Xanax is it safe?

United States
December 15, 2006 12:30am CST
Have you taken it before? How long has this drug been on the market? What type of long term studies have been done on this drug and exactly who determines the definition of long term? I have heard that this drug is addictive. I wonder if it’s the right choice for me at this moment in time? Do you have any thoughts? Here’s what I found on a web search: http://health.yahoo.com/drug/d00168a1 Click on the link ( http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/436602.aspx ) to check out the post that started this one and see some of the other topics you may be interested in talking about.
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@Donna8 (25)
• United States
15 Dec 06
i am currently taking xanax now 2mg 4 xs per day, thats about as high as you can go. i have been on them for years. they really help me cope with stress and anxiety, but they are very addictive. i have tried to get off them but it is a very hard thing to do. one time i tried to just quit and started having seizures, your doctor has to taper you off of them. personally i have been on them so long i dont think i could cope without them and that is not a pretty feeling. if i had it to do all over again i would not have started taking them, its sort of like smoking you wish you could go back and do it all over. if you dont have to take them i would say dont and try to find a different way to cope with your problems. good luck.
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• Australia
15 Dec 06
haha. yeah if you do want to cut down take 1mg 4x then .5. im currently doing this im on 4mg instead of 8. so thats pretty good.
• United States
15 Dec 06
my mom was taking xanax for sometime and i would not recommend it to anyone it is very addictive it makes you nervous,jittery,sleep alot and you feel like your high.i do not know how long it has been on the market.but my mom has had bad experiences with it so i would not recommend it to anyone.
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• United States
15 Dec 06
Xanax is very dangerous and is actually heroin. Says my doctor. He says he gotten patients from other doctors and had to stick them in detox due to this "medicine". Its isn't safe. My cousin was on it for a week. Came cold turkey off from being on it for a week and had seizures.
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@dawang (124)
• China
15 Dec 06
it is too bad,in my opinion
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@taraka (717)
• India
15 Dec 06
i havn't heard abou this
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• United States
9 Feb 07
i am on the generic version and its the same one thats in the website u gave. i did experience some of the side effectes but thats because i accidently took too much. its the best thing in the world for me because it does the most for my anciety attacks. my doctor said it was ok for me and it does wonders for me. i would talk to ur doctor and see if its right for u to take it or alternatives to xanax.
• United States
18 Mar 07
Thank you for taking the time to write and tell me about your experience with it. Please wrtie back and tell me how you are doing if you are still on it
@ThulsZ (784)
• India
16 Dec 06
Only your physician can impose whether it is good for you to continue taking Xanax. Side effects of Xanax are usually seen at the beginning of treatment and disappear with continued medication. However, if dosage is increased, side effects will be more likely.
• United States
16 Dec 06
Thanks for giving me your 2 cents on the subject. There's been alot of opinions and I think I'm more confused then before
• United States
4 Oct 07
I think xanax is safe along with all other benzos. I have been prescribed it for a while now. I have heard many bad stories about the addiction and withdraw affects. And i've seen one of my good friend loose almost everything from it. If you use it as the doctor says and you really need it, everything should be fine. Just one thing you need to be careful about is when you first start taking it, you may find it difficult to drive and do other normal activities. But after you have been taking it for a while you get use to the effects.
@vmoore709 (1102)
• United States
15 Dec 06
I've taken it before, but only to calm my nerves before surgery. I have heard it's addicting as well. There are other types of prescriptions that can help you if you don't feel comfortable with this one.
@norteh (615)
• Netherlands
15 Dec 06
It's addictive. And you need more, to get the same effect.
@rock14 (125)
• Brazil
15 Dec 06
Merry Christmas
• Australia
15 Dec 06
yeah it is addictive. but it is good if you are worried about somthing. coz it takes the edge off the reality of this harsh world. it kills your memory. i got to the shops about 5ish the otherday and the bloke asked what id got upto. mental blank it was 5 and id done nothing with my day and if i had i wouldve forgot.i got fired from a courier coz id forget where my destination was. no worries
• United States
15 Dec 06
nope, not safe if abused
• India
15 Dec 06
i absolutely have no idea.
@josan181237 (1205)
• Philippines
15 Dec 06
I haven't taken Xanax before but thanks guys for the info.
@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
15 Dec 06
I can only speak from my own personal experience. I was prescribed Xanax for severe anxiety following the birth of my second child. I was on it for approx a couple weeks when I was out on a walk with my two kids and I crossed a fairly busy street against a red light. My eldest than four said Mommy why did you do that, and I was in shock. I did not even know that I walked out into an intersection like that because my mind was so foggy. From that point I never took another pill. I booked an appointment with my doctor and said I refused to take them, and wanted to find natural therapy for anxiety relief. I think Xanax has been on the market a very long time and therefore must be safe for the majority of people who need it. In my case though my mind always felt foggy or like I was in a trance and the last straw was what happened with the kids. I could have gotten us all killed had it been a busier time of day. It wasn't for me.
@qqxing (6)
• China
15 Dec 06
good story
@JoeyCa (1810)
• Belgium
15 Dec 06
It's safe if you use them after consulting a doctor I assume. Never take these things because you 'think' you need them.
@kamalcpc (704)
• India
15 Dec 06
i dont know, i think it is the brand name in US, other countries has other name give chemical formula
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
15 Dec 06
My doctor refuesed to prescribe it for me. I think he was afraid I would get addicted. He was probably right.