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    Old 01-04-2004, 12:51 PM   #1
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    High Doses Of Xanax...Need help Lowering My dose ASAP...Help!!

    I have been on Xanax for approx 8 years now. I started on a dosage of .5 3 X's a day, then 4 times a day. I then started ordering Xanax online because My Doctor would not up my dose and recognize my severe panic attacks I have.
    I am now taking anywere from 6 to 12 Mg'` per day and I know I have to stop and get back down to .5 4 X's aday. This is going to be a living HELL. Any help would be greaty appriciated. HELP-HELP-HELP-!!!
    Help!

    Mike.

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    Old 01-04-2004, 01:29 PM   #2
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    Re: High Doses Of Xanax...Need help Lowering My dose ASAP...Help!!

    There are 3 important things you need to know or do. 1) Detoxing from benzos can be dangerous Do it under a doctors direction. 2) Switch to a longer acting benzo such as klonopin or valium. 3) Go down very slow. The details really should be filled in by an addictionologist

     
    Old 01-04-2004, 01:32 PM   #3
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    Thanks for the info, I can't tell my pain management Dr. of my dosage.

    I`m screwed.

     
    Old 01-04-2004, 02:17 PM   #4
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    Re: High Doses Of Xanax...Need help Lowering My dose ASAP...Help!!

    Be very very careful. I had a seizure once which may have been from Wellbutrin or from stopping Xanax (never found out for sure) But I had been on a very low dose of xanax and had stopped at least a week before. If I had been driving someone could have died. I lost all consciousness (I was at my office). Please, please for your and others' safety, do taper carefully.

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    Old 01-04-2004, 02:22 PM   #5
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    Re: High Doses Of Xanax...Need help Lowering My dose ASAP...Help!!

    Thank you Rosietee

     
    Old 01-04-2004, 04:59 PM   #6
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    Re: High Doses Of Xanax...Need help Lowering My dose ASAP...Help!!

    I agree with Yinsky about tapering slowly using the Heather Ashton's "Benzodiazepines, How They Work And How To Withdraw. Follow Yinsky's instructions on searching for it. I would print it out and take it to your doctor.

    Is the pain dr you mentioned a different dr that prescribed the Xanax...I'm assuming they were prescribed but I know that is not necessarily the only way to get them. I certainly got them all different ways.

    Are you also trying to get off pain meds too?

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    Old 01-05-2004, 08:16 AM   #7
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    Re: High Doses Of Xanax...Need help Lowering My dose ASAP...Help!!

    you should tell your doc...mine is there to help me and my openess with him will help me beat my disease..he has become a good freind even outside of his occupation..although he is a recovering addict also...chef

     
    Old 01-05-2004, 08:24 PM   #8
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    Re: High Doses Of Xanax...Need help Lowering My dose ASAP...Help!!

    I know it's hard to be honest w/your doctor. I've been there with the lortab issue. Once you tell him and you taper as scheduled... Do you think he will continue to prescribe the normal amount or do you think he will take you completely off of them and try a strong anti depressant designed for anxiety? I think I would be more comfortable going to a stranger (doctor) and telling him. Unless, you feel comfortable with your doc and have a good relationship. It just depends but yes, you need to tell a doctor so they can help you. I watched my aunt have a seizure because she had the flu and couldn't hold down her Xanax for about 5 days and she was only taking 1 mg per day but she seized because of cold turkey withdrawing. It was one of the scariest things in the world, watching that. Just be careful ( I know, all you need right now are more things to be anxious about... trust me) but I would talk to your own or find another one that will help you.

     
    Old 01-05-2004, 09:38 PM   #9
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    Re: High Doses Of Xanax...Need help Lowering My dose ASAP...Help!!

    mj

    benzos are tough and dangerous to get off w/o medical help.
    Along time ago I was addicted to them and I didn't take very many.
    Thing about xanax is they can cause rebound anxiety and they stay in our body for a short period of time, so you feel as if you need to take another in 3 hours or so.
    As someone said, switch to a longer acting benzo-klonopin - I take klonopin - have been for a long time, but haven't upped my dose. Have stayed at 1 mg/day for a very long time.
    Murphy

     
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