The docs don't like to prescribe it since long term it could be addicting, according to them. I take .5 Xanax before bedtime so I can sleep. The AD's sometimes cause insomnia and you need something for sleep. The first time I went to a pdoc I asked him about Xanax [I had never taken it] and he would not give it to me. I changed Pdocs and got a prescription. If you don't misuse it, you should be able to have it. I would change doctors and tell your doc that's the reason why; you need a small amount for anxiety or sleep. Unless he comes up with it, or another answer, just go elsewhere. Good luck.
A doc I seen a few months ago perscribed me Effexor 75mg and Xanax 3x .5 each night. He told me it would help me sleep. Long story short...I suffered horrible symptoms and I don't take either! I never really needed Xanax anyway as I rarely suffer from anxiety and when I was on Effexor I could have slept 24hrs a day!
Yeah - some docs are weird. Mine, however, is xanax happy!
I was on .5 lat year, then up to .5 twice a day...now I take 2MG at bedtime!
Your primary care doc should be able to prescribe if you tell him. either that or switch pdocs - a pdoc who is afraid of giving out a med is making a blanket assumption on all his patients rather then treating them individually.
I've taken Xanax for years for anxiety. I started taking 3 .5mg/day then went to 4,5 then 6 .5mg/day after my Dad died and a boyfriend dropped me. A friend told me to take Klonopin instead of Xanax because Xanax stays in your system only about 5 hrs, whereas Klonopin stays in your system twice as long. I just started taking Klonopin because a few hours after I took Xanax I would get anxious again.
I've heard other bad things about Xanax-just watch that you don't over do it.
Hope this helps.
I take Remeron and Ativan now, but, I did take Klonopin for several months because it does stay in your system longer and because of my bad panic attacks my Dr thought it would be a better med for me.. The odd thing about Klonopin for me was it made me very sad.. So, I went back to Ativan.. I've never heard anyone else say this about Klonopin, but, I thought I'd add my 2 cents about it.. I hope you don't mind..