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    cassilynn1728 is offline New Member
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    I know I'm going to sound incredibly stupid. I have a variety of issues and have tried different meds every time my doctor told me to. I have a pill pushing doctor that sees me for 5 minutes every 3 months. I do a lot of research on my own due to this. I have cut a lot of drugs cold turkey like topamax, lamictal, trileptal, and a number of sleep aids. I usually end up with a couple of >>>>>> days, but feel okay quickly. Unfortunately, I have been on Xanax for approximately 7 years I believe. Various dosages that got higher as time went on. The highest was 2 mg throughout the day. I tried taking it on an "as needed" basis. My prescriptions said as needed. Then my doctor threatened to take it completely if I didn't take them as prescribed. .5 four times a day. Apparently the as needed part of it was a subjective thing? It took him a long time to realize I wasn't taking that much so I have a lot of extra Xanax. There was an issue at my last appointment. A drug screening due to being a county facility. I was unable to urinate in front of someone. Although I offered any other test for drug screening, they wouldn't budge. I made myself sick on water trying to force it. They told me all I would lose is Xanax, but my important medication in my mind is my anti depressants. So I figured oh well. I'll go off of it. It's not like I'm taking much. Heck, I didn't even want it before so maybe it's a sign to get rid of it. I didn't think at that amount it would be an issue. I just didn't take it. By the next day I was a mess. I ended up giving in and said I'd take .5 a day for a few days to see if I could make the transition easier. A few days into hell, I looked to the Internet for answers and realized my plan sucked. But now I'm almost a week in and allowing .5 daily. I really don't want to start taking more to taper after making it this far. I know I'm stupid as all get out. But looking to see if anyone has any advice on how I should proceed, what I can do to make it less ugly, or how long I'm going to be in bad shape. Although the obvious answer is talking to my doctor, it's a weekend, he isn't in until Thursday, and I'm just random patient he sees for a few minutes to keep the drugs. We have insurance. It doesn't cover mental, so after being with him for years, I just kept going because full price there was less than anywhere else. I should have looked into detoxing slowly. It's not like I don't have plenty of it. Any advice is greatly appreciated, even though it's my stupid decision that caused this mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cassilynn1728 View Post
    I know I'm going to sound incredibly stupid. I have a variety of issues and have tried different meds every time my doctor told me to. I have a pill pushing doctor that sees me for 5 minutes every 3 months. I do a lot of research on my own due to this. I have cut a lot of drugs cold turkey like topamax, lamictal, trileptal, and a number of sleep aids. I usually end up with a couple of >>>>>> days, but feel okay quickly. Unfortunately, I have been on Xanax for approximately 7 years I believe. Various dosages that got higher as time went on. The highest was 2 mg throughout the day. I tried taking it on an "as needed" basis. My prescriptions said as needed. Then my doctor threatened to take it completely if I didn't take them as prescribed. .5 four times a day. Apparently the as needed part of it was a subjective thing? It took him a long time to realize I wasn't taking that much so I have a lot of extra Xanax. There was an issue at my last appointment. A drug screening due to being a county facility. I was unable to urinate in front of someone. Although I offered any other test for drug screening, they wouldn't budge. I made myself sick on water trying to force it. They told me all I would lose is Xanax, but my important medication in my mind is my anti depressants. So I figured oh well. I'll go off of it. It's not like I'm taking much. Heck, I didn't even want it before so maybe it's a sign to get rid of it. I didn't think at that amount it would be an issue. I just didn't take it. By the next day I was a mess. I ended up giving in and said I'd take .5 a day for a few days to see if I could make the transition easier. A few days into hell, I looked to the Internet for answers and realized my plan sucked. But now I'm almost a week in and allowing .5 daily. I really don't want to start taking more to taper after making it this far. I know I'm stupid as all get out. But looking to see if anyone has any advice on how I should proceed, what I can do to make it less ugly, or how long I'm going to be in bad shape. Although the obvious answer is talking to my doctor, it's a weekend, he isn't in until Thursday, and I'm just random patient he sees for a few minutes to keep the drugs. We have insurance. It doesn't cover mental, so after being with him for years, I just kept going because full price there was less than anywhere else. I should have looked into detoxing slowly. It's not like I don't have plenty of it. Any advice is greatly appreciated, even though it's my stupid decision that caused this mess.
    Please read the following thread that I just posted to, the same information applies to you as well - https://www.drugs.com/forum/benzodia...day-72941.html

    My recommendation is to take enough xanax to where you feel stable with little to no withdrawal symptoms. Stay at the dose for a week or so then start the slow taper of 5-10% every 7-10 days. Update when you can? Take care... God bless us all!

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