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Re: Xanax tolerance Jackster

Posted by Daveman on February 4, 2001, at 1:48:35

In reply to Re: Xanax tolerance, posted by Jackster on February 4, 2001, at 0:25:27

> Hi
> I've been on Xanax for the last 6 weeks whilst waiting for the Paxil to kick in too. But in my case i was on Paxil 40mg for 3 years for agoraphobia with PA and it worked wonderfully. I decided to come down off it slowly, but then the PA's started coming back. When I went back up to the full dose it didn't work as well anymore. After trying many different AD's (Celexa, Imipramine, Prozac) I ended up having the worst PA's of my life (brought on by the starting too higher dose of Prozac I think). I got put on Xanax 1mg x 3 a day which helped me heaps. This is not an uncommon dose for Panic disorder. The Doc seemed to think that addiction wasn't a danger until after about 3 months. If I'm not doing anything stressful at night, I don't take my last dose until just before bedtime which helps me sleep. I'm seeing the PDoc next week - would have been back on the Paxil for 7 weeks so time to reduce the Xanax and see how I go. Wish me luck. Anyone got recommendations about the speed of tapering off Xanax?
> Jackie

Hi Jackie:

Here's a link to a good article about Xanax and panic attacks, with specific information about tapering:

I've been on Xanax (still haven't gone above 1.5 mg. per day) waiting for Paxil now for 28 days, still no real help from the Paxil. It now appears my sleep anxiety problem has settled into an obsession (I've battled OCD in various forms before) so it still looks like Paxil or some SSRI is what I need, though the wait is interminable! Question- my doc has mentioned Serzone as a possible alternative if Paxil fails. Anybody out there got any info on that medication?





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