How to withdraw from Xanax

The best way to withdraw from Xanax is by slowly reducing doses of alprazolam over the course of 6 weeks to 6 months. More on how to withdraw from Xanax safely here.

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How you can withdraw from Xanax

Are you wanting to quit Xanax (alprazolam)? Whether you need help with Xanax addiction or physical dependence you must seek medical advice first.  Why? Because alprazolam can cause severe side effects of Xanax withdrawal, you should not stop taking Xanax suddenly. Cold turkey Xanax withdrawal can provoke tremors, seizures, or thoughts of suicide. This is why it’s best to talk to a doctor so s/he can slowly taper your dose of Xanax over the course of weeks or months.

So, how can you clinically withdraw from Xanax? What can you expect and how long does it take to withdraw from Xanax? More here on how to withdraw from Xanax, plus a section at the end for your questions.

When do you withdraw from Xanax?

Xanax has a depressant effect on the body, which accounts for its calming effects on the nerves and blocked feelings of anxiety or panic. However, if people use Xanax for more than a few weeks at a time, the body will develop a physical dependence to Xanax. Dependence is a condition of learned adapation when the central nervous system needs a chemical in order to function normally. So when you miss a dose or when you decide to stop taking Xanax, physical depedence manifests in the appearance of withdrawal symptoms. You generally experience withdrawal any time you are physically dependent on Xanax and reduce your dose of alprazolamby more the 50% at any given time.

Withdraw from Xanax symptoms

Common symptoms people experience as they withdraw from Xanax can include:

  • a harder time going to sleep or staying asleep (insomnia)
  • feelings of apprehension and fearfulness
  • increased excitement and restlessness
  • increased levels of anxiety

But sometimes the body will react violently as you withdraw from Xanax. Symptoms such as tremors and seizures are possible, especially in cases of dramatic dose reduction or after Xanax abuse.  This is why medications for Xanax addiction treatment may be prescribed.  More severe symptoms that can occur while withdrawing from Xanax include:

  • abdominal cramps
  • confusion
  • dizziness
  • increased blood pressure
  • panic attacks
  • paranoid psychosis
  • seizures
  • severe skin rash
  • speech problems
  • tremors
  • vomiting

How long to withdraw from Xanax?

Because of the nature of Xanax as a benzodiazepine, withdrawal can take longer than other types of medications. Furthermore, withdrawing from Xanax can fluctuate between severe and mild symptoms. At first, you feel like you have withstood the worst of it only to find acute symptoms returning. This “rebound” effect takes longer to fully resolve compared to opiate withdrawal, for example. However, you can generally expect the onset of Xanax withdrawal symptoms to appear 6-8 hours after the last dose has worn off. These symptoms will peak over the next 72 hours and should even out in about two weeks. Still, it can take weeks to months before you have resolved withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety. Some symptoms may need to be addressed with another medication or via behavioral therapy.

How to withdraw from Xanax safely

To withdraw from Xanax safely, make sure that you are monitored by a physician. The most important protocol for Xanax withdrawal is a slowdecrease in Xanax doses and a tapering calendar to minimize the effects of Xanax withdrawal symptoms. Generally, benzodiazepines are reduced at a rate of 10% weekly. But each person is different and will be given individualized instruction. It is not advised that you stop taking Xanax cold turkey as the symptoms can be severe and life threatening, especially if you’re abusing Xanax. Always avoid alcohol when taking alprazolam, even during withdrawal.

Can I withdraw from Xanax at home?

All cases of Xanax withdrawal should be SUPERVISED BY A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. So before withdrawing from Xanax at home, you should first schedule a consult with your prescribing doctor. You should NOT withdraw from Xanax at home cold turkey or suddenly. But if you meet the physical and mental health requirements for home withdrawal AND have an outlined procedure you have prepared with your doctor… then yes, you can withdraw from Xanax at home. Plus, if you haven’t been taking Xanax for very long then you may be able to quit Xanax suddenly without too much complication.

How to ease withdrawal symptoms from Xanax

There are a number of treatments that you can prepare to ease withdrawal symptoms from Xanax. Following are a few treatment ideas:

1. Antidepressants – It may be helpful to find an alternative antidepressant during Xanax withdrawal that is not as strong nor have as a high dependency rate as Xanax on the body. Many times, anxiety and depression is still present during Xanax withdrawaland still needs to be addressed to support the withdrawal process.

2. Detox clinics – Medically supervised detoxcan help ease the plethora of withdrawal symptoms which occur during Xanax withdrawal. Additionally, clinics can perform more rapid forms of detox, over the course of a couple of days to quickly get rid of alprazolam in the body while under supervision. Medical detox allows medical staff to address complications as they occur.

3. Psychotherapy – Behavioral therapy, psychologists and psychiatrists can help address underlying mental conditions and figure out a more helpful ways to address anxiety and panic attacks during Xanax withdrawal. Talk therapy can accompany physical withdrawal and support successful outcomes.

4. Supplements – When you can ease your anxiety you will be more likely to be successful in weaning off Xanax. You can also help ease Xanax withdrawal symptoms by replenishing your body with the vital minerals and vitamins you need such as Vitamin B, Magnesium, and Potassium to help with the agitation and restlessness. Vitamin B can help support energy and moods, which may be affected by Xanax withdrawal. Avoid St. John’s Wort, as this herb can speed up the metabolism of alprazolam in the body.

5. Tapering Xanax doses – Tapering doses of alprazolam allows the body time to slowly compensate for the lack of Xanax in the body. Again, it is always best to be in communication with a doctor that canmonitor Xanax withdrawal and treat symptoms. A supervising doctor can adjust Xanax doses as required then refer you to outside facilities if you need them.

The best way to withdraw from Xanax

Since Xanax is used to treat anxiety, it is important that you do not stop taking Xanax cold turkey. There are too many variables that can affect sudden Xanax withdrawal. Instead, working with a medical professional to reduce your medication slowly over time is the best way to withdraw from Xanax. In general, doctors recommended this process occur over a period of eight weeks, but tapering can go as long as 6 months. Doses of Xanax should be reduced no more the .5mg every three to four days. Tapering allows the body time to slowly heal and rewires itself without the presence of Xanax. Tapering will help decrease most of the withdrawal symptoms. It will also give you time to figure out alternatives if you still need to treat anxiety symptoms. While tapering off Xanax may take longer than just suddenly stopping, it will also give your body time to regain balance and homeostasis without too much complication.

How to deal with withdrawal from Xanax questions

Are you still wondering how to deal with withdrawal from Xanax? Withdrawal can be frustrating and complicated. Please ask any questions you may have about Xanax in the comments section below and we will get back to you personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: NCBI: Benzodiazepines: Revisiting Clinical Issues in Treating Anxiety Disorders
NCBI: St. Johns Wart
NCBI: Alcohol, barbiturate and benzodiazepine withdrawal syndromes: clinical management
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I saw my Dr on 12/17 for sudden anxiety & panic attacks, rapid heartbeat from 3 days prior to seeing him. I’m on 0.5 mg of Xanax. I’m only taking half at night, that’s it. I don’t want to be dependent on it every 12 hours. At the same time, I’m working on using biofeedback techniques. I’ve been okay so far but, want to wean myself off the meds. Since I’ve only been taking 1/2 of the pill every 24 hours, can I stop ‘cold turkey’? Or try to skip a night for a week? I want to look into herbal treatments such as St John’s Wort. I would like to go back to taking Melatonin at night too. Although I pretty much feel fine, my heart still beats quickly. Thought I’d ask here first but, if you think I should discuss this with my doctor, please let me know. Thank you!

  2. Hi Tommy i quit xanax 4 years ago i tapered to 1/8th of a .50 pill per day i highly recommend you look into water titration taper method its a painfree way to quit , i would explain the taper method here but last time i wrote a message here that was long and i was flaged for spam :/ , google that method asap , look into MHMR thats a free state funded mental health clinic , also walk plenty each day exercise was the best thing i did to improve my mental heatlh , God bless you tommy

  3. Hello, over the last 3 months I have been carefully tapering down my Xanax from 4mg per day (.5mg eight times a day for the last 8 years). I am now (2/14/18) down to .5mg every 23-25 hours. I was laid off work 6 weeks ago so I no longer have/nor can afford medical coverage of any kind. That said, I’ve also been weaning myself off of Pristiq (150mg per day). I am now down to a 50mg tablet every 3 days. I know deep down that I have made great progress. I am currently living, still unemployed, 1 hour at a time. What can help my excruciating withdrawal symptoms? I’m sure I would normally have other questions so anything would be great.

  4. i have been on zanax for 10 years im struggling with this teapering down and asking if there is a precribed med to take to help

  5. I have come off 1 mg 3xaday zanax for 2 weeks. I am having a hard time with shaking not sleeping and can’t eat. Is there something I can do? I’m taking vitamins and supplements nothing helps. Please help me. My Dr tapered me off with .05 for 7days. Thanks

  6. I have been on .25 mg xanax twice a day for 7 months. I suffered a massive heart attack because of tachycardia and was given a defibrillator. I’m only 42 years old. I think I have become dependent on the xanax and want to stop taking them. However, if I miss two doses, I suffer the same symptoms as my heart attack; heart palpitations and dizziness. I’m terrified not to take them. How do I taper off? My doctor seems reluctant to fill my prescription, I’m really scared. Any advice please?

    1. Hi Jennifer. First, I suggest that you consult with a doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Then, you may look into the Ashton Manual:
      It is a manual that can help you with dealing benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal.
      Moreover, you may call the helpline on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find a rehab program for you.

  7. My gf is quiting xanax cold turkey she has been addicted and quit before but it causes her seizures what wld be best (besides weaning because she doesn’t have them) to avoid having more seizures and without medical treatment? Please help asap

    1. Hi Joey. Seizures are very serious symptoms that may cause damage to your girlfriend’s health. Medical attention is the best solution for her withdrawal. I also suggest that you take a look into the Ashton Manual:

  8. I’ve been detxoxing for 45days now from zanex and .methadone. I stopped both cold turkey. I was prescribed both for 15 yr. The question I seek is my chest is very tight an I want to blow a gasket an I still don’t feel comfortable around people. I still can’t sleep and I have restless leg syndrome going on. Please any advice is needed.

  9. I am on .05 and have been on .05 for 2 years I am out of my .5 and can’t get any more how dangerous is the with drow and any way to eazy it at all

  10. I have been taking Zanax for about 17 years (3 mg per day) I am 83 years of age and would like to stop. My doctor tried a quick programme of replacing Valium over a short period..this has not worked well for me…at my age ,would you advise reducing the dose or keep trying to withdraw…my dosage has been the same for many years. If I miss a dose I do have withdrawal symptoms whic are relieved immediately on taking the dose….

    1. Hi Beverley. I suggest that you speak with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Also, take a look into the Ashton Manual, here:
      It is a manual that can help you with dealing benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal.

  11. I TOOK 4 mg Xanax for 5yrs, my dr. and I managed to reduced dozes to 0.5mg for sleep problem but I could not sleep for 5 nights, so I took 0.75mg without help. Dr.refused increased dozes to 1mg. I m very sleepe ,fatigue, dizzy,shortnes of breath.Help pleas.

    1. Hi genevieve happy. Tapering Xanax can be difficult, but it can also be dangerous when done without medical guidance. You should not attempt to reduce or increase doses by yourself. If you can’t come to an agreement with your doctor, try consulting another Xanax addiction specialist.

  12. 2 I my dr. and I managed reduced Xanax from 4mg a day for 5 yrs to 0.5mg for sleep 2problem I have not sleept for 5 days so I increased to 0.75mg this don’t help me, my dr. refused toincreased doz. to 1mg OLEAS HELP! Thank you.

  13. I have been on xanax for three months. I have been tapering the last two. I was up to 1mg. per day and I am now down to .25 mg per day. What doesage should i be at when I stop completely?:

  14. I am 84 years old & have been on Xanax for a long time & would like to get off it I took .5 in the morning & .5 a night I my self cut to .5 at ngh oly

  15. I am down to .025 but experiencing shortness with of breath and on ocassion severe chest pains. Has anyone experienced these symptoms? My stress echo and CT scans are normal.

  16. On the second day going cold turkey from Xanax, it was a nightmare. I was paranoid, I couldn’t talk right, I forgot how to use my cell phone and I had spastic tremors. I called my doctor and he put me back on it. I take 1mg. 4 times a day. After that experience, I am terrified to try again.

    1. Hi Linda. You should never ever attempt to go cold turkey off Xanax after using it for a longer period of time. I’d suggest you go see your doctor again and ask for a customized tapering plan. Decrease doses slowly and gradually to avoid any major withdrawal effects. You can also use prescription medications, over-the-counter meds, and herbal remedies, massage oils, teas, etc. to ease certain symptoms as they occur.

      No need to be scared of quitting Xanax. You just need to do it the right way!

    1. Hi Debra. The general tapering schedule is 10% off your current dose lowered every week (or every other week depending on your needs). However, I suggest that you speak with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Moreover, ask your pharmacist to recommend some over-the-counter aid, home remedies and teas to ease withdrawal symptoms. Also, you may look into the Ashton Manual:
      Finally, here’s suggested reading on Xanax withdrawal:

  17. I am taking xanax 1.25 mg per day for approx. 3-4 weeks. I need to be off of this with 2 weeks at the most. How can i do this as pailessly as possible. I have done cold turkey and thought i would die. Will this be as bad ?

  18. I am a MD/PhD and in total agreement with the comment from James. Due to severe anxiety problems I was put on 3 mgs a day of alprazolam (xanax) which lasted for about 1 year. The first thing you have to do is to realize that you can not go cold turkey. Tappering from 10-25% of your original dosEs for a month is acceptable in order to avoid serious side effects specially pshycosis, depression and seizures. After accepting that, you have to get into a “realization phase” in which you have to be self aware that you will feel a plethora of symptoms that are not fun, but that wont kill you. Nobody should pressure you. Take your time in the tappering approach. If one month going from 2 to 1.5 does not feel right, go back to 2 or do alternative day doses of 2-1.5,2-1.5. EXCERCISE, DRINK A LOT OF WATER, AVOID ALCOHOL, CAFFEINE AND NICOTINE, THINK POSITIVE, TALK, GET SUPPORT FROM PEOPLE THAT MIMIC WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH AND READY. After 6 months I have rescue doses of 0.25 mg which I take only very seldom. Hey, is not fun but neither is impossible and with the help of professionals it can be done. LASTLY DO NOT RECOMEND THIS POISON TO ANYONE. Sorry for the typos, English is not my native tongue.

  19. After 5 months cokd turkey from xanax im still sick. I have had all the withdrawal symptoms. Cant drive anymore cant work. What can i do ?

    1. Hi Rajesh. I suggest that you speak with your doctor to help you create an individualized tapering schedule.

  20. I left Xanax cold turkey last week without knowing, I just totally forgot to go my doctor appointment, now I’m
    Having this horrible systoms of a level of anxiety that I’ve never experienced before, palpitations and seizures are the scariest, my doctor doesn’t wanna prescribe me anymore because she thinks I became addicted, is there any natural supplemts that can help me to heal faster? I’m and gonna stay like this forever?

  21. I have used Xanax as needed for about two weeks and will hopefully wean myself off of it with my doctors help. I started the first day with 1 .25 dose twice a day. That made me too tired, so I tapered back to 3 half pills a day and now seem to be doing fine with half a pill in the morning and half at night for a total of .25 for the day. Should I have a problem tapering and weaning off of it in that short of a time with that small of a dose? Thank you in advance for your interest and I will await your response.

  22. Due to a large number of personal and professional financial issues I started drinking pretty hard again. I have been on xanax for 15 years or so 1/2 to 1mg up to 3 times a day but I always have plenty left at the end of the month. I want to stop the drinking so can I take the xanax 1 mg , 3 times per day and, most importantly, add GABA to the regimen and begin to not drink starting now? I am 64 and in good shape

  23. Need help in Miami Have any recommendations for therapists? CBT and taper therapist Down to .25 X in AM from .5 in AM and PM It’s a killer Also need support No friends or family to help Help! Thanks

  24. I was on 3mg of xanax per day for 5 yrs…a while back i started tapering slowly at each change I stay a month and taper .05 ea time… I was down to 2mg a day last month…3 days ago I started my month of 1 1/2 mg daily. Is this ok. I’m feeling pretty good. In the past I did stop taking them without knowing what would happen..yes on 4th day I was in hosp w/ withdrawal and electric shocks going threw my body…so I know tapering is very important!

  25. Need help in Miami
    Have any recommendations for therapists?
    CBT and taper therapist
    Down to .25 X in AM from .5 in AM and PM
    It’s a killer
    Also need support
    No friends or family to help

    1. Hi Lesa. Zoloft may help you with anxiety and depression. However, I suggest you speak with a doctor or a pharmacist before taking any medications.

  26. I been taking about 4-8mg. Of Xanax every day for about 3months also clonidine and 100mg of methdon and need help with the xanax with draw

  27. My daughter has been taking Xanax for a month now and she suddenly stopped. She has been vomiting and having abdominal cramps. Please let me know what I can do given tha VA doesn’t have any facility for Xanax bits all state funded and they just end up putting her with the psych ward for people with mental problems when she has an addiction and will only return to this same problem.

  28. Hello Tammy,

    I slept fine when i quit xanax taking vitamins , Vitamin D , C, Magnesium & potassium vitamins all of those are great for sleep. i took all 4 of those suckers at the same time with my breakfast i drank a cup of milk along with my vitmins . Milk makes vitamins very effective. i took a nappy for 2-4 hours an hour after i took those vitamins. In the evening i made chamomille tea . or sleepytime tea that worked great to relax and sleep. I started walking when i quit xanax i had extreme withdrawals they were GONE from just walking a minimum of 15 minutes i felt great for HOURS after walking . if its too cold to walk outside you can just walk room to room inside your home. i also wore sunglases indoors since i was very senstive to lights the best ones were glasses with light brown lenses i got from the $1 dollar tree.
    Avoid these they are stimulants any or excess tobacco smoking , excess sugar especially , and alcohol.

  29. I’ve been using xanax for about 6 months. Taking.5 mg 3 times a day. I quit cold turkey. Im on day 3… When will i feel better and any suggestions on trying to sleep?

  30. hello i tried to post a long story of how i quit xanax from 0.0625mg a day it was flagged as spam it mightve been too long since i wrote everyting in detail .
    i’ll keep this post short walking was the best way to relieve withdrawals for me i wished i did a water titration taper that wouldve minimized xanax withdrawals.
    i quit 16 months ago i wished i was 100% healed but im not 🙁
    i drank chamomille tea that helped me alot as well to relax
    i hope this helps you as much as it helped me
    god bless you
    katie (babyangel)

  31. Hello all,
    I have been on 4 ml of xanex a day since 1998.
    Every month now I run out a week early. I know that I will suffer, but it happens every month. I don’t tell my Dr. for I’m afraid she will cut me off.
    I usually just deal with it but it is pure hell for the week I am out. I don’t go to the street because its against the law and I would rather detox at home than jail.
    My main problem is my stomach turns inside out. I will curl up in a ball and just cry. Please give me advise. Should I go into rehab and get off this med, or just try to get control and don’t run out ?
    Thank you for your time and God bless..

    1. Hi, Scott. I suggest you talk with your doctor about your issues. She knows your medical history, and I believe that she would know what’s best for you.

  32. I have been on xanax about 6months 2.5mg per scared shitless of the dexox and i detoxed in college fromsome superp crap. Help!!!!-!

  33. I stopped taking xanax as presribed because refill of xanax had no more refills I am experiencing witdrawal symptoms e.g. sporadic jumping of limbs, diarrhea and insomnea.

    1. Hello Staci. Since Xanax may cause severe side effects, I suggest you seek medical advice before attempting anything. Your doctor may provide a fixed tapering schedule to help you gradually lower your intake, so you could quit Xanax in a less severe way. Also, he/she can recommend some over-the-counter medications to ease withdrawal symptoms.

  34. Can I use melatonin during xanax withdrawal. How many milligrams? Can I use Centrum silver multi-vitamin. They both having a sedating effect with the xanax. I’d this good or not a good idea.

  35. Hello please give me any advice on how to take the edge off of Xanax withdrawal. Besides vitamin b magnesium and potassium is there any other supplement or prescription medication that will save me¿ I have to be off like within 2 weeks I’m currently tapered down to 2 mgs a days from 6mgs daily within 90 days. See I am on a methadone clinic as well and my doctor there wants me to be off faster than my primary doc the one that’s tapering me. He wants 4 to 6 more weeks but my methadone doc wants me to be off in like 2 weeks please what should just do any advice would be appreciated and please don’t just say just deal with the withdrawals cuz I have seizures when I could turkey ivw been on different forms if benzodiazapines off and on for 10 years. Thanks for any help!

  36. Today is 8 days clean and I feel amazing. I took 6mg a day for a year I did a 2 month taper and dropped from.6mg to 1mg which was hell then 1mg to .5 at night which wasn’t bad then I stopped which was unplessent but also not bad. I feel like I’m 85% normal again the only thing that bothers me is the tinnitus but it’s nothing compared to what it was. I hate all the horror story’s I read most of them are people whining and over reacting and it’s not cool since it scared the shit out of me when I read them. If you taper it’s really not that bad cold turkey on the other hand I couldn’t imagine it must be pure hell. If you keep strong its really nothing to extreme canal doesn’t last as long as other Benzos so in a month you should feel a lot better and by 90 days everything should be normal. Saying you haven’t been on it 10 plus years

  37. I’ve been forced off xanax by the doctor who prescribes the medicine. It’s a long story. Suffice it to say I am in day 5 of a COLD TURKEY withdrawal. I will have access to the Xanax in 3 days. That’s when I can refill the script.

    Is it better to continue my cold turkey approach or go back on the drug and start a tapering process to get off this drug. I’ve been on 1.5 Mgs/day for 5 years. The WD is bad but I’m thinking I’m over the worst part now and I don’t want the past 5 days of suffering to go for naught. Suggestions?

  38. I am a duct of alprazolam more then 10 years
    now I want to get rid I take 3 me daily please help me that how to get rid of alprazalom

  39. will Zoloft help ease the withdrawl symptoms from Xanax? I only have 2 days till I can get my refill. Any advice how to deal with 2 days? feel very bad already and took a .05 this morning but out of luck for 2 days

  40. I need help with tapering off Xanax safely at home. I also have a question that if I’ve been taking 15 mg hydrocodone per day, how bad will my withdrawal be when I run out off pills as I will get no more. Please help.

  41. I had addiction problems in the past but I thought that was over. A few months ago, I was having trouble sleeping so I picked up some xanax from a friend & started taking them 1-2 mg a day. Last week I ran out so I just stopped taking them & since quitting, I’ve had EVERY possible withdrawal symptom. I can’t sleep, I hallucinate, I have tremors, urination issues, constant jitters–there’ s no way that I can work lie this. Five days into a possible detox-I found a friend with a few tabs so I took them to try to get normal. Today I found this site & I’m really SCARED! I’ve only taken them for a month or two but the few days without them were pure hell. What do I do now? Any suggestions or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks & God Bless.

    1. Hi Vicki. Ask a pharmacist at your local pharmacy for over-the-counter medications that you can take for a short period of time to help you treat the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. Xanax is a benzodiazepine medication that our organisms quickly for dependence to, that’s why it’s never recommended for longer that 2 weeks (4 weeks the most).

  42. I have been taking .5 mg Xanax for 2-3 years to help me sleep as I had nightmares with Ambien. Although it has worked, I read Xanax is not good for you if you have memory problems which I am now being treated for – I am 77 years old. I would appreciate any information on how to safely cut back and then eventually be able to quit this product. Thank you.

  43. i am weaning myself off of xanax at home…i am currently taking .05mg two daily…one when i awaken and one 8 hours later…can someone help tell me how and when is best to decrease my dosage…

    1. Hi Barbara. the general tapering schedule is 10% off your current dose lowered every week (or every other week depending on your needs). I suggest you see a doctor or ask a pharmacist to help you with the tapering schedule as well as to advise you which medications can help treat certain withdrawal symptoms as they arise.

  44. I have been taking 1.50 mg of xanax for 13 years because of GAD which began in early 50’s I am now 65. I began noticing side effects between dosages a few months ago, sweating, stomach cramps, etc. At this point I decided to gradually wean my self off this drug. It is only medication I take besides vitamins. I am down to 1;25 mg daily after 6 weeks. I am struggling with many side effects but worst is muscle spasms. I am very healthy and fit, I have very good internist but he supports medication as I have never abused it.. Can I stay at 1.25 mg daily for a month til I return from some travel then start again? I am now also using GABA CALM to try and help. This is very difficult for me but I do not feel anxiety is an issue for me any longer. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you

    1. Hello Pat. Yes, you can leave your dose at 1.25mg for a month and then lower it again and again till you completely stop using. You can ask a pharmacist about other over-the-counter medications that can treat the side effects and withdrawal symptoms you are experiencing.

  45. I just dropped my son off at a detox center, I am worried about him because hecannot call or see anyone for 7days. Please if anyone has been on thos clinics explain or give some inside info so i can stop worrying my son is 22. And wants to be detoxed from xanax. He also has panick attacks

    1. Hello Rosita. It is completely fine to be worried, he’s your son. But, he’s in the hands of professionals now and what’s even more important, he had the will to be detoxed and get in treatment. Medically supervised detox is actually the best and safest way to go off a medication. Doctors and nurses will monitor his state 24 hours a day, treat his withdrawal symptoms with adequate medications and make the process as comfortable as possible. Don’t worry about not talking to him for a week, either. This is his time to focus on himself and his health. I hope some of our other readers will share a personal story to comfort you and provide more info on what happens during and after detox. I wish you and your son all the best! Good luck and God bless.

  46. i have been dosing down on xnax reg im now down to 0.25 a day but it seems the symptoms are worse now then when ive cut down before

    1. Hello Donna. Now you need to stay on this dose for a week or two. During this time your body should get stabilized. Also, ask your doctor to prescribe medication to treat some of the symptoms, or suggest some over-the-counter meds that can also ease withdrawal for you. I understand the effects you are experiencing from lowering doses may not be comfortable, but tapering actually makes this process far more bearable. It’ll be all over soon, just stay strong! Good luck to you!

  47. I am using xanax from last 5 years. I was using it occainly, means in a week I was taking 0.5 mg and on some week I was taking 1 mg, now I want to stop it, plz suggest me a safer way to stop it.

  48. Hello Robert. Tapering down doses form two medications can be diffiult. My advise is to go see a doctor first. If your doctor gives you clearence, ask for help with a tepering schedule. You can also talk to your doc about OTC and alternative meds that can help you through this process.

  49. I am ADD and take 30mgxr Adderal A.M. and 20mg at noon. I also take 4mg os Xanax daily as needed. Every time I apply for a job these two medications show up and cause me a lot of explaining and RX verification to get cleared for the job. I don’t feel I need the noon adderall and want to stop taking this. I also want to wean myself off the Xanax for the same reason. If I just stopped the noon adderall and started dropping out half of one Xanax every two weeks would this be a sensible and safe plan?

  50. Thanks so much Katie for your helpful hints. I take most of the vitamins you have mentioned. I am doing fine now but have only gotten to 1/2 pill one day 1 pill the next. I will go to 1/2 every day soon. I have also gotten GABA sublingual pills that are supposed to help as GABA is activated by Xanax. So far so good. Thanks again and good luck and blessings to you too.

  51. Hello Andy,

    I took alprazolam for 30 months i always took a low dose, depression is what caused me to quit them 3 weeks + 1 day ago , i was like ” screw this i dont care what happens to me” it was TOUGH the first week i had the same pill mg size as you do, 0.50mg , i cut them into 8 pieces i took 0.0625 mg for around 10 months before i quit the reason why i started taking xanax was because i used to be a heavy drinker it gave me a seizure 2/14/12 a severe hangover i had, i did not want to take dilantin i took that in 2004 it was horrible .
    dont quit xanax until you take 0.125mg or 0.0625mg , you can take that dose size a week before you quit. vitamins im taking that helps me are magnesium & Super b complex, in the morning with breakfast, i then take botox (vitamin b7) b12, and vitamin E , vitamin e is important to get more oxygen to your brain , omega 3 fish oil is essential also. its important to take those vitamins with food, this is very important also drink 1-3 cups of milk each day, the milk helps the vitmians you take pass thruout the body where you need them at . if your worried about seizures chamomille tea is very good to prevent them i like to make my tea strong i fill a coffee cup with water put a chamomille tea bag into the cup put it in the microwave for 1 min 45 sec. i leave the tea bag in the cup for 15 minutes when i take out the tea bag i squeese it with my fingers so the concentrateed juice goes into my cup. another good anti convulsant is eating a small piece of coriander you can find those in a supermarket in a produce area , if your having trouble sleeping take some potatssium. , you may become sensitve to light and sound as i did i wore sunglasses indoors , glasses with amber colored lenses worked best for me i got them from the $1 dollar tree, most of all if you have any spiritual faith , try this have something holy close to you like me i always carry a rosary in my pocket i feel comfort with it there. try to activate when possible you dont have to do much there was times when i felt my worst i walked just 5 minutes with my eyes closed on the treadmill. a simple 5 minute walk cleared my withdrawals temporarily

    Im sorry this is a long long leter to read i just wanted to help you and others that read this as much as possible , god bless you Andy i wish you well.

  52. Hello Andy. You should ask your doctor to make a tapreing schedule that fits your needs. Your doctor can also give you advise on what suplements, other pills or alternative medicines you can take. It’s important to have a doctor’s clearence and medical assistance, considering your age.

  53. I am a 75 year old man and have been taking .5 mg of alprozolam a day for about 7 years. On my last visit to my doctor she told me about the studies linking long term use with Altzheimers and told me to try to stop using it. After reading the article above I am worried about doing this on my own because I have been taking it for so long even though it is a small dose. I also like a few glasses of wine with dinner a few nights a week. Can I cut the pills in quarters as I lower my dose? Are there any supplements or Vitamins I can take while doing this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

  54. Hello Zena. You’ll need to consult with your prescribing physician before making this decision. This is a conversation you’ll need to have with an MD.

  55. I’ve been tapering my xanxa for almost three months now from 1mg to .125 now for two weeks and I’m also on zoloft 50 mg for 6 months.should I stop my xanxa and stay on zoloft for now?I do want to get off zoloft to.I was on my xanxa for 20yrs.

  56. Hello Andrea. I’d suggest that you follow your psychiatrist’s suggestion and stop taking the Xanax. Consult with her/him as well as a pharmacist about a tapering plan. Usually, Xanax requires a slow taper and one that is individualized for your specific medical history. Best of luck to you.

  57. Hello, I have been taking clonazepam for about two years at night to sleep .5 mil. I was recently in Greece and ran out of pills and was given .5 mil of Xanax which the pharmacist said was okay. Now I am worried. When I got home my shrink said to stop and start the clonazepam instead. I also take Dexadrine in the morning. I am bipolar…have been on different meds. but was running a lot and tapered off everything and was doing ok. Now I wonder what to do. I go right to sleep when I take a Xanax, but notice my temper getting worse and my eyes feel tired also loosing words and can’t seem to do anything easily like write a card or cook…
    Would appreciate your thoughts. thanks, Andrea

  58. Greetings all! Just wanted to let everyone know that you CAN do without benzos. I was taking some type of benzo for the last 18 YEARS!! I WANTED TO QUIT. The detox is a living hell, so you need to be determined.I checked myself into rehab so I could be in a supportive environment. Still experiencing withdrawal symptoms even after 8 months clean. This is not meant to discourage you, just to let you know it IS possible.

  59. Hello Charles. The best way to withdraw from Xanax is under medical supervision. Seek the counsel of a pharmacist or your prescribing doctor for a tapering plan that is customized for you.

  60. i have been taking 2 mg of xanax a day for about 5 yrs,how much should i start with taking off to wean my self of of the xanax and how log do you think it would take?

  61. It has been our experience the this benzodiazepine family of drugs comes with an extremely volatile detox, especially if the drug has been in the system for longer periods of time. If in doubt of the result of the decreased dosage detox is much safer in a residential facility.

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