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Hey Nuke...I have been through the whole Xanax withdrawl and it was horrible. You never did mention the dosage you was on when you starting weaning. I took Xanax for 9 years and I have to admit that it actually gave me my life back because I too became agoraphobic. I've had panic/anxiety for 12 years and the first three years I just cried my way though them because I had no idea what was happening to me, and I was also too scared to talk to a doctor for fear they'd put me away because I was going crazy.
My doctor started me on a dose of .5 mg 3 times a day, which is actually quite a bit to start anyone on. But, it did help me alot and I also started cognitive behavioral therapy which helped alot too. I think I was on the .5 dose for about 3 years then I started feeling depressed a little, so she started me on Zoloft 100 mg. a night. By the time the 9 years was up, I was taking almost 4 mg. of Xanax and 150 Zoloft.

The main reason I wanted to start weaning was because I was starting to feel better about myself and going into public, but my main concern was my short term memory...which is totally shot now. I have no short term memory left so I keep the sticky note factory in business..LOL. Well, I found I could only cut down 1/4 mg. like maybe every month or every other....it took me a total of 1 year and I was down to .25 mg. I found out I was pregnant and completely quit, which wasn't a problem then cuz I was on the lowest dose. Thank GOD I had a beautiful baby girl who is now 3 years old. I have been off of Xanax and didn't have a panic attack ever since.

Recently, I had a panic attack out of the clear blue sky while my husband and I was driving home from another city. My GOSH...it was bad. I hadn't had one for so long, I forgot how awful they really were. I immediately went to a different doctor and he too swore by Xanax. I have never taken anything else but that for my panic. I'm only on 1.5 mg. daily and I try not to even take that unless I have too. Yes, Xanax is a powerful drug and extremely addicting, but it works. I'm starting to feel better already and I've only been taking this 3 months, so I'm talking to him about weaning, which he feels is a good idea since my last time was so horrible with withdrawls, etc.

I have heard through many many people that Ativan and Klonipin is very good for panic also, but since I've dealt with Xanax before, I think this time I know not to use and abuse, which may have been what I was kind of doing before.

Hope everything goes well with you. Maybe you should try the cognitive behavioral therapy. It really really works! Good luck
[QUOTE=purrsia]Hey Nuke...I have been through the whole Xanax withdrawl and it was horrible. You never did mention the dosage you was on when you starting weaning. I took Xanax for 9 years and I have to admit that it actually gave me my life back because I too became agoraphobic. I've had panic/anxiety for 12 years and the first three years I just cried my way though them because I had no idea what was happening to me, and I was also too scared to talk to a doctor for fear they'd put me away because I was going crazy.
My doctor started me on a dose of .5 mg 3 times a day, which is actually quite a bit to start anyone on. But, it did help me alot and I also started cognitive behavioral therapy which helped alot too. I think I was on the .5 dose for about 3 years then I started feeling depressed a little, so she started me on Zoloft 100 mg. a night. By the time the 9 years was up, I was taking almost 4 mg. of Xanax and 150 Zoloft.

The main reason I wanted to start weaning was because I was starting to feel better about myself and going into public, but my main concern was my short term memory...which is totally shot now. I have no short term memory left so I keep the sticky note factory in business..LOL. Well, I found I could only cut down 1/4 mg. like maybe every month or every other....it took me a total of 1 year and I was down to .25 mg. I found out I was pregnant and completely quit, which wasn't a problem then cuz I was on the lowest dose. Thank GOD I had a beautiful baby girl who is now 3 years old. I have been off of Xanax and didn't have a panic attack ever since.

Recently, I had a panic attack out of the clear blue sky while my husband and I was driving home from another city. My GOSH...it was bad. I hadn't had one for so long, I forgot how awful they really were. I immediately went to a different doctor and he too swore by Xanax. I have never taken anything else but that for my panic. I'm only on 1.5 mg. daily and I try not to even take that unless I have too. Yes, Xanax is a powerful drug and extremely addicting, but it works. I'm starting to feel better already and I've only been taking this 3 months, so I'm talking to him about weaning, which he feels is a good idea since my last time was so horrible with withdrawls, etc.

I have heard through many many people that Ativan and Klonipin is very good for panic also, but since I've dealt with Xanax before, I think this time I know not to use and abuse, which may have been what I was kind of doing before.

Hope everything goes well with you. Maybe you should try the cognitive behavioral therapy. It really really works! Good luck[/QUOTE]

Hi, The cognitive behavioral therapy is something I want to do. The only problem is there is no place around here that will see me without insurance. I do go to the VA Hospital for my treatment but they don't offer the cognitive behavioral therapy. There is a place in my town that does it but when I went to them last summer they told me that because of state funding being cut they could not help.
As far as the dose of Xanax I was on, it changed daily. It depended on how I felt. I never got up to the dose you were at. I think my largest dose was 0.5mg taken 5 to 6 times a day for around 8 years.
Today was a bad day for me. I wanted to take a Xanax so bad. I felt so unsteady and thought I was going to have a panic attack but I didn't and I did not take a Xanax. I do take Zoloft but the dose is small. I think if I could get into a local support group and also go through the cognitive behavioral therapy I would be ok. But again since there has been a cut in state funding they are not allowing any new people into the support group. Take care. Barry





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