Re: Question about Safe Xanax Use
I think Xanax is ok to take for a while, but there is medication which is far more effective for GAD long term, such as an SSRI. Something like Prozac or Zoloft is not just for depression, but they had been found to help you a lot with GAD and panick attack, and I can tell you from personal experience, they work. I was put on Zoloft for panic attacks and in the begining I took a benzo (like Xanax) to help me feel more stable. After abou three weeks I stopped taking the benzo alltogether and simply stayed on Zoloft, which is not addictive, like Xanax. Even if it is addictive, it's not as terrible as people make it out to be, and there are people that take benzo's for years and years and are quite happy with it. But they are aware of the dosage and know how to taper off in case they need to (VERY slowly). So if nothing else works, you can choose to stay on it, but I would talk to your doctor and address other medications before you stay on the Xanax for a long time.