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Xanax withdrawal treatment: How to treat Xanax withdrawal


ARTICLE OVERVIEW: Xanax works like a depressant and affects the nervous system by calming the physical symptoms of anxiety. However, after a while, your body will develop physical dependence to the medication. Here, we review the best way to treat withdrawal when detoxing from Xanax. We’ll take a look at the withdrawal symptoms that can be problematic and their resolution.


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Effects Of Withdrawal

Xanax is also known by its generic name, alprazolam. Classified as a benzodiazepine drug, Xanax is prescribed to treat anxiety, panic disorders, and in some cases, depression. In fact, benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that produce significant central nervous system. There is the potential for dependence in anyone who uses this medicine for more than a few weeks.

So, what is dependence and why does it cause withdrawal?

Drug dependence is the expected outcome of regular dosing on a psychoactive drug. Basically, the brain must adapt to the chemicals found in a drug like Xanax. In this case, the brain adapts by producing stimulant effects to counter-balance the depressant effects of alprazolam. Take away the drug…and the “sped up” functions take a while to resolve.

Withdrawal symptoms occur when a person stops taking habit-forming drugs because the body becomes used to and adapts to chemicals. So, when the drug is no longer present, the body still acts as if they are until it normalizes again. The time it takes to balance the brain into a non-Xanax state is called “withdrawal”.

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Any person who has taken a benzodiazepine for longer than 3–4 weeks is likely to have withdrawal symptoms if the drug is ceased abruptly.


How Long Does Xanax Withdrawal Take?

Xanax withdrawal onset occurs between 2–5 days after stopping, reaching a maximum on days 7–10, and usually abating by the end of the second or third week.

Symptoms

Usually, the greatest effect during withdrawal is the underlying mental health condition that Xanax was treating. This is why a person may feel “rebound” anxiety and/or depression during Xanax withdrawal. Most persons discontinuing Xanax experience a degree of “rebound” anxiety and insomnia. Specific withdrawal symptoms are subjective, with few observable signs.

It is important to note that withdrawal from Xanax does not follow a linear course. Some symptoms may appear, resolve, and then appear again over time. The most common symptoms include:

  • Aches.
  • Agitation.
  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.
  • Insomnia.
  • Irritability.
  • Muscle tension.
  • Poor concentration.
  • Poor memory.
  • Restlessness.
  • Twitching.

Less common symptoms:

  • Aches and pains.
  • Agoraphobia (an anxiety disorder characterized by symptoms of anxiety in situations where the person perceives the environment to be unsafe with no easy way to get away).
  • Ataxia (neurological sign consisting of lack of voluntary coordination of muscle movements that includes gait abnormality).
  • Blurred vision.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Depersonalization (consist of a detachment within the self, regarding one’s mind or body, or being a detached observer of oneself).
  • Dry retching.
  • Feelings of unreality.
  • Gastrointestinal unrest.
  • Headaches.
  • Increased temperature.
  • Increased sensory perception.
  • Lethargy.
  • Menstrual changes.
  • Nausea.
  • Nightmares.
  • Palpitations.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Sweating.
  • Tremor.
  • Weight loss.
  • Serious symptoms:
  • Confusion.
  • Delusions.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Paranoia.
  • Persistent tinnitus (hearing of sound when no external sound is present).
  • Seizures.

How much and how often a person takes Xanax are the largest factors in determining the severity of withdrawal symptoms. The more Xanax a person took, and the longer they took it for, the more unpleasant their withdrawal experience is likely to be.

The symptoms of withdrawal listed above are sometimes referred to as “benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome”. There is a progression of symptoms, from anxiety and insomnia to flu-like experiences, to a return of the psychological experience present before treatment with Xanax. The severity of the experience varies greatly in accordance with the amount of the drug a person was taking prior to detoxification.

Protracted Symptoms

The effects of Xanax withdrawal do not always end with the acute symptoms listed above. Stopping benzodiazepines, including alprazolam, is sometimes associated with recurrent symptoms called post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). PAWS refer to symptoms that persist long after the physical impact of the substance has subsided.

NOTE HERE: It is important to know that the resurgence of symptoms is not a sign of PAWS, but may be confused with it.

The symptoms of PAWS can be difficult to identify because they will be inconsistent and irregular. Usually, they will present new and intense anxiety symptoms that can simulate anxiety disorders. Rebound phenomena complicate the recognition of PAWS and the resurgence of symptoms, because it refers to the reappearance of acute withdrawal symptoms during the PAWS period.

Timeline

The First Hours: The first phase of withdrawal usually begins 6–12 hours of a person’s last dose. As the fast-acting drug leaves the person’s system, symptoms often begin to surface. Insomnia and anxiety are common during this time.

Days 1-4: The second phase of acute withdrawal typically lasts between 1 and 4 days and is characterized by the presence of anxiety and insomnia, sometimes referred to as “rebound” symptoms. The return of the symptoms can be unpleasant, making it important to undergo medically supervised detox. Flu-like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are common at this phase.

Days 5-14: During the third phase of withdrawal, persons are likely to continue feeling the effects of withdrawal for 5–14 days after quitting Xanax. Anxiety and insomnia are still expected symptoms of the withdrawal process at this point.

Week 2 Onward: The last phase means a return to normal functioning of the body. For others persons, it signals the return of anxiety or other psychological conditions that were present before they began taking Xanax. This phase begins 2 weeks after the person has stopped taking the drug.

Treatment

Because of the adverse effects, lack of efficacy, and socioeconomic costs of continued benzodiazepine use, long-term users have for many years been advised to withdraw if possible or at least to reduce dosage. However, benzodiazepine withdrawal has often been badly managed and has acquired a reputation as a traumatic process. This reputation is largely undeserved if the process is carried out judiciously.

The management of withdrawal has been reviewed by many professionals and agree that the key strategies for successful discontinuation are gradual dosage tapering and psychological support, if necessary.

The degree of psychological support required during withdrawal is variable and may range from a single brief consultation or letter to more formal cognitive, behavioral, or other psychotherapies directed towards anxiety management and stress-coping strategies. Support when needed should be available both during and after withdrawal since persons may remain vulnerable to stress for some months.

Medications

Withdrawal from Xanax can be extremely uncomfortable, both physically and mentally. Depending on the clinic you attend, some doctors may prescribe medications to relieve some of the symptoms of Xanax withdrawal, which include:

  • Analgesics, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin (known as Tylenol, Advil, Motrin and others).
  • Anti-diarrheal medicines, such as Imodium.
  • Anti-nausea medications, such as Dramamine.

Tapering

The safest way to manage benzodiazepine withdrawal is to take benzodiazepines in gradually decreasing amounts. This is a medical protocol that is called “tapering”. Tapering helps to relieve benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms and prevent the development of seizures.

The taper may prove more difficult in the case of a short-acting benzodiazepine like Xanax, so depending on the level of use and any previous history with withdrawal, the person may be first switched to a long-acting benzodiazepine before the taper begins. This stabilization phase helps to better manage symptoms by creating more consistent, easier-to-taper levels of benzodiazepines in the body.

For example, the first step in Xanax withdrawal management is usually to stabilize the person on an appropriate dose of diazepam. Your prescribing doctor should calculate how much diazepam is equivalent to the dose of alprazolam you currently use (5mg of diazepam is equivalent to 0,5 mg of alprazolam), to a maximum of 40mg of diazepam. This dose of diazepam is then administered in three divided doses. Even if the equivalent dose of diazepam exceeds 40 mg, no more than 40 mg of diazepam is given daily during this stabilization phase. You are then usually supervised to stabilize with this dose of diazepam for 4-7 days.

More tapering guidelines include:

  • Doctors recommended that Xanax taper occur over a period of eight weeks.
  • Doses of Xanax should be no more the .5mg every three to four days.
  • Tapering may take longer than suddenly stopping Xanax, but minimizes the severity of withdrawal.
  • Tapering gives the time to figure out treatment alternatives if the person still needs to treat anxiety symptoms.

For more information on tapering off Xanax, see the Ashton Manual.

Cold Turkey Dangers

Since Xanax is used to treat anxiety, it is important that you do not stop taking it cold turkey. There are just too many variables that can affect this type of withdrawal, including complications such as seizure.

Working with a medical professional is imperative as the person withdraw from Xanax. In fact, the best way to withdraw from Xanax is under medical supervision. A doctor will taper the medication slowly over the course of many weeks. For this reason, any case of Xanax withdrawal should be supervised by a medical professional.

Medical Detox

Coming off Xanax is best handled in a specialized detoxification center. What are some of the benefits of a professional detox? Medical staff offer supervision, monitoring, and support in a safe and controlled environment. Additionally, medical and mental health professionals are available round-the-clock to offer the necessary treatment and assistance. Withdrawal can be controlled safely and side effects can be reduced with a gradual and controlled reduction schedule established by a professional.

Benzodiazepine withdrawal should always be medically managed and facilitated through a professional detox clinic in the following cases:

  • Other major medical or psychiatric problems co-exist.
  • There is polydrug dependence.
  • The person takes a high dose (>50mg diazepam equivalent per day) or injects.
  • The person requires stabilization of other medication (for example methadone, buprenorphine).

Home Detox

Some situations are agreeable for treating the physical symptoms of quitting Xanax at home. Generally, you still need to be medically supervised during an at home detox with regular check-ins with your doctor. It is important to remember that Clinical Guidelines for Withdrawal Management state:

The most effective treatment for Xanax withdrawal is to decrease the use of the drug in a gradual and controlled manner.

It has been demonstrated that tapering is the most effective way to abandon alprazolam. Additionally, you should be in good general health and have a support network around you.

What might an at-home detox look like?

According to these guidelines on benzodiazepine withdrawal, some people with low risk of addiction be managed in general practice and may benefit most from attempting withdrawal. High-risk, addicted patients are best managed with initial stabilisation and maintenance therapy in specialist residential or outpatient addiction services. There are general principles that apply to both groups.

There are few typical variants on outpatient programs that might work. Usually, at home detox for Xanax requires attendance in a drug rehab program. This is because you may need to address psychological issues underlying drug use. A daily check-in program requires that the person go to check in with a counselor every day, while more intensive outpatient, day treatment, and partial hospitalization programs can require that you are at the center for a set number of hours each day.

Also, as withdrawal occurs, you need to get enough fluids and replenish the electrolytes lost as you withdraw. You may also want to consult with your local pharmacist and look into over-the-counter medications at the local pharmacy to treat flu-like symptoms and treat bodily discomfort. Teas such as chamomile or hardening have an adhesive effect on the nervous system. The help of a nutritionist for recommendations on changes in diet or supplements can also help during detoxification.

Safety

If you have decided to stop taking Xanax, it is essential that you follow the advice of your prescribing doctor to make the process as comfortable as possible, both for you and your family and the loved ones around you. In addition, you want to minimize all possible risks. The most common safety considerations include:

  • Possibility of seizure.
  • Possibility of hallucination, paranoia, or delusion.
  • Possibility of perceptual distortions.

Additionally it is very important to always have in mind that any concurrent abuse with alcohol or other substances could make a withdrawal situation even more dangerous, putting your life at risk, so it is essential to be honest with yourself and with health professionals that will help you in your treatment for Xanax withdrawal before embarking on recovery efforts.

Who Use Xanax?

If you’re confronting a Xanax problem, just know that you are not alone.

From 2006, there has been a rapid increase in the number of people admitted to drug treatment centers in the United State for tranquilizer use in general, as well as for Xanax, in particular.

According with the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 2.0 million people aged 12 or older in 2016 were current misusers of tranquilizers, which represents 0.7 percent; in addition, there were 536,000 young adults aged 18 to 25, were current misusers of tranquilizers, which represents 0.5 percent of adolescents, more than the other age groups.

And some people suffer from overdose and death.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports 81,427 case mentions, 31,255 single exposures, and 11 deaths associated with benzodiazepines in 2010. There were an estimated 345,691 emergency department visits attributed to benzodiazepines in 2010, a statistically significant increase from 271,698 visits in 2008. Of the 345,691, 124,902 were alprazolam.

Thankfully, the 2016 Monitoring the Future Study found that Xanax and tranquilizer use is on the decline in younger populations. Perceptions on availability are lower, as is use overall. So while youth are taking Xanax outside of prescription use, it is not trending in popularity as a drug-of-choice.

Tolerance, Addiction, And Dependence

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Xanax use can result in tolerance, addiction, and dependence if taken in large quantities or used for a prolonged period. Unfortunately, people often misuse these terms, leading to the mistaken belief that tolerance, dependence, and addiction are just different names for the same thing. However, knowing the distinction between these terms can lead to a better understanding of the dangers of drug abuse.

The most important difference between these terms is that tolerance and dependence refer to the physical consequences of drug use. In contrast, addiction is a descriptive term that refers to a need to engage in harmful behavior such as drug use. Here’s a definition of each:

Addiction is a primary, chronic, neurobiologic disease, with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. It is characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving.

Physical dependence is a state of adaptation that is manifested by a drug class specific withdrawal syndrome that can be produced by abrupt cessation, rapid dose reduction, decreasing blood level of the drug, and/or administration of an antagonist.

Tolerance is a state of adaptation in which exposure to a drug induces changes that result in a diminution of one or more of the drug’s effects over time.

The bottom line is this: if you think you have a problem with Xanax, you probably do. However, the condition is medical. As such, drug problems are treated medically…and successfully!

Don’t be freaked out by Xanax. Doctors and medical staff are trained in protocols for tapering and withdrawal. Seek help. You need it!

And you don’t need to go through withdrawal on your own.

Your Questions

Can you stop taking Xanax? The answer is… it is not easy, but with medical help, you can do it! Do you still have questions about treating Xanax withdrawal? Please ask your questions in the comments section below. We will get to you ASAP. And if we don’t know the answer to your question, we’ll refer you to someone who can help.

Reference Sources: DEA: Benzodiazepines
DRUGABUSE: Understanding Tolerance, Dependence, and Addiction
NCBI: The benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome.
NCBI: Clinical Guidelines for Withdrawal Management and Treatment of Drug Dependence in Closed Settings.
NCBI: Cognitive effects of long-term benzodiazepine use: a meta-analysis.
NSDUH: Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
NSW HEALTH: Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Clinical Practice Guidelines
SA HEALTH: Benzodiazepine withdrawal management

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39 Responses to “Xanax withdrawal treatment: How to treat Xanax withdrawal
judy jordan
4:36 pm January 20th, 2014

I have recently gone from 20 mg. twice day down to 7.5 mg. once a day. I am doing this on my own. I am having trouble breathing during the day (not while sleeping)…Is this a withdrawal effect from Hydrocodone?

1:33 pm January 22nd, 2014

Hello Judy. You’ll need to check in with your prescribing physician and schedule a full medical exam. While problems breathing can be a side effect of hydrocodone use and initiation (especially when figuring out doses), this type of side effect can indicate other medical problems.

Bri-guy
10:27 pm January 30th, 2014

I am curious about the possible cross-tolerances that can occur between different benzodiazepines, such as Alprazolam, Lorazepam, Clonazepam, etc. I take Generic Xanax on occasion, but sometimes it feels like it doesn’t do the trick. I was used to taking the 2mg “bars” a while back, stopped altogether for a few years, but it seems that I have some kind of Psychological long-term tolerance to it as I have started using the medication again. Is it suggested to switch to other types of benzos for similar symptoms, and would one expect better/different results?

6:55 am February 1st, 2014

Hi Bri. It’s probably a good idea to consult with a prescribing doctor or psychiatrist on this question, than to try to dose yourself. I’d suggest that you schedule a consult with a qualified physician for more information and guidance.

Ed
2:40 pm September 27th, 2014

I am a 75 year old man who has been taking .5 mg alprozalam for 7 years. Recently my doctor recommended that I try to get off of it because it has been linked to Alzheimers. I am looking for some support in doing this. I have decided to take .5 on Mon, Wed and Fri and .25 the other days for a month, then go to .25 every day for another month, then every other day, etc. Is there any information you can give me to help in this process? It seems my doctor wasn’t aware of how difficult this process could be, so no help there!

12:05 pm October 2nd, 2014

Hello Ed. Lowering Xanax doses for 10-20% each month is a safe taper. Although your tapering plan sounds good, you should have doctor’s approval and monitoring during this process. It’s not easy and you may need your doctor’s assistance.

Nancy
12:14 pm October 24th, 2014

I have been on Xanax for 5 years. It started with a panic attack, which happened for no apparent reason. I spent several hours in the hospital being tested for all kinds of things. I was taking 1mg tablets up to 3 times a day. I left a very stressful job and got down to 2 a day. My doctor has me on Celexa 10 mg., once a day. I usually take 1 Xanax in the morning, and start to crave around 11 in the morning, so I take another half. Most of the time that is all I need. It has been a couple of weeks since I took 2 whole ones in a day. That was because my mother in law was quite ill and needed me to care for her after open heart surgery. I really need to stop. There is no reason for me to be such a nervous wreck. Do you think the Celexa will help?

Deb
10:09 am April 22nd, 2015

I have only taken a.5 at night for around 5 years but have cut them in half now for 8 days. I have had episodes of my heart racing the last two days. It has been as high as 120. Is this from withdrawal?

2:34 pm May 4th, 2015

Hi Deb. Yes, it is highly possible that your organism is reacting to the dose decrease. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about what you should do in terms of taking any additional medications that may lower the withdrawal risks. If you are reacting strangely to the lowered dose, doctors usually recommend you stay on that dose for another week or two, until your body stabilizes. Then, you will be able to go ahead and do cut another dose back.

Liz
4:19 pm November 18th, 2015

I have been taking 2 mg of Xanax every night for two months so I can sleep. I want to stop and need to know in what increments to reduce the tablet and over what period of time is safe? Recently a friend told me that Xanax long term could be bad for your memory and my mom passed away from Alzheimer’s so that is why I want to quit. Thank you for your assistance.

11:16 pm November 18th, 2015

Hello Liz. I suggest you talk with your doctor about reducing your tablets, or replacing them.

David
6:17 am November 22nd, 2015

I’ve tried quitting a couple of times. My doctors, including the prescribing Dr, admit to being unqualified to wean me me off the drug. So no wonder I fail. I can no longer diffenciate between my actual anxiety and my withdrawal.• so it’s a vicious cycle. Help.

5:15 pm November 24th, 2015

Hello David. Don’t give up! Try talking with an addiction professional. I believe they are the ones who know how to wean you off the drug. Also, have you considered group therapy? Listening and sharing all stories will help you cope with withdrawal. Stay strong!

Daniela
11:13 pm December 21st, 2015

Hi I’ve been taking xanax .05 one everyday for bout 6 months sometimes off and on if stopping will i get withdrawals and can it cause seziures

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:32 am December 23rd, 2015

Hi, Daniela. Everyone who’s using medications may experience withdrawal symptoms. The difference is that those symptoms vary from person to person. I’d suggest you to ask a doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule only for you. In this way, you can quit Xanax gradually, and ease withdrawal symptoms. Good luck!

Mike
5:44 am December 22nd, 2015

Great info my son is also suffering from depression so he self medicats with benadryl and Xanax Xanax don’t work I now know why after reading me and his psychiatrist need to have a talk. Thanks again you may have saved a life. He’s been in different programs but they failed. Mike. The dad

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:22 am December 22nd, 2015

Thanks for the lovely words, Mike. I’m glad that you found our info helpful. Hope your son is better soon!

David
5:08 pm December 23rd, 2015

Assuming I get off Xanax, then what? I still have anxiety. What are better treatments, and why aren’t they prescribed in the first place?

Rhonda
10:43 pm April 4th, 2016

Doc prescribed Xanax until Prozac takes effect I have had one a day even though he prescribed two. I am so afraid of becoming addicted I have been taking it a week and expect to take it a week longer. .25 can I get addicted if I take the 2 a day he prescribed for two weeks. I’m terrified.

britt
5:51 pm April 10th, 2016

will neurontin help or hurt in the detox process of xanax ——and .5 mg every 3 to 4 days is insainly to fast to taper for long term xanax users ! ineed something for anxiety but don,t know what to use .

Rio
10:47 pm April 10th, 2016

Hi, currently on 5 and one half xanax daily and 24mg of subutex. I’m having an extremely hard time. My parents died couple years back, my husband is addicted to porn and I suffer extremely bad anxiety, every day. My Dr has tried to help me through this. I can’t really get into every issue, other than this. I am going to be out of my xanax tomorrow. Cannot get my refill until Tuesday. I only have 2 and one half 1mg left until Tuesday, should I take a half today and tomorrow , to avoid withdrawals? I also have two very very precious children , 5 and 8, whom I love so very much, scared to death because my husband is very very verbally abusive towards me, it’s so much I really feel like dying because I don’t see anyway out, I have had such a hard hard life, don’t want to give up now. Please help me, any suggestions? My husband also cancelled my car insurance and didn’t pay my car note, just because he hates me and from what we’ve been through, continually trying to hurt me, just down and out

arlene
2:24 am July 17th, 2016

I have cut back my zanax to 1/2 of .o25 twice a day is this a good withdraw way to go

Joyce
8:13 pm September 26th, 2016

I was on xanax 20 yrs. 7mg. Per day i stopped cold tutkey 5 months ago? Im still so sick i can barley shower?

Dan
12:01 am March 12th, 2017

I am trying to get off of a seven year course of Xanax 1mg 3x daily. My GP switched me to Ativan 1mg 2x daily and .5mg 1x daily. This doctor is young and not very experienced (I would guess) with benzodiazepine addiction. I am already feeling intense anxiety only two days into treatment. I am willing to go along with this taper plan, but would like to know if it is adviseable to do so. I have heard of the diazepam taper and initially asked about trying that. The doctor turned his nose up at using diazepam and said he preferred to use Ativan (though he doesn’t have to endure any of the withdrawal symptoms if his plan is less effective than what I proposed).

I really need help and would like to get off of this drug as safely as possible, but also as comfortably (relatively speaking) as possible. Does anyone have any thoughts or advice?

Louis
4:42 am April 13th, 2017

She took it accidentally in a monster. She dizzy, drowsy, speech slurry. Do I need to go in our can she sleep it off

Theja
8:28 pm May 22nd, 2017

i have been taking alprazolam [0.5mg] around 40 to 50 each day mixing with codeine,around 4 to 5 bottles each day including weed..and when i am not taking codeine and weed,than i take very high dose of alprazolam and drink alcohol.and after taking alprazolam,i can drink 2 or 3 bottles of whisky easily..i have met 3 car accident plus i get very angry even for small things..i get into fights with people for no reason n even break and destroy things at home..i have been mixing alprazolam,weed,codeine n alcohol and after taking all those stuffs,i get very high n do all kinds of crazy things and have become a social outcast..because of taking all this drugs, i could not even complete my studies.i have been to so many rehabs bt it didn’t help me but instead my dose became even higher..i really want to change n become sober and be free from all this stuffs…so can u please suggest me how to be free n sober from this drugs…i really need help

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:54 pm June 14th, 2017

Hi Theja. Call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best rehab program for you.

Molly
6:19 pm June 2nd, 2017

I have been taking 2-3 mgs Xanax for 9 months. I need help with a taper plan. I have 12 Ativan in the house. No Xanax. Please help.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:13 pm June 7th, 2017

Hi Molly. I suggest that you consult with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Also, take a look into the Ashton Manual: http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/
It is a manual that can help you with dealing benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal.

Mary
2:33 pm June 11th, 2017

I have been on 1mg ER Xanax for about 10 years. I also take ,5mg up to 3 times a day when the anxiety is worse. I am 65 and have become concerned after reading that benzodiazepines seen to correlate with increased odds of developing alzheimers. I have also been on mirtazapine 15 mg for 2 years and 5 mg lexapro for a year to deal with depression. I am wondering if valerian could be helpful replace some of these drugs.

Wendy
3:00 am June 22nd, 2017

Look into the Point of Return taper program. This has been very helpful to me. You can call and talk with people at no charge, and they will answer all your questions before you begin the program, and help you all the way through. It is a very slow taper. They have lots of helpful information.

michelle
5:32 am June 22nd, 2017

hi i ive been on xanax .5mg 4x a day for about 5 months yesterday my doctor took away the xanax and put me on 10mg valium 2x daily is this safe?

Barbara
7:51 am July 1st, 2017

I have been taking alprazolam for fourteen years. I have tried many times to get my Doctor to take me off of it for a long time but with no luck. He has me taking 4 milligrams a day. Right now my daughter thinks she is my doctor and has taken me right down to one milligram a day.She does out my medication. I’m very concerned because I know you are supposed to back of very concerned that I could have a seizure or something worse. I don’t know how to convince her you can’t do that. I am 81 years old and I just don’t know what to do.

Jennifer
2:13 pm July 15th, 2017

I have been taking Xanax 18 months unprescribed to help sleep and anxiety ….2mg before bed , worked fine now I had to stop for legal reasons and for my own sake but I took 2 weeks of slowly getting lower on the dosage now it’s been 4 nights and I can’t fall asleep til 7am and wake up by 11 anything that will help me sleep or anyone know when this will end ?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:51 pm July 20th, 2017

Hi Jennifer. Have you tried any alternative medications for insomnia? kava products, melatonin, and relaxation techniques are used in treating sleep disturbances. Here’s suggested reading:
https://nccih.nih.gov/health/sleep/ataglance.htm
https://nccih.nih.gov/health/sleep
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2276624/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5364017/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25644982

Rick
9:29 pm July 29th, 2017

Due to some stress, Struggling with anxiety lately. Xanax works well (.5 mg). For about the last year, I’ve taken it about 2x a week. Will this amount lead to rebound anxiety if discontinued?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:17 am August 1st, 2017

Hi Rick. I suggest that you consult with your doctor to help you create an individualized tapering schedule.

Scott
8:52 pm February 27th, 2018

I’m trying to.overcome the withdrawal symptoms from taking Xanax I’ve been taking for 4 to 5 months and I’m tired of taking the medication I don’t like the way it makes me feel and I’m trying to do a over the counter withdrawal can anyone suggest I’m drinking plenty of water and drinking broth and noodles and Sprite and 7up and some Gatorade for fluids is there anything I can get from over the counter medication to help or natural remedies I can take please someone let me know.

Jean
3:26 am March 9th, 2018

Want to quit Xanax and am having a difficult time. Going through withdrawal from Xanax very jittery and loose my balance easy

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