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Horrible depression when using Alprazolam (Xanax)

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Old 05-16-2009, 12:24 PM   #1
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Horrible depression when using Alprazolam (Xanax)

I have been on antidepressants for 15 years - Zoloft, Paxil, now Lexapro. I really like the Lexapro. I'm on a very low dose, 10 mg and have been for nearly 2 years, but it works for me. At one time, I did try to move up to 20 mg but experienced horrible mood swings and agitation. After 6 weeks of that, I had enough and decided it wasn't necessary.

For nearly a year I've been dealing with an addict in my life, got a new job, and have been super stressed out. I started taking Alprazolam a lot, just a half milligram but that was enough to help with the anxiety and make me sleep. I noticed that my body started getting anxious when I didn't take it. Well, after nearly 2 months of continually popping Alpraz. a couple times a day, I started getting incredibly depressed on top of my anxiety. I kept thinking the pharmacy must have given me something else besides my Lexapro because it just wasn't working. I was up late at night in bed, crying for no reason, hating life and thinking about suicide. 5 days ago, I started reading up on Xanax and whether or not it causes depression. I found quite a few testimonials about how it did just that. I decided to stop taking it and after about the 2nd day, I started feeling pretty good, got my motivation back, stopped being so horribly depressed. I have other issues to deal with in my life that are causing my anxiety, but I am done with Alprazolam!!! It was just awful, was totally ruining my personal life and my work life. I have never felt so bad in my life. Thank goodness I don't have an addictive personality because I know that many people become addicted to benzos. Not me, it became a "habit" for me to pop one, I thought I needed it, but it just made things worse.

That is my experience and I wanted to share it, in case anyone else is taking Xanax and is feeling the same way.


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Old 05-26-2009, 08:56 PM   #2
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Re: Horrible depression when using Alprazolam (Xanax)

I have noticed if I take Xanax too often I start feeling quite depressed also!! I have cut back on taking it only when the anxiety is really bad.

Old 05-27-2009, 08:14 PM   #3
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Re: Horrible depression when using Alprazolam (Xanax)

It works pretty well for me, but I don't take it everyday. Xanax is a drug you have to be careful with. It can easily become a crutch for killing normal feelings of anxiety that you should just deal with yourself. It's better to only use it for more severe anxiety.

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