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Hello I'm Dr Chip
First question--do you still have some of the 0,5 mg of the Xanax, and, if so, how many?
And--just checking here--do you have a doctor that is prescribing this for you?
OK The taper really should be supervised by your doctor but if I were your doctor here's how I would go about it--
Drop down to 0.25 mg a day for a week, then
0.25 mg every other day for a week, then
0.25 mg every third day for a week
With that taper you shouldn't have any withdrawal problems
And a natural alternative would be St John's wort
Please let me know if you need any more information
No, don't do that because you can't be sure they would be the legitimate medication
But if you do the taper the way I described it you should be fine in a month's time
Yes it does
With the amount you have you could still wait another two weeks to start the taper
St John's wort is safe and it doesn't cause allergies or shock
300 mg would be equivalent to the 0.5 mg of Xanax and you can take both of them together
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I disagree with the other expert that St. John's wort does not cause allergies or anaphylactic shock. It would be more correct to say that an allergic reaction is quite rare. I have personally never seen someone with an allergy to St. John's wort because it is so rare, and the other expert also may not have seen such a reaction, which may be why the other expert made such a statement.
If I can provide any additional information, please let me know.
The tapering schedule stated by the other expert is fine. The reality is that some people need a more gradual taper than others, which is why the other expert is also correct that it is better for the taper to be supervised by your physician. Many people ultimately need to have their schedule adjusted during the taper depending upon how the individual is doing.
The lexonatil is another benzodiazepine, but Xanax is unique among benzodiazepines, so many people find that using a different benzodiazepine is not the same as using Xanax.
Similarly, while St. John's wort is a natural alternative, many people find that St. John's wort also is not the same. However, it is reasonable to try the St. John's wort. Another natural alternative that can be tried is valerian, which can be taken as 120 mg to 200 mg up to 3-4 times per day. The studies that have been done on St. John's wort and valerian is using these supplements for underlying depression or anxiety. There are no studies that directly look as using them as an alternative to Xanax, such as using them for someone tapering off Xanax.
Not necessarily. The mere fact that someone has using a drug for any length of time does not indicate addiction. Using escalating amounts of the drug over time is one of the criteria for addiction, but you were on the same dose for 7 years. The other major indicators of addiction will only become apparent when you come off the drug, so it is too early to say whether you are addicted to the drug.
Certainly, the risk for addiction is greater for longer duration of use, but there is no duration of use at which it is certain that the individual has become addicted.
No, not really. It is possible for your system to get used to a certain dose of a drug, but the usual indication that your system has gotten used to it is that the same dose no longer works as well as it used to work, and the individual may increase the dose to achieve the same effect.
It would be a correct statement that someone that has required increasing doses of a drug over years is more likely to experience more significant withdrawal than someone that has been on the same dose of the drug for years. But is is not because the system has gotten used to it and it is just a placebo in those poeple that have been on the same dose for years.