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How long does Xanax withdrawal last?

How long does Xanax withdrawal last?

How long will Xanax withdrawal last?

Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine medication prescribed to treat anxiety, panic disorders, and sometimes depression. Keep in mind that withdrawing from Xanax can be dangerous process, so it’s recommended that you work with a physician to first taper and then stop taking Xanax for good.  Can I just stop taking Xanax?  Usually, NO. In fact, various health concerns need to be taken into consideration when considering Xanax withdrawal so ALWAYS WITHDRAW FROM XANAX UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION.

Here, we review how long it takes to withdraw from Xanax and what to expect for the first several weeks off Xanax.  We will also discuss the symptoms of Xanax withdrawal that you can expect and what does Xanax withdrawal feel like. We invite your questions about withdrawing from Xanax at the end.

How long until Xanax withdrawal starts?

Once you have decided to stop taking Xanax, withdrawal symptoms can start as early as a few hours after the effect of Xanax has worn off. These first few hours are critical, as several people have been said to experience seizures during this time. For this reason, it is recommended you work with a physician to taper your medication and then monitor withdrawal symptoms. Other common onset symptoms include: insomnia, anxiety, exacerbated anxiety, racing thoughts, and panic attacks. Violent symptoms of Xanax withdrawal include: tremors, paranoid psychosis, dizziness, and speech problems.

Xanax withdrawal timeline

Xanax withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person, as each individual is unique. Plus, other health factors contribute to the withdrawal symptoms. For the most part, however, withdrawal symptoms typically appear several hours after your last dose of Xanax. Then, Xanax withdrawal can last for months after you have stopped taking Xanax. Though we outline a 4 week withdrawal process below, it can take a good deal longer, especially if you are tapering your medication in order to ease the potential severity of the withdrawal symptoms.

24 – 72 hours Xanax withdrawal – During the first hours of Xanax withdrawal, you are at highest risk of seizures. Being monitored might be a good option if you have experience withdrawal seizures in the past or have a history of neurological disorders. In the first days of Xanax withdrawal, you may also experience an increase heart rate, mood swings, and an inability to sleep. You may also suffer nausea and vomiting during this initial phase.

Week 1 Xanax withdrawal – In the first week of Xanax withdrawal, you may notice that increased heart rate continues. Insomnia, racing thoughts, and irritability are also likely to be present. Use of Xanax over time can also exacerbate the anxiety you were being treated for, resulting in “rebound anxiety” issues. Depression and cravings for Xanax can also manifest during this time.

Week 2 Xanax withdrawal – Most of the same symptoms present during Week 1 will cross over into Week 2. Sleep may continue to be a problem. Your moods might still be erratic, but the risk of tremors, seizures and any other difficult situations will have passed.

Weeks 3-4 Xanax withdrawal – Your sleep patterns should be returning to normal in this time. And physical symptoms should begin to lesson. Minor symptoms of withdrawal can still be present, such as sensory sensitivity and agitation. However, psychological symptoms will continue to be a issue, more so for those who have developed an addiction to Xanax.

How long do Xanax withdrawal symptoms last?

Symptoms of Xanax withdrawal can last anywhere from several weeks to several months. But the major withdrawal symptoms present during Xanax detox should resolve within about a month. However, people have reported cases of insomnia, heighted anxiety, and cravings long after the initial 30 days of Xanax withdrawal. And some people have said it can take up to a year before they feel a level of overall normalcy. And keep in mind that previous conditions treated by Xanax are exacerbated by detoxification. This can make withdrawal even longer, adding to your frustration.

Xanax withdrawal: how long?

In general, Xanax withdrawal can last a couple of months. But Xanax affects each person differently, depending on the dosage amount and frequency you’ve been presribed AS WELL AS how long you’ve been taking Xanax. Each withdrawal period is unique to the person taking Xanax. In general, however, if you taking Xanax as prescribed for appropriate reasons, symptoms of withdrawal tend to be less intense than someone abusing the medication or taking higher doses than prescribed.

Furthermore, many people taking Xanax daily can experience Post-Acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS), a set of symptoms unique tobenzodiazepine class medications. Thesepersistent symptoms occur after discontinued use of Xanax and can last several weeks and months after you last dose of Xanax. Insomnia, depression, anxiety and other mental instabilities are typical of benzodiazepine PAWS symptoms. Psychological effects of addiction and dependence may also still be present long after you are no longer taking Xanax. If this is the case, we encourage you to seek help from mental health specialists.

Questions about Xanax withdrawal

Do you still have questions about Xanax Withdrawal? Please share your questions and experiences with Xanax in the comments section below. And we’ll try to respond to your Xanax questions personally ASAP.

Reference Sources: Drug Enforcement Administration: Benzodiazepines
Pub Med: The Benzodiazepines Withdrawal Syndrome
PubMeb: Withdrawing Benzodiazepines in Primary Care
Discontinuation and Withdrawal Problems of Alprazolam 

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106 Responses to “How long does Xanax withdrawal last?
6:43 pm March 9th, 2013

I am having nuerological problems ever since I took xanax and zoloft. My speech is affected, my tongue feels swollen, numb and wants to project forward. There is consistent twitching or a feeling of a mild electrical impulse in my palette and tongue. My tongue also moves all the time, rolling or pushing forward. Again it wasn’t there before the meds, but has continued now since Dec. 18. I was on low dose and for less than 2 months due to the tremors, body vibrations, constant full body twitching, tongue trusting forward and spontaneous snapping of my jaw on my tongue. Ouch. My hands still twitch occasionally, but it’s my mouth that is my concerrn. Again none of this occurred prior to the meds but continues post meds. Thanks

2:17 pm March 11th, 2013

Hello Rhonda. Have you consulted with your prescribing doctor about these side effects? I’d suggest that you record day-by-day effects (with times and descriptions) and take them to a physician who can help you further.

11:02 am March 29th, 2013

I have taken xanax on and off for short periods of time (never in particularly high doses) mostly for sleep. Recently I was taking two .05 mg tabs at night for about a month straight. I decided to stop and suffer from insomnia and bad panic attacks at night. My common sense tells me that since I wasn’t on it very long and not taking high dosage (compared to some), that withdrawal shouldn’t be that long. It hasn’t been a whole week yet. Am I right? Could the withdrawal continue beyond say the first week given the dosage and relatively short period of time I took it?

4:43 am April 4th, 2013

this helped me so much thank you for posting it

6:55 am April 4th, 2013

Hello Ron. You might be best off consulting with a pharmacist on the withdrawal effects of Xanax. One month is long enough to develop dependency and experience withdrawal symptoms on discontinuation, but at such low doses of alprazolam, the effects may not be too bothersome. As every case if individual, seek advice and try to minimize the effects as much as possible. Good luck!

1:49 pm April 13th, 2013

Please advise if Zoloft can recover the Xanax withdrawal symptoms ??
i take Zoloft but i wanted to quit Xanax since i got addicted to it hence i don’t sleep without it ??
And how to sleep without Xenax ????

4:32 am April 14th, 2013

I was told to stop taking xanax cold turkey when I had elevated liver enzymes following a gallbladderattack 2 weeks ago. My liver ezymes were normal last week. I woke up this morning with no appetite and a funny taste in my mouth. Can xanax withdrawal cause these physical symptoms 2 weeks after discontinuing?

6:04 am April 14th, 2013

Hello Kevin. Given the severity of other possible symptoms of Xanax withdrawal, these symptoms don’t seem too difficult to cope with. I’d suggest that you speak with a pharmacist or your prescribing doctor for more information on how to treat loss of appetite.

2:02 am April 29th, 2013

Rhonda, your not alone I’ve been going crazy with twitching, loss of balence, headaches, stomach, tinnitus, tingling, fasciculations and more.

2:13 am April 29th, 2013

Oh , I forgot inner tremor. I was taking what the doctor told me .50 in the morning .50 evening. I actually hardly ever took the one in the evening because I heard it was addicting. That was my way of thinking I wouldn’t get addicted. I can’t believe after researching this drug that we are not supposed to be on this for more than 2 weeks. I was never told this . I was never told to take on a an as need basis, also. After discovering all this I might be suffering for years because of this. I thought doctor are supposed to help not hurt. Anyways you let me know if you need to talk . I do !

5:32 pm June 20th, 2013

I’ve been on xanax for 1 year of 10mg a day how long will me withdrawal last

Roger B.
9:19 pm July 20th, 2013

I’ve been prescribed Xanax since 1996….it 1mg then 90 a month….now I’m on Xanax bars….still 90….I admit I am addicted to them….without them, I cannot sleep….and have immediate withdrawls….i.e. a metallic taste in my mouth and muscle twitching….I crave them when I run out prematurely….I’m a 41-year-old male….I’m afraid what would happen if I taper off, even under a doctor’s supervision….

1:28 pm July 22nd, 2013

Hello Roger. Coming off any medication or drug that has been our “friend” can trigger fear. I wonder if you can talk with a licensed psychologist to talk out this fear, and develop a plan that can work for you. Where there is a will, there is a way. I wish you all the best!

1:31 pm July 23rd, 2013

My doctor put me on Xanex after my breast cancer diagnosis in December of 2011…0.5 mg….at one point, I was taking three tabs a day….then two times a day….then half a tablet during day and one tablet at night…then half a tablet during day and half a tablet at night…I am now at only half a tablet at night… doctor is telling me to stay on it (.25 mg in the AM and a whole tablet at night) …I’ve been experiencing a sensation of breathlessness that has affected the way I eat, which I have been dealing with for a long time….I’ve asked my doctor about this, and he thinks it’s anxiety….could this breathless feeling be attributed to tapering down on the Xanex? Am I tapering down in a safe manner?

12:01 pm July 24th, 2013

Hello Susan. Symptoms of anxiety can appear during withdrawal from Xanax. This is probably why your doctor still has you on some kind of Xanax. Have you seen a psychologist to work on the breathlessness. CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) can be beneficial in cases of anxiety.

2:30 pm September 8th, 2013

will i have withdraw symptoms after taking .05mg xanax for 10 days total of 30 tabs 3 times a day for anxiety. I do not want them no more This is the first time i have been on them?

11:25 am September 13th, 2013

Hi Cindy. I’m not sure…but you can ask a pharmacist about the likelihood of dependence after 10 days on Xanax. Pharmacists would have more stats or information about chemical dependence.

9:15 pm September 18th, 2013

Hello everyone,
I’m a Disabled Veteran. I was on Xanax for over 4 years. 3mg a day to 6mg a day then to 1.5 mg a day.
When I weened off with the advice of my Doc. It almost killed me.
I started in Feb 2013, and was done In March 2013.
I’m six months Xanax free and I still have bad withdrawals.. Also, I started to get abdominal pain on the right side and I still have it. It feels like theres a belt tighting around me.. Very aggravating. Been checked they can’t find anything wrong. any one else have this symptom?

2:31 am October 2nd, 2013

Hello. I have notice a difference in bowel movement after quitting xanax almost immediately. Any one else having the same issue.

3:06 pm October 8th, 2013

how long might facial tingling and mental fatigue last?

8:28 am October 22nd, 2013

i have been on Xanax .5 four times a day for 5 years and three days ago i was told my doctor had left the practice. The new doctor said she wasn’t going to give me anything anymore and told me to just deal with the withdrawls so what fresh hell am i in for? It’s been twenty four hours since i took my last .25mg this is cold turkey no chance for weaning this all happened in one day after five years of being treated.

12:49 am November 16th, 2013

My fiance was taking upwards of 4mg of Xanax per day for about 3 weeks. She has decided to stop cold turkey. Today is day two, she is in really bad shape, has the shakes, can’t sleep, hot cold flashes, vomiting. She was not prescribed the meds so tapering was not an option. I have been trying to get her to sleep it off with Unisom, but they don’t seem to be working. Anyone have any suggestions?

3:15 pm December 1st, 2013

I have been on Xanax for years, low dose.50 at bedtime for sleep and anxiety, off for 4 weeks, terrible stomach cramping and gas, mostly nighttime, what to do???

9:52 am December 22nd, 2013

Been on 0.25mg Xaxax for 2 weeks. Just quit cold turkey 2 days ago and now can’t sleep at night (can’t stay asleep for long) and still get hot/cold flashes in arm and upper body. When will these symptoms subside?

5:39 pm December 27th, 2013

Have been taking .25 to .50 mill of xanex for 3 months should I taper off it is hard to take less than .25 mil

7:56 pm January 30th, 2014

Ok, I’m just going to be honest because now I’m scared. I had a prescription of Xanax to take as needed…this past weekend, I “needed” it, and wound up taking about 15 0.5mg pills over the course of Friday-Sunday. I had one beer on Saturday night, as well as a couple Melatonin pills during the weekend. I haven’t taken anything since Sunday (it’s Thursday now), and I feel “off”…somewhat dizzy, insomnia, if I do fall asleep, WEIRD dreams…am I ok? Is the “dangerous” part over, and am I even “detoxing” from just a weekend??

4:50 pm February 4th, 2014

I have been off xanax now for almost three weeks, still wake up at night. Have burning legs and feet. How long is this going to go on? (I need to get back to work but no way with the way I feel. It even burns in my chest. Been taking Bupropion sr 150 mg twice daily, Gabapentin 300mg three times a day and clonidine 0.2mg at bed time once daily. It all helps like 50% better but restless leg is really bad when I wake up. Gets better with meds but not enough. This really sucks let me tell you. Why did the doctor get me hooked on that crap?

Mark Glaspie
12:56 am March 1st, 2014

I took 1 one mg xanax a day for about 3 years. Then, over the last year, I have taken two 1 mg xanaxs just before bed time. Im wondering what my withdrawals will be like, and for how long? I have been cold turkey for 4 days and am experiencing insomnia, severe anxiety, and high heart rate..

6:35 am March 20th, 2014

I had a doctor prescribe Zanax 0.5 to me last July for no known reason. She said that it would help me relax. It was for 3 times a day. She did not explain anything about it and I trusted her. I only took one pill a day until January of this year (6 mos). I ask another doctor (internist) if this medication was safe to take and if I could get addicted and he told me no that it was too small dosage. In January I got concerned and cut the pill down to 1/2 which was 0.25 and took it 1 time per day. I went to the doctor (Internist) today (March) and said that I want off of this and needed his help. I had been taking it for 8 mos. I told him that I had been getting headaches and chills/sweats lately. He said that there was no way that I was addicted. To just stop taking it. He said that the pill only lasted 4 hours a day and that I would have been climbing the walls if I was addicted for the other 20 hours per day. It said that it was probably sleep apnea. I did not take a pill all day but started to have chills, sweat and headaches. I called the pharmacy and she said to cut the 0.25 half in half and take it for a week and then take it every other day for the 2nd week then I should be ok. Then to quit. Am I having with withdrawals from this medication. Is this the right way to get off of it. I cannot get any help from my doctor.

6:49 am March 20th, 2014

I went to the doctor last July for a different reason and was given a prescription for Xanax 0.5 3 times per day. I only took one pill per day. I ask my Internist if I could get addicted and he said too small dose and I could take it every day and it would be ok. In January of this year (6 mos. later) I got concerned and cut it in half 0.25 1x per day. This month (8 mos) I started getting headaches, sweats, nausea and chills. I went back to the Internist today and he said that I was not addicted as the dose was too small. If I was then I would have been climbing the walls for the other 20 hours per day as the pill only lasts 4 hours per day. He said to just stop taking it. Ihave had the chills, headaches, sweats and nervousness all day. So I called the pharmacy and she said to cut the halfs down into halfs and take it for one week and then every other day for the next week and then stop. The Internist said that I probably had sleep apnea and not addicted. Do you think that I am having withdraws and is the pharmacist right? I have had sleep apnea for years and did not have this type of problem.

7:07 am March 20th, 2014

I went to this doctor for a referral to my cardiologist and she gave me a RX for Zanax 0.5 for 3 times per day. She said that it would help with my blood pressure. I did not have anxiety or panic disorders This was last July. I only took 1 pill per day. In January I cut it back to 1/2 pill per day 0.25. An internist told me that the dosage was not addicting. This month (8 mos later) I started getting headaches, chills, sweats, short term memory loss and nausea. I just had an EEG and MRI of my head and no problems.. I went to him today and said that I want to get off of this drug. He said that I was not addicted as it only lasted 4 hours per day and if I was only taking the small dosage and was addicted that I would be climbing the walls the other 20 hours. I did not take the pill all day. I started having the same problems so I called my pharmacist and she said to cut the half into half and take for a week and then every other day for another week and then quit. Is she right and am I addicted to this drug? I don’t trust mydoctor.

12:02 pm March 20th, 2014

Hello Darlene. There is a difference between addiction and physical dependence. It is likely that you are dependent on Xanax….and after a period of withdrawal, you will know whether or not you are addicted to it. Check in with your prescribing doctor and ask for an individualized tapering schedule for this benzodiazepine. And record your symptoms of withdrawal, including timing, severity, and type…as well as dosing details in order to track your progress. Little steps are required during withdrawal from Xanax.

7:17 pm March 27th, 2014

I was abusing my xanax prescription for almost 3.years. I manipulated a doctor into prescribing me 8mgs per day and most days I would take more than 8mgs and some days I’d take less. I know I’m a drug addict and lucky to be alive, but I’ve been clean for 2 1/2 months but am still having withdrawal symptoms such as sweating and very moody. I’m wondering if I should see a doctor for these symptoms or if I should continue to wait it out? And if so how long?

11:05 am March 28th, 2014

Hello Tracy. Good for you! Congratulations on being clean. Follow your gut; while we cannot offer direct medical advice, it seems wise to seek medical help for anything that is causing you discomfort. In general, mood disorders can last for months after getting off Xanax. As in, 6 months or longer. They are called PAWS, post-acute/protracted withdrawal symptoms. However, there may not be a need to wait in suffering, especially if the symptoms are caused by something that is treatable.

5:52 pm March 28th, 2014

I stopped taking xanex 3 days ago and now I’m having bad anxiety and my mouth and parts of my body are numb. I know that the anxiety is normal coming off of them, but should I be worried about the numbness?

1:57 am April 4th, 2014

Xanac is a bad drug. Why is it still on the market? I was on it 7 years, taking 3mgs a day. I have only been off of it 6 weeks. Although I am improving, I still ha strong side effects: numbness in head and neck, everything taste funny, restless leg syndrome, I cannot concentrate, and insomnia. I glad I didn’t know all this before hand. I don’t think I would have had the courage to continue. I WAS

4:38 pm April 18th, 2014

Have been taking Xanax fo 5 years…prescribed during and following husbands liver transplant. Only way to keep it together.
I am trying to wean off. Dosage was 2mg per day. Not having issues with drug per say but felt I should see if I could stop….
Reduced dosage dramatically , felt fine for a week, feeling quite cocky and then the nausea , loss of appetite and panic attacks returned,
What should I do? Husband did survive but is not doing well, icannot be sick…he is very supportive.

8:47 pm April 21st, 2014

I have been taking Xanax for over 5 years . The medication was prescribed by my PCP , I suffer from PTSD . It took me 3/12 months to ween off of this mediation .

My total does was .5mgs 3x’s a day . I never took that much in a day , my total consumption was about 2.25mgs highest at anytime .

With the guidance of my PCP- i dropped my dosage in increments. My doctor still kept me on less the .125 for a week to make sure i weened off properly .

I have been off Xanax for the past 10 days .

The withdrawal symptoms have been pretty tough . I feel spacey , my coordination feels off and the headaches are HORRIBLE .

Thankfully , I am still able to work and function . I just pray that the headaches go away and this loopy feeling dissolves as well .

I feel as though my body is getting reacquainted with itself .

How long will these symptoms last ?

2:06 pm April 26th, 2014

Why does my roof of mouth and tip of toungue alwsys feel tingly when they start to wers off

luke maher
7:18 am April 27th, 2014

I quit Xanax cold turkey 3 weeks ago today ,after taking 2x .25 bars daily one in morning and one at bedtime , For the past 5 years I had also been drinking heavily for 20 years at about 20 units per day I quit both cold turkey at same time – To say I went thru Hell would have been the understatement of the century – But I had no choice , I am self employed and had to go to work each day during my withdrawl , I suffered mega depression everything seemed impossible , I had suicidal thoughts , pains all over including headaches , stomach problems , confusion nausea , it all peaked in week 2 , but I carried on without any medical intervention , Today exactly 3 weeks later , I feel good , all withdrawl symptoms are gone , I didn’t know that one should not go cold turkey but for me It has been a dreadful experience , so for anyone going thru this Hell , stick with it ! You will come out other side just as I have done

Rod Brown
9:57 pm May 15th, 2014

I have used and abused Xanax for 8 yrs. and quit after a 3 mos. taper. It has now been 7 mos. and still feel lousy with a horrible feeling that cannot be described plus ringing ears,insomnia,anxiety,sweating,and restless legs. The first 2 mos were total hell and thought I was going to die with fast pounding heart, high BP, muscle spasam which made it hard to breath plus many many other symptons. It was total hell and spent many days laying on the floor crying like a baby. It is not to be used as a daily medication as was prescribed to me. I expect it to take at least a year to feel back to myself if I am lucky.

3:38 pm May 18th, 2014

I’m 37 y/o male. Took alazopram for a little over a year as prescribed. Ended up detoxing in a hospital for 7 days. It 2 months now and it still feels like I’m walking on a boat at sea. Ears ring, eye pressure, and tightness in forehead. I just want to know that theses symptoms will go away. It would be nice to know when too. I was on .5mg 4x a day.

9:42 pm May 20th, 2014

Hi Everyone it has been 5 1/2 weeks since i have been completely off the Xanax .
Ever since my tamper of the medication , I noticed my lips / tongue even my face became swollen .
I went to an allergist , thinking I perhaps developed some sort of allergy . He did numerous and extensive testing . All the results came back negative .
I was wondering if anyone else was experincing these symptoms.

The headaches have gotten a bit better but the feeling of confusion sometimes pops up .

stephanie berges
12:48 am May 21st, 2014

my daughter died of the flu 31/2 months ago and my doctor gave me a prescription twice for a total of 90 xanax .5 mg bid but I took .25 to 1 mg a day every day since she died . for the last 2 days I have been taking 0.12.5 to taper ,should I be worried about physical withdrawl symptoms at such a low dose ?

7:15 pm May 27th, 2014

I was on xanax for 8 months after passing out. Dr thought I had a bad panic attack. I was stressed out for 4 years that took a toll on me. My daughter was the reason wonderful teens. Anyways I was put on .5mg twice a day I took that for 6 months then started to wean myself off and cut my pills because I didn’t like the way I was feeling when I was coming down from xanax feeling spacey woozy trouble walking and my memory was bad. So the first two weeks I cut the med down I felt really slow even talking my speech was a bit slow like sluring i was scared thought maybe it was a stroke then it went away then it came back a few days later. I talked to my doctor I told him what I was doing he said ok lets work on taking u off slowly but he wanted to give me clonazepam . I didn’t want to put another benzo into my body I was so tired of feeling like crap. My anxiety was worse then ever it’s true what they say anxiety meds make your anxiety worse then what it was before. I kept going foward for 2 months cutting down until I was done. My dr said I don’t see why you would be going threw these withdrawls it’s such a low dose . I wanted to curse him out but I kept my composure. 7 days later I ended up in the hospital I couldn’t walk I tried getting out of bed and my head felt so heavy I felt like falling over it was horrible then I would feel anxiety attacks off and on. In the hopital they tried giving me ativan I said nope I’m not taking crap just nasea pills docs want to shut u up with more and more pills. I was admitted for two days then did talked to me and said I think your out of danger from siezures so all u can do is rest and eat well. I did that it was horrible sweating not eating headaches for 3 weeks but after I just had trouble walking dizziness lightheaded I had to hold on to my son to walk. So that was back in November 2013 now were in may the 27th I’m better then I was able to walk alone but I get these waves of lightheadeness and my head feels heavy I have good days were I feel normal again and other days were it comes back and I feel woozy. My sleep has gotten a bit better then how it was but it was horrible not sleeping and I love sleeping lol. I hope this helps someone out. Never get on those meds if u don’t have to for a month.

10:57 am June 8th, 2014

I stop xanax cold turkey, it has been a week I has a suizure already, but during this week I been doing cocain, what may happen?

2:11 am June 10th, 2014

I’ve been on .5mg for a lil over a year. Just took myself off them slowly and its been 4 days since I’ve had any and i feel really weird. Am i in the clear of the severe withdrawal symptoms???

dani g
12:48 pm June 17th, 2014

Trankimazin alprazolam xanax biggest mistake I ever did was start using and then abusing them I been on 2mg 3 4 times a day for couple years now that I won’t out its killing me so if u reading this try avoid using tranks if u can I’m suffering and u will too not a good feeling I carry a couple 1mg with me in case I need it but trying my best to kick the dirty habit for those the weak we in for a rough ride …. don’t recommend using

6:56 pm June 26th, 2014

Good afternoon,
I started taking Xanax about 3 months ago , taking 1mg for my menopause anxiety right before bed. Now I started taking 2mg because 1mg does not help me anymore. How do I stop taking it completely ? My friend told me about melatonin a natural substance for sleep. I guess what asking is how do I stop Xanax completely without getting any withdrawal symptoms

10:59 pm June 26th, 2014

I had a brother that committed suicide… My father left us and I never saw him again in my life, I looked and when I did find him he had died 2 weeks before. My doctor put me on 2mg of Xanax with taking 1/2 to 3 a day, of course as time went on I was up to 6mg a day, to sleep in the afternoon and at night. Worse thing I could have taken advice from a MD. She never told me how addictive it was. I have been taking them for 8 years. I made the decision to taper off by my self, with the support of my husband (best friend that I have). Went from 6mg to 3mg in a 2 week period. I am now on 2.5 mg and will stay there for at least 2 weeks or 3. then I will cut if by .5 very 2 weeks. My problems have been feeling Hot then Cold (sweats) can not seem to regulate this ..I have tingling in my shoulder and I feel shakie. My mind seems to become clear. I have anxiety, but I can handle that. My loss of appetite has been non-existent, wonderful in a way. Lost 30 lbs…which I needed. I say if you have the desire to taper off-DO IT. It takes A LOT of WILL Power, though. I will keep you all posted on my result. By the way, I only take my new dosage at night.
Feel anxiety in the mornings but it goes away after an hour. I recommend that you drink A LOT OF WATER, flush your system and work out…walking, gardening, sweeping outside, just get moving!I’ll send an update in two weeks. YOU CAN DO THIS!!! God can help you and the support of family.

4:55 pm June 27th, 2014

I meant to say that I have NO appetite….so weight loss is something that can be a withdraw symptom.

1:06 pm June 29th, 2014

How long do you have to take xanax before you’re actually addicted?

11:58 am July 3rd, 2014

I’m a disabled veteran who has anxiety problems due to severe tinnitus in both ears after an explosion in the service. PTSD Like symptoms. Got very spotty care at the V/A over the past 4 years and have tried 15 or 20 different antidepressants and other stuff to try to help with the anxiety. Every single med I have tried has screwed me up bad one way or another. Mostly over-sedated with them. One doc mentioned that my sensitivity to drugs may have to do with a liver enzyme deficiency, and that I could only take seriously low doses if any at all. I don’t sleep much due to the tinnitus thus the anxiety. I recently left the V/A to see a local civilian doc who was recommended to me. She prescribed .25mg Xanax 3 times a day plus a 4th as needed. I did this for a month, and reported back that I was very drowsy a lot of time on this stuff, but my mood was better almost manic though. She said to cut in half and do that 3x per day like before at this half dose. No change over a month except the mood improvement stopped. I decided to just stop taking these cold turkey since nobody told me not to. Stopped about 10days ago, and have felt like pure hell. Migraines, jittery, and last night the craziest damn dreams during the 30 min I was able to get of sleep…super manic right now and not liking it. This stuff is insanely dangerous…On this little dose, what should my weaning process have been, keeping in mind how sensitive I seem to be to all meds. Since I went cold turkey last week, how long should I expect the withdrawals to last. The migraines are the worst…I did take a half .25 last night hoping it would mellow me and help. How much hell am I in for?

12:54 pm July 3rd, 2014

Hi James. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Xanax can be addictive if taken in large quantities or used for a prolonged period. However, even people who take it exactly as prescribed can become addicted to it. And your body very quickly will develop a tolerance to it, so doses will have to be increased in order to produce the same effects as in the beginning.

8:45 am July 4th, 2014

Is there any support group for spouse who deal with withdrawal husband? I really need to talk to some one, to give me useful information how to help my husband get through his withdrawal.

10:07 am July 4th, 2014

Hi andini. Here is an online how-to guide:
And this websites where you can find forums for individuals, friends and families who are looking to connect and get support during treatment and recovery:

11:07 pm July 13th, 2014

Hey everyone. I’m about to hit 4 months out of the hospital from a rapid benzo detox. I just want to tell everyone to hold on tight, keep fighting like hell. Its starting to get better for me. I can even drive my truck once in a while now. I have bad days and good days. More bad than good but the good ones are coming more and more. Eat tons of veggies, fruits and drink tons of water. Get out of bed whenever you can. Do not give up. It seems like this is never going to end but it will. Im still in pain most of the day but I HAVE had some good days where I just soaked in the relief.GOD Bless us all

Sue Huskey
12:45 am July 24th, 2014

Is there anything that will help with the insomnia while coming off of Xanax?
And the sensitivity motion irritability?

5:40 pm July 25th, 2014

I have been taking Xanax for about 2 yrs 4 months and was given .5 mg but have been taking only .125 mg for about a year once a day, is it safe to stop taking or should I taper, any info would be helpful, I want to stop taking these pills

7:37 pm July 28th, 2014

I was prescribed Xanax .25 mg. I was breaking it in half and only taking it at night. I stopped 5 days ago and I am having terrible withdrawals. I was taking such a small dose..will my symptoms last longer than a week?

12:32 pm July 29th, 2014

Hello Tameka. How long Xanax will stay in your system, as well as the duration of the withdrawal symptoms depend on various circumstances. Individual factors such as metabolism, bodily mass, your age, your current health state, how long, how frequently and what doses you were taking, influence the duration and severity of the withdrawal. Xanax shouldn’t be stopped abruptly, and doing so can be dangerous. Tapering is the way to go off Xanax. I’d suggest you seek help from a doctor to help you detox safely and treat the symptoms properly.

3:48 pm August 25th, 2014

my name is BILL i stopped taking zanas.. its been 7 weeks and i think i’m gonna die
i cannot eat. sleep or any thing like that. remind you my mouth feels so swollen my
my food has no taste at all.i’m going to the Doctor today. but remember NO MORE ZANAX..may GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

6:12 pm August 25th, 2014

This site helped me during withdrawal. I’m on day 16 of no Xanax after a 7 year physical addiction. I got up to over 40mg a day at my worst…then tapered for a few years until I was on .5mg a day and finally felt like I was in a mindset to quit. I feel amazing! The first week was HELL, the 2nd week the hell comes in waves..I’m on week 3 and feel normal now! I can even drink caffeine lol! The only thing going on weird with me is some of body is numb, but each day it gets better and better! There is hope! You can do it! I’m 27 years old and I’m finally free of this addiction that stole most of my 20s!

1:46 pm September 2nd, 2014

Cold turkey Xanax withdrawal week 3 mental helll …..41 going on 14, good luck everyone!

1:50 pm September 2nd, 2014

Mental torture, cold turkey xanax withdrawal week 3, no sleep, overeating, severe irritability, impulse problems, racing thoughts, just a few of the minor problems.

2:26 pm September 7th, 2014

My boyfriend recently had a seizure from being off the Xanax for just two days. By doctors orders he is taking a lower dosage just at night and in the morning. He still involuntary twitches and his palms are so clammy. Is that okay? Will it get worse? In very concerned.

7:03 pm September 7th, 2014

I have been on Xanax for 11 years. Then I was prescribed clonapin (sp). I’m still having tremors and lack of sleep. I’m on day 18 of withdrawal. How much longer am I going to feel like this? I’m on gabapentin and Buspar. It’s not helping.

12:56 am September 11th, 2014

I was on alazopram for 4 years .5mg x 4 a day. I started having problems with light and balance so I stopped taking them figuring this was the problem. Then my world turned upside down. All of a sudden I could not even lift my head off my pillow; I thought I was dying and I actually was. I ended up in the ER where I went through a phenobarbitol detox. (rapid detox) talk about pain. Holy $&#* that was the most intense pain I have ever endured. I thought I was done then too. I spent 3.5 months not being able to walk without help, ears ringing, hot flashes, cold flashes, heart racing, ect. ect. I felt so many different sensations I cant write them all. I was so depressed I had all my weapons removed from my house I did not trust myself with them. I am going on 6 months now and I am finally starting to feel better. I am writing this because I want people to know it does get better. Im not finished hurting yet but things are getting bearable. If you are in pain now please be patient and let the pain come in and experience it knowing that one day it will be gone. It will go away. I still cant drive by myself and when the barametric pressure changes it makes things hard but it is getting way better. I hope this helps someone. Be tough people!! Trust in GOD!! These things we endure in life are life lessons. Take this pain and experience it because when it is gone I dont believe you will ever feel it again this bad!! lol Benzo withdrawal is SO HARD people who have never gone through it have no idea. Please stay strong. PLEASE STAY STRONG. YOU ARE STRONG. even though things seem like they will never get better; they will.. I am proof. I just went through the hardest thing I have ever done and I am still not finished. I am getting better and you will too.

1:15 am September 11th, 2014

I have taken 5 different antidepressants. The last one being pristiq. Over a four year span I’ve taken the xanax prescribed. I did not do well with paxil, lexapro, zoloft, viibryd and the lady one like I said pristiq. It has been almost a year without any antidepressant. I am seeing a psychotherapist about my anxiety and given in t hat I am depressed. My mom just died snd I am afraid to take the new antidepressant brintellix. I am sad that I am even writing this. I don’t know what to do. I am taking .5 in the am .5 in the afternoon and 1.5 mg. At bed. I feel like my mind is falling apart and I can’t stop these intrusive thoughts.

6:10 pm September 18th, 2014

After taking xanax for about 5 years, I stopped abruptly four months ago. I had 10 days of intense withdrawal when I could not leave the house. I was put on lithium and felt somewhat better-off and on- for the next few months. Now I am having gastric problems, high anxiety and sensitivity to noise. I am afraid to eat and I have lost weight. Some days are almost normal and other days are awful. Doctors can find nothing wrong physically. Could this still be some weird time delayed withdrawal?

2:02 am September 19th, 2014

I have had an anxiety disorder for most of my life but it got really bad last year when I turned 42 and I have been going through the agony of trialling lots of different meds with my doctor trying to find the right one, agh. We have settled on Fluvoxamine. In the past I only took .5mg alprazolam for a day maybe 4 -6 times a year. Then a month ago I took it for 7 days straight as I was extremely stressed. For the first 3 weeks I was dizzy all the time and forgetful. Now I am forgetful and my fingers and toes get really cold and tingly. Is this normal? I keep freaking out that I am getting MS. I am also taking 25mg of quetiapine at night to sleep. Please is this making it worse? I am now cutting the pills in half so will only be taking 12.5mg. Should I get off Quetiapine slowly or not necessary?

3:01 pm September 22nd, 2014

Diane here checking in …I wrote in June that I was tapering down my dose of Xanax..2.5 mg from 6 mg a day. I only take it at night down to 2 mg at night .now…..I need to get through October then I am shooting for 1.5mg a night. Talked to my doctor and she said she supports my way. I have lost 40 lbs and I am awake during the day and can stand most of the withdraw. I do wish I had never started these pills ,but as they say -Could of ,Would of .,Should of looked it up on the internet to see the side affects. PLEASE everyone that may be thinking of taking Xanax DO NOT…HELL is where you will end up. When I stop all together that is when I know that I will be there (HELL)…keep writing on this blog as it helps get you through the day.. God bless everyone

12:26 am September 23rd, 2014

This drug addiction is a beast at least. Xanax goes deep into the cortex of the brain, making them almost impossible to escape from. Jesus Christ is your only help. Dont’ think I don’t know. I do.

11:47 am September 23rd, 2014

Withdrawal can last for years. If you are under a year off and still having crazy sensations and thoughts there is a good chance it is withdrawal still. It is not “delayed” withdrawal” it is just benzo withdrawal. Which Diane described perfectly; it is “hell”. Im off now for 6 months and 2 weeks approx and yesterday I had to stay in bed for part of the day from brain zaps and dizziness.

Edward of SC
12:18 pm October 5th, 2014

I’ve read all the comments here and those having problems with this drug have my sympathy.

I have a sleep disorder going back to at least 1969. I was in the AF and we had to work rotating shifts: Two Swings (1500-2300): Two Midnight Shifts (2300-0700); then two days (0700-1500) then off for 3 days. If we were short of controllers (as we often were) it was 12 hour shifts (0700-1900), then )1900-0700). On the night shifts we ran on nicotine and caffeine. After the first night shift, my body begged for sleep but could only get maybe 5-6 hours, then it was time to go back – exhausted, to say the least. After the second mid shift I could sleep all day, but with a day shift looming the next day, I knew better than to sleep more than 4 hours.

The AF gave me a ‘script for valium, and I would take a table after the first mid shift, and before the first day shift. What a blessed feeling getting 8 hours of great sleep. After about 8-10 weeks (of a 30 pill) ‘script ran out I asked for a refill. Seems this was about the time the world condemned valium as many people were abusing it.

I suffered for years with poor quality sleep, even after the rotating shifts ended.

Eventually my late sister asked me if I’d taken Xanax, and I told her no, but every sleeping aid out there, I’d tried and had good results for a short term. Eg.; I’d get a 30 day ‘script for brand x and after a week or so, it was no longer effective.

I got a ‘script for Xanax about 6 years ago. The first was for 10 each, 1mg tablets. I’d take one-half, or .5mg, and would sleep for up to NINE hours. Lord, talk about BLISS. Well, eventually, with a daughters stressful divorce from an abusive husband, my script was increased to one a day (1 mg) and then it after a good spell it started to lose it’s effectiveness. (My daughters divorce stressed me about as much as her and drug out for 3.5 years!)

When this would happen, I’d cut back to a quarter or half a tablet for 3 or 4 days, and then one tablet would do the trick again for about 3 months, then back to reducing.

Just 3 days ago, I thought I’d see what laying off completely would do. Of course I had insomnia — nothing new there. Had some pretty bad headaches but nothing generic Tylenol wouldn’t handle. But I noticed a slight tic or tremor at about the 60 hour mark of complete withdrawal.

Then I found this site to read of your experiences. I appreciate each and every one of your posts, but I’m going to say that for me this is a wonder drug!

You see, I went too many years with poor sleep, On this drug, with good sleep, I went for 4 years without even a cold — I attribute that to good sleep. I’m 71, physically active and my weight is under control. I’ve never taken an illegal drug, and I rarely ever have a swig of the 16 year old Scotch I have in my closet. Right now I’m on .5mg and will stay that way until I gradually go back to one full tablet (1mg)

For the poster that was experiencing light-headiness, I, too, had that. My problem was low sodium! Yep, I was on diauretic (sp) BP med, and being told to avoid salt. I was also engaging in vigorous workouts. A cube or 2 of beef bouillon (or chicken) rectified that problem. And I never pass up a salt shaker now.

God Bless each and every one of you and good luck in achieving your goals. And thanks for sharing your experiences.

10:19 pm October 7th, 2014

I’ve been taking Xanax for 20 years I’m getting off of it. I take 1mil every day how long will withdrawal. Last

1:29 am October 23rd, 2014

I have been on xanax 0.5 mg for two and a half months one pill twice a day, after which i started a taper one pill a day for one week, followed by half pill once in the morning and once in the evening for another week and finished it up by taking half pill a day until the dose was completed. would the withdrawal symptoms of this be severe?and also how long should i expect the withdrawal symptoms to last?.

2:38 pm October 25th, 2014

First off, I think it is sad and a crime that we entrust our health to doctors that don’t give us, the patient, information that can be life saving. We mistakenly go to the doctor thinking that he will cure us of our health issues. Instead, we are just one more customer that can be billed and more than likely a return customer because what they give you makes you sicker. Five months ago I was experiencing vertigo. My doctor at first treated it as an inner ear issue. It didn’t clear up and got worse. I had a panic attack, racing heart rate and sweating. I went to a convenient care close to where I live. That doctor prescribed 16 tabs (.25 mg.) of Xanax. I called my doctor’s office immediately after to make sure if this is something I should take. I’m not a fan of taking drugs! His nurse said that it will “take the edge off of the anxiety” until we can find out what is causing it. After going to an ENT and having several tests done, it was found out that I was having anxiety issues. By this time I had been on Xanax for a month. After about 3 months of HELL and missing work off and on I have finally tapered off of this poison. I’ve been off for 10 days now. I’m still experiencing withdrawal symptoms but they are slowly getting milder. I’m hopeful that in a couple of weeks I will be 100% normal. I have read many horror stories on this and other blogs. Doctors are to “do no harm” to their patients. I see a lot of harm being done! Question everything and do research before you put anything in your body! You could regret it if you don’t.

2:05 pm October 27th, 2014

Hi Henry. You have no reson to fear withdrawal. If you have any symptoms they will be mild to non-existant and will pass within few days. Get lots of rest and sleep, stay hydrated, take a multivitamin and eat good meals. If you have time, you can also do some light exercises.

4:43 pm October 27th, 2014

User for 8 years, clean for 17 days so keep trying you can do it.

1:40 am October 28th, 2014

Darlene…yes I was also on a lower dose than yours and had a hard time geeting off…I did a cold turkey due to the dr. saying I would have no withdrawal symptoms and boy was he wrong..make sure you taper….these withdrawals symptoms aint no joke..

1:44 am October 28th, 2014

henry I was taking one Xanax .5 about every other day…when the dr advised me it would be okay to quit cold turkey due to the “low dose” he was wrong….i had been taking it over a year and the withdrawal symptoms were so bad it was hell…he said it couldnt be….can you please tell me how your doing thanks…

11:42 pm November 14th, 2014

I have been taking Xanex for not quite a year now. 11 months I think. started at 0.5 for 2 mnths, then 1mg for about 3 months, then 2 mg for about past 3-4 months. quit by accident. was proud of myself that I hadn’t taken it one day on Wed.11/5/14. by thurs. night i had severe stomsche cramps and back aches. seen new dr. on fri where sev. test were done. all came back normal. Sat darn near ALL possible w/d syptoms were present. back to er where the gave me 2 nausea meds. Helped for a little while. The ran cat scan and came back normal. Everything came back normal. Then e. r. again on Sun. at 2am with, as I have alreadly stated, darn near all w/d sypmtoms. A friend who I talked with said maybe I was detoxing from not taking my meds at church on Sunday(before I went to e.r.) so I came home and looked it up on computer and to my horror, I had NO DOUBT I had w/d symptoms. E. r dr. confirmed this, and said that I could go back on and taper down(He said take 1 then and then take 1 again at smaller dose in t
3 days & do that every 3 days) I told him absolutely not! Didn’t want it in my system since I knew what horrible things it was doing to my body! He said he understood that I had made it to day 5 and that I no longer wanted it in my body and that I would experience the syptoms for either a few more days up until 1 to 2 weeks more if not more than that! Mind you, I took him in darn near 3 full perscription bottles to show him that I was not and abuser and that I didn’t even take it as prescribed which was 3x day! only took 1.75 mg in morning because of shakes and 1.75 at night to sleep. I have well over 300 pills still if i wanted, but thats just it , i dont want to!!!! My question is so are you saying that I will have these horrible w/d symptom , I don’t know which is the worse, the stomach cramps, all over body ache, tremmors I believe, chills, INSOMNIA from HELL, eyes bulging out of their socket from lack of sleep ,loss of appetite (although my body desp. wants food and to be able to taste it) list goes on and on. anyways are you saying that if I make it (now on day 9 of c/t) to end of 3 weeks I will experience a major relief from this HELL ???? plz note, My reg. dr left practice 4 months ago and phsyc. nurse, well I’m not reall happy with her for upping my dose and not explaining all that I would go thru with quitting, She did say I needed to be weened if I wanted to stop, but didn’t explain none of this. She went to next subject w/o skipping a beat & not fully explaining that I would go thru this, so I’m not trying to deal with her until i get thru this, if i can, and be able to tell her that I will never, EVER, TAKE A BENZOID OR ANY PHSYCIATRIC DRUG EVER AGAIN!!!! And how much I didn’t appreciate her upping my dose without going into specific details!!!!!!!

8:07 am November 16th, 2014

I was taking 1 mg three times a day for over five years and stopped cold turkey about four months ago.I get headaches and I’m so foggy and light headed all day feels like when I went through it possible to still be having symptoms and if so how do I get rid of this weird foggy and light headed ness.thank you

9:52 pm November 16th, 2014

I took xanax almost daily for a month and a half. Some days .125mg and others .25mg. I just tapered to .125mg and will quit. So far I have a constant migraine and insomnia. Based on my low dosage, how long will this last? Xanax is out of my life.

10:07 am November 17th, 2014

Hi Andy. Xanax withdrawal varies from person to person depending on a lot of factors. But, if you took that dose for a month and a couple of weeks, I’d say it will last about week (of course, this can vary). My tip is to stay away from caffeine and try to eat some dark chocolate and some vitamin supplements.

6:19 pm November 20th, 2014

Hey I have been taking about 2 mg’s of xanax or 3 a day now for about 2 months, but have had some in my system for about 3 months now. I smoke marijuana during the night time and throughout the day during my withdrawal and it seems to keep my mind straight. I’ve never had such bad insomnia at night time but assume it’s just me “detoxing” the pill. I’m glad I didn’t let this get into a serious habit because I don’t know if it is possible to stop once you’re too far in. How long should my withdrawals last? I’m a 19 year old male about 155 pounds. The only this is I’ve lost my appetite and literally cannot sleep during the first part of the withdrawal. You live and you learn, don’t mess around too much with this drug people! Only on occasions is it appropriate.

3:13 pm November 21st, 2014

My husband has been on .25 mg of Xanax 3x per day for 6-7 years. We moved and switched doctors and he is weakening off them. Taking Prozac to help with anxiety and down to .25 mg per day. He is not sleeping – last night 0 hours, night before 2 hours and night before 4 hours. He is so dizzy that he can’t go to work. What should we do?

4:12 pm November 24th, 2014

Hi DJ. Insomnia and difficulty sleeping are commonly reported during Xanax withdrawal. During this time dreams may become much more intense, leading to nightmares or sleep disturbances. Patients in withdrawal also have trouble with concentration and short-term memory. Your husband should completely stay away from caffeine. I’d suggest seeing a doctor if you haven’t done so already.

10:49 pm December 22nd, 2014

Hi. I have been clean from a benzodiazepine for ten months after a long taper. I have found that there is a long list of symptoms. Everyone SAYS to see a doctor, but there are few affordable doctors who know much, if anything about this. I am lucky to be alive. I wonder how many suicides are due to withdrawal from these drugs which are passed out like candy. I am angry when I see irresponsible comments that try to help. Only time can heal the damage done, and I am going on faith alone that I will ever be the same, or even comfortable again. I urge you all to complain to the food and drug administration. I was helped by a few supplements. Most of them don’t work. Omega 3fatty acids help. Lithium orotate can help for mood swings. Look up vitamin B 3, the non flushing form. Gaba is helpful at night. It cured my restless leg in five minutes. Exercise like brisk walking for 30 min. Is very helpful.

7:48 pm January 1st, 2015

Hi ! Ive been on xanax for about 7 years now. .50mg twice a day. Ive decided to stop and went ahead and tapered my dose to .25mg for about a week. About 2 days without the drug, I feel my teeth are grinding, can’t sleep that good but I do sleep at least 5 hours. Im in the music industry and now music bothers me. It hurts my ears nd I feel really weird. Also I get hungry but after two or three bites I can’t eat anymore. Has anyone had similar issues ? Did I taper correctly ? Today is jan 1st and last time I took was .25mg on the 30th. How long will I feel like my teeth are like this and my vision is somewhat blurry. I don’t crave the drug at all, but my body feels really weird…. any help or comment will be appreciated

5:13 am January 5th, 2015

I have taken .5 at bedtime for 5 years and .25 for 5 years before that for a total of 10 yrs. Dr. gave me Restoril for 30 days to get off xanax, per my request. It has only been 2 nights, and I feel dizzy in the morning when driving and nauseated with upset stomach, along with itritability. I feel like I have not slept, but the rx helped me sleep. How much longer will physical symptoms continue? No psychological symptoms present,,, thank you.

9:51 pm January 12th, 2015

I’ve been taking 3 or more 1mg of Xanax for years since I was a juvenile on and off some years I wouldn’t take none at all. The past year is what I’m worried about. I’ve been taking 3mg everyday I tried to quit about 5 times everytime lasting for about 2 weeks then I would convince myself I was fine to take some more. Each time I stopped my withdrawals would become worst . I’m off of it for about a week now and my symptoms are; dry mouth, light headed, anxiety, panic attacks, lack of concentration, shortness of breath, bad nerves, depression, loss of ambition, tingly hands and feet, my coordination is not right, I was really physically active now I don’t even feel like putting in the work as you can see it’s very sad. I never needed much help getting off but this time it’s different, after reading this post it has helped me out a lot for that I thank you. I know after two weeks you start feeling a lot better but I would like to know how long would it take to feel normal again or will I ever feel fully “normal” again? For everyone on this post keep fighting! There’s better days to come as rocky said “it’s not how many times you get knocked down it’s how many times you get down down and you still get up.” Never give up!

3:46 pm January 16th, 2015

Hello Rich. Thank you for sharing your story and giving others support and motivation. Your organism will eventually return to normal, it will take a while, though. Xanax is a tough med to get off of, so congratulations to you for your persistence. Now, you know every individual’s organism is different and heals at it’s own pace, so nobody can tell for sure how long it will take until you fully recover. Keep moving forward one step at a time and good things will meet you halfway :)

Billy H
8:01 pm January 21st, 2015

YI am a 59 yr old male who took zanax for aabout12 yrs they were not prescribed a doc gave me yohimbine for ed and he didn’t do homework r he would have known that since I was on methadone I could not have yohimbine it sent me into panic attacks hallucinations I thought I was going to die emergency room sent me back home asked around and someone suggested ativan r something in that family and that’s the way I ended up on zanax now 12yrs later after being off zanax for a yr and 2 myths I sleep for 1 hr at a time, I dream every time I go to sleep for that 1 hr and it seems like something in dream wakes me up not sure though.I’ve been sleeping that way for the whole yr.pas tell me if there’s someone out there like that r tell me how much longer can this be. Help

attacks and after taking it for a couple weeks I didn’t know what to do I thought I was going to die.But anyway somebody suggested to try ativan r something in that family,so it ended up being 12 yrs

11:49 pm February 2nd, 2015

Hello – I have only taken a low dose of xanax (0.25mgs) for about 10 days. to sleep. I only had 11 of them & took them as follows: (1) 0.25mgs for Sat – Fri {7 days} at night to sleep. I skipped 2 days {Sat & Sun} then took 1 each nite for the next 4 days {Mon-Thurs} . I had major anxiety Starting Fri Nite and it got worse that sat.& took GABA CALM to help me sleep. This left me tired & hung over all the next day {Sun} , however today {Monday – Day 4 no Xanax that I actually feel a little of the anxiety beginning to subside – but its still there and I feel like ot comes in little waves. My question is – Being I took such a low dose {or did I?} how long will the withdrawals last? This is an evil evil drug and do not recommend it to anyone! Any assistance anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated

8:02 am February 9th, 2015

I was given Xanax 0.25mg mid Dec14 for anxiety as I was concerned about my health – which made my blood pressure rise to 170/110. Doc gave me a total of 20 pills and I used 19 of them in 45 days.

Post ny health screening late Dec14, no issues were found other than Hypertension (currently 130/90) and I thought it was all good. However when I stopped taking Xanax I would get anxiety attacks and will not sleep all night. I asked my GP about dependence and the response is that the dosage is quite low. I’m convinced that I developed dependence and I stopped cold turkey last Jan 21.

Its been close to 3 weeks and I’m doing what I can to cope with sleepless nights. From Meditation, Hypnotherapy and Acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Meds. I sleep close to 9 hrs one night and sleepless the next. The most that I’ve gotten was 3 days of sleep and then I revert.

Anxiety was high the first week and made my blood pressure climb to 150/100 but I tried to focus and relax. I can say that I am now much calmer but would have some bad moments – which I now can try to manage via meditation/relaxation.

My issue is also insomnia – totally not sleeping every other day. Not sleeping is bothersome but I am able to cope as I am not that lethargic as I do keep a healthy lifestyle – don’t drink alcohol or smoke.

I’ve stopped coffee and have taken Valerian and Melatonin in the interim – along with prescribed Chinese Med herbs.

I just need to know, how much longer do you guys figure I will be at this? I know its hard to tell but broad estimates will help.

By the way. I’ve been given Zopiclone 7.5mg by the same GP to help with nights where I really need to sleep and I’ve taken only 1/2 tabs 3x the past 3 weeks as I had impt meetings the following day. From what I read above, I guess I should totally stop this to not delay my recovery.

Appreciate your thoughts.

1:01 pm February 20th, 2015

I have been having anxiety attack s since my daughter was murdered at 6 n my son dying of s.I.D’s all in 6 mnth period. I have been on xanax 2mg for anxiety attacks for about 2-3 years. But in Feb,they became a s8 tablet n soon I was to stop taking them! Wow,cut my story short! I’m now in my 3rd week with Out them! The night mares have just about stopped, I have lost my appetite, the sweats are going! I get anxiety a fair bit, ‘n my head spins are subsiding. Thank you to many of ppl that write their own views. On their own journey to be free of this cruel medication n i hope to recover 100% ! But next time our health department should think what they are. Letting our doctors prescribe this sort of medication, Before this happens yet again!! Good luck to all of us going thru the same thing..

5:56 pm February 24th, 2015

Hello out there. I took alprazalam for about 11 years. Started with 4mg per day and ended with about 6mg a day of the XR type for the last 3 years. It stopped controlling my anxiety and I found alcohol replaced the effectiveness of the Xanax. Then I became dependent on the 2 to be able to function. One morning on a day off I called my daughter at 9am stinking drunk. She called my wife and was admitted into a chemical dependency hospital for 4 days. That was the last time I took a Xanax or drank alcohol. The weaning process was about 15 days of Librium. Tapering slowly from 4 25mg. To 1 25 mg. per day. Then was prescribed remeron 30mg per day. After day 25 I am still having withdrawals. Increased heart rate, dizziness, out of body feeling like a rocking sensation, speaking clearly is a major problem, racing mind, sleeplessness,shakiness, I could go on. Went back to work after 3 weeks off and have difficulty functioning. I’ve read this could go on for up to a year. I am just happy to be alive. I know when this is all over that I’ll be normal again. Just takes time. Your brain has to learn processes all over again. Reading other people’s experiences from withdrawing from these 2 horrible drugs have eased my mind a lot. Know you’re not alone out there and life will return to normal. Each to there own is what I’ve came up with as to how long this will last. Drink lots of water!! It helps. Also found that benedryl helps with sleepless nights. Good luck everyone!!

8:40 am February 25th, 2015

In half an hour, I will be 48 hours since my last dose of xanax. I was taking anywhere from .05mg to 1mg a day for about 3 months. I think I am scaring myself, but I am waiting for the withdrawals to be bad (as I have read online) and it hasn’t even touched my norco withdrawal which was hell for me. In everyone’s experience, benzo withdrawal is way worse than hydrocodone withdrawal. Am I maube scaring myself into thinking I will withdraw? Or will I be fine if I can go without for 48 hours? Also, my hands were really shaky today and I was a teeny bit confused, and 10 minutes ago I started sweating real bad but it only lasted 2 minutes tops.
Should I be ok, or should I expect this to get worse?
Thank you!

1:55 pm February 27th, 2015

Hello Autumn. Early withdrawal symptoms of Xanax may include feelings of apprehension and fearfulness, difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep, increased feelings of excitement and restlessness, and increased levels of anxiety. Generally, withdrawal effects are experienced about 6-8 hours after cessation, but symptoms tend to feel like a yo-yo. Xanax withdrawal symptoms usually peak over the first 72 hours and even out after about a week.

5:33 pm March 5th, 2015

Hi guys. Thought I would check in on a day off from work to update my recovery from getting off Xanax and alcohol on January 30th,2015. It’s March 5th and I must say the withdraws are getting easier to deal with but still not 100%. Sleeping much better but that is pretty much the only 100% improvement. Still having these symptoms: jerks,dazed feeling,tingling in hands and feet,metallic taste when I eat,sensitivity to bright lights and loud noises,restless legs,etc. all of this is much better and getting less evasive each day that goes by. When I work it seems to take my mind off of my withdrawl symptoms though. Each day gets easier and so worth my efforts to beat that addiction I had for so many years. If you are getting off these 2 horrible drugs, hang in there,I know there is light at the end of the tunnel. Hoping I will feel my normal self soon and so will you!!! Just hang in there my fellow sufferers, you can beat this as I am!! Good day to you all.

4:12 am March 6th, 2015

Hi Ivana. I took Xanax 30 days ago starting from 0.5mg and gradually reduced to 0.125 in the final week and stopped all together. The first day I stopped it, I felt shortness of breath but this subside in two days. My migraine is coming back (Was prescribed Xanax and Remeron due to high anxiety) but it is tolerable. No major physical symptoms but in the past four days, I’m having hard time to think like my memory is failing me and my thought has stopped. Can you please advise how can I cope with these thought issue? Or maybe this is due to remeron effect 30 mg as I’m entering into my 5 weeks now. Thanks.

12:22 am March 11th, 2015

I have been taking about a half of a 0.5mg. xanax for years …guessing about 12…I would take a half when needed to help my brain shut down so I could sleep. This would be as needed. Recently I had a cardiac drug that I presumed made me nervous. I started taking about the amt. of a whole all day. This has been since Oct. Now the doc said to come off the cardiac drug…Is it possible I am addicted. I don’t want to take anything. Howver..I am feeling very depressed but I don’t know which drug is the culprit. The heart med was Rhythumol and Pradaxa. If you feel I am addicted tell me how to get off. I have taken none since yesterday…a bit nervous but I have been through a lot.

8:26 am March 16th, 2015

Hi,i have been on 2mg of xanax for about 16 years now & my Doctor as brought me down to 1mg.So it has been 3weeks now.Before i was only taking 2ng before bed time.i never abused it in way.How long will this feeling last?

1:50 am March 22nd, 2015

I quit cold turkey 16 days ago. was on xanex for a year and a half. It was a BIG mistake not to taper down. Everything tastes like metal. No appetite. Brain fog. Insomnia. Anxiety. Tinnitus and I feel like every nerve ending in my body is frying. I would never take this crap again. Please step down gradually if you want to quit. This is awful. I hope in the next two weeks I will start to feel normal again.

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