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i have been prescribed xanax 2mgXR for the last five years.

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i have been prescribed xanax 2mgXR for the last five years. now my doctor is in the process of weaning me off the xanax. the withdrawals are horrible and almost unbearable. i want off this drug so im following all the doctor has told me to do. is there a better way to get off this drug without suffering these withdrawals? my daughter was prescribed ativan for 2 weeks instead of xanax and then stopped the ativan with no problem. is this an option? please help me.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Bill replied 4 years ago.

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Hello- Thank you for asking the question. I have over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families & am happy to reply.

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I am sorry to hear about this withdrawal reaction.

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I want you to continue to follow your Doctors direction to wean off Xanax before you consider something else .....like Ativan.

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If you medication is being prescribed by a GP or family doctor, it is time to consider being evaluated by a Board Certified Psychiatrist for comprehensive Assessment and recommendations for ongoing medication therapy.

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Xanax is an addictive Benzodiazapine and there are other alternatives that can be considered, however, I again stress the importance of having the proper Expert in evaluating this.........A Board Certified Psychiatrist. This way you will have the most competent opinion on what is best for you.

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Other alternatives to address your anxiety are addressed here:

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I trust that this has helped. If you wish to continue the conversation , please reply.

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Otherwise, I wish you the very best.

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Thank you - best of health and wellness!

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
your answer was much appreciated. i rate your service excellent!
Expert:  Bill replied 4 years ago.
Thank you and have the best possible day!.

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