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I have been taking alprazolam and alprozolam xr for about 18

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I have been taking alprazolam and alprozolam xr for about 18 months. It was originally prescribed for stress that I was having over business and financial issues. I began taking .5mg and eventually the doc changed me to xr. At the peak, I was taking 2 mg per day. I have gradually tapered down to 1mg.per day, but am not sure how to taper off completly. How much to cut back and for how long? I have tapered to 1 mg before and then went back to 1.5mg after about 3 weeks.
As an aside, I know that learning to cope better is the answer--not medication. It is a great resource, but in the end dealing with life's issues has to be done through working on your self. This has been a tough time for me. I have never felt the need for meds of this type except for 35 years ago when I was coming out. Anyway, your thoughts?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Bill replied 1 year ago.
Hello- Thank you for asking the question. I have over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families & am happy to reply.

I am happy to help with this.

As long as you are under medical supervision, you should be able to start tapering from 1mg -You can get XR in .5 mg dosages and then proceed to reduce at this strength for 3-4 weeks. I would ask you Doctor for some regular 0.25 Xanax as you wean from .5 mg and continue at 0.25 for a couple of weeks and then only PRN (as needed) i f you feel the need.

Coping with life stressors can be very difficult.
I am attaching a link that will provide an abundance of helpful information on coping with stress.

http://www.helpguide.org/topics/stress.htm

Read information that applies and engage the self help techniques that you will find.

If you have additional questions for me, feel free to ask.

Kindest regards, Bill

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the help. I am still feeling a fair amount of stress and occasional depression, so I may continue to stay on a low dose for a little longer. But if I feel I want to be on my own , I will follow your advise.

Expert:  Bill replied 1 year ago.
Hi Ed-

You may also want to consider some SHORT TERM counseling to help with your stress and depression. It is very helpful and effective with issues such as you describe.

You can locate trained Therapists in your area at the following link:

http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_search.php


Kindest regards, Bill

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