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I'm a 31 year-old male and I've been on and off Xanax for about 7 months now.
My problem started a year ago when I would get heart palpitations at night right after lying on the bed and closing my eyes to sleep. My doctor (a cardiologist) said that it was due to my smoking habit and prescribed me Metoral which seemed be working fine, but each time I stopped taking them the problem would come back a few days later.
So I became anxious a bit and went to another doctor, this time (a GP), and was told that I had anxiety issues. I was prescribed Xanax 0.25 before bedtime along with a beta blocker and it worked miracles, at first! After a couple weeks I realized that the dosage is not working as well as before and I’ve started to experience feelings of anxiety and irritation much earlier than the specified time I used to take them. I doubled my dosage for a few weeks and since it got me worried, I went to see a psychologist who got me on Zoloft which I had to quit just after 3 weeks of usage due to the severe and constant side-effects that were beyond my tolerance. It actually worsened my anxiety by scattering it throughout the whole day! It’d gotten to a point where I had to take 0.25 twice during the day and 0.5 at night and every time I tried to skip a dose or even reduce it a little, I felt like I would collapse! Just knowing the fact that I was a total stranger to panic attacks and extreme anxiety prior to taking Xanax (and Zoloft perhaps)!
So a few days ago, I had to go back to my psychologist to tell her that I wanted to taper off and quit Xanax once and for all! She switched me to Valium 2 and Metoral 12.5 twice a day which isn't helping me much at all! I'm relatively fine for like 4 hours after each take then all hell breaks loose!
I am deeply concerned about the fact that my functionality and well-being is now entirely dependent on a highly addictive pill that I don’t seem to be able to quit!
For the first time in my life I'm starting to feel afraid to even leave the house! I’ve become edgy and aggressive. People around me are starting to notice and even expressed their concerns a few times indirectly!
Since I’m starting to doubt the viability and veracity of this whole Pharma industry, I tried to seek consultation from an old friend who had a long history of benzo and opioids abuse (I know it wasn’t exactly a bright idea). He’s telling me to quit cold turkey and try using opioids like Tramadol pills responsibly and for a short period of time to help deal with withdrawals (Like 2 to 3 weeks at most with lowest dosages possible). I haven’t made up my mind yet, so I was hoping to receive some advice. Does anybody think it’s worth a shot? Or I should avoid doing it at all costs?
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