I have been suffering from sleep problems for many years. I also have had trouble with anxiety, especially lately. My doctor (who is an internist, cardiologist and sleep specialist) just prescribed .25 mg of Xanax at night and 10 mg. of Paxil in the morning. Over the past few years, my doctor wanted me to take each one separately, but I quit taking them after a short time because I didn't like feeling so drugged.
Is it common to presribe Xanax and Paxil together? If so, do they counter balance each other? Are these considered low doses? How long do most people stay on them? I don't want to have to be on them forever.
Lastly, how does it affect weight? Even though my doctor wants me to put on some weight (I weigh less than 110 lbs. at 5'3"), I don't want to gain a lot of weight (that would only add to my stress level).
As you can tell, I am not thrilled to be taking these medications. However, I have tried everything else (yoga, meditation, heavy exercise, cognitive restructuring, prayer, deep breathing, talk therapy) and nothing has been able to get me to slow down for more than a few minutes at a time.
I really appreciate your response.