Anxiety Meds and Doctors Choice
I DO give your doctor SOME credit in trying to get you to use something besides Xanax, but the bottom line is that he is STILL cranking out the scripts for it. Which makes him a MORON in my book.
Xanax should be used for no longer than four months on a daily basis. After that time, it has basically lost its efficacy and is now doing NOTHING for you except to stave off withdrawal symptoms. You've been on this for 5 years at a pretty hefty dose for this drug. Do you have ANY idea the hell you're going to have to go through to get off this medication? Just read some of the posts here about what folks are going through to get off Xanax. I hope it scares you into realizing what your "Doctor Feelgood" has done to you!
For anxiety/panic you should have been put on something that is "long term" like Klonopin, which carries it's own set of problems, but can be taken for years without losing its efficacy. Your doctor screwed up and in the process "screwed" YOU!
My advice is to get into therapy with a psychiatrist or psychologist and figure out WHY you have anxiety and deal with THAT rather than keep popping pills to mask your problem. This course of action SHOULD have been suggested to you FIVE YEARS AGO!
You stated that you felt your doctor had originally put you on too high a dose, which you found excessive and you realized "you were not the same person." Guess what? Even at the dose you NOW find "acceptable" has made you......"not the same person." It's just that now you've been on this junk so long, you no longer know who the "real" person is anymore. You are living life with a veil over your head and you think THAT is now normal.
I urge you to get into therapy, deal with the real issues behind your anxiety and get off the Xanax. If not for yourself, then do it for those kids of yours!
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