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Re: Xanax
Dec 3, 2003
[QUOTE=BlueIsland]What should I do at this point? It is dangerous to go from 2 MG's of Xanax to .5 overnight. Every experience that I have had lately with a doc. or psychiatrist has been a nightmare. Does Klonopin work the same? Is there anything as strong that lasts much longer? Don't want to be on this junk forever. Have lost 7-8 pounds in the past 6 months. Don't want to keep stressing.[/QUOTE]

I'm not a doctor either, but I found out that if you start experiencing weird symptoms when you start tapering it means that you should slow down. The best way to go is a 10% cut every week or two.

The valium switch might be helpful, but it requires adjusting your dose and getting used to a new drug with new side effects... I think it's better to taper off your current drug directly. That's what I did. I tapered off directly from Xanax and it took me a long time: five moths total. I had mild headaches and insomnia, very tolerable. If I tried to taper faster these symptoms got worse, that's why it took me so long. My doctor allowed me to take an occassional tranxene to help with the insomnia while I was tapering from Xanax.
Re: Xanax
Dec 4, 2003
My B/P has averaged 118/70 over the last 6 months. I didn't know about the correlation between Toprol & Xanax. Doctor never mentioned anything about that. At 33, I can play 3 sets of tennis & feel great, but when it comes time to go the doctor I do get anxiety & my b/p goes higher then ever before. Do the longer acting benzos like Klonopin work as well as xanax. How long does a usual dose last? I'm going to the hypertension specialist in 2 weeks just to show him that my #'s have been great for the past 6 months (I have kept track). I know that all of these docs are anti-benzo, but it has saved me in this interviewing process. I actually felt normal yesterday. What a concept.
Re: Xanax
Dec 4, 2003
[QUOTE=BlueIsland]My B/P has averaged 118/70 over the last 6 months. I didn't know about the correlation between Toprol & Xanax. Doctor never mentioned anything about that. At 33, I can play 3 sets of tennis & feel great, but when it comes time to go the doctor I do get anxiety & my b/p goes higher then ever before. Do the longer acting benzos like Klonopin work as well as xanax. How long does a usual dose last? I'm going to the hypertension specialist in 2 weeks just to show him that my #'s have been great for the past 6 months (I have kept track). I know that all of these docs are anti-benzo, but it has saved me in this interviewing process. I actually felt normal yesterday. What a concept.[/QUOTE]

Try the longer acting benzos if you can, because you can take them less frequently, such as once or twice a day. Xanax only lasts about 5-7 hours and it is a pain in the you know what to watch the clock if your condition is that you take them regularly during the day. This can cause anxiety, if in a meeting or something and it is time and you can't excuse yourself. I know, I did this for about 5 years and it is the pitts sneaking around taking medications that co-workers just seem to have to find out what you are taking if they happen to see you doing so. Sometimes, as in my case, Xanax is the only thing that works, so I am stuck. I can say though that after I had been taking xanax for approximately 4 years and my body became adjusted to it, I went all 8 levels on a trendmill test. Did not seem to effect my physical abilities. It does also sound like you do not have high blood pressure and that could be causing all kinds of problems. Good move going to a hypertension specialist and if your numbers show that you do not have high blood pressure except under attack, I personally would rather have a little high blood pressure to find out then dropping blood pressure by being on a medication that you may not need. If you have not been on xanax for a very long time, I would try Klonopin since it is closer to xanax then most benzos. This would be better for you for long term use. If xanax is the only thing that works, you must get the attacks under control or you are just wasting time and your condition will get worse. Just remember that going off the medication to fast, is always more dangerous then the medication itself. I listened to a Doctor that did not know this and now I am sol. Be smart and careful with all medications and do things with your Doctors help but don't be afraid to learn yourself and question them. If they can't take the time to answer your questions, or get upset that you question them, then they are just on a control path with you and you don't need that kind of Doctor. Luck to you

Sickman :)





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