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Re: Xanax
Oct 24, 2004
[QUOTE=sweetums]I would love to hear from someone who's been on xanax for a few years, and then went off of it and how it went for them, and when they did go off the drug, why did they do it?[/QUOTE]

I can help you here. I have always been on the nervous side and thought Xanax was the greatest thing that had ever happened to me. Even though my life was functional and manageable. I was originally given the drug for sleep and to get through a difficult period in my life. I read the pharm insert. The only warning I got was that it [I]may be habit forming[/I] if taken for longer than directed by my doctor. No warnings of hot and cold sensations, inner vibrations, panic, stomach malfunction, extreme muscle tension, etc. No information about a syndrome, that I did not know even existed, where symptoms wax and wane, go away for a few hours then come back, doing the cycle again and again. No warning that there is still real question as to just when this all goes away...

Why did I quit? In a word, the drugs quit working. I was having withdrawal symptoms while on the drugs and even after having doses increased. Came down to which direction I wanted to go, higher or lower, bigger and bigger doses or taper off. I chose the latter, and am off now 32 days, still with plenty of symptoms. I do not know when it will end. Xanax and uninformed doctors have cost me two jobs, has strained relationships, and leaves me here living off my savings trying to recover. I am not unique. Stories similar to mine are abound. I did not know what trouble was until I took on this drug...

Xanax and alcohol: They are different. Xanax and the other benzos, which include Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium, are more targeted. The are directed at a certain band of receptors in charge of GABA, the natural calming system of the body. With this system out of sorts and in need of adjustment, one`s prior nervousness is magnified many times over and they are left in this condition until the body repairs.

On your use: No matter what I would not use this drug over 6 months as, according to some good sources, one`s changes of developing at dependency are 50/50 at that point. It is about sure at one year on. Though some develop dependencies much sooner. As was suggested, do taper off the drug when you are ready. No point in trying to get off when not ready as chances of success are small.

P.S. I noticed on another post that you mentioned shortness of breath. That was my first symptom. It is an anxiety symptom. Stands to reason, as virtually all benzo withdrawal symptoms are anxiety related. I do not have that symptom any longer but would love to trade the stuff I have now for it. Do not want to scare you, but these drugs are from hell. But many users, especially short term ones like you, get lucky.
Re: Xanax
Oct 25, 2004
[QUOTE=howard678]I can help you here. I have always been on the nervous side and thought Xanax was the greatest thing that had ever happened to me. Even though my life was functional and manageable. I was originally given the drug for sleep and to get through a difficult period in my life. I read the pharm insert. The only warning I got was that it [I]may be habit forming[/I] if taken for longer than directed by my doctor. No warnings of hot and cold sensations, inner vibrations, panic, stomach malfunction, extreme muscle tension, etc. No information about a syndrome, that I did not know even existed, where symptoms wax and wane, go away for a few hours then come back, doing the cycle again and again. No warning that there is still real question as to just when this all goes away...

Why did I quit? In a word, the drugs quit working. I was having withdrawal symptoms while on the drugs and even after having doses increased. Came down to which direction I wanted to go, higher or lower, bigger and bigger doses or taper off. I chose the latter, and am off now 32 days, still with plenty of symptoms. I do not know when it will end. Xanax and uninformed doctors have cost me two jobs, has strained relationships, and leaves me here living off my savings trying to recover. I am not unique. Stories similar to mine are abound. I did not know what trouble was until I took on this drug...

Xanax and alcohol: They are different. Xanax and the other benzos, which include Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium, are more targeted. The are directed at a certain band of receptors in charge of GABA, the natural calming system of the body. With this system out of sorts and in need of adjustment, one`s prior nervousness is magnified many times over and they are left in this condition until the body repairs.

On your use: No matter what I would not use this drug over 6 months as, according to some good sources, one`s changes of developing at dependency are 50/50 at that point. It is about sure at one year on. Though some develop dependencies much sooner. As was suggested, do taper off the drug when you are ready. No point in trying to get off when not ready as chances of success are small.

P.S. I noticed on another post that you mentioned shortness of breath. That was my first symptom. It is an anxiety symptom. Stands to reason, as virtually all benzo withdrawal symptoms are anxiety related. I do not have that symptom any longer but would love to trade the stuff I have now for it. Do not want to scare you, but these drugs are from hell. But many users, especially short term ones like you, get lucky.[/QUOTE]

Hi howard, great post and very accurate.

So, you still having some problems, that's not good to hear but you know the score and have come a long way already; and you do know that 32 days off is near nothing in benzo terms so I know you aren't freaking out about it. It's a damn shame it cost two jobs for you, it's not fair when people get into this mess without even knowing until it's happened. Things will get better though.





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