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Re: Zanax Tolerance
Nov 29, 2006

I am just curious how much you started taking primarily and how much you ended up taking by the time you dedcided enough was enough. You are the first to come forward with a tolerance issue and I am just curious what happened?

I know the withdrawl can be horrible, but the idea for me is to take it for the rest of my days and therefore never need to deal with withdrawl. Tell your story so we know what happened. There are a lot of people on this board that have been taking Xanax for many many years some of them 10's of years with no ill effects, and a lot of us who are new at this and wonder what the future prognosis is for long term use.

I am sorry you had to go through that withdrawl. I am sure that was pretty horrible. I tried to quit cold turkey from a very small dose and got a glimpse of the withdrawl and it wasn't pretty.


Ok, but something people must understand is that ill effects can go unnoticed or deemed "original condition becoming worse" when indeed it is really drug effects.

Also, some people do not take Xanax everyday. Using on an "as needed" basis can stave off tolerance; the occassional benzo is not going to cause any big change in the brain but daily use is what can lead to tolerance and withdrawals. Now some people also do not increase their doses ever, even during some tougher spots, and small dosages that never increase will also help avoid some of the more severe tolerance issues.

There are so many different scenarios, so many things unnoticed. My own physician didn't even see the tolerance I was developing, despite the fact the drug only worked maybe 2 days out of seven. He claimed I hadn't developed tolerance. Gee, most people would be out like a light with 2 mg. Ativan in them(equiv. of 20 mgs. Valium) but I stayed awake many nights on that dose. If that isn't tolerance, I don't know what is.

So as you can see, the facts about tolerance can be very skewed and the stories of no problems claimed by some can be inaccurate.

My story, to put it simply, I had a reaction to some codiene and doctors denied it and put me on other meds to fix me>enter benzodiazepines. Benzos do not fix anyone. They desensitize and downregulate the GABA receptors over time. Downregulation itself is well-known in science; it is the cell death of receptors constantly exposed to a psychoactive chemical.

I did not know this, continued taking 2 mgs. of Ativan for months, then Klonopin, then back to Ativan. By the end of 8 months I could not sleep, as I mentioned, for 4 days in a row on 2 mgs. Ativan a night. On day 5 I might get 4 hrs. if lucky. When my doc suggested no tolerance plus he wanted to add another whole 2 mgs. during the day( since now I was starting to go through panic attacks, during the day!!!)

Those panic attacks developed many months later, they were not originally there. The codiene withdrawals caused sleep issues for which Ativan was prescribed. They also tried Restorial, Ambien, and Sonata at times....even an AD, Serzone, which ended up making me even worse.

Thankfully, I found a benzo website and got off the stuff. Sleep very, very slowly came back, panic attacks left, heartrate went back to normal, etc. but it was a long, painful protracted withdrawal and I won't forget it.....panic attacks, breathing problems, insomnia, muscle twitching, noise sensitivity, massive headaches, depression, well, the benzo withdrawal list is long.

Even now, some sleep issues remain so I must follow good sleep habits. But natural, regular sleep feels so good it's worth it. And I have no other symptoms.

Even when a drug downregulates or causes cell death, the brain can renew the cells if left drug free for some time. That's the good news. But why even let it happen...I know I would not had I known then what I know now.

It's a gamble; not worth it in my book but others may not share my opinion.[COLOR="Red"]{REMOVED}[/COLOR]

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