Sounds like my experience with xanax. This information is NOT intended to endorse any particular medication. From the 5 years I've been using them, I'd say that I haven't abused it not even in the slightest, shit, I don't even take them to get "high".. You may want to try a dose a few weeks prior (in conjunction with an attack or anxiousness) and see how your body reacts. and why klonopin is so good? They become less real, so to speak. It is extremely helpful for a plethora of anxiety related issues and is the least addictive and safest benzodiazepine that I have taken. I have been on all the "immediate relief" meds and each one has a different purpose and different feeling. Your doctor can tell you more about your limits during your next appointment. I take my Xanax very irregularly and it works really well for me. I don't know when I fell asleep but it was probably around 10pm. Subscribe to Drugs.com newsletters for the latest medication news, alerts, new drug approvals and more. I use xanax this way. I sat at my makeup vanity today and spent two hours just letting myself be inspired and creative with makeup. Like anything else, being responsible with how you take medications is key to successful treatment of symptoms. Since we all react to med's different this may not apply to you but I have notice that if my anxiety level is lower the Xanax can knock me out and make me think and react slow. I can always tell when I'm going to have a particularly anxious day almost as soon as I wake up, and this is definitely not something that I plan on taking every single day. I have been on klonopin for a day now and it is the best. So I'm limited to obtaining only by getting it off the street. Some commonly prescribed benzodiazepines include Valium, Ativan and Xanax. Sunday was okay, went to church, had a relaxing afternoon. They are a godsend at times of distress and can definitely help you to lead a happier life. Which one do you take? I had to stop drinking about a year ago because it made my anxiety really awful, so not having to drink now that I'm medication wasn't even a change for me. I'm proud of myself for letting go just enough. Thanks for posting. I often feel chest tightness and a desperate need to run away and distract myself until I feel better, either on the internet (at work) or curled up in bed reading (at home). I can talk more freely and express my feelings easier, because the fear of people looking down on you goes away. Xanax worked really well when my anxiety was crippling and nothing was taking the edge off. It's almost unbelievable how much of a difference it can make to your life. Xanax can help short term with anxiety, but I wouldn't recommend using it for more than three months. My particular obsessions make me really distrusting of medications. Does anybody else take this for OCD? I have low serotonin, and medicine helps lessen the effects. Celexa usually makes me a little sleepy so I take it before bed and feel fine in the morning. And yes, for me, it does help situationally. I cried and had a mild panic attack right after I swallowed the pill. It has a subtle calming effect when taken in the correct amount, and can help simply by knowing you have the option to take it by keeping one in your pocket. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. also i should add; how long does a dose last for? I would say you could potentially stay on Klonopin for a few years before you would have to taper down unlike xanax and ativan with their short half-lives and extreme abuse potential. And yea, it can make you feel wayyyyyy more drunk when combined with alcohol, especially because your body isn't used to th Xanax yet. This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. I know this isn't a magic pill and I still have a lot of work ahead of me. Is it normal to be so energized and inspired and calm? I had some very strong emotional reactions to the Wellbutrin and had to discontinue it. I experienced extreme rebound anxiety and panic attacks (later on seizures and psychosis) which lead to hospitalisation on more than one occasion. Though I take mine for OCD, not S.A. Taken irregularly wouldn't change the effects of it, it's prescribed to me as "when needed.". For example, last night I was in a fit of worry about something relatively stupid (I had called off sick at work, and I was convinced my boss was going to be angry the next day). I noticed that when i take the xanax it feels like my brain is on fire hours later like i can think clearer and I have a million ideas and my childhood passions seem to come back. We comply with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information -, Drug class: benzodiazepine anticonvulsants, FDA Requiring Labeling Changes for Benzodiazepines, Drug Safety Communication: Benzodiazepine Drug Class - Boxed Warning Updated to Improve Safe Use. I can't even do housecleaning without freaking about finding things that should have been done or that are "gross". I didn't feel comfortable taking it outside the hospital though because I worry about addiction. I feel shitty thought sometimes relying on these things. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Depending on the manufacturer, it can wear off really quickly as well. If I am having a big anxiety attack I am not nearly as Cloudy after. My doctor told me as well that it's a very common fear and those who worry about it are usually the least likely to get addicted. I told him that I've always had anxiety about taking anxiety medication, ironically. Cookies help us deliver our Services. It was an odd feeling. or is it the sort of thing where once you crash it wont have the same effect? Not pleasurable like an opiot..but something else. Of course, you can still have a drink or two every once in a while when you're taking the medication. c)cognitive impairment long term usage. Addiction/withdrawls are a huge, HUGE fear of mine, so I've planned on being very, very careful.