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xanax only lasts about 2 to 3 hours so 3 doses on a stressful day, at say 9am, 12noon and 3pm seem indicated

not much point in taking it at night unless you cant get off to sleep
since xanax works quickly if dissolved under the tongue, you can always carry a few tablets with you for unexpected anxiety
klonapin is also a benzo but a dose lasts longer, they both go together OK, many take both

the ER visit was likely a panic attack, these often cause 'heart attack' symptoms

I dont know how they work, something to do with binding to receptors
[QUOTE=Graciecat]Betty I'm sorry you're having such a hard time.
I just can't understand how a Doctor could ever let someone take 8MG of Xanax a day..IMO that person shouldn't be in the Medical field at all.
I guess I had a very smart Doctor when he gave me the pills he told me that just because the bottle said I could take up to 1MG a day didn't mean I had to take that much, he said that if I could take less that was great, but to never take more...and I never did.
There were times that I think I probably would have taken more, but everytime that thought entered my mind I'd hear my Doctor's voice telling me to NEVER take more.
I had 1/2 MG. pills and I used to cut those in half, I took half in the morning and the other half in the early evening.
I know now what powerful thing are minds are.
I took them everyday for 7 years, but I didn't know that they only lasted 4 to 6 hours so I guess that since I didn't know that, my mind believed that the pill was still working some 8 or 9 hours later, when really it wasn't there any more.
I'd take it at 8 in the morning and not take the other 1/4 MG until about 5 in the afternoon and I never felt shakey or anything, I never felt it wear off and like I said I now believe that I didn't feel it because I was convinced it was still there.

I weaned off of them without any problems at all, but I did it very slowly.
My Doctor told me that if there came a time that I thought I couldn't go any lower then to just stay were I was for a week or two longer so that's what I did.

I did take a very low dose, so I think that's probably why they never got me.

Again, I'm so sorry that you're going through this and as for the Doctor who allowed you to take 8MG a day I can't put into words what I think of him...well I could, but I'm a lady!!!![/QUOTE]

Everyone's body works diffferently and it sounds like you were taking them for different reasons than I was. I started taking them to get some sleep and to take the edge off of the Prozac. After my fiance' died I was pretty suicidal I guess. Not that I was trying to kill myself, just saw no reason to live. This was not even a conscious decision, my body just shut down. I manged to stop the Prozac but was hooked on the Xanax by then. Eight is a huge number to take all at once but my body built up a tolerance. I never take them while I am up. I tried that one time. My daugher wanted a ride to school. I totaled my husband's new truck on a telephone pole.

If I had not been an addict when I was young my body would synthesize drugs/meds differently. The doctor went into a long explaination about drug addiction and the way that the liver handles them. Because I was a heavy drug user long ago when it sees drugs coming it synthesizes them quickly. I am not sure what kind of damage this is doing to my liver.

I have yet to find a drug that zonks me out, lucky you :)

I have started experimenting with dosages these past few days. Last night I took two mg at bed time and then put another one under my tongue. I was able to sleep all night but then my day was filled with anxiety attacks.

You are lucky in that you didn't have to wean yourself off of as many as I am on, but if you look at it in perspective my tolerance is so high that it really doesn't matter how many I am taking, it will just take longer to taper down. I usually do this one mg each week. Then at the end I go from 1/2 to 1/4 to none, then no sleep for a few days....and then back on.

I have tried to pot for sleep to replace Xanax. One hit and I am asleep, two hits and I am eating everything in site so that didn't work for me.

My goal is to be drug free by June. My doctor told me that he would rather see my take these my whole entire life than to suffer from no sleep as that leads to periods of sleep depravation and insanity for me. I have to agree. I think that I will always be on something.

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