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Hi - can anyone give me some insight into the use of Xanax. I have just been prescribed a months supply for 2 a day 60 pills. I understand the dosage is very low 0.5, does that sound correct. I have an addictive personality as it is, although I am going through a very stressful time with a newly diagnosed autistic son. Any advise on how to use this without becoming dependent would be helpful.

Thanks.
It is very difficult to NOT get addicted to xanax. Xanax is very addicting.
I feel for you because of your daily struggles with your son. However, please try to find another solution for your stress and anxiety. Xanax (benzos) is the #1 addictive RX and getting off it takes months to a year. Even at a low dose, you will get addicted fast.

Please read all of the horror stories from the board.
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Hi - can anyone give me some insight into the use of Xanax. I have just been prescribed a months supply for 2 a day 60 pills. I understand the dosage is very low 0.5, does that sound correct. I have an addictive personality as it is, although I am going through a very stressful time with a newly diagnosed autistic son. Any advise on how to use this without becoming dependent would be helpful.

Thanks.



All xanax does to me is knock me out.
(even at the dosage you are taking). Does it make you drowsey????
Sounds to me like you need to be alert to take care of your son,
plus xanax is addictive.
What about an anti-depressant?
Hey there...Concerning your question about xanax...I also agree with the previous posts , and Wind- I had to admit I had a good laugh at your last
reply , you are exactly " straight ,sober to the point ! "...yes often times,
patients are rxd benzos,ADs as first line tx without even considering some
of the " non-chemical approaches " to reducing anxiety,stress,etc..eating
healthy,exercise regulary,yoga,mediatation,therapy," walking it off " ,etc..
However, if one MUST use a benzo as rxed by their PCP - try asking your
doc about a benzo with a longer half-life (such as diazepam,clonazepam,etc..)
the extremely short half-life of alprazolam is indeed one of the many traits
that lends to its high rate of " abuse/dependence/escalating dosages,etc.)..
However, as the previous posters replied I am in total agreement as to a
benzo being used until "..all else has failed.."..Hey Wind, on a personal note,
if I ever make it to an AA meeting , could use a " sponsor " such as yourself..
I have always respected your posts/replies,etc...

Peace..Recovery & Serenity to All...Chris :p
To Windysan,

Believe me if I could do no chemicals I would, I take Zoloft for depression and everytime I try to taper off I become unwound - I do not have an addiction to antidepressants, I have a chemical imbalance. I have tried yoga, meditation, exercise etc, in order to live a balanced life, but unfortunately I have a chemical imbalance that requires medication. Secondly, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children ages 5, 3 and 2 whom, even if I do say so myself, I take care of beautifully. Unfortunately, due to no doing of my own, my son does have some issues and at this time I feel I need a little extra help with my stress levels. My question was regarding the addictiveness of Xanax, if anyone has any better suggestions on something that would temporarily help with perhaps less addictive side affects, I would appreciate knowing.

BTW, I see many people on this board have only themselves to be responsible for yet still need help in some way or another and I am sure they would all love to use no chemicals. Sometimes it is necessary, all I was looking for was a little advice to help me over the hump, especially due to the fact that I have an addictive nature.
Thank you for the information on the Xanax, it was exactly what I was looking for. I can see after taking it for a couple of days that it has a very short half-life and the urge to take more to retain the same effect could be VERY addicting. Do you think valium is any better? My Dr. also recommended something called "clonopin" does that sound right? Any advice/info would be appreciated.

Thanks
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To Windysan,

Believe me if I could do no chemicals I would, I take Zoloft for depression and everytime I try to taper off I become unwound - I do not have an addiction to antidepressants, I have a chemical imbalance. I have tried yoga, meditation, exercise etc, in order to live a balanced life, but unfortunately I have a chemical imbalance that requires medication. Secondly, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children ages 5, 3 and 2 whom, even if I do say so myself, I take care of beautifully. Unfortunately, due to no doing of my own, my son does have some issues and at this time I feel I need a little extra help with my stress levels. My question was regarding the addictiveness of Xanax, if anyone has any better suggestions on something that would temporarily help with perhaps less addictive side affects, I would appreciate knowing.

BTW, I see many people on this board have only themselves to be responsible for yet still need help in some way or another and I am sure they would all love to use no chemicals. Sometimes it is necessary, all I was looking for was a little advice to help me over the hump, especially due to the fact that I have an addictive nature.


Zoloft itself can cause stress, this is why many who take SSRi's end up on benzos like Xanax as well. Serotonin is a powerful vasoconstrictor and excitatory neurotransmitter. Vasoconstriction will cause narrowing of blood vessels, causing stress on the heart to pump blood harder.

Anyway, over time, the brain does become dependant on an SSRi so trying to quit is either impossible for some or a long, drawn out process for others. But alot of people do patiently taper off them successfully and feel better for it.

But since you have decided to stick with Zoloft, just be mindful that benzos like Xanax are indeed very addictive, so never up the dosage (.5 is a smaller dose) and try to take only as needed to reduce chances of dependancy.
Please do not take the Xanax!!! My mother was on them for 30 years and had to be admitted to a pysch unit to get off of them. She still had problems after she came home.
Benzo's are indeed difficult to to come off of. I had a heck of a time 20 years ago getting off Xanax. I still use Xanax but only if I have a PA.
xanax is addictive as cocaine and as hard a withdrawal as heroin according to addictionologist. buyer beware.

PS. Occasionally, I'll read stories about someone who doesn't have a problem w/ xanax but if you dig deeper, you'll discover they've never completely tried to get off the drug or they use it only once in awhile. reader beware.
I used to be an actively drinking alcoholic up until 1998.I didnt do "anything" except the occasional coffee for 5 years.With my clearer thinking and non-drugged mind I started remembering things that I guess I blocked out as a child.Like my mom leaving me alone for days at atime while she went to her BF's to do needles, moms BF choking me until I blacked out, etc...
I have been contemplating things and suicide sounds easier than going thru all the therapy they say I will need.
My shrink recomended 4 books, 3 of which he said "are the pillars of what they do"
I have read one of them already called "The Adult Children of Alcoholics" or ACoA...I did some of the excercises in this book and take it really seriously, it helps.
the other ones are 1) The anxiety & Phobia Workbook
2) The Feeling Good Handbook
3) Asserting Yourself
I found all of them on ebay and they were all only a couple dollars with one being $6.50....
The Xanax is a good turbocharger to dealing with the things that are causing you stress, like feeling out of control, depression, cloud of anxiety looming over you all the time, etc...
Now i just started taking Zoloft, Celexa, and Xanax.
The Xanax just knocks me out, I don't feel "High" from it at all! It just makes me need to go to lay down.But I was told by my shrink that people who have had alot of trauma and stress in their lives it will do this to them.
I have done cocaine before 1998 about 10-20 times that I remember, but I was always drunk when I did it, never did it sober ever.
I used LSD over 100 times as a teenager and after a really bad trip or two that was enough for me, I feared having a bad trip where i felt demons chasing me and stuff like that.
I have panic disorder, anxiety disorder, depression, now.
So I welcomed anything that would keep me from drinking again, I felt as though I was going crazy, and drinking would probably make me forget alot of what I am going to have to deal with...
If you are a highly addictive person I would not "EVER" take more than your doctor has prescribed, and if you can take it less than he prescribed.
I hope my rambling here can show you something, I don't know where you are at...assertiveness training, even on your own with the asserting yourself book will do wonders for you...but its all how much you think you can handle facing right now...its a long hard road and might freak the crap out of you, but just think of how much more you can do in life if you are "normal".
sorry for the rambling, I am new to all of this myself so don't really have much experience to share...but you sound like you might be in a similar stage of life....so I thought I would write what I can....
take care of yourself!!! Your not doing as bad as you may feel you are!!!
You just need to learn ways of dealing with it, and alone its hard to come up with ideas to help yourself, especially if you have that cloud of anxiety and confusion hovering over you like I do :confused:
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I used to be an actively drinking alcoholic up until 1998.I didnt do "anything" except the occasional coffee for 5 years.With my clearer thinking and non-drugged mind I started remembering things that I guess I blocked out as a child.Like my mom leaving me alone for days at atime while she went to her BF's to do needles, moms BF choking me until I blacked out, etc...
I have been contemplating things and suicide sounds easier than going thru all the therapy they say I will need.
My shrink recomended 4 books, 3 of which he said "are the pillars of what they do"
I have read one of them already called "The Adult Children of Alcoholics" or ACoA...I did some of the excercises in this book and take it really seriously, it helps.
the other ones are 1) The anxiety & Phobia Workbook
2) The Feeling Good Handbook
3) Asserting Yourself
I found all of them on ebay and they were all only a couple dollars with one being $6.50....
The Xanax is a good turbocharger to dealing with the things that are causing you stress, like feeling out of control, depression, cloud of anxiety looming over you all the time, etc...
Now i just started taking Zoloft, Celexa, and Xanax.
The Xanax just knocks me out, I don't feel "High" from it at all! It just makes me need to go to lay down.But I was told by my shrink that people who have had alot of trauma and stress in their lives it will do this to them.
I have done cocaine before 1998 about 10-20 times that I remember, but I was always drunk when I did it, never did it sober ever.
I used LSD over 100 times as a teenager and after a really bad trip or two that was enough for me, I feared having a bad trip where i felt demons chasing me and stuff like that.
I have panic disorder, anxiety disorder, depression, now.
So I welcomed anything that would keep me from drinking again, I felt as though I was going crazy, and drinking would probably make me forget alot of what I am going to have to deal with...
If you are a highly addictive person I would not "EVER" take more than your doctor has prescribed, and if you can take it less than he prescribed.
I hope my rambling here can show you something, I don't know where you are at...assertiveness training, even on your own with the asserting yourself book will do wonders for you...but its all how much you think you can handle facing right now...its a long hard road and might freak the crap out of you, but just think of how much more you can do in life if you are "normal".
sorry for the rambling, I am new to all of this myself so don't really have much experience to share...but you sound like you might be in a similar stage of life....so I thought I would write what I can....
take care of yourself!!! Your not doing as bad as you may feel you are!!!
You just need to learn ways of dealing with it, and alone its hard to come up with ideas to help yourself, especially if you have that cloud of anxiety and confusion hovering over you like I do :confused:


Xanax is basically alcohol in a pill, a downer, that's why you don't get high, it's not a stimulant like cocaine or speed. Be careful with it, especially since you are a former alcoholic. It's effects are short-lived and require larger doses eventually.

Zoloft and Celexa are SSR's, I am surprised you take both because too much serotonin in the brain can cause problems. But I guess right now your doses are low. Problem is, when saying you shouldn't take more than prescribed doses, those can eventually go up as tolerance(aka poop out) develops over time.

You've been through alot. Your mother did not put you first, which is sad. The drug abuse didn't help you either.

I hope you can recover successfully someday! Take care.
I was in out-patient rehab for alcohol when I discovered I was addicted to Xanax. I started having panic attacks around age 30. A shrink hooked me up with Xanax, and my MD agreeably wrote me a script whenever I asked for one. Panic attacks gone. But I figured I was keeping them away with a Xanax a day. 14 yrs later, in rehab for alcohol, the counselor discovered how much Xanax I was taking and then I met others who were addicted to Xanax. I had no idea Xanax was addictive. Withdrawal was a freaking nightmare...I hurt for months, and to make it worse, had terrible panic attacks. 8 years later all is well, but I'm still impressed and horrified by the power of Xanax.
I have taken xanax for a very long time prescribed 1.5mg a day but usually take less have never needed to increase my dosage and can go days with out it...I dont think it is that addictive unless you have an addictive personality. If it is used as it is prescribed or less then prescribed you will never have a problem with it.
UUUHHH-OHHHH,
Can't wait to see the responses to your post,guiness.I think you'll have some people disagreeing with you.Addictive personalities aside-which of course increases the risk of addiction-you are very lucky you haven't developed a chemical dependancy on this stuff.Actually,Xanax IS very addicting,and a benzo addiction is one of the worst to have!!The key is to take these drugs EXACTLY as prescribed,but in reality,even THAT won't safeguard you from a gradual chemical dependancy(NOT addiction,mind you,but a physiological dependance).But,anyway,good for you for being able to maintain your dose,and take these things only as prescribed/as needed.Take care,

Stacie
Howard doesn't come around here much anymore because he is having MAJOR problems because of Xanax. Some people develop serious problems after taking only small doses over a short period of time. Don't ever underestimate Xanax....the stuff is evil.
Alrighty, I am confused :confused: I have been on Wellbutrin SR 400mgs a day for at least 8 months now, and I also take xanax..I am up to the highest dosage recommended by my doctor...4mgs a day...I don't really think I'm addicted to it, but I guess I'm not sure....the reason I took the xanax in the first place was to help out until the Wellbutrin kicked in...but now I take it because I feel shortness of breath...every 4 hours or so I feel the need to take another xanax...once in awhile I do take 5, but I try not to let that happen....but other than shortness of breath, I don't have any other problems...Now do you guys consider this addicted? I was told by someone once that they thought the shortness of breath was a side effect of the Wellbutrin...I of course told my doctor about the shortness of breath problem and he didn't seem to think it to be a problem...I went through hell last winter, and I don't think he wants to switch my meds again, and I would have to say I totally agree with him...Any advice here would be welcome.
And by the way....I sleep at night very well...I never wake up feeling the need to take a xanax....so from these signs, I think I'm ok...right?
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I guess I'm a bit confused as to why do people want to get off the drug if your not having problems or side effects from the drug...if it helps a persons anxiety, I don't see the reason to get off of it.


It's like asking if, just because you aren't an alcoholic, why you shouldn't drink those two martinis with dinner every night.

Actually, a doctor once described benzos such as Xanax as merely being alcohol in a pill form....much more potent than the drink. They are very simular; effecting GABA receptors and are nervous system depressants.

The drugs have bad effects on health, and also tend to actually cause a worsening anxiety conditon over time. They lower anxiety and seizure thresholds; interfer with important stage 3, 4 and REM sleep; the extend stage 2 sleep. The sleep they provide is anesthetic in nature. Without proper stages of sleep, especially stages 4 and REM, all sorts of health/mental problems can emerge over time.

I know it's confusing, but studies have proven benzodiazepines lose their effectivness over time. So what does that mean? That means the anxiety symptoms a person may suffer from upon missing a dose, a day or two, etc. may actually be rebound anxiety from not getting the drug, not the original condition. That's physical dependancy, or what some people call addiction.

Physical dependancy is a component of addiction but not actual addiction. Actual addiction in it's true definition must include compulsive/drug seeking/social and euphoria-seeking behaviors to be real addiction. Physical dependancy is just the body getting used to having a chemical ingested on a regular basis.....so dependancy can not be true addiction.

Tolerance is another issue that makes people want off, as they realize increased dosages soon become effective. Tolerance can develop even after years of same dose, same drug, and can quickly spiral down into a serious problem when not only dosage doesn't work, but it brings on tolerance withdrawal symptoms.

I know about this, because it happened to me, on the exact prescribed dosage from my doctor. You don't have to abuse the drugs for this to occur! When will tolerance occur? It is unpredictable; weeks to years.
I've heard it said before that xanax is like a drink in a pill...well I dont understand that at all...it doesn't have that effect on me at all...I know what a drink does to me and xanax certainly isn't like that...xanax just helps me breath easier...once in awhile I think it makes me tired, but then again I get tired at a certain part of the day anyway...so it probably isn't even that.
Maybe I'm just very tolerant of drugs...I'm a very small person and people are always amazed at the dosages of drugs I can handle without side effects...for now I need the xanax...I don't think it's an addictive kind of thing, it's just that my body is use to having it...but I suppose I wouldn't know unless I tried getting off of it...but once again, while I'm feeling good I don't think I would attempt to get off the drug.
I need to stay in this good place that I am right now...I have 4 kids to raise and one has a chronic illness, and not to mention a hard to live with husband...I don't think I'll take the risk of messing with my medication at this time.
It just seems weird that some people have such bad experiences on this drug on such low dosages, while others seem to be just fine.
I would love to hear from someone who's been on xanax for a few years, and then went off of it and how it went for them, and when they did go off the drug, why did they do it?
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I've heard it said before that xanax is like a drink in a pill...well I dont understand that at all...it doesn't have that effect on me at all...I know what a drink does to me and xanax certainly isn't like that...xanax just helps me breath easier...once in awhile I think it makes me tired, but then again I get tired at a certain part of the day anyway...so it probably isn't even that.
Maybe I'm just very tolerant of drugs...I'm a very small person and people are always amazed at the dosages of drugs I can handle without side effects...for now I need the xanax...I don't think it's an addictive kind of thing, it's just that my body is use to having it...but I suppose I wouldn't know unless I tried getting off of it...but once again, while I'm feeling good I don't think I would attempt to get off the drug.
I need to stay in this good place that I am right now...I have 4 kids to raise and one has a chronic illness, and not to mention a hard to live with husband...I don't think I'll take the risk of messing with my medication at this time.
It just seems weird that some people have such bad experiences on this drug on such low dosages, while others seem to be just fine.
I would love to hear from someone who's been on xanax for a few years, and then went off of it and how it went for them, and when they did go off the drug, why did they do it?


Benzos and alcohol act on the GABA system and are both depressants. Yes, they have different feelings and effects. ITs' like, for example, cocaine and speed are different, and have different effects, but belong in the same class of drugs called stimulants.

Anyway, yes, you are not addicted but most probably physically dependant. Lucky for you it sounds like you haven't developed tolerance yet, so that's good.

I think someday you will want to get off, but sounds like this is not the time. THat's ok, just educate yourself on the issue in the meantime; also, to help avoid things like tolerance and increased dependancy, do not raise the dosage under any circumstances. Need for dose raise is a signal tolerance can be developing.

It also helps to not take the medication daily; that helps to avoid severe dependancy. But if you are already taking daily doses, don't change that intil you are ready to taper.

Hope you can be one of the lucky ones who don't run into trouble....it sounds like you already have enough on your plate right now! Good luck :angel:
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I would love to hear from someone who's been on xanax for a few years, and then went off of it and how it went for them, and when they did go off the drug, why did they do it?


I can help you here. I have always been on the nervous side and thought Xanax was the greatest thing that had ever happened to me. Even though my life was functional and manageable. I was originally given the drug for sleep and to get through a difficult period in my life. I read the pharm insert. The only warning I got was that it may be habit forming if taken for longer than directed by my doctor. No warnings of hot and cold sensations, inner vibrations, panic, stomach malfunction, extreme muscle tension, etc. No information about a syndrome, that I did not know even existed, where symptoms wax and wane, go away for a few hours then come back, doing the cycle again and again. No warning that there is still real question as to just when this all goes away...

Why did I quit? In a word, the drugs quit working. I was having withdrawal symptoms while on the drugs and even after having doses increased. Came down to which direction I wanted to go, higher or lower, bigger and bigger doses or taper off. I chose the latter, and am off now 32 days, still with plenty of symptoms. I do not know when it will end. Xanax and uninformed doctors have cost me two jobs, has strained relationships, and leaves me here living off my savings trying to recover. I am not unique. Stories similar to mine are abound. I did not know what trouble was until I took on this drug...

Xanax and alcohol: They are different. Xanax and the other benzos, which include Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium, are more targeted. The are directed at a certain band of receptors in charge of GABA, the natural calming system of the body. With this system out of sorts and in need of adjustment, one`s prior nervousness is magnified many times over and they are left in this condition until the body repairs.

On your use: No matter what I would not use this drug over 6 months as, according to some good sources, one`s changes of developing at dependency are 50/50 at that point. It is about sure at one year on. Though some develop dependencies much sooner. As was suggested, do taper off the drug when you are ready. No point in trying to get off when not ready as chances of success are small.

P.S. I noticed on another post that you mentioned shortness of breath. That was my first symptom. It is an anxiety symptom. Stands to reason, as virtually all benzo withdrawal symptoms are anxiety related. I do not have that symptom any longer but would love to trade the stuff I have now for it. Do not want to scare you, but these drugs are from hell. But many users, especially short term ones like you, get lucky.
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I can help you here. I have always been on the nervous side and thought Xanax was the greatest thing that had ever happened to me. Even though my life was functional and manageable. I was originally given the drug for sleep and to get through a difficult period in my life. I read the pharm insert. The only warning I got was that it may be habit forming if taken for longer than directed by my doctor. No warnings of hot and cold sensations, inner vibrations, panic, stomach malfunction, extreme muscle tension, etc. No information about a syndrome, that I did not know even existed, where symptoms wax and wane, go away for a few hours then come back, doing the cycle again and again. No warning that there is still real question as to just when this all goes away...

Why did I quit? In a word, the drugs quit working. I was having withdrawal symptoms while on the drugs and even after having doses increased. Came down to which direction I wanted to go, higher or lower, bigger and bigger doses or taper off. I chose the latter, and am off now 32 days, still with plenty of symptoms. I do not know when it will end. Xanax and uninformed doctors have cost me two jobs, has strained relationships, and leaves me here living off my savings trying to recover. I am not unique. Stories similar to mine are abound. I did not know what trouble was until I took on this drug...

Xanax and alcohol: They are different. Xanax and the other benzos, which include Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium, are more targeted. The are directed at a certain band of receptors in charge of GABA, the natural calming system of the body. With this system out of sorts and in need of adjustment, one`s prior nervousness is magnified many times over and they are left in this condition until the body repairs.

On your use: No matter what I would not use this drug over 6 months as, according to some good sources, one`s changes of developing at dependency are 50/50 at that point. It is about sure at one year on. Though some develop dependencies much sooner. As was suggested, do taper off the drug when you are ready. No point in trying to get off when not ready as chances of success are small.

P.S. I noticed on another post that you mentioned shortness of breath. That was my first symptom. It is an anxiety symptom. Stands to reason, as virtually all benzo withdrawal symptoms are anxiety related. I do not have that symptom any longer but would love to trade the stuff I have now for it. Do not want to scare you, but these drugs are from hell. But many users, especially short term ones like you, get lucky.


Hi howard, great post and very accurate.

So, you still having some problems, that's not good to hear but you know the score and have come a long way already; and you do know that 32 days off is near nothing in benzo terms so I know you aren't freaking out about it. It's a damn shame it cost two jobs for you, it's not fair when people get into this mess without even knowing until it's happened. Things will get better though.
Well, I started this tread and have learned alot from everyone on this board, I understand how addictive Zanax can be having taken it for only a week. I want to especially respond to Howard. I think 32 days of refraining from anything is awsome. Cigarettes, alcohol whatever. It is a major step. As far as I am concerned the Xanax is a prescription to hell. I find the valium - which I am ending on Friday is less concerning for me because it does last longer and I dont feel to up the dosage.

Anyway, thanks to everyone who has responded, I have found this site to be supportive and educational at the same time.

Good luck to all of you and your personal struggles :angel:
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Well, I started this tread and have learned alot from everyone on this board, I understand how addictive Zanax can be having taken it for only a week. I want to especially respond to Howard. I think 32 days of refraining from anything is awsome. Cigarettes, alcohol whatever. It is a major step. As far as I am concerned the Xanax is a prescription to hell. I find the valium - which I am ending on Friday is less concerning for me because it does last longer and I dont feel to up the dosage.

Anyway, thanks to everyone who has responded, I have found this site to be supportive and educational at the same time.

Good luck to all of you and your personal struggles :angel:


THanks for the wishes and input for all of us. Yes, refraining from anything like that is admirable, isn't it? Some people simply cannot do it, but I also understand those people because I know what it feels like. I may have been like them too, except severe tolerance woke me up to the nightmare life I might continue to have for years to come if I didn't do something about it.

Tolerance can sort of force you into the reality of this thing and some people don't develop it right away so they assume all is well, intil that day.......

Anyway, Valium seems to agree more with people and makes this easier since it is less potent and leaves the system more gradually. If I had it the info on the Ashton Valium taper at the time, I would have went that way, most definately!

Glad you are joining the drug-free life and best wishes to you!
I've had some xanax for a while but did not know they were addicting.What makes them so addicting?When I take one for crying jags from stress, it will dry up the tears but it doesn't make me want to take another one just for the heck of it.Is there something I should be aware of?
Thanks
b
Give Xanax a little more time and you'll be popping them more often. The problem with them is that they have a short half-life and you begin to build up tolerance to them quickly. Xanax is great at first then it becomes a nightmare. It is a drug that will kill you if you stop taking it abruptly. Xanax is dangerous....no doubt about it. Howard can give you the scoop on his nightmare he's still dealing with......horrible crap.
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I've had some xanax for a while but did not know they were addicting.What makes them so addicting?When I take one for crying jags from stress, it will dry up the tears but it doesn't make me want to take another one just for the heck of it.Is there something I should be aware of?
Thanks
b


Windysan is right. THis is really more of a physical addiction, aka dependancy, not a psychological one like when one gets euphoric or high. Xanax is a downer, a nervous system depressant. In fact, from what I have read, on the street their main use is to help an addict "come down" from a high produced by another drug like cocaine or speed.

Addiction as defined must clearly include drug-seeking(euphoric) behavior, compulsive behaviors and has social/psychological components. But plain ol' physical dependancy is addiction without that stuff. Dependancy is physical, and is a component of addiction but not the whole package.

But dependancy can lead to the tolerance windysan described and then the desperation of needing more of the drug as the body is hyperexcited by the chemical changes/need/dependancy of a drug that has become ineffective could be viewed as compulsive or drug seeking behavior. This is why a benzo user can end up, as one title of an old book suggests, an "Accidental Addict", even if he/she was merely taking a prescription as a doctor ordered.

I developed tolerance on the dose my doctor prescribed. When he wanted to up the daily amount to twice a day of my dose, which he had previously told me was a large dose, I finally realized what was going on, and where it may end.