Thursday, April 28, 2016

X is for...Xanax

X is for...Xanax

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Ok, there is a shortage of cool X words to choose from so I went with Xanax. I used to be a pharmacist so I know a bit about the med that is often prescribed for anxiety.

What you may NOT know is that many people have stayed on this med long term and developed a tolerance and addiction to it. When they take Xanax they "feel normal". When they don't take it, they feel anxious and everything feels harder. But soon they find 1 pill is not enough to get the same effect so they up the dose to 1 1/2 pills. And so on and so forth.

Xanax is a controlled substance with abuse potential. It is meant to be used for a short period of time, such as, for an airplane trip, or after a loved one has passed away. If you or someone you know has anxiety and has been on Xanax for longer than 2 weeks, they should speak with their doctor about beginning talk therapy with a counselor and switching to an antidepressant/anti-anxiety that is not controlled and can be used long-term, such as Lexapro.


Arlee Bird said...

I think maybe I've taken Xanax a few times in my life, but for the most part I try to avoid drugs like this as well as pain-killers. Fortunately I don't experience much in the way of pain, depression, or other extreme mood states.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Unknown said...

Arlee, occasional or short term use is completely fine. What's appalling is how many doctors continue to write for the med past 2 weeks. They know better.

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