Hey all. My doctor just gave me a scrip for Xanax XR. I am kind of leary about taking this. I have had anxiety for on and off for 5 yrs. Lately they have been so bad that they tried putting me on leapro and effexor and both did not work...I had every side effect possible. So now I have been taking Ativan for when I have an attack and they seem to help some. That is why she is now putting me on Xanax. Has anyone had this med be4?? Can you give me some feedback on it or what should I expect from taking it? Thank you.
I take regular xanax not the xr but I'm sure someone here can give you more detail. From my exp. with xanax, it works well, better than ativan by far for me. The XR is the same med just longer lasting. I'm actually going to ask my doctor for that instead of the regular. With regular xanax it wears off quickly - like 3-5 hours depending on the person. For me it's about 4 hours. The XR doesn't wear off so quickly and from what I understand it's very smooth, no weird patches of med release. I'd try it and see. You've taken ativan so you know the thing about a little sleepiness at first. Good luck!
Xanax is waaaaay better than Ativan, it's generally considered stronger. The XR lasts longer than the original Xanax. I've had good results with Xanax XR (though my psych is switching me to his "preferred cocktail" of high-dose Klonopin and Ativan). Try it, I think you will be pleased. The first day or two you may feel a little off-balance, but you'll feel immediately calmer so you won't worry about that. After a few days, your body will get used to the Xanax XR and you'll just get the calming effects.
Thanks for the advise. I'm just scared of trying another drug and it not working for me. I am so tired of feeling this way. I will start taking it 2morrow...we shall see. I'll keep you posted....I'm sure I'll some more questions about it and what I'm feeling.
I am an extreme mediphobe, and I am taking Xanax now. It is the only one that doesn't lay me out with side effects. Honestly the only feeling I got out of it was drwsiness and relief from anxiety. I have only been taking a small dose for a month, so I am by no means an expert, but so far it is working great. Xanax XR is simly the extended release version of what I am taking and it should work even better than the regular xanax. I have to take it 4 x a day in order to keep my blood level up, so one pill would be a welcome relief. I am going to have my doc prescribe that next time as well. That is so much more conveinient. Oh yea, the drowsiness wears off, but the anxilytic effect doesn't, so don't worry if you are not tired anymore. It is still working.
They are only putting me on .5 mg....VERY LOW I guess to see how I react to it. Like I said before I hope this one works. I'm tired of this pain. I feel like I can't even live my own life because of it. Should I wait until the weekend to start taking it or will I be ok driving to work in the a.m. the first couple days on it??
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I've never taken either Xanax or the Xananx XR before. I have taken Ativan and I am thinking they are kind of the same. I didn't start taking them yet today, I haven't gotten to my pharmacy yet...but I will be taken them 2morrow.
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So today was my first day of the Xanax XR. So far I feel pretty good. I'm kind of tired but that could be becuase it's a rainy day outside I don't have any anxiety symptoms going on right now...so hopefully it's working.
You take the XR 2-3 times a day? I'm beginning to get frustrated with my regular release Xanax. My days have become very long and very stressful. Not good for a person with an anxiety disorder. The 3 tabs a day just isn't covering me. I'm afraid to tell my doctor though because I've heard that most people don't have to increase the dosage once they've found their therapeutic level, but there are some who become increasing tolerate and need to increase almost indefinitely. I hope I'm not one of those people.
It's just that Xanax only lasts 3 hours for me so 9 hours of relief is not enough. The dosing, 1mg t.i.d. isn't helping enough because I'm going through an extremely damanding and stressful period of my life. Maybe the 1 mg t.i.d. wasn't really my therapeutic level anyway. Maybe I do need more. I also had to increase to that amount when I started on Provigil for excessive day time sleepiness because it is somewhat stimulating.
I really need both to keep me functional, but I'm not sure he'd like to push the Xanax too much. I'm sad that I need medication to help me live the best quality of life I can have. Maybe eventually I can learn other methods of controlling my anxiety (I am doing some CBT anxiety techniques), and maybe the rough period of my life will die down. But right now, this is what I need.
How is the Cognitive Behavorial stuff working for you? I have been going to a doctor for over 3 months now. I have had no success really. In fact, my anxiety has just worsened over the 3 months I've been seeing him. I seem to have alot of chaos in my life right now, so I don't think he is at fault at all, just I am dealing with so much stuff the anxiety is just terrible.
I had deaths in the family, stress with with work, bought place, renovating, marriage troubles...you name it! haha
Anyway, I just wondered what kind of techniques that the CBT has been teaching you. I really only have some breathing excercises and just trying to talk myself through the attacks, like welcome them and know they will go away type of thing.
I am considering stopping the therapy because it's very expensive and I just don't see it's helping right now.
Hi Jealibeanz- No I am only to take the Xanax XR once a day in the morning. I think the regular Xanax could be taken a couple times a day. So far today it has worked for me...but it is only day one. I am the same way, I hate taking meds. I would love to find another way to deal with these attacks, rather then medication. But, I have to keep telling myself that this is just temporary and it's going to help me to get my life back. The way my doctor said it to me was "If you needed to take blood pressure medicine you would take it right?"
Girlwitstyle-Yes I have to say my therapist has been helping me see the big picture on things. I had no idea when and why I started to get these attacks. He is helping me see this. I wouldn't give up on it. Maybe you just need to find a different doctor...someone who you can really open to. This is my second one...first one didn't do anything for me.
I have found some things that have worked for me when I am having an attack. I live kind of close to the beach...so whenever things are getting bad I drive down to the ocean and just sit there...summer, winter...whenver. If it is so bad that I can't drive I have some of those relaxation cd's...nature sounds. I just put them on and lay down in a dark room and just clear my mind. I have to say the best thing that has been working for me this past month is coming on here and talking to everyone who in the same boat as me. It really does help to talk to people who understand what your going through. Don't give up!!!!!! You will beat this...we all will!!!!!!!
I know exactly what you mean about the regular Xanax. I too am going through a stressful period in my life and the way Iím taking the medication isn't working right anymore. I see the P-doctor Tuesday and hope to get things under control.
Iím prescribed 1mg 3 times a day. I have been waking up so sick and with a very high level of anxiety. This morning I woke up with a very scary anxiety attack with chest pain. It took about 3 hours to go away and had no choice but to take 2 1/2 mg. I felt fair the rest of the day but stayed inside. I never take more then my prescribed 3mg. So tonight I will take 1/2mg before bed. I wonder if me doing this the morning anxiety is beginning withdrawal since Xanax is so short acting.
Iím hoping the doctor puts me on something like Xanax XR. It seams more logical. I really donít want to increase my dosage my long term hopes is to get completely off it. I too hope to start CBT therapy. I heard good things about it. Take care Dave
PLEASE read my new thread "weaning off of Xanax." It should give you some idea about taking the med. It DOES take away panic and anxiety amazingly if you really, really need it. I was so happy with the results it gave me at first. Just please be careful and take the lowest dose possible.
Thank you for your advise on coming off the Xanax. I am on .5mg...I think that is the lowest dose. So far it seems to knock the edge off. I am still tired tho. It's been a week yesterday since I started taking them. I hope they work for me.
Let us know how htey work for you. The drowsiness should wear out and the .5 mg is a really low dose. You may have to up it later, but keep us informed. I am on the regular Xanax and am considering switching to the XR version. Did you find it much more expensive? I take 1.5 mg per day right now and so far it has worked wonders. I may increase to 2 soon though because mild anxiety has been plaguing me since I started weight lifting again. I think exercise metabolizes the drug faster. Anyway, let us know how you feel. From your last post you seem to be doing OK.