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Posted by Christine Granger on March 14, 2002 at 14:40:19:

I suffer with severe anxiety. My doctor gave me a prescription of Alprazolam 0.5mg. I dont like taking medications unless I have to. I am to take these on an as needed basis. I was wondering if a lot of people on these have stomach upset, diahrrea, vomiting or constipation? The pharmacist says there is no need to take this med with food. Can this be addictive taken as needed and can it be taken long term?



Re: Xanax/Alprazolam

Posted by Artguy on March 14, 2002 at 16:52:13:

In Reply to: Xanax/Alprazolam posted by Christine Granger on March 14, 2002 at 14:40:19:

I never had any stomach problems caused by the xanax myself. So I wouldn't worry in that area.

As for the addictive question: be VERY careful taking this drug. I'm not the type that has ever been addicted to drugs, alcohol, food, or anything like that. This drug almost got me though.

It will certainly help with the anxiety.. but at a price. When you are not "on" it you will most likely feel much worse then before taking it. You won't notice this at first but over time it will become obvious. Also, taking this will do nothing toward helping you fix the real problem. If there is something specific you are dealing with (ie divorce, family death, money, etc.) then you really need to attack it head on. Put all of your energy into it until you can come to a resolution. While doing this you need to read up and start practicing the SR techniques frequently mentioned on this site. If your anxiety seems to "come from nowhere" (which was my case - I really just thought it was a chemical imbalance or something) then you need to start doing some serious SR. Also, try doing at least 20 minutes of aerobic excerise every day. (or at least 3 times a week) Cut out all caffeine and at least cut back on sugar and processed foods. This stuff really does work. It just takes time.

Back to the Xanax... my overall opinion is that this stuff will only prolong your anxiety. Also, you will statistically speaking have a very high probability of becoming addicted. And trust me, coming off this stuff is NOT FUN.




Re: Xanax/Alprazolam

Posted by Ms. anxiety on March 14, 2002 at 17:11:37:

In Reply to: Xanax/Alprazolam posted by Christine Granger on March 14, 2002 at 14:40:19:

For those in a crisis mode, this drug is fine for short term use especially at the dosage you are talking about. Sometimes you need something short term to get you over the hump so to speak, and I wouldn't worry too much about it. But if you continue for a long time, without addressing the reason behind having to take it, it can become problematic. So, don't worry too much about it, but definitely look upon it as a quick fix and explore elsewhere too.

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Re: Xanax/Alprazolam

Posted by Christine on March 14, 2002 at 17:39:45:

In Reply to: Re: Xanax/Alprazolam posted by Artguy on March 14, 2002 at 16:52:13:

I'm afraid SR wont help. This disorder is hereditary along with agoraphobia, autophobia and emetophobia. I have a full flate. Ive been this way since I was 12, I am now 42. I think Im a bit too far gone for SR to be a 'cure all'. I plan on getting a professional to help me soon, I really think I'm too far gone. :( Thank you both for the advice on Xanax.



Re: Xanax/Alprazolam

Posted by kt on March 14, 2002 at 17:51:09:

In Reply to: Re: Xanax/Alprazolam posted by Christine on March 14, 2002 at 17:39:45:

Christine,
Listen to Artguy. You are NOT too far gone. If you start SR you'll feel 10% better, then you give up caffeine and feel 10% better, then you give up sugar and feel 10% better, then you give up processed foods and feel 10% better, then you switch to a whole foods diet and feel 10% better... get the idea? Pretty soon those little steps will lead you to wellness. Your heredity is just a blueprint, you can build your house anyway you want.
kt



Re: Xanax/Alprazolam

Posted by Artguy on March 14, 2002 at 19:02:20:

In Reply to: Re: Xanax/Alprazolam posted by kt on March 14, 2002 at 17:51:09:

EXACTLY kt... every little bit will put you that much further along.

Christine,

I understand how you feel. However, based on what you said in your orignal post it seems you've made it 42 years without a benzo like Xanax. Correct? This being the case I really believe that SR and everything else mentioned is your best road to recovery. I know it may seem hopeless right now but have you read Dr. Stoll's book and the many posts here relating to stress buildup? Once you understand the machinery (our body-mind) a little better the cure to your situation will slowly become much more clear.

Back to the Xanax thing again. If taking it only "as needed" = once or twice per month on average until you fix everything else that is causing you to "need" this drug then MAYBE it's an option you can explore. However, from my experience and many posts I've read on this topic... you're going to find that how often you need it will increase as time goes on. It will get to a point where you will not feel "normal" unless you have taken a dose recently. Many users take this stuff 2 or 3 times per day. Or they eventually switch to a longer lasting form such as Klonopin.

In my situation everything seemed to be going just fine in my life. Actually, at the time I would say things seemed better than average. So when this anxiety/stress stuff started I truly believed something had just stopped working in my body/brain. I was having extreme anxiety that would keep me up all night yet I had no serious issues to resolve. In my mind, everything pointed to a severe chemical imbalance as if something in my mind simply "broke." A lifetime of medication seemed my only option. I wish it had not taken me so long to find this site. I'm sure my body would have needed much less healing than it does now.

I thank God the months of hell I endured while on (and getting off)xanax are starting to become little more than a bad memory for me now.

As kt said, you're NOT too far gone. Heck you've made it longer than I did! (31 years old here) Just gotta get on the right road.



Re: Xanax/Alprazolam

Posted by Davetx on March 14, 2002 at 21:30:03:

In Reply to: Re: Xanax/Alprazolam posted by Christine on March 14, 2002 at 17:39:45:

Christine, You are never to far gone for sr to help. I was 12 years older then you when I heard of it and I was a wreck. Now I am living my life free of all the things that I thought I was to far gone to get over. The only one that can help you in the end is yourself. Good luck



Re: Xanax/Alprazolam

Posted by Brenda T on March 14, 2002 at 23:06:28:

In Reply to: Xanax/Alprazolam posted by Christine Granger on March 14, 2002 at 14:40:19:

My experience with Xanax was similar in some ways to that posted by Artguy. I was going through personal problems (death of my mother and breakup with boyfriend) and my doctor put me on Xanax to deal with my anxiety and depression. It definitely took away my anxiety but it also prevented me from dealing with my problems constructively. I just zoned out on Xanax. It probably would have been fine for a few days but my doctor kept prescribing it. I got hooked. Under normal circumtances I don't think I would have allowed that to happen, but I was vulnerable due to the pain in my life at that time. It medicated/dulled my pain. I don't normally post advice on this board but the word Xanax really sets off alarms in my head. It was a very difficult drug to stop taking. Looking back it seems that it only added to the difficulties I was dealing with at the time. The only possible benefits were that it allowed me to quiet my brain momentarily and then in the long run gave me some insight/empathy into the misery drug addicts must feel. Please be careful with Xanax.

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Re: Xanax/Alprazolam

Posted by Christine on March 14, 2002 at 23:22:11:

In Reply to: Re: Xanax/Alprazolam posted by Davetx on March 14, 2002 at 21:30:03:

Where do I go to get this info on SR? The archives mentions it a LOT, but no info where to get it or what it consists of.

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Re: Xanax/Alprazolam

Posted by Christine on March 14, 2002 at 23:27:13:

In Reply to: Re: Xanax/Alprazolam posted by Artguy on March 14, 2002 at 19:02:20:

Thank you everyone for your help and advice. I always thought that these problems were all an imbalance in the brain. How can all that you mentioned, including SR take care of a chemical imbalance?



Re: Xanax/Alprazolam

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 15, 2002 at 10:43:35:

In Reply to: Re: Xanax/Alprazolam posted by Christine on March 14, 2002 at 23:27:13:

Christine,

What have you learned from the brain chemistry archives?

Walt



Re: Xanax/Alprazolam

Posted by Christine on March 15, 2002 at 15:02:36:

In Reply to: Re: Xanax/Alprazolam posted by Walt Stoll on March 15, 2002 at 10:43:35:

Nothing really, very confusing, no concrete info.



Re: Xanax/Alprazolam

Posted by Artguy on March 15, 2002 at 15:56:33:

In Reply to: Re: Xanax/Alprazolam posted by Christine on March 15, 2002 at 15:02:36:

First off, you're absolutely right about this all being due to a chemical "imbalance in the brain."

Now in answer to your question, here's a simplified version of what I have learned from Dr. Stoll's book, the archives here, and some related books often spoken about among the posters.

Most people are familiar with the fact that when your body is put under stress you will automatically release certain chemicals which help you deal with these types of events. Adrenaline for example... The end result is that you're much better prepared for a fight or to dash away quickly. But much less prepared for tasks such as eating, complex problem solving, etc. Once these chemicals are no longer needed it takes a certain amount of time for your body to process them. And until you do take a break and allow this to happen then you will not be as good at certain tasks. Have you ever had a large turkey dinner and attempted to run 10 miles? Of course not, you've learned that you really need to lay back and relax a for a while or risk feeling ill. Well the "stress" chemicals work in much the same way. You need to take some time each day (using excerise and SR) to allow your body to process and rid yourself of these no longer useful substances. So in a sense you are actually "changing" your chemical balance. Best part is, unlike the current batch of synthetic drugs, there are no side effects!! You can not lose trying this.

Well that's my best shot at explaining everything I have learned. Hope it helps.




Re: Xanax/Alprazolam

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 16, 2002 at 11:32:58:

In Reply to: Re: Xanax/Alprazolam posted by Christine on March 15, 2002 at 15:02:36:

Christine,

It is not easy or everyone would be doing it. Have you bothered to read the references? Have you read "Brain Allergies" by Phillpott (for example)?

Walt

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Re: Xanax/Alprazolam (Archive in brain chemistry.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 16, 2002 at 11:34:41:

In Reply to: Re: Xanax/Alprazolam posted by Artguy on March 15, 2002 at 15:56:33:

Thanks, Artguy.

Maybe this will help "jump start" her efforts.

Walt


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