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Usually one doesn't experience withdrawal symptoms after only 3 weeks, but not everyone fits into the category of "usually."
Weaning off Xanax is usually done by decreasing the dosage 25% every week (or even two weeks). That means if you were taking 2 mg per day, you would reduce that to 1.75 mg for the first week.
The second week you would take about 1.25 mg per day and the third week to 0.93 mg (i.e. 1 mg). Continue decreasing until you are off it completely.
One should never try to decrease by more than 0.5 mg every 3 days and do expect to have withdrawal symptoms with that fast a weaning.
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No, it isn't really worrisome. I think the problem is that you are attempting weaning too fast. To go from 2 mg per day to 0.75 mg per day is a huge drop. It's better to up your dosage to 1.25 or 1.5 mg per day and take it from there, especially since you are planning a trip that could potentially be stressful. I am assuming that you aren't a frequent flier. (Never a good idea to assume...)
If you are okay today, you can probably stay at 0.75 mg for the rest of the week. Next week try dropping to no more than 0.5 mg for the week. The week after that you can try taking nothing and see how it goes. If it doesn't go well, try 0.25 mg per day for a week and then quit completely again. You should do just fine. It's just that a drop from 2 mg to 0.75 mg is a huge decrease so it's no wonder you are having some symptoms today.
You can never tell how people will react to medications. Some will have no problems and others will. Weaning can always be done if the person is willing, no matter what they are taking. It doesn't mean that you would have more trouble than usual weaning from another drug.
Xanax is a problem for many people. Today it is seldom prescribed for longer than 2-3 weeks to help people through a bad situation, like preparing for a serious operation, or having a death in the family. For longer term anxiety there are newer drugs (although "newer" is a relative word. Some of them have been around for long enough to come off patent and be available as generics.) that aren't as difficult to wean off if the need for them is no longer there.
I don't think this means anything serious for you. You just need to slow down a bit.
That's right. You were just reducing the dose too quickly and having side effects on account of it. You should do fine if you just slow down the weaning a bit.