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I have been taking Xanax - one a day .25 for months. I want

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I have been taking Xanax - one a day .25 for months. I want to get off it. It is a sleeping problem and anxiety and I would like to take something with meletonin in it. How long do I have to be off xanax before I start meletonin? Also, if I started melatonin and it didn''t work, how soon do I have to wait to get back on xanax?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  sarahfnp-bc replied 9 years ago.
Hi nannje,

Very good question. So you take xanax for sleep every night? Is it working well for you? May I ask why you want to get off of it? You're takig such a low dose and if it's working well I would question why change?

You can try melatonin the next night. As soon as you stop the xanax you can start trying melatonin. I would give the melatonin about a week. A week will be enough time to decide if it's going to work well with you. If it doesn't you can resume the xanax right away.

You can take melatonin and xanax together. They can increase sedation and such but there are no serious contraindications to taking the two together. Your question was about how to try something new so that would be the best way to try the melatonin and really know if it's for you.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Kind of - I want to get off Xanax because I think I could have more energy. Also, can Xanax be addictive taking a small doseage as I do? I take a lot of supplements. What do you think of supplements, such as grapeseed, CQ10, vitamin c and thyroid support and calcium and magnesium potasium.

Have you heard of someithing called RESQUE SLEEP? I bought it, haven't taken it, and they said it could be taken with Xanax. Is that true>
They have another product to take in the daytime. Are you familiar with it?

I have a lot of anxiety. Any suggestions
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
You didn't answer my last questions.
Expert:  sarahfnp-bc replied 9 years ago.

I apologize for not getting back to you more quickly. I had to go to work and was not online for a while. Yes, xanax can be addictive and habit forming even in low dosages. There will always be some controversy surrounding that issue however. Some providers may tell you that it isn't. But in my experience it certainly can be. Addictions is tricky. It's a genetic disease and you are going to be at higher risk if your parents were alcoholics or addicts. You probably know yourself pretty well and know weather you have an addictive personality. If you have been taking it for a month only once a day as prescribed and don't have the urge or compulsion to drink alcohol with it, take more than prescribed, or take it earlier and earlier than your chances are pretty good that you are not forming an addiction. It's these behaviors that distinguish the addict from the non-addict.

My personal and professional opinions on CQ10, vitamin C, and such are very positive. I was raised on alternative medicine and still use it to this day. Professionally though I should tell you there is only so much vitamin c you can absorb. Taking more than 200mg is a waste of money as it is not absorbed and leaves the body through urination. Are you on diuretics? How much potassium do you take? There are some risks in the older population of developing high potassium levels so it would be a good idea to get your potassium level checked. And grapeseed? I love grapeseed and have nothing bad to say about it. If it upsets your stomach you can drink a large glass of water with it or take it in tincture form.

There are two products I found. Rescue sleep and Res-Q sleep. So I am unsure of the one your talking about. The rescue sleep has ingredients that I am not really familiar with. The res-Q sleep has Melatonin, Griffonia, Valerian, Chamomile, and Skullcap. All good for sleep and anxiety.

Here are a couple of links on natural remedies for anxiety.

This one has a support group and chat option to discuss concerns with others who are on the same path.

Again I apologize for not being available sooner. Please let me know if you have any other questions.


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