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ARRGGHH! I know what you mean. What has helped me tremendously is the Xanax XR (extended release), you can start with a .5MG in the morning. Also, I take 2.5 MG of Prozac (liquid form) at night and everything is normal. I know it's a long road...I'm extremely sensitive to side effects....hence the low dose of prozac...I started at 2 drops a night! Bottom line is that I have been able to slowly taper the Xanax because of the anti-anxiety effects of the Prozac. I've gone from 1.5 Xanax to 1.0 and in the next few weeks will taper to the .5 Xanax...just letting you know what worked for me because I too had that constant jittery, anxious feeling and thats' no way to live. At first I was suspect of Prozac's effect on anxiety because I did try it at the standard 20mg dose for weeks and I felt even worse (panic attacks etc.) I have learned that this amount was an overdose for me. The devil is in the dosing...it's either a poison or a godsend. Don't give up and don't stress about the Xanax...myself and others are living proof that taking this (yes even long term) will NOT put you on Skid Row!
Thanks for the responses from both of you! Hry33, I can always count on you for a reply! Bondgrll, we've talked before about the xanax xr. Are you now getting off of that? My dr. said we could try that next. I have regular alprazolam to take with the effexor. I don't have a problem taking the alprazolam. I am more concerned with taking the effexor. I am scared about weight gain, and if you've read the post on depression about effexor withdrawals, it is very scary! My dr. won't give me prozac. He said like wellbutrin, it is too stimulating for anxiety. But....my gyn said wellbutrin works just fine for anxiety/panic. It is all so confusing.
Bondgrll, is the liquid prozac still working for you? I don't know how to suggest that to my gp. Like I said before, he thinks prozac will be too stimulating for me, but I guess he is talking about the regular form and not the liquid. Is the liquid prozac good enough for anxiety that you don't need the xanax or the xanax xr at all? Please respond!
American Dancer, Prozac is stimulating at high doses. I had tried to take the standard 20MG pill and was out of my mind for over two weeks...it was totally stimulating and even brought on panic attacks....but also made you lethargic and tired...very unpleasant combinations. However, the only way to get small doses that are effective for anxiety is to get the liquid because you can then literally start at 2 drops and increase every 3-4 days to get to a reasonable dose (5mg). Needless to say I was suspect because of the experience I had before with Prozac....but again, this was a liquid, a teeny, tiny amount and I would take it at night. It's worked beautifully so far and I am at 5 drops (about 1 MG) and have already been able to cut the Xanax XR dosage down from 1MG to 1/2 MG on my own. I feel ready to eliminate the Xanax completely but the DR. said just be patient until we get to 12 weeks and then get off completely. I'm amazed at the results so far. The psychiatrist looked me sqaure in the eye and said "I KNOW for a fact that Prozac at low doses can be extremely effective for anxiety so you'll have to trust me." He said that many GPs mistakenly believe/prescribe at high doses (20MG or above) and that WILL be stimulating...especially someone who feels anxious. But I will tell you, I'd much rather think about taking some drops of Prozac every night for the rest of my life than go down the Benzo route longer than necessary. And you're right to be cautious about the Effexor...