Anxiety Community
Is it safe to use Xanax long term?
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to generalized anxiety, anxiety and eating, anxiety and sleeping, mood swings, panic attacks and panic disorders.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Is it safe to use Xanax long term?

I have a mild anxiety disorder, and I have been prescribed Xanax. I very rarely take it, honestly only about once a month, when I am having a really bad day. The reason I do it is because I have I.B.S. and G.E.R.D. These conditions combined can make me feel weak and bloated, and give me severe chest pain. This is what causes me anxiety, and I'm pretty sure these conditions are not going away anytime soon. I have seen posts from people that use Xanax multiple times a day, and that can cause addiction/withdrawal problems; I am just wondering if I really do only take 12-15 times a year, can it cause changes in brain chemistry, etc. that I really should worry about? I would hate to find that upping my serotonin levels mildly on occasion might give me long term mental health issues.
Related Discussions
3 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
349780_tn?1309637558
Let us just say it is addictive and prolonged use with lead to dependancy on the form of medication. It may only be a small amount. But once it is in your system for a long period of time you can't just stop it. Fact is, it is addictive. As are all benzos. But the effect they have on people vary from person to person. 12 to 15 times a year means about 1 tablet a month? You must have very mild anxiety. Be interested to hear any reply Ryan might give to this post. Can 1 tablet a month be as bad as 3 tablets a day? As in, you will still need to take them, your body will need them, etc, etc. You have me curious now. Yes it would be in your system. But surely it would pass out of your system by the time you got to take the second tablet a month later. Curious to hear would it still lose its effectiveness if taken the way you described.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I'm curious too. Anyone?
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I'm curious too. How did it go?
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Recent Activity
296076_tn?1371338074
Blank
melimeli commented on Moma_Cher's status
26 mins ago
973741_tn?1342346373
Blank
specialmom commented on AnnieBrooke's status
1 hr ago
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
b3b3kterbang commented on HIV and ORAL SEX: The...
3 hrs ago
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Anxiety Tracker
Track Anxiety Symptoms
Start Tracking Now
Top Anxiety Answerers
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
cj29
GA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Paxiled
Arlington, VA
480448_tn?1397235344
Blank
nursegirl6572
PA
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
birdie0907
Calgary, AB
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
anxiety860
6579347_tn?1388505968
Blank
mele48
TX
Anxiety Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
How to Silence Your Inner Critic an...
Apr 16 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eaters: How to Silence Yo...
Mar 26 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
1344197_tn?1392822771
Blank
Vaginal vs. Laparoscopic Hysterecto...
Feb 19 by J. Kyle Mathews, MD, DVMBlank
Top Anxiety Answerers
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
cj29
GA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Paxiled
Arlington, VA
480448_tn?1397235344
Blank
nursegirl6572
PA
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
birdie0907
Calgary, AB
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
anxiety860
6579347_tn?1388505968
Blank
mele48
TX