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Xanax Not Good for Long Term Treatment of Anxiety

answered 12:21 AM EST, Sun October 02, 2011
sjy1987 sjy1987 Maquoketa
I've been on Xanax since 2008 when my dad died and they give me a high dosage, 2mg 4x day. I'm creating a huge tolerance where i'm eating up too 20 mgs at one time and i'm functional but now it's catching up with me because i'm going to be without if i dont set a plan to get 28 2mg tabs until i go get my refill and that's the day i'm going to treatment, on oct 10. please any advice will help

Dr. David Sack Says...

Xanax is not a good medication for the long term treatment of anxiety for the reasons outlined in you question.  First, people develop tolerance.  Secondly, because Xanax has a relatively short half life, many patients experience break-through anxiety.  When this occurs they take more Xanax, more often to less and less effect.  The best thing you can do is to come clean with your doctor(s) and work with them to come up with a safe and effective detox plan.  You should not try to manage this on your own.

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