Re: Low dose Xanax at night for sleep/anxiety
I agree with Gingertea. I've been on Xanax off and on for 10 years, and recently the psychiatrist I saw (for nightmares) told me to take .25-.5mg every night before bed. I take closer to .5mg most of the time. The nightmares are greatly reduced, and I sleep much better. Xanax is not dangerous. Its only bad if you take it when you DON'T need it. Some people abuse it, and that is where these types of drugs get their bad name. If you ONLY take it AS NEEDED, like Gingertea said, its much better for you than constant stress and anxiety. I came to realize that long ago. The stress was wearing me down emotionally and physically. I also take Xanax a couple of times a week on average for anxiety and/or panic attacks. Its a great rescue drug, and it does make me more like a normal person, instead of freaking out over every little thing. .25mg, by the way, is the lowest dose Xanax comes in. So you are on a very low dose, if that makes you feel better. You will not get physically dependent on Xanax unless you take it daily for months. Even then, some people don't get dependent. Even if this happens, however, all you have to do is GRADUALLY wean yourself off it. (Never stop taking it suddenly after being on it on a daily basis). You won't get any withdrawal symptoms as long as you only reduce your dose by maybe one pill a week, at the most. I've done that in the past, and had no problems whatsoever. Xanax has helped so many people to be able to cope, including me. If you need it, don't hesitate to let it help you.