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What is so special about Xanax???
#1
This is based on a post I made on another thread and thought it was worth becoming a thread? Please explain to me why this med is so darn popular. Is it because it was your original script and you just stuck with it? I do know from reading posts on 2 boards over the years that this med has caused considerable problems for many, I guess from the addictive nature of the med and it's short life requiring multiple dosing? I know all B's can become habit forming and abused. I am not casting stones as I chronicled my abuse of V's and alcohol after work every day for over 2 years. They say it works fast? Clonazepam under the tongue and I am good in 15 minutes. The fact that this med is now being counterfeited widely would scare me and shows just how many people are dependent. Just wanted to propose that if the road you are on with Xanax is concerning you, the transition to a longer lived med may have benefits and should be rather easy, I would think. This would allow you to taper easier to a more healthy and sustainable level and save you $. Not judging anyone, but would love to hear your opinion on why you feel it is the best med for you. I had vendor throw in a handful of Xan so I could try and using the equivalency chart gave it a go and noticed no difference between it and the clonazepam I was taking? Just really curious and hope to get some replies. THANKS-FF
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#2
Xanax is the fastest-acting benzo as far as I know, and it does give you a little more of a buzz than most other drugs in the same class. It has a short half life though, so it doesn’t last very long. Also, and this is purely speculation, but I think people like the look of the 2mg bars. The other strengths are shaped like tiny footballs, and then you jump to 2mg and it’s a pretty white bar.
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#3
I agree it is the most talked about benzo at the moment.

Xanax has some amazing marketing around it. The name is memorable, short, and a palindrome. The bars are incredibly distinctive, almost everything else comes in round tablets, so that ups the interest factor. It has crossed over into public consciousness. The other day I heard someone say "go take a xanax" in the same way people used to say "take a chill pill" (i.e. you are worrying too much).

That marketing has crossed over into celebrities referencing it. Loads of teenagers are into the xanax bars. You can tell it is marketing because there is far less interest in the footballs. Even when people take absurd amounts of xanax and do something stupid, they become "bartard stories" that people brag about. So there's a whole sub-culture around it, which can't really be said for any other benzo. That said, I fear a lots of teens are getting addicted, and then we have a whole different problem on our hands. In the UK xanax is a big thing among students, despite the fact the NHS does not prescribe xanax (lots of other benzos, but not that one). I have some sympathy in that I think they are an enormously stressed generation (which you can blame on social media, lack of opportunities, gig economy replacing jobs for life, etc...), but xanax doesn't fix any of those things.

Personally I find that while xanax relaxes me, there is too much amnesia for my liking (and that's not really compatible with my job). I've found bromazepam to be far more helpful - but I'm talking occasional use, when I'm facing something very stressful. My daily medication for anxiety is diazepam. I recently had someone say to me diazepam isn't very exciting - but it isn't supposed to be! It is medication to help me relax and cope with what life throws at me - it does those things very well so "boring" is absolutely fine by me! ;-)
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#4
Barq, I totally agree with your comment on Diazepam not being exciting and that is a positive thing for those who wish to keep their anxiety in order without the fast-acting effects that x@n@x brings.

I have been on Diaz since 2012, along with the pregabalin this has kept me stable and positive holding back my anxiety to give me a good quality of life.

Taking breaks where possible has also assisted in not becoming tolerant of this medication.
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#5
Their is nothing really special about Xanax. If one is using something just for sleep then the shorter acting ones have been better for me since I get a bit of rebound anxiety the next day but that is better than having constant stream of benzo in you since you get the rebound anxiety which are mini withdrawals and the big withdrawals don’t happen. It was only when I began to take benzos during the day did I get screwed. At that point, I could not stop as the withdrawals were so brutal. Eventually I stopped and suffered 3 seizures. That never happened when I stopped taking the fast acting stuff just at night. I was always able to just stop and get rebound insomnia but no seizures. Xanax only became a nightmare when I used it during the day. The danger of any benzo is real. Stopping them is so hard and so dangerous.
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#6
I had chronic panic attacks and it was the 1st benz0 prescribed for me and it worked extremely well. Was given f00tb@lls then after some time the b@rs. I tried di@z but only made me sleepy and didn't help at all with the panic. I didn't want other benz0s so I never asked and my doctor never offered. The major downside was I began to need them more often and at higher doses until I was taking them even when I didn't have the panic attacks.

Then after a long time I stopped taking them cold turkey and it was a hellish time but it had became horrible before I stopped. You would think after persevering and feeling better than I had in a long time I would never partake again but I did.
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#7
Hi and Welcome! JESSE, I sought treatment many years ago with a Phsyc Doc and after a bad experience with Paxil, she gave me me Clonazepam,problem solved! Diaz is not for you but .5 -1mg under the tongue will kill any panic attack in my opinion, and last so much longer. Just a thought? -FF
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#8
Thanks for the welcome FF. Antidepressants and antipsychotics either didn't help or had terrible effects for me and also I was being treated for other things which doesn't matter for this thread. You're very wise since I did finally get some rivets and try them. At 1st they didn't help much at all so I started to slowly incorporate them with my @lps. After a week I was only taking cl0n and it worked wonders. I was taking between 5 to 10 mgs/day of @lps and then switched to taking between 4 to 8 mgs/day of cl0n. Over the months I switched between the two and mixed them together while doing a taper. The last month I took cl0n it was 2mg/day and I ran out. Didn't have any for 7 days.

I waited for the withdrawals and had some like brain fog, a bit paranoid, slightly off balance, slight enhanced hearing and was hard being around others. I slept very well, didn't have headaches or diarrhea and stomach cramps plus no seizures or the many other systems. Light seemed pretty normal so I stayed at 1 to 3mg daily. Before I ran out again I got other meds in case of seizures and to try and feel more normal. The more normal feeling never came so I found something that conquered the not normal feeling. I have been in withdrawal a couple months but its barely noticeable. I doubt my methods would work for any others but the weight of benz0s on my shoulders is leaving. I loved the normal feeling but hated all the negative side effects.
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#9
(08-03-2019, 09:01 PM)fishfarmer Wrote: This is based on a post I made on another thread and thought it was worth becoming a thread? Please explain to me why this med is so darn popular. Is it because it was your original script and you just stuck with it? I do know from reading posts on 2 boards over the years that this med has caused considerable problems for many, I guess from the addictive nature of the med and it's short life requiring multiple dosing? I know all B's can become habit forming and abused. I am not casting stones as I chronicled my abuse of V's and alcohol after work every day for over 2 years. They say it works fast? Clonazepam under the tongue and I am good in 15 minutes. The fact that this med is now being counterfeited widely would scare me and shows just how many people are dependent. Just wanted to propose that if the road you are on with Xanax is concerning you, the transition to a longer lived med may have benefits and should be rather easy, I would think. This would allow you to taper easier to a more healthy and sustainable level and save you $. Not judging anyone, but would love to hear your opinion on why you feel it is the best med for you. I had vendor throw in a handful of Xan so I could try and using the equivalency chart gave it a go and noticed no difference between it and the clonazepam I was taking? Just really curious and hope to get some replies. THANKS-FF
I am a recovering addict and have used one thing or another for the past 20 years of my life. Alcohol, pain meds, narcotics, and just about anything I could get my hands on through different periods of my life. I had breief and some not so brief affairs with most hard core narcotics at one point or another and since getting clean from everything 3 years ago Xanax remains the one thing I romanticize and fantasize about quite frequently. The relief it provided me is something I have always been very fond of. It was absolute hell to WD from and I try to focus on that when I convince myself that I could and should start taking them again. I've considered placing an order with an old email source who I see still offers all my favorite benzos for fantastic prices but still havent made the leap. If I did, I would have to regulate my use to strictly weekends or a "controlled" regiment of that nature. It's a rough road coming back from that once the abuse starts!
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#10
Branding for one is top-notch. Xanax, rolls off the tongue. I have struggled with xany addiction in the past, and the clincher is the near-instant anxiety relief. There isn't a person alive immune to anxiety, and for some, the absence of worry brings euphoria. The half-life of Xanax as a benzo is "intermediate" (3-8hrs): short-acting benzos knock you out, so no fun there. Sure, other benzos like lorazepam have similar half-lives, but are more sedating.

Xanax hits a sweet spot of manageable sedation and quick-fix relief. It's instantly rewarding; Xanax alleviates the physical symptoms of anxiety but not the underlying causes. Pop a Xany, feel good. Worried about life? How about a Xanax plaster? After some time, the mental association with the alpy taste, the chalky feel, just everything about it screams REWARD. Believe me, it's addictive. Xanax is special because it's too good to be true... avoid at all costs. Bromazepam works almost as well for anxiety with less of a "high"
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