After being on alprazolam for about 10 years now, I talked to my doctor about getting off of it and possibly switching to a different med. After my first panic attack, he prescribed .25mg pills and said to take 2 to 3 per day, depending on need. At first, I wasn't taking them much. Then my anxiety got much worse, due to different things going on in my life. Eventually, he switched me to the extended-release pill. Started at .5mg, went up to 1mg, went up to 2mg, back down to 1mg, back down to .5mg, and now I am back at 1mg. We talked about tapering down and then starting on buspirone. I also have hydroxyzine pills to take when needed, and I find they help somewhat. I figured he would cut me back to one .5mg pill per day instead of the 1mg, then eventually cut that dose down by half, etc. Instead, he told me to take the 1mg pill every other day for two weeks, and then every three days for two weeks, and then go from there. I didn't think to ask at the time, but how long does the extended-release last? 24 hours, since the directions are to take one every morning? If so, isn't taking one every other day somewhat dangerous? I've read about the dangers of alprazolam withdrawal and just wondered if these seemed like strange instructions to anyone else. I did not take the pill this morning, and have already had to take two hydroxyzine pills because my anxiety is absolutely rampant, and I feel like tiny electric shocks are buzzing through my brain and body. Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thank you.