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Old 11-04-2006, 03:40 PM   #1
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Please help! I am switching from xanax xr to xanax(reg.) and then nothing eventually.

Hi all,
I am a 22 year old male and I have had anxiety for about 3 years. I have been taking 0.5 mg Xanax XR once a day for 3 years as well. I am a pipemaker and woodworker. I work at home and I usually work late at night so I am not bothered my family. I always take the .5 mg. xanax xr at 8 AM , then I go back to sleep til 12 NOON.When I wake up at 8 AM to take my med. I am usually up for about 30 min. to an hour without the med in my system. I feel fine. I dont understand why I wouldn't feel withdrawals. I also feel better at night when the med isn't working anymore. Please help. Thanks.

I am also agoraphobic (house-bound for 2 years) and due to my condition my doctor is refusing to refill my xanax. I havent been to a doctor in about 2 years so I other doctors wont prescribe without seeing me.This means I either endure the extreme stress of going to the doctor or just get off the xanax and live my life drug free. I am medically dependant on this med but I have been feeling great lately. I am trying to switch from one daily dose of 0.5 mg xanax xr to 0.125 mg xanax(reg.) 4X a day.
Is this the same dose as I was taking before. Or is it too much of a taper. I have no idea. I just want to get off this crap. I am really freaked out because I dont want to be sick or have seizures. I am not epileptic or prone to seizures so I dont think that will happen. I would like all the info that you folks can produce. I have researched this for the past 3 months but I need personal experience advice.

I would also like to know the safest and best way to taper off this dose. I have about (60) 0.5 mg. reg. xanax to work with. Please help me. I have come so far in my journey to recovery from anxiety and agoraphobia. Thank you all very much in advance. Good luck in your endeavors and recovery!

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Old 11-05-2006, 11:23 AM   #2
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Re: Please help! I am switching from xanax xr to xanax(reg.) and then nothing eventually.

You need to wean down very sloooowly or you will go into withdrawls.Benzodiazepine withdrawls can be deadly so take care when you're doing this.Just make sure that you come of it gradually.If you can,valium is the benzo that doctors suggest you switch to as it has a long half life and you don't to take i.e. 4 times a day.Good luck to you and take your time.....Dave

Old 11-05-2006, 02:28 PM   #3
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Re: Please help! I am switching from xanax xr to xanax(reg.) and then nothing eventually.

i dontreally have a choice. I only have 60- 0.5mg xanax (quick acting) to work with. My doc wont prescribe anything. I have tons of propranolol for the PVCs(palpitations). I only take 10 mg. of propranolol a day in the morning.

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