Xanax Withdrawal - LIGHT HEADEDNESS HOW LONG WILL IT LAST???
I had been taking xanax for a little over a year. For six months my doctor had me on 5 mg. of xanax a day. He never told me that it was addicting. I trusted him. After taking 5 mg. for six months, I tapered down to 2 1/2 mg. , got sick, ended up in the hospital and then saw the doctor next day. He put me back up to 3 mg. xanax every day and 10 mg. zyprexa zydis. So, I've been taking that then since last summer. I finally got off all the medication, the zyprexa I got off in January completely and the xanax I finished my last dose on April 13th. I reduced sometimes every week a half mg. and then someone told me to reduce by 1/4 mg. I never even had panic disorder to begin with...my doctor misdiagnosed me. MY QUESTION is it's been over 2 months since I have had NO xanax and I'm still feeling lightheaeded and brain foggy practically EVERY DAY! WHEN WILL IT GO AWAY? I've had other tests done while being on xanax, MRI, seen a neurologist and they couldn't find anything wrong, and told me to get off the medicine. I did, but I'm still suffering with this lightheadedness. I hate it. I've actually had this since last summer, but it's worse now that I'm not taking anymore xanax. Can someone please help me with this, I've been off it for over two months, I can't even enjoy my 2 year old daughter much because I don't feel well. Does anyone know if this is ever going to go away?? Please answer if you can. It's so frustrating feeling like this? I've been praying a lot and trusting God, I just want to talk to someone who maybe has gone through it or can give me some advice? IS there anything I can do or take to help get rid of this lightheadedness? If I get pregnant will that help take away the lightheadedness and brain fogginess? Thanks for answering me in advance.
Actually, you have done better than a lot of people when stopping a benzo. Years ago I was addicted to valium for 13 yrs. I didn't get as far as you have come. I'm not a dr. so I can't say much about the light headedness. I do seriously doubt that getting pregnant will take away these symptoms. lol
I felt Dizzy and stuff when i was on the morphine and oxycotin. I remember getting into an elevator and feeling dizzy for like an hr it is going away now though. I think you should look at your diet because maby you need iron or something. WIth me i think it was lack of sleep and getting high and stress.
I would make your doc run some test like blood work to look to see if you are deficient in something or if your body is holding too much off something... things like build up of copper and other mineral in the body can cause stuff like this... you could be deficient in a essential amino acid that your brain needs to function properly or like i said before a build up or over production of something... our diet and the way out bodies process things is more important than most people including docs realize..
ask your doctor to do a MRI wit contrast and ask him to look for a brain tumor i forgot the name of this tumor all i can remember is that it started wit an "Sw" dont worry its non-canerous my moms going the same thing your going through but a littel worse. Hope this works for you.
God, I wish I could talk to you more about this Xanax withdrawal. I am in the process of decreasing from 1.75 to 1.00 mg a day right now. It was OK for about two days and then, on the third day, it was sheer hell. Massive panic attacks with shaking and heart palpitations, blurred vision, frightened beyond belief, and unable to sleep more than an hour a night for the past four weeks. It's insane! I begged my doctor to take me off the Xanax months ago, but she insisted on leaving me on the stuff, saying it's too soon to stop. So, I am taking the issue in my own hands and tapering off myself. Most of the literature says the longer you hold off on tapering off Xanax, the harder it will be to get off the damn stuff. It also says not to stop cold turkey, so I am playing it smart and decreasing over a period of time. When I do manage to be off the stuff, I am very tempted to sue the company that makes Xanax and tell my doctor a thing or two for putting me on it in the first place. It is an evil, evil drug.
hi i am kellen and ive been .25mgs of xanax three times a day for a month and a half and my doc just said i didnt need it anymore and cut me off cold turkey and its been hell ..... ive heard nothing but bad things about what im going to go through .....any ideas of how to ween myself off this ****? please help!
I was on Xanax for about five years and stopped taking it due to being out; pharmacy wouldn't refill. I'm two weeks into not having it and it's crazy how my body is responding. I've had lightheadedness to the point of near fainting while driving. (I commute to my job). Now, it's near impossible to get back into the car without feeling I will near faint again. Also, I'm dealing with surreal feelings as if I'm not inside my body. I have pins/needles feelings, increased anxiety and feelings of blackouts. This is so severe that I may have to quit my job if I don't get help. I went to the ER after a week of being off the med and they found nothing. The doctor prescribed Celexa but I've yet to start it. Anyone with advice would be greatly received.
I am addicted to Xanax for over 2 years. My doctor had me on 6mg a day, and with a high anxiety stress lifestyle I abused them. I would take 2 or 3 sometimes due to the stress in my household, which is no excuse. But I thought it was. I would go to the doctor and several times told him I was not feeling right. My stress level was intensified and the Xanaax was not working anymore even after the increase. He increased it more and put me on a mood stabilizer also. I began to take both for awhile I felt pretty good and then back to needing more, then he increased my stabilizer. I was starting to feel these strange feelings happen on occasion. My head would tingle, dizzy, blurred vision and i would lose control of my legs, I could not walk without falling or walking into something. I never told anyone I was addicted it was my secret. One episode in my kitchen cooking that feeling took over me, lucky me had my cell phone so I called my 13 yr old daughter and asked her to help me to the couch.I could not walk, it was an experience I could not explain and would never wish it on my worse enemy. My mind would want my legs to move but they couldn't, after about 2 hours of me resting it would go away. I was lucky not to ever have 1 at work. I never told the last one I had put me out, I never slept maybe 3 hours a nite. One nite around 3:00 am I was on the computer and got dizzy I started to no when they were coming now. I got up from my chair and tried to walk fell, no cell phone near made it to my bedroom pulled myself up banged my head on wall what a bump and could not make it to my bed. I scooted near my bed and tried to get in it I could not lift my legs to get up on bed so i pulled my blanket down and pillow and rested on floor till it was time to get my kids up 4 school. I managed to knock the alarm clock down to set it. I felt a bit better by 6:15 am but not myself, I made it upstairs took stairs 1 at a time. Kids needed a ride to school and there was no way I could drive my legs were still numb I would not feel the gas or brakes and would not want my kids or anyone else to get hurt. Called my mom she drove them to school, I finally told her how I was feeling. I then called y gentleman friend and went to ER. Mistake they admitted me and doped me up more, had 2 more attacks in hospital. They had me on 14 pills a day god knows what they were but they made me feel worse and out of my body. My best friend is a nurse and she weaned out more than half of what they had me on. I gave her permission to be able to contact nurses station. 5 days they kept me, finally figured out I was having long lasting addiction reactions to Xanax.They wanted me to go into detox inpatient,I refused. I plan on getting through this, my oldest daughter is helping me and took control over my meds the doctor is weaning me but too drastically from 6-8 pills a day down to 3 and 1/2 a day. The 1st 2 weeks were horrible, shakes, headaches, no energy, vomiting, wanted to just be alone in my bed. My younger kids were told I was sick. My poor kids to have to see me like this, now I made it through 2 weeks in misery and started feeling a little perky and myself. Now the doctor has got me on a weaning schedule 2 a day now. No way, I am so sick and just started a new job what bad timing but I need to survive. I asked my daughter a few times if I could have 1 or a half some days I could not do it. She would not even listen, I went through her room looking for my Xanax and found nothing. She takes them to work or wherever she goes lucky me. Nobody knows the feelings unless u have them or got through it. well i am back to being sick again, headaches thinking a sinus infection calling doctor for more pills, vomiting, shaky, on edge on and on. I am very anxious and imagine I am at a new job, how I am doing it I don't no. I like the job boss is great, timing *****. I just hope I can bring my anxiety down he sees it and that's when I go into my attacks. Heart races, palms sweat, nauseous talk nervous. I am using all their dam suggestions, breathing, walking. For now all I want is 1 more pill, sometimes can't wait to get home to take it and the availability is not there. To little too soon, I called doctor and we play phone tag, told nurse symptoms no response. Now i have been vomiting for 2 days with the dry heaves, cant stand the smell of some foods being cooked. I can't cook now, cause I can't eat it or stand smelling it. My 13 yr old is cooking God love her!!! What did I do I listened to the doctor and kept going back for me complaining and he would pacify me with a increase. So now here I am at 4:00 am can't sleep, stomach ache, headache what the hell. Therapist tells me it will get worse as I am weaned more and more, what a good feeling. I think hes killing me I cry nobody listens, I don't want to talk to my therapist I have no desire to talk, I am praying to hold it together for my kids and keep my job. My older in control of my meds don't get it sometimes a half just gets me through the withdraw. I think i have a long way to go but this is not working for every good day there is 6 bad ones!!!! I have bad anxiety and will probably always will, I will need something but not Xanax. I will not go on some of the suggested pills that blow u up 15-20lbs later. Do these psychiatrists ever listen, mine puts me on a 15 min clock doesn't even give me eye contact and writes out prescriptions,"see u in a month". Gee Thanx look where i am now, I want me back. There has to be something out there for anxiety without harm, in the mean time I hear from others this could go on for months is this real. Sorry for the length of this but my older daughter and best friend are the only ones who no so i released all my inner thoughts. To everyone out there thank you for sharing your stories.
Please do not feel you our alone I am having panic attack as I am typing I have read your comment and it has brought me to tears please know that I to am suffering from these xanax withdrawal symptoms I now realize why all the doctors hated prescribing me the stuff I am more scared then I have ever been in my life this is truly terrible. I am trying to get through this more then anything I break down down into tears almost every other day I fear getting in my car, going to school, seeing my friends, the only thing that helps me is seeing my mother but knowing that I have done this to myself hurts the most. My mother worked hard her whole life and now her son is mentally a mess I had big dreams for my life but now all I want to do is to feel normal again I fear I will never feel a day were my head is not "light headed" like you say this tingly feeling takes over my head and my vision is unexplainable its like I can see but I do not want to think about what it is I am looking at almost a feeling of constriction I feel like I am fainting and am fading away I went to the ER and they injected me with 1MG of Ativan and gave me about 15 pills to cope with, I have read on the internet just what actually has happened to me and I feel I have been tricked I am lazy I have no stresses in my life and thats what makes me feel the most guilty reading the fact that you have kids and a job and are still having to deal with this condition almost kills me from looking at it please know that as I am typing this all those sensations you are describing are hitting me with full force the emotional factor is ridiculous I am the scum society I am on section 8 I am on unemployment I lift weights everyday I have no worries and it kills me to be dealing with this and hurts that much more hearing from people like you that actually have something to live for I am so sorry that you have to deal with this as well but I am glad that someone else can relate to what it is I am going through because the hardest thing about this is that everyone assumes you are the same person as you always were but I cannot explain to these people what it is I feel the sensations are so overwhelming and feel so real and being told that it is all the bodies natural reaction to the withdrawal makes me feel that I am going crazy I would not want anybody to feel the way I do, from the second I wake up until the second I close my eyes at night I live in fear I had a great life everyone loved I was a wrestler in high school but had a shoulder separation while snowboarding in 2009 since then I have taken a interest in criminal law after studying supreme court cases my intelligence had reached a level that was very scary I started questioning the reality I live in basically feeling that the life I thought I had been living was a joke and it was starting to really mess with my head. I took it upon to myself to go to the doctor since my mom got her job back at our local community college and we got back our health insurance I used it to my medicine I have become to smart for my own good about the world we live in and felt that I could achieve anything and was basically untouchable. I was taking 2mgs of xanax a day as soon as I would wake up for about a month one day I said "alright thats enough of that" and stopped taking it thinking that everything would be fine just like all the other times I used the drug for recreation but this is where my world took a turn. I started feeling extremely uncomfortable I could not take a full breath, thoughts would not stop running through my head that I was going to have a heart attack and die, the feeling that I have let down my mother almost killed me as it is she really is the only reason I am alive today I feel selfish and i'm sure anyone else would agree. I was taking .5 mgs about every other day usually only using it if I couldn't get through an attack but after reading the true reason behind what it is that has happened to me I have been battling the drug cold turkey for about a week and a half now occasionally taking .5mgs of Ativan to get me through a school day if the panic just becomes to overwhelming I now try to let myself just get through the panic attack I have accepted the fact that these attacks will come out of anywhere I just try to let the panic attack pass and let the sensations engulf my body I just keep telling myself its all fake and not real I don't care how abnormal it feels I I know when the trigger will take effect and the only thing that gets me through it is the fact that maybe I will feel normal again feel like the man I once used to be I know this probably doesn't help with your problem but please know you are not alone I to have fallen victim to this and I pray I will pull myself out of this hole god save me...
I just went cold turkey on tuesday...within 24 hours I started withdrawal symptoms...they were horrible, sinitus, shaking, trembles, nausea, and vomiting....i know they say don't stop that way....but after experiencing that withdrawal I will never put my body back through that...will Jesus help I can do all things cause He strengthens me...there is nothing too hard for My God! I'm praying you overcome this cause you can!
you quit cold turkey hear is mine i have only been taking them for about 6 months .5 mg in the morning and at night i dont want to take these anymore so i decided to go cold turkey here i am on day two and i feel like crap no vomiting but i am nausus i get lightheaded i should have never started taking these i hate it sometimes im not sure if it is withdrawls or if it is actually anxiety ive delt with anxiety my whole life and never took pills and the stories i am reading are scaring me even more does any one know how long these symptoms last hopefully no more than a week cause im doing cold turkey but i was only taking one mg a day for about 6 months can anyone tell if i will have severe withdrwals or mild i dont know but i dont like the way ifeel now im just glad to know im not alone in this they should get rid of this drugs very habitual
im currently withdrawing from 3mgs a day down to 0.5 - 0.75 a day there is noway i would be able to do this cold turkey for me but the withdrawals are so hard i feel like im going crazy but i know im not.
i dont know how i ended up here there were days i would be taking up to 5mgs i have found myself alot calmer since i have been on a smaller dose.
you need to keep stong i think. as for the withdrawals i pray to God they get better and not worse everyone seems to think they will improve i hope to God they do xanax is 100% evil
God bless you all.
Nothing is impossible you can all do it ~
good luck, I was a pharmacetule drug designer, and I can tell you xanax is a mirical drug if you suffer like I have for the past 30 years, first panick attacks, anxity attacks, social anxity disorder runs in my family my grandfather, mother, aunt, uncle, and 2 first cousins all have this problem, my mother had to be hospitilized, and 1 of my first cousins had to be several times over them, the other is disabaled and I have filed for disibility over them, the regular xanax is probably not what you should have been put on their half life is only about 3-4 hours top's, I was on them for 29 years, 90 per month finially got refered to a psycrist who immeadiatly stopped the xanax immeadate release and changed me to xanax er 1 mg 2 x daily now im dow to only 60 per month and feel so much better and rarely have a attack, my attacks progessevly got worse until they were constant, the xanax er has smoothed out my entire day, now getting off xanax I do know you can have relapses for up to 2 years or longer as they store in the fatty cells in the body and the brain is fat, thus tetering off is not as easy as it sounds some are lucky some are not.
I tried to get off of them myself some years back and almost had a stroke, my doctor advised me that considering my family history and such that even if I was able to get off the xanax that the original reason I was put on them would still be their thus im cought in a circle now im older and in pretty good shape other than the attacks, I would personally keep the white .25 1/4 mg on hand just in case that way you can trial and error if your light headness is xanax related or not next it takes more than 14 days of continuse use to become addicted so if you can go for days weeks or months without symptoms and then you have a attack taking one wont re addict you just dont go back to taking them on a daily basis, and ask your doctor about the extened release. good luck in staying off them we and our doctors do our best and somtimes it really is trial and error
I take Xanaxx 1 mg once every 3 days now..which is apart of my withdrawal process. My doc. stated that it is not good to cold turkey Xanax! My symptoms include lightheadedness, flurry vision, when I walk..I feel as though I will fall(this happens all the time, a backwards and forward feeling) and mainly I get 5 to 10 minute headaches!!! I agree with you all, this drug is evil...as someone as stated, I just want my life back..any suggestions
This is a highly unusual way to taper xanax..due to it's short half life. Please educate yourself about Benzos by googling Ashton manual...another good source of info is Benzo buddies . Org. I'm just concerned this taper plan isn't so good...call ur dr. and inform him of these symptoms...seizures are a possibility. I am in the midst of tapering xanax and have had to get educated. How long were you prescribed these?
I don't want to worry you ..just want you to be safe.
(Many Dr.s are not aware on how to do tapers..my Dr. included)
Don't touch xanax. It seems great at first but it's a deadly drug. I know. I'm four months on them now. Over the past few weeks I've been weaning myself slowly off them. I'm now down to .25mg a day and STILL getting withdrawal symptons - blocked sinuses, panic attacks, heart pounding in my chest, hot, tired, emotional, eyes feel like they're about to pop, headaches, etc, etc. Stay away from xanax.
I agree, I was put on Xanax for a month only. 30 tablets 15mg a day and my doctor called me to say that I need another prescription to continue taking them I said no, this will be my last tablet as I slept 12-14 hours and was always late for work. I had absolutely no idea that I will go through withdrawal just after 30 days! Mainly physical -vomiting, light head, blurry vision, headaches and feeling that I am going to fall! Wow, never ever Xanax.
I have just read everyone's comments and I'm glad I did. I had been taking Xanax for nearly 18 years ( panic disorder) (5mg per day). I didn't know how harmful this drug is/was. It needs to be banned - it is an evil drug. Why do medical practitioners prescribe it? (must be because it is an easy solution). In February this year my local doctor wouldn't prescribe them for me (her own way of "getting me off them") - After about a day off them I have no memories at all - I know I drove about 2.5hours to get to my parents place, I was hallucinating ( so I have been told) I was imagining people from my past (30 years in my past) were talking to me. My sister took me to Emergency at a hospital. I came to about 5 days later. I was very fragile, didn't feel "normal", I was confused. The drs put the puzzle together. (I had a psychotic episode - drug induced) It is now August and I believe I am still suffering the effects of the Xanax stoppage - I feel disjointed, confused, scared, I keep getting headaches, sinus infections, muscle aches & spasms, and nausea, vomiting (and I am not normally a vomiter)... I have tried to ask drs but they are quite dismissive. I have searched the internet and have found the effects of Xanax withdrawal can last from 1 week to years. I want my life back. I didn't ask to be put on Xanax....
I've taken Xanax for about 3 years .25 mostly 1 time a day on bad days .50. My body begin to have withdrawal due to the regular dosage not sufficient enough anymore. My whole personality has changed and I started suffering from depression. It's been about 3 weeks and I'm having light headless, dizziness, heart palpations,irritability and mood swings:( I know it's a small dose but I'm about 5'3 and 106 lbs. and on that does for 3 years. Will I ever feel normal again ( assuming I was normal before).
Yes you will feel normal again. I have been on Xanax for about 8 months not more than .50mg a day as needed. Now I have been trying to tapper off
and get off of it totally. My doctor wanted me to go on Lexapro but it increased my anixiety which I was told would last about 3 weeks and level off and then I would be able to stop taking xanax.. I took the lexapro for one day and decided that replacing one drug with another is not the way to go since Lexapro is addictive also but not as addictive as Xanax. So I am tappering it is my 3rd day now and I take .25mg every 26hrs. It is pretty tough in between but exercise will help and keeping your mind busy will help. You just have to be positive and tell yourself when start getting the withdrawl symptoms that it is drug making you feel this way, I had many tests thinking I had a heart attack or gall stones all came back negitive. I was Xanax about 10 years ago for 3 months when I went through a divorce and tappred off without any problem. However back then I was taking branded Xanax this time I have been on the generic Xanax and I feel that the generic is harder to stop. Just my oppinon. You will feel better it will take time, but DO NOT STOP COLD. See your Doc for a tappering program. I will check back and see how you are doing.
i have been taking xanax for close to 10 years.for the last 6 years i have been taking 5mg a day.i have got to the point that i run out every month.i have gone through xanax withdrawal so many times i could wright a book.i went 2 months once and still i had double vision and confusion.as i post now it has been 2 weeks so if i misspell somthing please cut me some slack.i am determined to beat it this time.i dont know how long these withdrawals will last but i guess i will find out. for those of you who want to know the symtems of withdrawal here they are...insomnia..irratabilaty..blurred vision..confusion..anxioty..short breathing..hearing things..seeing things..shaking..trouble using bathroom.. lump in throat..it helps to remind yourself to breath with your stumach going in and out not your chest.i guess i will get back to normal somday.if your doctor gives you meds do alot of reserch it may save you alot of truble in the long run.
Hi my prayers go out to you. I don't have an answer to your questions, actually I came on here to find out those answers myself. I've read some of the posts and I think it probably depends on the individual. I was on 2mg a day sometime 2 1/2. I started taking Xanax for anxiety but depended on them to be able to sleep. Long story short I just decided it was time to STOP. I prayed to The Lord Our God and to Our Holy Mother for help. I'm going into my 3rd day now, and Thank the Good Lord above i have not had any of these symptoms. A little shaky sure, worst is I can't sleep I finally fell asleep this morning for 4 hours off and on but I expected that. Tonight doesn't seem to be any different but again I expected that. I am not recommending anyone just stop taking them, again I think it depends on the individual. I think the best way to explain it is, it's like your computer, sometime you need to reboot. Well I think thats exactly whats happening to all of us. Our Bodies need to reboot to learn how to deal with things and learn how to function again without the help of these pills. My prayers are with all of you. Stay strong and Pray. God really does hear you and will help you if you ask Him.
I was on Xanax for 3 years 2mg twice a day. I eventually ran out of insurance and had no choice but to go cold turkey because my doctor was a peckerhead. It was and still is the worst experience I have ever been through. At first I didn't really sleep for 5 months, got back on it for a month then stopped again. I ended up having a seizure and going to the er. They said after a month I should feel fine, but that was far from the truth. Still cant sleep, blurry vision, stomach cramps, twitches absolute hell. Xanax is not the drug to take for long periods of time, unless you know your going to be on it for life. I have been been on Percocet, methadone, suboxone and that wasn't hard to get off of at all compared to Xanax. So if you do want to get off Xanax don't do it cold turkey. Figure out a titration process that weans you down as slow as possible.
I know what you all have been going through. I was addicted myself for 10 years. Low dosage 0.25mg every 4 hours. When I started to lower my usual dosage, withdrawal set-in almost immediately. I'm living in Thailand (retired) and went to the Bumrungrad hospital in Bangkok. I was referred to a specialist (psychiatrist) who specializes in helping patients to detox. To make a long story short, he put me on a withdrawal schedule and prescribed me Clonidine (0.01 mg per day). It worked like a charm. Clonidine took the "hard" edge of my withdrawal and made the whole detox process a lot easier!
A word of caution, Clonidine is also used to lower blood pressure, so please discuss with your MD FIRST!!
Be well, be safe, be happy.
PS: In severe addiction cases the only way to kick Xanax, appears to be hospitalized for a few days on a IV-line, which lets you sleep for a few days. When you wake up, the worst withdrawal symptoms are over. Pls Google!
I just started to take xanax 0.5mg 2 months ago because I was having what appear to be anxiety- Short of breath and light headed. . Now, I'm light headed 24/7 and my Psychiatrist put me on sanax 0.5 ER which last 12 hours twice daily because because he said this will probably take away my light headed. I'm confused, he wants to increase my amount so my light headed goes away but what I read here is that sanax withdrawal give you light headed. I already had the light headed before I took my first pill and it did make make light headed better but for a short period of time because I'm still taking the regular xanax. The extended Pill will be available for me on Thursday (2 days from now)
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