Hi. New here. I have OCD PTSD and GAD. I'm married and have one child. I've usually been able to deal with symptoms with therapy and prozac 60mg daily with the occasional Xanax of anywhere from .25-1 mg as needed, rarely more than once a month on average. I'm very good at dealing with anxiety triggers that I am used to: mg OCD (mainly pure O on hypochondria issues) and a vomiting phobia. However in the past two months I've been dealing with an adhd diagnosis and subsequent start of meds for my 6 yr old. I tend not to see real life situations as extremely taxing on my anxiety (my fears are usually catastrophic, so I don't make the connection when severe anxiety provoking things that are real life, like this diagnosis, are happening). I didn't deal with the stress from this the same way that I do the usual anxiety stressors, big mistake. I ended up forgetting my prozac for several weeks. I don't experience bad withdrawal symptoms so usually when I go off unintentionally I don't see the bad effects until the return of symptoms. I started to have severe health anxiety leading to the downward spiral of anxiety symptoms making me think I have a major issue (usually MS ALS or brain tumor) then higher anxiety then worse physical symptoms etc. I decided to not try to put myself back on the prozac until I could seey dr worried that initial side effects would contribute to the health anxiety if I took the wrong dose. I had to wait three weeks to get in so in the meantime I started taking smaller amounts of Xanax more often (during the day .125 or .25 at night anywhere from .5 to 1) but not on any specific schedule. I continued to do this for about ten days or so. I started to notice my feelings of muscle weakness and jitters/tremors (actually this time I felt real vibrating in my muscles, almost as if I had a phone implanted) along with a metallic taste in my mouth. I would take the Xanax and feel better, and normally when I take Xanax it cuts my anxiety enough that I feel calmed down the next day, but that was when I would take it once every few weeks, not every day at random times and doses. I stopped altogether about one week before my dr appt and that week felt extremely fatigued, chilled, even went to my primary doc to see if I had something. Finally saw psych doc and he started me back up on a prozac regimen build up. So for a day or two I was still feeling crappy but less anxious, even without meds. Last night I decided to take 1mg of Xanax to try to really knock myself out, thinking I would have the same effect as in the past where I felt better in the morning, especially now that I'm back on a dr approved plan and my primary doc has ruled out anything serious (of course I still have it in my mind that he missed something). Felt good when I woke up today. No shakes, muscle weakness, fully awake. I got halfway into running my errands (around 12-15 hours after the Xanax dose last night) and started to feel fatigue and week again. Tremors and wet noodle legs etc.
So after all that: can this feeling be effects of taking Xanax more often than I normally do? Even just for two weeks or so? I really have no experience with taking it on a regular basis (although again, no routine to taking it, even with doses, just that I pretty much took it at least once a day in one way or another). Xanax had always been my "friend" and usually never caused me problems. So I'm worried it now will. But I'm also worried that it's not the Xanax and is something worse (of course two months of sustained high anxiety can do all of this too, I know). Just needed some objective feedback from people who have been there. Thanks and sorry for the long post!