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3 years on 1mg of xanax, Now I'm tapering and my heart is pounding, help?
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    Default 3 years on 1mg of xanax, Now I'm tapering and my heart is pounding, help?

    I tried asking a question, but it told me it would be under review, which has been more than a day, so I don't know whats going on there. Anyway >

    I was on .5mg xanax tabs for about 3 years and on also on a very low dose of 2.5mg citalopram for one year ( 2 years of xanax first )

    Eventually I was referred to a specialist for my anxiety. ( I have history of opiate abuse and alcohol abuse - which has been years ago but still ). The specialist recommended to stop xanax within a 16 day taper plan, which ended terrible and I was calling 911 left and right because my heart would just pound and I would just sit there, I was immobilized.

    I saw a different doctor and my new doctor said that plan was terrible for xanax taper and we have been doing the following plan with a lower dose of .25mg xanax and she also added 25mg of hydroxyzine ( benadryl ) to help.

    -Last 2 weeks: .25mg xanax and 25mg hydroxyzine 3x a day. First week I kept waking up with my heart racing in the middle of the night. Second week I finally slept a lot better.

    -Last few days: .25mg xanax and 25mg hydroxyzine 2x a day, followed by 2x hydroxyzine before bed. ( This helps get my very drowsy, BUT I always wake up in the middle of the night with panic episodes )

    -Yesterday: I saw the doctor and she recommended --> 1/2 - 1 tablet of 25mg hydroxyzine at AM, Noon, 5PM and 2x hydroxyzine before bed. --> .25mg tablet of xanax 2 - 3x a day. ( Very similar to last few days, but more flexibility)

    I guess my question is:

    Can anyone at all help my situation or help tell me how to further taper from 3x .25mg xanax a day?

    Please help if you can, I am very scared and this is consuming my life. If there is a better website to provide these questions, please let me know, I am all ears and very new to this. Thank you. - Jordan

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    Default 3 years on 1mg of xanax, Now I'm tapering and my heart is pounding, help?

    I submitted this same thread on the wrong forum, apologies.

    I tried asking a question, but it told me it would be under review, which has been more than a day, so I don't know whats going on there. Anyway >

    I was on .5mg xanax tabs for about 3 years and on also on a very low dose of 2.5mg citalopram for one year ( 2 years of xanax first )

    Eventually I was referred to a specialist for my anxiety. ( I have history of opiate abuse and alcohol abuse - which has been years ago but still ). The specialist recommended to stop xanax within a 16 day taper plan, which ended terrible and I was calling 911 left and right because my heart would just pound and I would just sit there, I was immobilized.

    I saw a different doctor and my new doctor said that plan was terrible for xanax taper and we have been doing the following plan with a lower dose of .25mg xanax and she also added 25mg of hydroxyzine ( benadryl ) to help.

    -Last 2 weeks: .25mg xanax and 25mg hydroxyzine 3x a day. First week I kept waking up with my heart racing in the middle of the night. Second week I finally slept a lot better.

    -Last few days: .25mg xanax and 25mg hydroxyzine 2x a day, followed by 2x hydroxyzine before bed. ( This helps get my very drowsy, BUT I always wake up in the middle of the night with panic episodes )

    -Yesterday: I saw the doctor and she recommended --> 1/2 - 1 tablet of 25mg hydroxyzine at AM, Noon, 5PM and 2x hydroxyzine before bed. --> .25mg tablet of xanax 2 - 3x a day. ( Very similar to last few days, but more flexibility)

    I guess my question is:

    Can anyone at all help my situation or help tell me how to further taper from 3x .25mg xanax a day?

    Please help if you can, I am very scared and this is consuming my life. If there is a better website to provide these questions, please let me know, I am all ears and very new to this. Thank you. - Jordan

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    I'm a bit confused, were you taking .5 mg xanax three times a day, for a daily total of 1.5 mg?

    Second question, are you still taking the same amount of citalopram? If not when did you stop/change that?

    Your new doctor is better than your old doctor, but still not good enough, in my humble opinion. She is still tapering you WAY too fast. And personally I don't think hydroxyzine is a good idea three times a day. It's a very dangerous drug to take and then drive for one thing. If it helps you get to sleep at bedtime, fine, but like you say, you're not going to stay asleep. During this fast a benzo taper, there's practically nothing that will keep you asleep all night. Waking up in a state of panic is typical.

    I would get stable on your current dose (.25 three times per day). If you cannot, then go back up another .25 per day, and wait to stabilize. (1 mg per day total) Then begin a VERY slow taper, maybe 10% per cut. When you went back on them to .25 three times a day, that was a 50% cut from your original dose (assuming your original dose was .5 three times per day). Way, way too big. But you can probably get away without going all the way back up to 1.5 per day.

    I tend to talk in terms of total daily dose, even though you may split it into multiple doses throughout the day. So to do a taper ideally, your first cut would be: 1.5 mg minus 10% or .15 mg, for a total daily dose of 1.35 mg. You can see how you would have to cut pills and do math to come up with how to get that, but when you have severe withdrawal problems it is more than worth the trouble.

    Your next planned cut going to .25 mg twice per day? That is a 33% percent cut, still WAY too big.

    And now she is telling you to take .25 two OR THREE times per day? In other words, maybe go back up? I don't understand unless she is (correctly) responding to you telling her you are not doing well. But that's just a clunky clumsy bull in a china shop way to do it. I don't understand the benadryl AT ALL for anything but bedtime. I doubt it does anything for anxiety but if you think it helps maybe there's something I don't know.

    Since on .25 three times per day (.75 daily total) you slept better in the second week, then you might be starting to adjust to THAT dose, and I would advise getting yourself completely stable on that dose for at least another week before reducing further.

    ASSUME YOU GET STABLE ON .75 PER DAY: Then, I suggest beginning a very slow, very controlled reduction maybe like this:

    go to .675 mg per day. That is a 10% reduction and the MOST you should reduce all at once.

    How do you get that dose? If one of your pills is .5 mg, then you need one pill plus another .175 mg PER DAY. Get the .175 by cutting a pill into approximately three pieces. Then take your one pill plus your 1/3 a pill and divide that up however you want into three doses for the day. Stay on this for several days, until you feel stable.

    NEXT:

    go to .6075 mg total per day. That will be one pill plus approximately 1/5 a pill. So try to crunch up a pill and take only one fifth of it, and that plus another pill will be your daily dose. Again, stay here until you stabilize.

    NEXT:

    go to .54675 per day, which is probably close enough to one .5 mg pill.

    You get the idea, where I'm getting these numbers? It is a 10% cut FROM YOUR LAST DOSE not from the original dose. Keep going down like this cutting ten percent each time, from whatever dose you are taking.

    Where people get all hung up (and doctors too) is the idea that you have to maintain the integrity of the pill. It's a pill you can cut in half or maybe at most quarters and people think you need to stick within those parameters. NOT SO. There is nothing wrong with subdividing them much more precisely, and if you need to, crunch into a powder and separate into piles to get your dose. Finally, you can go to liquid titration. This is where you pulverize a pill and mix it with water or milk, then use a baby syringe to get very precise doses. You have to calculate how many mg you put into how many ml of liquid, but once you do the math, you can then taper very, very slowly and precisely all the way down to very low doses, so when you jump off you will have a smooth landing.

    You may not need to get that precise about it, but people with severe anxiety and a lot of trouble tapering off find it is very effective and for some people, the only way they have been able to get off benzos.

    IF YOU GO BACK UP TO 1 mg per day then adjust the math above to do 10% cuts, for example, your first cut will be to .9 mg per day rather than .675 per day.

    Xanax is a very short acting drug and your doctor is right to have you taking it three times per day, but when you cut one of the doses out altogether, you are opening yourself up to low blood levels in between doses and interdose withdrawals. I suggest keeping the doses to three times per day ALL THE WAY DOWN. This means dividing your daily dose into silly little piles, and this is where liquid titration is a godsend. This is also the reason that it is recommended to switch to valium for benzo tapering. Valium is long acting and you need only dose once per day. So an option you have is to ask your doctor to switch you to Valium. But be careful she does the right equivalency conversion, and you should do it gradually, replacing one dose of xanax per day with 1/3 your new daily dose of valium at a time.

    .5 mg of xanax is equivalent to 10 mg of valium, or 1 mg = 20 mg valium. It's a 1:20 ratio. Another benefit of going to Valium is that it's a lot easier to wrap your mind around doses, since you don't get into decimal points.

    If you are still on the citalopram too, just stay exactly where you are with that. Tapering off that should be done long after you are finished with the benzo and completely stabilized. (If you plan to get off that too.)

    While the original specialist was terrible at knocking you off xanax so fast, he was right to recommend you get off it, because in the long run, it will make anxiety worse. I think you will be pleased once you are completely off and a couple months have gone by for you to stabilize. You may still have anxiety disorder but you won't have what amounts to roller coaster feelings while on xanax.
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    To answer your first question: I was breaking up the .5mg xanax and only taking them in halves, so practically .25 you could say, which total up to around 1.25 a day.

    Second quesiton: I did forget to mention I took 2.5mg of that for a year straight or so..and stopped taking it for over 40 days about 2 months ago from now. Then I got back on 2.5mg of it for about 3 more weeks, THEN after seeing my current doctor atm, I stopped it completely, and personally didn't notice a WD or anything.

    I have been off of Citalopram for a little over 2 weeks at this current time, and I don't feel a WD from it, at least I don't think I do.

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    You are in the right place. I myself have not tapered but I have read enough to know and since no other answers yet... I will respond.

    First and for most, are you stable at .25 x 3 a day? Are you in withdrawal at this dosage?

    Second, dropping 1/3rd of your dose is a 33%. After 3 year no matterr how small the use you are going to withdrawal from a 33% drop. You will find a gradual taper of 5 to 10% to be much more manageable. It will add time to the detox but not to the long term benzo effects and it will be much better on you body and sanity.

    If you are stable then you should drop 5 to 10%, I would suggest your afternoon dose, and keep the other 2 at .25mg. Yes this may mean cutting pills into 8ths but its best in the long run. Get stable on this dose. Have your minor withdrawal and meditate or whatever to get through it and cut another 5 to 10% of your new dose after you are stable, even if ittakes 2 weeks to get stable. Follow the 5 to 10% rule untill you are under .100 mg a day.

    You can also swap to valium for an easier taper (it is what I will do) but starting at .75mg a day i am not sure it is worth the swap over but more experienced folks may say different.

    The thing to remember is this taper is at your pace. Dont rush a new dose if your not stable. If a new dose is to rough dont feel that you cant go back to the last taper dose for a day or 2 if its a stressful day or whatever. Your pace, your rules and ask a million questions here and you will make it.

    Hope the best for you

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    Thank you Quagmir!! Your response means the world, along with any others to come

    How would I cut down .25mg tablets of xanax further? I can break those in half to get .125 ( I think? )

    I have also lost a lot of weight..it's like my body is on constant work out mode, I hope this is normal >< I seem to always be dehydrated, so I drink water like crazy.

    If I didn't mention earlier, I did stop taking Citalopram completely, for over 2 weeks now, and I honestly don't feel a withdrawal from it ( doctors order ). She and I both weren't completely sure if that was helping or not, she said at 2.5mg of it, it would barely even do anything to kid, and in my case, probably nothing.

    I am stable at .25 x 3 a day, yes. I don't think its withdrawal at this point, maybe slight edgy but not at all bad. It took a week to adjust, then the second week I was finally sleeping a lot better, thus being able to a lot more things I usually do, like go for a short bike ride!

    -but....after going down to .25 x 2 a day, along with the 2 x 25mg hydroxyzine before bed, just was a whole different game. I was taking .25 mg xanax x 3 a day with 25mg hydroxyzine x 3 a day (together). Only change recently has been instead of taking 1 tablet of each before bed, instead (-) minus 1 xanax and add a second hydroxyzine. So 2 x hydroxyzine before bed ( works well, but I wake up super quick in panic state )

    Would this plan be considered safe?
    I was thinking: .25xanax / 25mg hydroxyzine when I wake up
    .125 xanax ( half ) 25mg hydroxyzine about 5 hours later
    .25xanax / 25mg hydroxyzine before bed

    This plan would be cutting down xanax by .125mg ( if my math is right ).

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    I dont know about the hydro. With the xanax if you have .25mg tabs, i would quarter them for. 0625mg cut. That is an 8.3% cut in your dose(this time) compared to the 33% that seemed to not work for you.

    You felt like hell because you cut 25% from 1mg to .75 and then a 33% cut from .75 to .5. I see you noticed the 33% more than the 25%? You have to think of percents and not in mg with benzodiazepines. This is no drug to mess with. First it can kill you and people say they would rather detox from hard street drugs than benzos.

    I was forced in the hospital to drop from 4 to 5mg a day to half that. I was out of my mind and 4 months later my body is still recovering mentally and physically and this is going back to a my regular dose. This is why I said I may not have done it but I know what I am going to do. I am not ready to taper yet as i am still losing weight and still not right mentally or physically. Not to drop my story on you but I want you to see a faster drop doesnt help anything. It is only going to hurt you.

    As I suggested. Do the .25mg in quarters for a 8% drop (it will be a larger drop if you cut the same next time so do the math). The worst thing that could happen is you withdrawal minor and recover in a few days and are ready for the next taper sooner . The worst that could happen if you drop to much is my story or what you went through on your last taper (i should say cut heh). Ultimately it is your pace. Only you can say what is best for you. I can only suggest that slow and steady wins the race as i have read countless times on these boards. I again would taper you mid day dose and i think the same taper of .0625 in the evening the next round would be ok since you have something to help you sleep.

    BTW, that .0625 dose once a day is the dose people usually can do the final drop from, or .125 depending on the person.

    Hope that helps you

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    I read on the hydro which seems to be a h1 blocker and pain killer much like gabapentine but also tramadol which you will see people get hooked on here as well. Please dont count on them to much. I have done my recovery without as much as an aspirin because my stomach issues have been so bad. Dont want to see you trade one drug for another even though it is less likely for the hydro from what I can see.

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    Yes a pill cutter will work and only a few bucks at Walgreens or CVS but you have to realize that the .5 mgs is not uniform through the whole pill because of fillers so just because you cut it exactly in 1/4s doesnt mean each 1/4 has the same active ingredient. I suggest just cutting it with a knife, you may be .0100 off but out of a .25 pill you shouldn't notice.

    You want to go to detox? From what i read they are going to cut you off xanax totally and manage your withdrawal symptoms. So imagine last week's 33% cut being a 100% cut and them giving you meds so you don't have a seizure and possibly some minor pain meds for the pain. Not sure how they will help with anxiety but after 2 to 3 days when the benzos are out of your system you will be begging for some i am sure.

    The worst part of rapid detox is that once you are detoxed... they have done what you paid them to do and they release you into the world with rebound anxiety that isnt managed. Again a slow taper and rapid detox is going to take the same amount of time to get your brain neuro transmitters back to normal which can be months or years. The difference is with a slow taper your body isn't shocked into no benzos. I suggest you start today on a slow taper. If you think you need rapid detox in a week then go for it but with a slow taper you move at your own pace. You can sit at .25mg 2 times a day and the .0625mg shaved off the 3rd dose for a month if thats your pace. The pace of rapid detox is a few days and make sure you dont die from the rapid detox (that's how harse the drug is)

    You can do this 10% taper in time. I read it gets easier the longer you are into and its not crazy bad like your last cut. The worst feeling I read is that final dose gone forever. I think fear is a huge factor there.

    I dont think i can link but google Professor Heather Ashton from the UK. She is a huge advocate for the slow taper and gives medical reasons, % of relapse for rapid detox versus slow taper and alot of information in general on benzodiazepines. You will have alot of knowledge after a little reading.

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    Okay, good. Sorry about all the math, and I think you're getting some responses in the other thread you started, so maybe we should stick with that one.

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    That is very well put Quagmir and right on the money.

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    Was just trying to fill in for you while you away
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    Ok thanks for all of the responses. I do appreciate them. It appears no matte what, at least this point, I do need .25xanax before bedtime, anything less, insta panic wake up. It is getting so annoying, feeling like I am going to die all over again, each night. What sucks, is no one can see exactly whats happening, only yourself.

    I am kind of dumb with math, how do I calculate a 10% decrease for each of my current doses?

    For example: If I am on .625mg for a couple weeks, how do I calculate 10% less of that?

    Or 10% less of .5mg?

    I plan on getting a pill cutter today, and cutting some into 1/4's ( .0625mg ).

    I thought I would add, I have been taking 3mg of melatonin before bed each night, and I will say it does seem to make me drowsy ( giving 45 minutes ), I wouldn't think this would hurt?

    I am going to buy a big calendar today and write my next couple of months schedule on it, and which doses I should be taking, on each day, just to make it most simple.

    So going from .75mg a day down to .625mg is a 8.3% cut, is that right? Just making sure I got it right

    Thanks again, you all are life savers

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    Calculating is easy. Take the decimal point and move it one number to the right for 10%. So for you .75mg current dose you would move it over once to .075. .075 is 10 % of .75. We know you cant get that with any accuracy which is why i suggested the .0625 taper which is 8.3%. .6875mg is your new dose. Move the decimal once to .06875 to see the next taper. The closest you will get with any accuracy is .0625which will make that taper just under 10% again. I have read people cutting into 8ths fyi, if these .0625 cuts are to big once they start becoming more than 10%.

    Just to make sure. You are not going from .75 to .625. You are cutting. 0625 from the .75. That is 1/4 of 1 pill each day for ? Until you feel stable. Days or weeks, it is up to you. Going to .625 would be a near 17% cut and again the worst that can happen from a smaller cut is you get used to the new taper faster.

    Again, your pace. Write the dosage on your calendar but do it in pencil so you can move the date if needed. This isnt a sprint. If you need extra time on a dose... spend extra time before the next taper. I would drop the night dose last as well but you need to keep it uniform. Once you taper the afternoon and morning dose, the night should come next. Dont get to be taking .25mg at night while your on say .0625 in the morning and afternoon. An even spread will keep the inter dose anxiety down.

    I have read people taking melatonin for sleep. I personally like magnesium because it help relax the mind and body. So better sleep, helps sore muscles relax and your brain relax. Magnesium citrate about 25mg 2 times a days works for me and keeps the side effect of loose bowls away. A full 400mg recommended dose would...well you can guess. Water soluble vitamin so anything extra in your body is eliminated in urine but if your stressing, you can bet your low on magnesium, most say over 50% of the country is. Good for the heart also I use magnesium topically for areas that hurt more than others. Can give you options if you want them as all are kot created equal but en epsom salt bath will do the trick also which is basically a magnesium bath.

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    I meant to say move the decimal point to the left. Right would put you on a 100%increase

    Not to sound all hippy and mother eath and stuff but you have to get yourself able to get your mind right when you panic. Youtube guided meditation for panic attacks and start meditation. I sometimes sit for hours listening to hippy mother eath music (I listen to heavy metal like pantera,slayer and megadeth) thinking about nothing but simply breathing in amd out. It is so much stress relief that it will put me to sleep. I could do it in the middle of walmart if i wasn't so self concious and thinking everyone would be looking at me (I know I would be )

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    Again Quagmir is giving excellent advice. I completely agree about the magnesium and the relaxation. I also think 3 mg of melatonin is fine FOR THE SHORT RUN. Do not take that much over a long period of time. If it gets over a week or even a month at most, go to 1 mg. Melatonin is a hormone and you don't want to overdo those. It just confuses your body's own hormone system. You might try other herbal relaxation aids such as valarian root or hops, there are lots, but if you try these things, always buy only highest quality most reputable brands.

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    Hey guys!
    Things are going not too bad at this moment, and wanted to touch base with you all. Recently spoke with my doctor and long story short, we both were on a mis-communication with each other. I had been taking 25mg Hydroxyzine along with .25mg xanax 3x a day. Then last week from now, it was more around 25mg hydrx 3x // .25xan 2x and .125 1x a day. ( Lowered xanax by .125 ). The miscommunication was she thought I was taking (5) x Hydroxyzine's a day along with up to no more than 1mg of xanax as needed. ( 2x hydroxyzine's I wasn't taking ). She said I should be taking these hydroxyzine's every few hours or so, or hours awake throughout the day divided by 5; that way it is in my system, and the up and downs shouldnt be as bad.
    So yesterday being the first day of it...my schedule was..
    11AM - 1 Hydrox, .25 Xanax
    2 P.M - 1 Hydrox
    [ Did a 7 mile bike ride 3-4P.M ]
    6 P.M - 1 H
    9 P.M - 1 H
    Midnight - 1 H, .125 Xanax

    As you can see, I was lowered by a significant amount of xanax, but had those 2 additional hydrox to plan in the day.

    She told me the goal is to use Hydroxyzine 5x a day, and to use xanax only if the hydroxyzine isn't sufficing, so use basically at your own leasure, with the exception of no more than 1mg a day, but the hydrox should be working most of the time..

    This is where we sort of did NOT see eye to eye. My mother did sit in on the conversation ( this last time ), and it sounded like my mother was the mediator between us two, because our personalities don't match per say, but to the point, my mother did tell her I had been stressed out with a few different things going on in my life, which is true. At that point, she had told my mother she saw OCD tendency's from me, and recommended a SSRI ( Lexipro ). I feel this wasn't OCD, just a mere anger from not understanding each other, but anyway, I rejected the SSRI and said I wouldn't take it. I am starting to wonder if this would be a wise idea, as she said she would start it at a low dose, but.. something about it repels me.

    Anyways, just thought I would update my thread and keep all who was involved, updated. Always appreciated, thanks.

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    Ssri are going to take some time to have full effect. Your cutting the benzos at a quick rate. Hard to te if they would kick in before you stop the benzos. If you are going to take it long term then that is a different story.


    I dont k ow how to answer this.

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    I can't speak for others, but personally I will never touch another SSRI.

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    May I ask why you will never touch a SSRI ?

    Just curious

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    Brain zaps. They call it "SSRI discontinuation syndrome".

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    Ah ok, just wondering. Just curious on if you have taken one before and weren't satisfied with the results.
    I myself have taken Celexa ( Citalopram ) at a very low dose for about a year. I honestly wasn't sure if it was even working or not. Only thing I would note on that for myself, is that I had a couple moments of "euphoria" when getting on it, and coming off of it, I honestly didn't notice anything. NOW xanax is a different story
    I just don't understand why doctors try to prescribe so much of this stuff when you mention "anxiety" to them. My original Family Care doctor put me on xanax for a spam of over 3 years, and 3 years later, I still had anxiety, except it seem to have gotten worse..then he wants to give me a SSRI...just doesn't make sense to me. Lets hook you on a drug, then give you an anti-depressant because that drug didn't work/temporarily worked, when really I and a few others only believe that its actually a matter of anxiety WD from xanax, opposed to I have a "Anxiety/Panic/Depression disorder." Anything I do anymore puts me into defense mode right away, its like I have to pre-plan whats ahead, to avoid something that might turn into a panic attack, or avoid a situation that limits medical resources available to me, to the point of immobilizing me. I just am curious on if anyone else tapering from xanax has ever felt the same way.
    And if so, have these people taken SSRI's or Anti-Seizure meds or anything for that matter. Its just hard to think that eventually the brain will adapt back to normal without this xanax drug..when tapering from it, seems to get worse and worse. I can only tell myself there is light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to you guys and the support, it helps the situation immensely.

    I guess thats how I see it. Anyways, haven't taken the Lexipro and still think I am going to keep at the xanax tapering.

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    Default Relax, I'm doing it too!! You'll be fine!

    Quote Originally Posted by jreeds26 View Post
    I tried asking a question, but it told me it would be under review, which has been more than a day, so I don't know whats going on there. Anyway >

    I was on .5mg xanax tabs for about 3 years and on also on a very low dose of 2.5mg citalopram for one year ( 2 years of xanax first )

    Eventually I was referred to a specialist for my anxiety. ( I have history of opiate abuse and alcohol abuse - which has been years ago but still ). The specialist recommended to stop xanax within a 16 day taper plan, which ended terrible and I was calling 911 left and right because my heart would just pound and I would just sit there, I was immobilized.

    I saw a different doctor and my new doctor said that plan was terrible for xanax taper and we have been doing the following plan with a lower dose of .25mg xanax and she also added 25mg of hydroxyzine ( benadryl ) to help.

    -Last 2 weeks: .25mg xanax and 25mg hydroxyzine 3x a day. First week I kept waking up with my heart racing in the middle of the night. Second week I finally slept a lot better.

    -Last few days: .25mg xanax and 25mg hydroxyzine 2x a day, followed by 2x hydroxyzine before bed. ( This helps get my very drowsy, BUT I always wake up in the middle of the night with panic episodes )

    -Yesterday: I saw the doctor and she recommended --> 1/2 - 1 tablet of 25mg hydroxyzine at AM, Noon, 5PM and 2x hydroxyzine before bed. --> .25mg tablet of xanax 2 - 3x a day. ( Very similar to last few days, but more flexibility)

    I guess my question is:

    Can anyone at all help my situation or help tell me how to further taper from 3x .25mg xanax a day?

    Please help if you can, I am very scared and this is consuming my life. If there is a better website to provide these questions, please let me know, I am all ears and very new to this. Thank you. - Jordan

    Jordan I don't really know why Xanax is prescribed anymore! I'll give you my insight, I got off opiates on a whim, then subs with the snap of my fingers (the time was terrible, but I did it!)

    Dosage: 100+ mg hydrocodone, 180+ mg roxycodone, 100 mg fetnyal patch, and 20 mg of Xanax. For the quit I took 30 mg of subutex a day.

    As for your doctor, smack her upside the head and tell her to prescribe you klonopin!!! Now Xanax is fast it's hits yah hard and leaves faster than a cheetah, with a maximum of 6 hours but we all know it's really 3. Konopin hits gradually and lasts all day long, a maximum of 18 hours
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    I have been taking Xanax for nearly fifteen years. I got up to 6 mg a day for a while. Anxiety went down some so I was on 3 mg for years. Suddenly I got news that restrictions demanded by government put providers at risk. Oh, I did and still do have anxiety problems. It seems Xanax along with some other meds worked. But they said no more Benzos. So, they tapered me down to now 0 .5mgs a day. I will tell you short term users that you should taper slowly off of them. The providers are willing to hand out pretty radical dangerous alternatives. Easy to go to if you're vulnerable. If I was on them 15 yrs.and down to practically nothing, you should to. Oh, I do get terrible bouts of anxiety. Can't hardly stand it. But let me tell you from experience, do not get on those things daily. Unless you have no other alternative. Do not take for a kick. You will be sorry. I hope somehow I can get control of anxiety. I think now I could get by with .5 mg 3 times a day. Better than higher doses. And can get off easier. But I do wish I never got on them. It just seemed the easy way to kick anxiety. But actually it was the worst. Pray for me you believers. And all the rest.

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    I don't think your Dr is telling you the truth. I get prescribed 8mg of xanax a day for 17 years. My Dr isn't lowering mine. Lowering your dose too fast or quitting suddenly causes seizures. I've seen it happen to my boyfriend. He use to steal my meds and would have a seizure on day 3 without them. There are some techniques on the internet to deal with anxiety without meds.

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