So I've been on Xanax since February. It started off as one .5 mg a day and now we're up to 3 .5 mgs a day. I started noticing changes when I would skip one if I was feeling good like my Dr said I could, but now if I miss one or go too long between them I get terrible headaches that border on full blown migraines. I will feel dizzy and my head will throb. I was worried about this happening when they first put me on it, but I was at a point where I needed to be have something that helped me function through out the day. I have plans on making an appointment with my Dr first thing in the morning to discuss my recent side effects with this and talk to her about alternatives. They had talked about Klonopin, but I don't feel like that is right for me. I hate the weird, funky, nasty feelings I get when I miss a Xanax. I don't want something stronger and I don't want something addictive like that. I know there aren't many alternatives and I realize that sometimes medication is appropriate, I do not think that is entirely correct for me. My Dr has a hard time believing that I feel the effects of meds like this almost immediately and I almost always have horrible responses to them. Xanax is the only thing I've ever taken for my anxiety that didn't give me worse side effects than my actual panic attacks or throw me into a panic attack.
Does anyone have an alternative suggestions? Is anyone taking natural herbs and supplements that help? I'm afraid of being addicted to medication and I already feel my body responding negatively when the Xanax has run it's course. I also hate that as soon as I do take my Xanax 20 mins will go by and my headaches and the dizziness are gone. This isn't how I want to live my life, addicted to medication or having terrible anxiety. It's not something I want my children to see me suffer with. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated and I do have a few things I'm going to talk to my Dr about tomorrow already, but I like to be prepared. Has anyone on here ever tried GABA or SAM-e? Thank you in advance for your help!!!