It got so bad were it lasted for 3+ hours my parents eventually forced me to go to the E.R. they said it was probably anxiety and gave me 20 pills of .5mg of xanax. I researched xanax and how addicting it can be and withdrawals can cause seizures and comas so I have been reluctant to take it and have been cutting the pills in half and have had to take 2 halves every single day. I try to go without taking the pills as long as possible but I almost feel like that makes the panic attack that i inevitably end up having worse. I feel like if i had just taken a half earlier in the day it would have prevented my attack that night. I have no clue what is causing these attacks and I feel like i am now dependent on the xanax to get any relief. I really don't know what I will do when i run out of pills I already am nervous about it.
Yes. Xanax can get addictive if you take it everyday for over a month. By then, your body may have adjusted to it, and could have withdraw symptoms, if you stopped taking the pills.
Normally Xanax is prescribed as an as-needed medication, such as taking it three times a week, and dropping in dosage each following week.
However, you seem to be self medicating your dosage levels based on what feels comfortable to you, without supervision from a doctor.
That's very dangerous.
I recommend you have another visit with a doctor, and ask for another type of medication that you can be monitored under for the next few months.
Once you explain your anxiety symptoms, he more than likely will prescribe you an antidepressant, possibly a SSRI.
I have NO health insurance so seeing a doctor for my problem is almost impossible on my income.
Please check this link and type Georgia (your hometown) into the text box. http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx
Find a clinic near you, call them and explain your financial situation, and that you
are a student without medical insurance. It's also important to stress that you are having severe anxiety attacks. Once you confirm a clinic that can assist
you, immediately drive there and get help.
Also please also bookmark this page: http://www.adaa.org/finding-help/treatment/low-cost-treatment
Check the links on that page, and you will be directed to services catered to those with low income in getting psychiatric treatment.
I know where you are coming from when you feel out of control from having an anxiety attack. I share those experiences.
Please do not do anything irrational, and know your parents care for you, and want you to be well.
The panic attacks can end with the appropriate medication and therapy to assist you, you just need to find the right resources, and
your income level should not be a deterrent in finding help.