Xanax Withdrawal

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Ihatethis Says:
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Okay. I've been eating Xanax like candy since February when my dr did prescribe me 1 mg a day... But I often took more than that. I went from about 8 mg a day to 1 mg a day a few weeks ago... My withdrawal symptoms are awful, I even had a seizure 2 months ago when I tried to go cold turkey. I have excessive sweating, my forehead is on FIRE, I can't eat, I feel like I'm panicking constantly. What are my odds of dying at this point? I mean, it's been a few weeks... Wouldn't that have happened by now? I'm scared. My dr cut my 1 mg dosage completely in half to .5 mg a day... I just need some advice... I don't know what to do.


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EDDY Says:

It happened to me on 3 mg a day. I stopped cold turkey and experienced all the symptoms you mentioned and some others you didn't. I did not have a seizure but by the time I walked into the Hospital about 2 weeks later the ER doctor was freaked out and couldn't believe I could speak as I was in "Walking Critical" condition. You need to get to an E.R. even though its been a few weeks and never do this again. Sure I am back on Xanax but at a much lower amount per day. Basically you are dying! I fully expect the word filter to hold this message, always does on my most important replies but please, you now know what to do!

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Ihatethis Says:
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:( I have a child. I don't think I can just walk in & tell the truth... But I do have an appointment with my doctor at 9:30 in the morning. Should I tell her? Will they take my daughter away? What happened after you went to the ER?? I'm so scared now.

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Ihatethis Says:
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I mean, I have meds that my doctor prescribed to me. Would it help to take some & then explain to her tomorrow? I'm so afraid of losing my child...

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EDDY Says:

I didn't mention the Xanax thing and had a years supply of Lorazapam that I hated so started the process you described. My Hospital, the only one in a 200 mile radius invited me to stay a week. On day 2 I told the attending Doctor what I thought it might be as I was pretty sure why I was so sick for the previous 2 weeks. Could have written a book as each day was different! Hope you follow this advice

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Ihatethis Says:
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I'm just so afraid of losing my child.
But now I'm really really scared.

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EDDY Says:

You shouldn't lose your child. I just felt if I went in asking for Xanax they would send me on my way. This is a last chance Hospital where most people who check in don't check out. About telling your doctor, you know the first thing they will do is stop prescribing them so just think of the immediate couple of days right now, perhaps even get there at 9:30 to see your doctor!

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EDDY Says:

It ate my last message, go to your 9:30 appointment and then possibly then the Hospital

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Ihatethis Says:
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:'( okay. I'm so upset. I love my child & now I've failed her.
I can't even sleep. 11 hours until my appointment.

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EDDY Says:

The results at the hospital won't lie, basically your body is shutting down and they should admit you. My Hospital is a last chance facility and mostly drug seekers go there. I was lucky that the E.R. Doctor wasn't from this horrid town. Good luck to you and be honest with your personal doctor, EKG's and Blood work will tell most of your story for you!

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Ihatethis Says:
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I'm so scared I feel like I should go to the hospital now. ):

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EDDY Says:

If you feel now is the time to go then go! You can have a Heart Attack between now and then as well. You mentioned you have something to take, take it and make arrangements for your child as you might need to be gone for a little while. Nobody is going to get into trouble. I'm not sure what your Doctor will say, they tell you about addiction but many are not knowledgeable in withdrawal.

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Ihatethis Says:
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I did take my meds. I still feel awful, but they have to help, right?

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Ihatethis Says:
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What all withdrawal symptoms did you experience??

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EDDY Says:

They all will never pass through the word filter until approved. Each day was different, like a violent storm. After a period of time your body breaks down so while I'm glad you still have some medicine left, damage very possibly could be done. I feel for you because of your honesty, the same honesty that might hurt your continued procurement of the medicine you need. You know now they are NOT candy and don't be surprised if your Doctor isn't going to help you and possibly drops you as a patient. These days it can be hard to find a prescriber, personally I have had little problems. My doctor from the hospital alone set me up with a multi year supply, its all wrong. Get well and write back after tomorrow to let us know how it worked out for you!

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Ihatethis Says:
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So basically they'll just drop me & let me die?
:(( well, that's comforting... I know that she most likely isn't going to prescribe me anymore medicine, but I don't know what else to do.

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Ihatethis Says:
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Headed to an ER & praying for the best. Didn't want to waste money going to my doctor if I'll end up elsewhere, anyway.

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Ihatethis Says:
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The ER gave my hydroxozine to help with anxiety but nothing for the withdrawals. Does anyone know about this? If it even helps?? They also gave me a list of treatment centers... I'm gonna have to go. I applied for Medicaid, but I won't get it until October 1st but since it goes back 3 months I'm just hoping I can get it somewhere. Somewhere to help me.

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Ihatethis Says:
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Nah. No one can help me unless I have thousands of dollars.

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EDDY Says:

That would be in an inpatient program. However even the most basic of hospitals can help you if there are immediate problems. I did feel if I walked in there asking for drugs they would say no, and that night they shot me up with liquid lorazapam, the same stuff I had in pill form but refused to take. At first I was mad, actually thinking of ripping the tubes off and leaving the place but within minutes started feeling better. What exactly happened today?

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Ihatethis Says:
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I went in & at first I lied, but then I told them the truth. That I was actually taking way more than prescribed. They checked blood & urine & started an IV on me with fluids. Then took my IV out, gave me meds (which do not seem to be helping.) and sent me on my way. :'(((( I'm so upset I could punch the wall right now!!!

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