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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.
[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.





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