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The problem with Xanax is you pop one to calm your brain down, though after that pill wears off your anxiety will return and you have to pop another one over and over. Usually you take Xanax for a period of time till your anxiety receeds. However by then some people develop a tolorence to keep needing it which is why the stuff is highly addictive.

I would suggest talking to your doctor about getting put on a SSRI which isn't addictive like Lexapro or something similar. Something that will increase your seretonin levels gradually and balance things out so your anxiety can subside.

I still use Xanax, but I only keep it for when I really need the stuff.
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I would suggest talking to your doctor about getting put on a SSRI which isn't addictive like Lexapro or something similar. Something that will increase your seretonin levels gradually and balance things out so your anxiety can subside.

I still use Xanax, but I only keep it for when I really need the stuff.[/QUOTE]

ok, first of all, Lexapro IS an SSRI, second of all, SSRIs are just as addictive as benzos like Xanax. SSRIS have to be taken daily and you cannot abruptly stop. Xanax is helpful for people with temporary anxiety because you can just take it whjen you feel you need it and you do not have ot take it regularly. if you stick to the rule of only taking a very small dose when you really need, you should not have anyproblems with addiction.

I really don't believe SSRIs should be prescribed for people who are suffering from temporary boutrs of depression or anxiety. SSRIs should be reserved for people who have chronic worry and anxiety that affects their day to day life.

Sami, Xanax would most definitely help you sleep and will help keep you calm throughout this rough period. My best advice to you would be that if the anxiety persists, to see a counselor rather than to continue taking Xanax for an extended period of time.

When you go to your dr, jus tell him/her that you are going through a very rough time and are experiencing bad anxiety that is interfering with your life and sleep. Chances are he or she will prescribe you some sort of benzo (there are others besides Xanax), but some doctors get suspicious if you go in and ask for Xanax straight off the bat.

Best of luck to you and I hope things improve. :)





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