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Wow, I have learned way to many new phrases and words in the last six months..........interdose withdrawal was a phrase I never knew until recently........

Anyhow, back to the topic at hand............

I am still on 25mg of Zoloft daily and 2mg of Xanax XR daily (1mg in the am and 1mg in the pm). After coming down from 100mg of Zoloft, 25mg of Ambien and 4mg of Xanax per day, I seemed to level off...........but in the last few weeks irritability has set in and I feel very edgy..........just plain cranky..........at times I also feel like crying for no reason....I also have this burning sensation on and off in my head......not tingling.........burning.............I have had some changes in my life this last month, what with vacation (flying and going to a different country, but I did it!! Yay! and also the news that my employer was not going to hold my job for me any longer, so they posted it and are in the process of hiring someone new, of course they say I can come back if they have a position for me) and maybe that is why I feel worse, I'm not sure.

I talked with the company that makes Xanax XR a few days ago and when I described my symptoms to the RN on the phone she said it was classic withdrawal...........she suggested I switch back to regular Xanax and begin a very very slow taper........and even that I up the dose a bit and then taper back down.......she says the dose I'm on is causing withdrawal symptoms which would indicate that I dropped from 4mg to 2mg much to fast..........

I have been on 2mg since February, so you would think withdrawal would be over with by now, however, I read something about interdose withdrawal, where the body adjusts to the medication (the liver filters it out faster as well) so I may be taking 2mg but not getting the full 2mg dose............

Then we go to my pdoc, great man, he listens, but he is also determined to have me try Effexor (regular, not XR) 25mg to assist in getting down off the Xanax XR...........I tried the Effexor once and felt loopy........but he is asking me to give it one more try............

Then I also have Ativan that I can use occasionally as a "buffer" but my pdoc doesn't want to use Ativan to get me off Xanax............he says it puts me back in the same problem.......weaning down off another Benzo..........

Any suggestions? My counselor friend suggested I try increasing the Zoloft to 50mg and see if that helps.............my pdoc will listen to any suggestions I have, he knows I've done my homework...........however, I want to make the right choices here..........and am looking for a bit of advise???

Thanks,

Kaytee:-)

PS Since going on the Xanax and then the Xanax XR I have been very spacey and my concentration and short term memory are affected a bit, that is why I would like to get off it or on to something else.............





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