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Hey! My doc gave me a perscription for .25 mg of Xanax - just to take when things get bad. Has anyone ever cut a pill of this dosage in half, and, if so, did it help at all or was the dose to small? Also, I started Buspar 4 days ago and am feeling a little extra agitated - does anyone know if it would be safe to take a half a xanax with 7.5 mg of buspar?

I am side effect sensitive so always try to take the lowest dose that will give me a result. so far, i am not noticing much on the Buspar - i am taking half a 15 mg pill twice a day. i am sure that there has not been enough time to see an effect. tomorrow i am supposed to start taking a whole pill twice a day but am considering staying on the half dose for a while, i would love to be able to see some relief at a low dose.

Anyway, any and all feedback would be appreciated! :)
Hi!

The .25 mg of xanax is SUCH a small dose that if you were to cut that in half you might not get much benefit from it. I take .25 in the morning and .25 at night and am also very side effect sensitive. If things get bad and you have to take a xanax you might as well take a dose that will help you. Maybe try the smaller dose if you are nervous about the side effects to see what happens? Then when you are comfortable take the .25 mg.

Good luck and I hope you feel better soon! All I can say about xanax is it has given me 80% of my life back and I am super grateful for that!:p
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Hi!

The .25 mg of xanax is SUCH a small dose that if you were to cut that in half you might not get much benefit from it. I take .25 in the morning and .25 at night and am also very side effect sensitive. If things get bad and you have to take a xanax you might as well take a dose that will help you. Maybe try the smaller dose if you are nervous about the side effects to see what happens? Then when you are comfortable take the .25 mg.

Good luck and I hope you feel better soon! All I can say about xanax is it has given me 80% of my life back and I am super grateful for that!:p



I personally wouldnt take the xanax at all unless you despeterally need it. Xanax isnt a drug you wanna be taking everday. It might have given some people 80% of the life back but ask that same person a year from now how many millagrams he or she is taking or ask them if they still are taking it. Guranteed there dosage has gone up or they are still taking it. I dont know about you but depending on a pill all your life is down right pathetic.
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Xanax is addictive, but just as addictive as any other medication you would potentially be prescribed. It is perfectly OK to take .25 mg and cut it in half. I did the exact same thing when I first started taking Xanax a few months ago. The drug has the least amount of side-effects while you are taking it, so you don't have to worry about the typical side-effects that would acompany an SSRI for instance. Do understand that this medication was designed for long term use and not "as needed", however, it may get you through rough times and if it does then all the power to you.

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Hi seveppa!
I took buspar with xanax for a while. My psych told me to quit the buspar as when I was on it as my only means of anxiety control it just didn't wrok. He was happy with the results I was getting from xanax. So I quit taking it. But to answer your question it's safe, a lot of people have taken both. Like other posters have suggested, try to cut the pill the first time you take it just so you can see that it doesn't have any weird side effects. The only thing most people experience is a bit of sleepiness when they first start it but within a few days your body adjusts and you don't feel sleepy anymore. Since you're not going to be taking it regularly and only as needed when things get bad you may expect to be a bit sleepy each time you take it but not so much you pass out. Even with a low dose of .25mg make sure you know how it effects you before you drive!

Take Care,
Tori
I have been taking 7.5 mg of buspar for 2 weeks, then I upped it last Sunday to 15 mg in divided doses, it has mad my anxiety worse. I take a 1/2 of a .25 mg xanax and it helps more than anything. I am going to talk to my doc about starting a antidepressant, the buspar is bad. I get muscle twitches, pin-***** sensations everywhere, and little cold thing shooting through me veins. I haven't taken none of the buspar today, just a 1/2 a xanax.
Jenny,

Be careful with the antidepressants. If Buspar gives you bad side effects there is a good chance the SSRI's will do the same. You can never be sure, but my experience with both was that Buspar was relatively low on the side effects while the SSRI's were horrible. The Xanax at a slightly larger dose may be the ticket for you.

Good luck.
I was given xanax .25mg about 2 years ago to take on an as need basis. I was taking it daily for about 6 months sometimes twice a day and then I felt great so I started to ween myself off it by taking one a day and then one one day and then half the next day etc until I was off them completely.

After months of taking nothing my anxiety is back, I have been taking my xanax on a need to basis but I am not really feeling the full effects like before and sometimes it takes an hour to work, but remember before I was taking them every day without fail. Should I go back to doing this again? At least until I get back to normal and then ween myself off again?

After reading through these posts I am confused. Are they a "need to basis tablet" or a "everyday tablet". :confused:

any advice would be good
Xanax was made for continual usage and shouldn't be taken on an "as needed" basis because it has what is called "the rebound effect". When you take it it works well for a short period of time, but if you stop taking it abruptly then your anxiety comes back full force and sometimes even worse than before. Keep in mind that if you take it long term you may have to up your dosage a couple times until you get to your optimal doseage. Your liver and brain have to adjust to the new drug your subjecting it to and this can take some time, but don't worry because I haven't heard of anyone who had to keep taking more and more to get the same effect. Try to keep your dose at the lowet possible effective dose and do exactly what you did before if that worked for you. However, I would consider taking it as a long term solution rather than a short term one. Anxiety dissorder is a life long dissorder and should be treated just like diabetes or any other potential long term illnesses. You may need to be on meds for the rest of your life. Some will disagree, but in my experience, I will have a couple good years then a couple really bad ones and it is cyclical, but in the end it is whatever works for you. Hope that helped.
The problem I have is that I am 30 and have a lot of social events that I TRY to attend, weddings, parties etc and of course at these events I like to have a glass of wine or two. I was told that with Xanax you can not drink, even hours after you have taken it - So I feel in one way it gives my life back but in the other way it takes away the times I enjoy
Thanks Leela, do you take your xanax everyday even if you are feeling o.k.?

Also, I read somewhere that xanax and alchole can lower your heart rate and because my resting heart rate is 60bpm and while alseep in the 30's I am scared that it might make it slower. Do you know anything about that
I do not take the xanax daily if I don't need it. However, for the past month or so I have needed it most days in the morning. But most days I usually just take the .25mg in the morning and that is it. Some days I take another in the afternoon. But today, I haven't needed it, so I didn't take any.

I have not heard anything about xanax and alcohol lowering your heart rate, but it certainly makes sense. I am on beta blockers for sinus tachycardia, so my heart rate is always on the low side too. However, when I drink it raises my heart rate. I would just be careful. If you know you're going to be drinking - don't take any xanax hours before.

I have heard of people taking xanax on a regular basis, but I guess some of us just don't need to. I take my small little dose when I feel the anxiety coming on and that helps me just fine. I don't have any type of withdrawal when it wears off. I guess all of us are just different.
Hi there I was just wondering if XANAX is the same thing as Xanor. I take Xanor o.5mg SR SR means slow release, so the tablet dissolves over a long period of time and I do not get the drowsy woozey feelings. I take a half tab at night and A quarter in the morning it really works well for me. I was just wondering if we have take the same things.
Yes, they are the same thing. However, you shouldn't be breaking the SR tablets! The SR is supposed to be used whole so that it does slowly release the drug into your system. If you don't do this then you will get a huge spike and feel great for awhile and then crash far before your next dose is scheduled. You need to take the whole pill twice a day, or as recommended by your doctor. I take 1 mg in the morning and 1 mg at 5 or so. I am taking Xanax XR which is the same drug just different brand name.

If you are feeling panic attacks or anxiety then breaking the tablet is probably the reason. I hope this helps.