences w/ Benzos - Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin etc.. - and I am sure they are all true for those people. Only you know your own experiences. However, different drugs affect different people in different ways. For instance, I recently read where some DR. posted on his website that Benzos were the HARDEST drug to withdraw from. That is a pretty blanket statement and pretty irresponsible as far as I'm concerned. They maybe for many people, but certainly not me, and I am guessing others as well. But I'm not going to try to degrade someone's horror experiences with this post. What they felt or feel is true I'm sure and no should be able to dispute that. It is the stereotypes and blanket statements I have a problem with.

Again it has to do with the person, the dosage, and how long you have been abusing the meds - whatever meds they are.

My opinion, and mine only (I'm no M.D., but I certainly have experiences using and withdrawing cold turkey from high doses of everything like H, OC, Percs, Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Vicodin and a few more) is that my hardest time was with OC, Percocet (same active opiate in both) and Vicodin. That said, most tell me H is the hardest and many say Ecstacy or Meth or any of the Benzos top the list.

If you find Xanax works for your problem, you do not abuse it, take more than prescribed and don't do so to get high - you do not feel it beginning to take over your life, or begin to become obsessed with it, etc.. you should be ok.

There are horror stories with every drug, especially during withdrawal. One of the worst drugs I had to withdraw from was Paxil and it is an anti-depressant that you become physically addicted to, but the drug itself is not habit forming (it doesn't get you high). Still coming down from that was just as bad, even through tapering with a Dr.'s assistance, as a C.T. withdrawal from any # of opiates. Go figure.

So everyone is different, but I suggest you be upfront with your Doctor, if you already are not, and if you want or plan to get off Xanax, do so under his supervision. He might prescribe Klonopin like another person above mentioned to help the taper.

But being somewhat a veteran of drug use, the best advice is be honest with your M.D. or whomever is prescribing you these meds and if you feel you are getting bad or unhealthy advice from them, don't hesitate to see someone else and get a second opinion.

All of these drugs - save street drugs - are out there for a reason. To help people. But many can be abused. It is your responsibility as an adult to understand when something is getting out of control or you are taking things not because they medically help you, but because you want to, and to seek help ASAP and nip any problem in the bud. However if you are an addict this is almost impossible - I know, I've tried - but you don't seem to be and that's a whole other issue.

Don't be scared, just be honest with your doctor. Most of them are there to help you, not hurt you. Good luck.

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