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I was diagnosed with OCD 16 years ago and was put on Luvox for the OCD and Xanax for the anxiety. I was taking it 3 times a day as per my Dr. I was sometimes taking 3 mgs at one time to help calm me I didn't take alcohol but I was fine and was able to come off it when I didn't feel I needed so often.

I tapered off the Xanax slowly. Since I was taking it 3 times a day (my OCD and the beginning was extreamly bad and needed the xanax to relieve the anxiety)I would start with my morning dose, instead of taking 3mg, i would take 2 mg, same with the afternoon and evening...then I would go down from there, tapering 1 mg at a time or even half a mg depending on how I was feeling that day. I eventually tapered off completely, with no side effects. Now if you have GAD, you may need some sort of anxiety med to help you, but you have to be able to control how much you really need.

Since the Xanax, I have also been on Klonopin, which I take on a need as bases and it helps me tremendously!!! Maybe you should try cutting out the alcohol as well....see how that makes you feel. Just keep the SSRI and see if you can use the Xanax on a need as basis...Hopes this helps. Please let me know if you need any more answers...

Hope and Huggs

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