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Anna, Mental Health Professional
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I have been taking Xanor 0.25mg twice daily for around six

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I have been taking Xanor 0.25mg twice daily for around six years and am suffering extreme side effects such as anxiety, restricted breathing, nausea, fatigue, muscle weakness, loss of appetite and weight loss. I have tried to wean myself off this medication but the side effects of withdrawal are as severe. Medical professionals seem reluctant to prescribe anything else with fewer side effects and it appears that I do have a heightened sensitivity to anti deppressant type medication as many other popular treatments also cause severe side effects. One of the main problems is that I am also asthmatic. Can you offer any suggestion.
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It sounds more like you're not on enough Xanor, as your 'side effects' are actually symptoms of the anxiety your doctor is trying to treat. We call these 'breakthrough symptoms'.....when your body became used to the .25, it stopped having the therapeutic effect, which is a normal path for Xanor. So my suggestion is more, not less. If you increase your dose, you'll most likely see the reduction in anxiety symptoms (which are all the ones you've described). Right now, you're stuck taking a med that isn't working at the dose you're prescribed yet hit with intense backlash withdrawal symptoms if you stop.

CBT techniques can also help you, and are something you can work with today. Here is a site that can get you started. link

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