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Hello everyone. I have severe chronic health anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder and what I think is very mild OCD, and I am on 10 mg of Lexapro. Doc also gave me .5 mg Xanax and told me to take it two or three times per day or as needed.

I don't want to become physically dependent on Xanax or build up a tolerance. So I don't take it daily even though I probably need to for my daily anxiety. I notice I feel a lot better on days when I take it. I feel better, I sleep better. I smile more, I'm not as irritable. My muscles don't get all clenched from panic. It's such a relief.

What I am wondering is how many days should go by between dosing to avoid becoming physically dependent on the Xanax? 1 day? 2 days? Longer than that? If I can take them every other day that would be good, but is that too close together? I was thinking 2 days at the least in between.

If I sound paranoid, it's because I am. I am 29 years old and I have watched my mother battle a very destructive benzo and painkiller addiction my whole life, at this point she's basically destroyed herself and her life.

Ok...I'm eager to hear suggestions on how to use Xanax as often as possible without getting physically dependent on it...from anyone with knowledge or experience on this subject. Thanks!

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