I'm currently on the regimen of 1 mg Klonopin (0.5 mg 2x a day), 2.5 mg Guanfacine, and 1800 mg of Gabapentin for treating my anxiety. While these medications are certainly helping me, I still have occasional flare-ups of free-floating anxiety that causes me to feel very uneasy. I tend to overthink how I am feeling at a given moment, which makes me feel anxious about, often times nothing. It can be causeless...this is why I believe it is "free-floating anxiety."
My psychiatrist has also prescribed me 1 mg tablets of alprazolam to take as needed to treat panic attacks or highly anxious moments. At my current rate, I have been taking 1 mg of the Xanax about once a week, sometimes twice per week max, to supplement my current medications in handling my anxiety. I am just wondering if it is safe to do this, in that I won't risk developing a dependence to the Xanax. My psychiatrist, who also directs a rehabilitation clinic, has assured me that taking it at this rate won't provoke any added dependence (since I'm already on the Kpins); however I would just like some additional input from the very insightful and intelligent people on this forum.
I think perhaps part of my anxiety is happening at a sub-conscious level, and maybe I am worrying that I might be lessening the effectiveness of my Klonopin because of the occasional use of Xanax. I really plan on avoiding taking any additional Xanax for the next 2 weeks if I can, to limit it to 4 times a month....but at the same time, if I am feeling very uncomfortable at work or something, I don't want to make a scene or something.
I'm really just trying to keep it at a healthy balance. If any of you could perhaps assuage my worries, that might really be of great help. I realize that much of the worry is psychological in nature, which brings out the physiological symptoms. I think if I focus on other things, I won't worry so much.