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Xanax How much is too much?
December 5, 2006
8:09 pm
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How much Xanax is too much? I am taking half a pill in the morning just to get through the day in one piece and another at night in order to sleep. Is that too much?

My doctor doesn't seem to think so but then I don't thing he has experienced taking it.

So my question is how much is too much?? Will I get addicted?

December 5, 2006
8:49 pm
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It is addictive, but if you are only taking a half a pill, that really isn't much.
Is that amount even working for you? It's also best to taper off when you do decide to quit.

December 5, 2006
10:24 pm
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I think my prescription says 4 times a day as needed. Hmmmm....I don't actually take it though. I know it is probably weird, but a lot of people with anxiety like to just know it is there...just in case.

My panic attacks only hit every 4-6 months then I have 2 or 3 in a row with in a couple days usually. They usually happen if I haven't had good sleep and I feel emotionally threatened or trapped.

But they are bad...I think you read my posts...you know screaming and pulling my hair out or hitting myself in the face.

If this did happen everyday, I would have myself admitted to a hospital. Luckily, only 2 -3 times a years, right?

Tiger, I know your husband is very controlling at least church wise. Living with some one who is controlling is very stressful and anxiety enducing.

Make sure you get out and talk to other moms so you are stuck in your house all days thinking about all the problems that happen in your house with your husband. Go visit a friend if you can! Empower yourself so you don't feel like you are being smuthered and that you are on the bottom rung.

Hopefully your husband isn't physically abusive. It you can identify other behaviors very specifically. Then you can say something like, "When you say X that is jokingly insulting me (or whatever he is doing). I really don't feel like that is fair. Insultingly someone in a joking way is something a second grader might do. If there is something you are angry about or frustrated about, can you please just say 'I am frustrated because...' and let me know in straight forward language."

December 7, 2006
4:02 pm
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I have had a prescription for years usually I take .25 at bedtime. I don't feel addicted. I believe if you were addicted you would need more and more and more and would go to any lengths to get some.

I do have days where I become overwhelmed with anxiety, and take it during the day.

Years ago I went through a period where I couldn't physically make it without it due to panic attacks.

Knowing that I have it incase I do have an attack, makes me feel bettter.

December 7, 2006
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I don't know much about Xanax except that it is addictive. I think it depends on how often you take it and if you crave it and feel like you really need it when you don't take it. I was wondering if klonopin is addictive too and how much is a large dosage. That is what I am taking and I don't want to become dependant on that. I guess that is a concern for all of us.

Jewel

December 7, 2006
6:56 pm
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I heard a news story about a lady and her husband. They were being held hostage by some crazed gunman. The gunman made the woman make him some coffee and while she did she put a healthy dose of xanax in it. The guy fell asleep! The husband and wife walked out. The police walked in and arrested him. It might be good to have some around for those special occasions :)

December 7, 2006
7:52 pm
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Thanks for the info; I left for work today in rush and around 2 remembered I hadn't taken any Xanax.i guess I don't need the morning pill anymore.

December 8, 2006
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Hi Tiger

It's hard to say how much Xanax is too much, but I would use it sparingly, becaue it is quite addictive. The addiction is hard to break, usually requires hospitalization.

I would take it only when you are already anxious, not to prevent anxiety. I would not use it as a sleep aid.

Just my advice. Take care.

SO

December 8, 2006
10:51 am
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Tiger:

Respectfully, honey coz you didn't need it today does not mean you don't need it anymore. Xanax is a med that builds up in your system so if you miss a pill you may not notice it, but you miss 3 or 4 or so then you will see the old tendencies coming back.

TO MUCH...Suddenly stopping to take alprazolam/xanax may worsen your condition and cause withdrawal symptoms (anxiousness, sleeplessness, irritability, and seizures). Withdrawal symptoms may be worse if you take more than 4 mg of alprazolam every day. Your doctor will decrease your dose gradually.

I took xanax for a short time. Kept on the doc about it bein habit forming and i didn't want it and he kept telling me it wasn't habit forming for 6 months. At 5 months he took me off. I went into immediate withdrawals for 3 days severe and then lessening as time went for the rest of the week. I didn't go to a hospital which was probably the worse I could have done. But, I was stupid back then. I started doing my own research and it is habit forming after the first 3 -4 weeks, not 6 months. Not to scare anyone, but please you much each check on your doc. Do your own research.

When I was on xanax for the 5 months I was on our family and friends said I just sat and had a blank stare on my face. I didn't smile; I didn't laugh. That is to much. IF you are doing this then tell your doc you need something else coz it's to much.
I'm sorry but I don't remember the dosage since it was 12 years ago.

December 10, 2006
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Ok, my kind of subject i see.
I am 56. Since i was in my twentys i have been on xanax off and on. When i was really getting sick, it was an all day thing. been on .25 to 1mg. At one time, i didnt know i was dependent. I figured here is my choice, i can stay off the meds and be miserable and cry and change faces, all day and then one day die or i could take my meds the right way and live a "normal" life. At least with less pain mentally, than the rollercoaster has been.
But thru the years, many changes in life brought on many changes in meds, as did different doctors.
Yes Xanax is addicting, and yes mama, you dont just take it when you feel bad, these meds have the correct dosage needed which eventually levels your blood system and chemicals required especially in women with the estrogen and all. So because you felt good one day, three days later the same symptoms of depression will pop up. If it is needed, do it. The strength you are taking is so minimal. But do what you feel is right but just keep you guard up and watch how you feel . good luck.

December 10, 2006
10:35 pm
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Robert123:

It was a tragic situation terrifying many people. The hostage spiked the J.P.'s iced tea with crushed Xanax, then she and her boyfriend jumped out of the window leaving their 12 year old behind.

The police SWAT team shot and killed J.P. so they could rescue the child. J.P. had killed four people in the days leading up to the hostage situation.

LM

December 13, 2006
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Wow, I didn't have all the details LM thanks. What an ordeal they all went thru.

December 13, 2006
9:46 pm
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Xanax, my mum keeps some for emergencies, she used to have terrible panic attacks. When I was going through the worst of my break-up anxiety, she'd give me half of one to calmme down...I just felt like a zombie, but that the time thats what I needed.

My ex's mum takes them every day...he thought they were for her heart, I never told him what they really were!

My mum only takes one when she has a really really bad panic attack, which thankfully has been really rare these last few years. She uses bachs rescue remedies now for the milder ones, I used to use that too when I was having panic attacks last year, I found it really good for taking the edge of the anxiousness...and I felt more comfortable as its a natural herbal remedy. Have you tried it? In saying that though, I'd follow doctors orders on this...whatever your doc says you should be taking, then take that amount.

Rev.

December 13, 2006
10:32 pm
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Hey Rev,

Your former MIL might have been taking them for her heart. If she was suffering "panic attacks" which as you know can make the heart race, her Dr. might have given her a very low dose.

They did this with my husband's Grandmother.

Z.

December 13, 2006
10:40 pm
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Oh I see! But she would have been having panic attacks right? And panic attacks are rooted in anxiety and well...they are a symptom of some sort of psychological difficulty right? Its just I used to think it was funny, because I knew she was on this xanax and yet my ex used to hold her up as the pinnacle of calm and happiness!!!!

December 13, 2006
10:44 pm
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They also use Xanax as a method of treating the symptom of a racing heart, which could have been caused by various reasons.

She might have indeed been stressing and internalizing. She might have had an irregular heart beat - and the Xanax is mild enough to take and slow the heart down if it does start to speed up. She might have a heart murmur.

December 13, 2006
10:52 pm
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No, she doesn't...she used to get "sick" from time to time, I was never told and never allowed to ask what exactly it was that was making her "sick". I was just told, "mother is sick" we mustn't agitate her.

December 13, 2006
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My husband's Granny, who really WAS the beacon of calmness and truthfully? Probably one of the most balanced, together person I have ever had the honor of meeting. Matter of fact? Although she was my spouses "Granny" - she was the only Grandmother I have ever had/known (all of my grandparents died when I was really young) AND she was my hero.

She had congestive heart failure and I do know if something happened in the family, death or something like that she was very matter of fact about it - BUT, at that time it seems like that was when she would need a Xanax because her heart was racing. But, I think due to her solid upbringing and her overall character or propriety at the time she would feel it was a "flaw" to display a "scene of over-emotion."

You know when I typed that last sentence - I actually had a vision of her saying that!

Z.

December 13, 2006
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Hmm, yes it kind of sounds similar, but to me she came across as very cold and uncaring, in fact no, she was very cold and uncaring!

December 13, 2006
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That is sad. No, Granny really was a caring and loving person. So much so, I find it impossible to believe the way her daughter - my Mother-in-Law acts! Granny was stern, but she was caring. My MIL is just down right mean!

I still miss her very much.

Have a good night!

Z.

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