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Xanax XR tolerance problem

Posted by DDog on April 18, 2006, at 23:34:11

I have been taking. Xanax XR 3mg once daily since 8/03....Before that I was on Ativan 1 mg 4x daily for a year.
The Ativan wasn;t working so my pdoc put me on the 3mgs of Xanax XR which worked great for about 2 years or so then I started experiencing a mild depression

Which I think was from the Xanax he says no.....Anyway I started taking Carisoprodol 3x a day not prescribed by the pdoc beween the months of August thru October '05.

I just told him recently about this at the last appt. He said I raised my tolerance to the Xanax being that Carisoprodol metabolizes into Meprobomate which is a Barb and has a croos tolerance to benzos.

Now I feel like hell since I stopped the Carisoprodol in Oct '05. I feel the Xanax has lost its effects.

The anxiety is bad and my short term memory is shot to hell,insomnia,muscle twitching etc.. since then.

He put me on 15mg of Remeron at the last visit it seems to be helping somewhat with the sleep, but I
feel I need to either get off the Xanax but how if I am already having symptoms.

Pdoc refuses to increase the Xanax Xr dose or switch to any other benzo.

Sorry for the long post I need some help here I am looking for work and going through this is making it very difficult.

Any advice




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