The pie chart is wrong, wrong in the same way that Pamela Anderson is wrong, i. This is an in vitro pie chart, derived from affinities of receptors ripped out of the cadaverous remains of former tax attorneys. It may not represent what happens in an actual human body when confronted with unequal distribution of drug and receptors, number, and subtypes of receptors.
All this notwithstanding, they are still usefully inaccurate. And all this is just a metaphor anyway. This is not technically accurate. More accurately, there exists a certain level of binding at one receptor such that it then becomes equally likely that it goes elsewhere. So while binding saturation is often used interchangeably with maximal effect, they are not the same.
To truly get well, in the grander sense, is to utilize the time you have; even if you are going through discomfort. Try to see the bright side , even during those bleak moments.
So learn to embrace the time your given. Quitting benzos cold turkey is most often unadvisable. Dosage is based on the following factors: The instructions of a doctor should be closely followed to reduce the risk of side effects. If this medication has regularly been used for a long time or in high doses, withdrawal symptoms such as seizures can occur if usage is suddenly stopped. To prevent these reactions, the doctor may reduce the dosage of Xanax gradually.
Xanax is available in doses of: Do not crush, chew, or break a Xanax extended-release tablet. Swallow the tablet whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body.
Breaking the tablet would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Do not share your medicine with other people. It may not be suitable for them and may harm them. I need to get off, but deciding to taper off. One thing I noticed is that I actually had a dream. I do not remember having a dream in ages.
I recommend exercising if you can. Reply Link Beejay January 26, , 4: My doctor originally prescribed me 1mg tabs to use as needed, and 13 years ago I had a 4mg a day habit. Reply Link Joani January 25, , 7: I actually took all four tablets at bedtime so I could sleep. The rest of you sound so young. I need to sleep. I need the cures to stop being worse than the diseases.
I need to be able to trust my doctors. He prescribed another pill that was useless. Do any of you? Again, thanks for posting this. JC in California February 8, , 7: If you can, try to move to Clonazempam or another longer lasting but not as intense benzo to start a graduated withdrawal.
Start taking the levels down at about. Judge your withdrawal based on how your body and mind feels vs what you have to do for yourself, family, etc. We all know which one is better of course. There rarely is a withdrawal from drugs or alcohol without some pain associated with it.
Also take a multi-vitamin and eat right everyday. Get some exercise and do other healthy activities daily. Try to stay focused and positive. Stay positive and focused on treatment and recovery from this.
Try to put positive things in your head and not the negative things you read about. This post is intended to be positive for those of you withdrawing. Yes to God, because you will get strength from Him. Think about the positive people in your life who have encouraged you to quit using. Once you do succeed at this make sure to help others so that you continue your recovery and make yourself feel like you accomplished something greater than yourself. And bring a signature sheet to everything you do.
Overall, make sure you do what you need to do to quit. Stay healthy, take some other ancillary medications to help with the sting, stay focused, be determined to beat this, help others as you come across opportunities to help, seek help from those close to you and just make sure to stay positive in general.
You can turn the tables on many of the withdrawal issues by simply thinking about other things, etc. Good luck to all of you! Reply Link Beejay February 10, , I had been on it for over 30 years. I then stopped it completely in December. I am now suffering with a very unsettling experience on a daily basis. I feel like my body is coming off of a large shot of novocaine. My face feels tingly, and my scalp, and arms and hands. I am irritable and jumpy. I have a dull headache on a daily basis.
I do not have problems sleeping, however I break out in sweats at any given time. Is anyone else having these symptoms? Reply Link Mary April 13, , 6: I have started to get off Xanax recently.
It is so very hard to do. You are describing how I feel now. What you are feeling is normal for Xanax. They say it takes a while to get over the withdrawals. I wish I had never been put of Xanax and I am so afraid of those panic attacks coming back. Out of no where, I had a panic attack one night and had severe anxiety after that. Over the course of a month I got down to taking. I then cut it down to taking. At this point, I stopped taking it and have been off it for about a week and doing pretty good.
My withdrawal symptoms while tapering down involved: Reply Link Coy February 26, , 3: I took alprazolam 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. 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 am just happy to be alive. Your brain has to learn processes all over again. Drink lots of water! Also found that benadryl helps with sleepless nights. Reply Link Mike March 2, , 2: I used them so I could sleep in the daytime for work. I also used 2mg at night for sleep. I decided to stop taking them.
Into week three of withdrawal and am steadily getting better!! I would not recommend cold turkey!! It was tough, but I made it!! Severe headaches and upset stomach!!! Senses also were altered, seems as if my body had to reset again!! Reply Link Tom Haverford March 6, , 1: Reply Link Lisa March 7, , 6: My biggest fear is feeling this way, everyday… or not living through it. Reply Link Patty March 9, , 3: I kept taking ambien because it relieved me from my daytime misery. I was anxious about my condition because it was undiagnosed.
Doc said my problems were all in my head. Went to another doc for help and explained all the symptoms: The new doc was also clueless and said she did not know what was causing my sickness. But she said you are anxious, so I will give you anxiety medicine and she prescribed xanax. I took xanax for 2 weeks and went crazy. I started stumbling, could not get words of mouth, had emotional breakdowns, had memory loss.
I have suffered from chronic insomnia, chest pain, blurry vision and many other withdrawal effects. I continue to struggle every day and after 5 months, I still have insomnia and blurred vision although some of the other symptoms have subsided. I am 63 years old and was very healthy prior to taking drugs. Ellen Sterling March 14, , 9: Reply Link Helena March 20, , 3: I am perfect while on that dosage, able to work and function normally but have cut down to half a tablet at night and want to come off them gradually.
Could someone please let me know if that is a high dosage or not as I have no idea?! Reply Link Camille March 23, , 3: I had a meltdown and quit cold turkey about three months ago. After experiencing the absolute worst withdrawals, I finally started feeling human again…Until about a month ago. All I can think about is xanax throughout the day.
I am now seeing a psychologist and have an appointment with a psychiatrist this week. This drug is poison and I cannot wait to finally overcome this horrible addiction. Reply Link Daisy March 26, , 5: I recently started weaning off of them, because over the weekend I ran out and had no refills, so I decided it was time to get off of them.
I had extreme fogginess, the worst headache ever, especially that night before bed. I felt as if my head was on fire. Flu-like symptoms all day. Since I knew that I would suffer from insomnia, I took 2 benadryl and also made me a cup of Linden Tea. It helps calm your nerves and helps you relax. So I really recommend anyone who is going through this to consider trying out this tea. Along with benadryl or the generic antihistamine pills also help.
You can find it at Walmart. Since I know from personal experience that the insomnia is extreme, I take either of these along with 2 antihistamines so I can get some sleep. So for those of you who have had no sleep, I seriously suggest that you take something to help get some sleep and maybe your other symptoms will subside some.
Its very difficult especially if you have small children who need you. Another thing I suggest is taking vitamins in the morning. Me personally, I take my prenatal. But Centrum is good for anyone. I hope this info is helpful for some of you. Good luck to us all who are really trying to come off of this awful medication.
Please stay motivated and have faith that you can and will get through it!! Reply Link David A April 3, , 4: Reply Link J April 16, , Over 10 years on this medication. Severe panic attacks and anxiety. I turned 30 this year and have been determined to quit this drug. Dosage has been from 5mg 3x a day. One year I was up to 1mg 3x a day.
What a damn roller coaster ride! Its been literally hell. I stay pretty active and even run. The winter was extremely horrible.
There were days I felt like I wanted to die. The psychological problems were almost too hard to cope with. Panic attacks stayed the same weirdly enough. I would have one every two weeks roughly. Hard to be a husband. Hard to be a friend. When I first started tapering from. My side effects seem to be lowering but it might be permanent damage I feel.
One side effect or possible long term issue is a tingling sensation in my face. He mentioned it could be caused by anxiety. MRI came back negative. Staying busy and keeping your mind on anything but this…will help you to recovery, IMO. Has anyone heard of the face issue or am I just completely crazy?
One more thing — when I first started tapering, I thought I had everything known to man as diseases or mental problems. I think of it like someone addicted to nicotine. Same concept but x more powerful and harder to cope with I quit smoking 7 years ago. I would appreciate any and all comments. This journey truly is a hard one and I know this from personal experience! Reply Link Ray April 20, , 4: I was prescribed 1mg 3 a day but took up to 8 a day for many tears.
Symptoms fade VERY slowly. Sometimes in can take a couple of months to notice any improvement. Sometimes things will improve for a few days and then return worse and regress for a week or 2. This last week has been the best so far. Only in the past week my ears felt bearable. Stay away from people and things that piss you off which will cause your symptoms to worsen. I still wonder if things will return to normal.
On the positive side I feel like I have got my life back and look forward to future years without this terrible addiction. Stefanie Plante April 26, , I overtook the medicine, but my addictive personality along with multiple illnesses, compelled me. This medicine put me in a hospital as I withdrew. Where by the way they did not ween me off the drug at all.
For a full week I was locked up having panic attacks, missing my kids, staring out of the window most the nights. Benzodiazipines should be off the drug market simply due the damage they can do to the human brain. God bless all of us going through forced protracted withdrawals. It is an inhumane position I am in. Reply Link Gloria April 27, , Like many people I did not know this was a ridiculously high dose.
And OMG did it help! I could sleep, I could focus, I could even speak publicly in the professional capacity I was working. I accomplished incredible things! I cannot find any doctor who will even help me with a low dose of Ativan which I tried once and it was great but NO refills. It puts my stomach in my chest to even think about the worst times. It has been 6 months and I still suffer from insomnia, confusion, muscle pain, horrible itching, blurred vision, nausea, headache, etc.
Now I have a psychiatrist who refuses to prescribe even a low dose of any benzos, but had me try seroquel for 2 weeks and it made me fall into a really deep depression and zapped all motivation and energy. I feel like a guinea pig. Also Arginine, valerian and melatonin. If I make it through this you can. Reply Link Stefanie Plante April 29, , 4: Yahweh is Hebrew for God. I cannot believe your quack doctor had you in such a high dose.
Shame on that doctor. How are you now? I feel bad for you. So you quit cold turkey? I am still withdrawing after 3 months!
No idea how much longer. I cling to prayer each day, God helps, Jesus gives me strength, still I crave Xanax, especially when I feel intense waves of despair, claustrophobia, paranoia, inability to focus, remember, etc.
Stay praying to stay strong! Reply Link Paul Perdew April 29, , At first I was prescribed 0. The psychiatrist moved me up to 1 mg 3 a day, then topping out at a 3 mg XR -Extended Release. I had to quit cold turkey I do not recommend this the withdrawal was absolutely distressing. The withdrawal physically was painful, no sleep and no relief.
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