Sunday November 23rd 2014

Xanax half life: how long does Xanax stay in your system

How do you take Xanax?

Doctors generally prescribe Xanax in tablet form in doses of bewteen 0.25-2 mg. Total daily dosage of Xanax is somewhere between 0.5-6 mg. This is because medical experts recognize that it is best to prescribe the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time in order to minimize drug dependence and withdrawal symptoms.

What is Xanax used for?

Xanax half life: how long does Xanax stay in your system

On average, experts define the half life of Xanax at 12 hours. But Xanax half-life can be anywhere from 6-20 hours. Xanax (the brand name for alprazolam) is a short – intermediate acting benzodiazepine, which means that you can feel the effects of Xanax quickly as they peak 1-2 hours after taking it. However, the effects of Xanax but do not last very long, about 6-12 hours.

Drug testing for Xanax

At the moment, the standard screening procedure for benzodiazepines is unable to distinguish between different kinds of benzodiazepines. At the minimum, it is best to wait for one day before drug testing for Xanax to make sure it is out of your body. But, depending on frequency and length of use, you might want to wait for 3 days before drug testing (for an infrequent user) up to 4-6 weeks for a chronic user before testing for Xanax.

Xanax addiction

The benzodiazepines most likely to be abused are those that are rapidly absorbed such as alprazolam (Xanax). If you think that you might be in trouble, see these signs of prescription drug addiction. If you comment here or leave us an email, we’ll respond via post or video! Let us know if you’re having trouble with Xanax. You are not alone.

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76 Responses to “Xanax half life: how long does Xanax stay in your system
elizabeth seigler
1:12 am January 19th, 2011

If i took 1 mg of xanax yesterday and took 1mg today and was very active. How long would it take for it to be out of my system? Would it show up if i had a drug test?

babydee
1:58 pm April 6th, 2011

Im5’3 I weight 110lbs I took a corner of a bar it was the 2mg it was the yellow Xanax than I took two more bar the next day I have a drug test april the 19 I drink a lot of water and green tea this was bout two week ago have not took a Xanax in bout a year or more will it be out of my system by april the 19?

j mcdaniel
6:01 pm November 29th, 2011

I recentally had a urine drug test, positive for benzo’s. I take resteril but they say its xanax, how can this happen?

6:08 am November 30th, 2011

Hi J.

Standard drug tests for benzodiazepines are unable to distinguish between different kinds of benzodiazepines. And this may be the reason for the confusion.

Restoril (temazepam) is in the same class of drugs as Xanax and is a benzodiazepine hypnotic agent. When Restoril is metabolized in the system, it basically remains intact. However, the main ingredient in Restoril, temazepam, is also a minor active metabolites of diazepam (Valium). But the drug screens are not that precise.

Have you reported use of Restoril to the doctor in charge of drug screens at the laboratory? If you are using Restoril with a prescription and can present your doctor’s Rx, you should be able to request a review for normal, medical use and eventually test “negative” for benzo abuse.

john
6:44 pm February 29th, 2012

hi i have been taking about .5-1.5 mg for the past few days and havent taken it prior for maybe 2 years. I have a test in about 30 days. Should i be worried?

2:19 pm March 1st, 2012

Hi John. If you are a chronic user of Xanax, it can be detected a month or more after last dose. If you are an occasional Xanax user, Xanax is usually out of your system in a few days after last dose.

debra
5:56 pm April 26th, 2012

is it okay to switch xanax to lorezapam? I am down to .5 of the xanax, but my doctor only wrote my script last time for .25 and i was take 1 to 1 1/2 mg a days. my doctor wants me to see a shrink, which I have already done several times in the last 25 years. I have been on both medications I hate them but not as much as I have living with chronic anxiety, I don’t think my doctor understand, on how to wings someone off the medication,, plus it’s a waste of time, because I have to get back on it Help Me! the doctor’s here do not care

1:04 am April 30th, 2012

Hi Debra. You definitely need medical supervision when weaning from one drug to another. Withdrawal from Xanax can be dangerous! Please consider your MD’s advice and seek professional experience from a psychiatrist. S/He can better answer your questions than I.

Melissa Seals
3:42 am May 4th, 2012

My brother has a substance abuse problem. On Monday at 9:30 he took 9 2mg xanx. He had court that morning also. They put him in jail until that Wednesday and brought him back to court at 9:30. He signed a plea bargain for 5 year for a crime that someone else committed. Would he have still been under the influence of the medication at all?

1:18 pm May 10th, 2012

Hello Melissa. Acute intoxication from Xanax should typically end within 12 hours after ingestion. However, it sounds like you believe that your brother made a poor decision while under trial and could have been influenced by drugs. I’d suggest that you consult with a lawyer to learn more about appealing a court decision if this was the case.

beth
3:13 am June 17th, 2012

I have been taking .5mg of xanax once a day for 2 1\2 months to help with anxiety. I want to stop taking due to a constant feeling of dizziness. I asked my doctor about withdrawl issues and seizures. He said I could quit cold turkey. My last .5mg dose was 36 hours ago and only experiencing anxiey, dizziness, and headache. Should I still be worried about a seizure? Do you feel I should get a second opinion? How long will it usually take to get out of my system so I know if xanax is the route of my constant dizziness. Thank you.

Ktisty
4:13 am June 21st, 2012

Any benzo Is dangerous to stop cold turkey the side affects u mentions are right so it can even couse death that’s y if you go to jail or something they will tapir you down only drug they will do this for so I def wouldn’t stop cold turkey but you only need a very small amount to keep from they harmful affects

4:37 pm June 21st, 2012

Hello Beth. If you suddenly stop taking alprazolam (xanax), you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as seizures or shaking of a part of your body that you cannot control. This is why experts recommend that you withdraw from Xanax under medical supervision and sometimes inpatient treatment at a clinic. So, you may want to consult another doctor for a second opinion!

It can take some time for chronic Xanax use to be totally metabolized by your system (4-6 weeks), but the acute symptoms of using Xanax should no longer be present. So, I’d suggest that you also seek a diagnosis for constant dizziness as being a symptom of another cause.

Wilo
9:35 pm July 24th, 2012

Hi I taking I ml a day for 6 mont you tink a I’m abuse redy

6:13 pm July 25th, 2012

Hi Wilo. What are you currently prescribed for Xanax?

Jake
5:21 pm July 26th, 2012

I have a prescription for Xanax. Should I take it to the lab where I would get drug tested?

12:15 am July 31st, 2012

Hi Jake. Absolutely. Just take the Rx for Xanax to the lab and show it to the Medical Review Officer. The lab may make a copy of the prescription and keep it on file, but you will have provided medical excuse for having Xanax show up in your system…the resulting test should be NEGATIVE for misuse as long as you are taking Xanax as prescribed.

CC
5:00 am August 16th, 2012

I was prescribed xanax (1mg three times a day) – it was a large dose an although I did not take it but only about 1mg daily for about a month, it completely clouded my brain. I stopped taking it about a month ago, yet still notice cognitive and memory impairment. I am very worried about permanent effects of this, but have read it could take 4 months or so for this to wear off (if it isn’t permanent).

Do you think it is permanent or just some residual effects of the drug in my system?

Brock
7:08 pm August 22nd, 2012

Ive recently been faced with a lot of stress with finding a job and a breakup with my longtime girlfriend. A friend gave me 2 mg of Xanax last night to help relieve some of the stress and anxiety. Its the first I’ve taken something like this in a long long time (years). Although I slept well on it and my nerves ae not shaken anymore I’m concerned that I didn’t have a prescription for it. I’ve got several interviews in the coming weeks and I’m fearful that it show up on a drug screen. I don’t plan on taking it again, either. Unless things get worse and i go to a doctor for his recommendation and course of treatment. Thanks

7:10 pm August 22nd, 2012

Hi Brock. One time use of Xanax can stay in the system for weeks, so buy a home drug test for benzodiazepines and test yourself before you plan to interview and possible be drug tested.

Judy Halsey
7:12 pm August 22nd, 2012

Please be aware of the side effects of xanax. I had been taking this drug for many years and decided to quit. I ended up hospitalized after having hallucinations and very strange dreams. I spend one whole day driving around not knowing where I was, who I was or where I was going. Lucky for me I ended up at my daughters work and she took me immediately to the hospital. If you are on this medication do NOT get off of it with out dr. supervision.It will take you on a trip you will NEVER forget.
Judy Halsey

10:27 am August 24th, 2012

Hi Judy. Thank you very much for sharing this warning about the dangers of long term Xanax use. I hope that your experience can help someone going through something similar or to avoid it!

kim
6:07 pm September 10th, 2012

i was taking xanax 10 mg from last 5 years one day i did not have any bendzopines and i had seizure they took my hospital every thing was normal but they said ur EEG Abnormal and put on seizure med can any body tell me when u take toomany bendzoines it becomes abnormal or i really have seizure disorder pls give me comments think u

11:53 am September 15th, 2012

Hi Kim. It sounds like the long term use of Xanax combined with a sudden withdrawal provoked a seizure episode. In fact, there have been a number of reports of withdrawal seizures upon rapid decrease or
abrupt discontinuation of Xanax tablets, so much so that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires a special warning about Xanax withdrawal and seizures on the drug label. You can read more about this side effect of stopping Xanax suddenly and send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch or by phone at 1-800-332-1088.

jill
4:46 am December 5th, 2012

i took half a xanax how lonh will it take to get out of my system

cmw12203
3:09 am January 5th, 2013

I took 3 2mg of xanax within a months time. The last pill I took will b seven days tomorrow. I may have a drug test this wednesday or thursday. I have drank a lot of cranberry juice and water during this time. Need to know for sure if I will pass? Thanks for any help!

Lee
12:37 pm January 21st, 2013

Hey, quick question. I’ve been on Methadone for about 5 years now and I JUST recently, about 3 months ago, stopped smoking pot, which was a big success for myself and it also allowed me to “phase up” to ‘phase #2′ at my local methadone clinic that I go to. Phase #2 means that I only have to go to the clinic 5 days a week, instead of 6 days a week.. and I get 2 take-home doses instead of just 1. My problem is, is one of my bottles leaked (fell onto its side) while it sat in the refrigerator and I have no idea when it fell over. Anyhow, the problem is.. is if I go even one single day without methadone, I start the cold/hot sweats, the chills.. and the worst part of it is, is I CAN NOT SLEEP, period!

So what has happened is.. is I took a 1mg white Xanax bar this morning because its the only thing I know of that I can take, that will let me sleep tonight and also keep the severe methadone withdrawl symptoms at bay until tomorrow morning, which is when I go back to the clinic. I would have gone today, but they’re closed because of Martin Luther King day.. or whatever it is.

I know they’re going to hit me with a UA this week.. but I have no idea what day they’ll hit me with it. Knowing my luck, it’ll be tomorrow or the next day.

My main question is.. is how many days will it take for the Xanax to completely leave my system? Because if they UA me and they see that I have a benzo in my system.. they’ll phase me down back down to phase #1 and it’ll take me ANOTHER 3 freaking months to get back where I am now, at phase #2.

If anyone can help me out with this.. it would be greatly appreciated. More than you probably realize.

Thanks.

Chris Emberley
11:16 pm January 21st, 2013

Lee

I am also on methadone and am 23 years old. I have been on methadone for about the same time as you and actually was almost off it once at the point of 8mgs but thats neither here nor there lets get to your question.

Honestly it does suck going without methadone for a day and yea that same sort of situation has happened to me before except I was sick and threw up the methadone right away literally.

But saying that methadone stays in your system usually more than 24 hours, honestly a lot of that “severe withdrawal” you are assuming going through is basically thought up. Yes you will feel something of course but I can guarantee you 80% of it is in your mind. Just try to focus, take hot showers and what now.

If it comes down to it your doctor will have no sympathy because even though your story is true many many liars see that doctor in the course of a day, which sucks but well we got ourselves there. I’m not sure what you can do. If its more than 3 days you should be fine, otherwise wish for the best or come clean. But I’m thinking your going to be fine, 1mg of xanax is such a small dose.

And yes it sucks getting yoru carries taken away. I’ll have posts like this and more on my blog for getting clean from methadone and clonazepam.

oungadultaddict[dot]blogspot[dot]com article about benzos i wrote.

You have to realize your mind is blazing a huge part in your methadone

william swenson
6:44 am February 24th, 2013

Ive been on xanax for about 5/6 years now and recently(a month ago) decided I wanted to stop taking the drug because it wasnt getting me any better, in fact i was getting worse. I was perscribed 8mg a day and for the last month I dropped my intake to 4mg per day. What I was wondering was is cutting my doseage in half, tapering to fast. Ive felt fairly good the past month and was about to cut my dose down by another 25% for another month and so on till I was off the stuff. However Ive been reading horror stories about people stopping to quickly and the awful side affects so I was hoping for some input from you and or your readers

stephanie
5:11 pm April 11th, 2013

I’ve been taking xanax everyday for almost a year and I also go to the methadone clinic. obviously ive been hiding the fact that ive been taking them to the methadone clinic, they give you monthly UA’s & ive been using other peoples pee in order to pass. welllll, i got caught using the pee. the clinic has a zero tolerance for benzo use & methadone. the particular clinic i go to has a rule that if you give them 3 consecutive benzo filled urine, they will “detox” you. the methadone clinic saved my life!! i CANNOT lose it! i so far have given them 2 dirtys in a row, im NOT going to take them anymore, so my question is how am i going to get this out of my system? & fast! cuz they do randoms also so it doesnt neccessarily mean ive got 30days to get it out. HELP!! if i lose my methadone, I WILL LOSE EVERYTHING!! i’ll end up back on the streets hangin with the wrong crowds etc. I also heard that detoxing off of xanax is harder than detoxing from heroin if thats the case I am NOT looking forward to that,cuz i cannot stay laid up in the bed cuz im a stay @ home mom with a 15month old baby. SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME WITH SOME GOOD ADVICE

angela
10:17 pm May 2nd, 2013

i took a 1mg and then half of another 1mg pill after a night of drinking to help me fall asleep. i slept 11 hours and when i woke up im still feeling the affects of these xanax pills. its making me feel very relaxed and uncoordinated. its been 12 hours since i took them and thats the lifespan for effects its supposed to have. i dont understand why im still out of it . its making me nervous and actually feeling anxiety because i feel so out of it and not normal. i really hope it wears off by tomorrow because i have to work?

Dinky
4:24 pm June 4th, 2013

If you are on probation and you have a prescription of Xanax on file with your probation officer… And u write it down on the paper before your urin test…. Will they test you for itt still????

Inez Barnes
6:30 pm July 18th, 2013

. I have not had Xanax since May 27,2013. I cannot sleep and I do not know what to do. I need help.

Donna
11:31 pm July 19th, 2013

I have taken 0.25 mg. for 4 mo. mostly one half a day, sometimes the o.25 dose. I want to get off of it…My dr.says it’s a baby dose & I’m not addicted & I can just quit without worry. I have noticed lately when I don’t take one half for maybe 6 hrs. I feel light nausea, fatigue & other symptons I have read about. It usually goes away if I take the half. I have anxiety about pretty much every thing & that’s why I’m on it I want off &try a natural remedy..what do you think?…p.s. I actually have had alprazolam since 1997 but only used it for things like going to the dentist, getting on an airplane &things that I called big. A prescription of 60 would last 3 to 4 mo. and longer. Now it seems I use them for a crutch…thank you for listening &I would like your advice

robert hazzard
12:14 pm August 2nd, 2013

I take 1 mg twice a day prescribed by my doctor for over a year at a certain time every day, now its seems its not working and have to take another one, there putting me on paxil 20 mg and lamotrigine 25 mg and then are going to slowly wean me off Xanax once the other meds kick in ive thought of switching to klonipin it has a longer life span ive got anxiety attacks hope this all works

Farid
6:25 am September 20th, 2013

I have a fiancee and she has been in Zanax for a while now…she works from 6 am till 3 pm taking care of kids for a lady while the lady is at work.she tells me on the fone that she feels so tired and will fall asleep some time in the day…when I ask u why she answers cuz she has taken zanax. .then all of a sudden she disappears and I try hard to call her but she never answers my calls for one and a half hours always..after one and a half hour she statrs ansering my fone calls again…and says she was sleeping and couldn’t hear my fone calls..so is it really cuz of this zanax that she falls so deeply that cant even hear her fone ringing for hours?

Maddy
5:05 am September 21st, 2013

I took 4mg of Xanax, two bars as I believe they’re called, exactly 7 days before I will be taking a state administered urine drug test. I have never used Xanax before that’s the first and only time and I am five foot and 95 pounds. Will I pass?

Chanel
1:09 am September 29th, 2013

I’m prescribed 2mg per day of xanax. I use to only take them as needed but now I feel the need to take it “just because”. I don’t want to become addicted because I know that it happens to a lot of people. I would never take more than prescribed, but my problem is that i take them daily sometimes to just simply feel the effects. Am I at risk for addiction or withdrawl? Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated.

1:31 pm October 2nd, 2013

Hi Chanel. After daily dosing, your body automatically becomes chemically dependent on Xanax after a few weeks and you can expect to go through withdrawal symptoms upon cessation. This is an expected outcome, and is one of the reasons experts recommend very short term use of Xanax. But addiction is different than physical dependence.

I’d suggest that, even though you’re taking Xanax as prescribed, you report this behavior to your doctor. You can take a quick assessment for drug abuse to get a feel for whether or not you’re taking Xanax correctly. A brief intervention at your next MD appointment can really help you determine what to do.

ricky
1:54 am October 24th, 2013

I’m starting to think I have a problem any help?

8:01 pm October 25th, 2013

Hi Ricky. Absolutely. Call 1-800-662-HELP to be connected with the Drug Abuse Hotline, a government number that can connect you with local and state programs that help you treat addiction. If you reach out for help, be ready for the universe to respond.

Craig Haynes
10:03 am November 10th, 2013

For everyone worrying about getting a positive result from a drug test for Zanax what is proven is to take over the counter “charcoal caps” 2 every 6 hours for at least 3 days before the test. The “charcoal caps” act like a filter in a fish tank and clean out your system quickly. I was taking 3 bars a day for years & passed my test with “charcoal caps” taken as I directed earlier. Urin tests or swab tests you will pass IF you follow my directions. You can buy the “charcoal caps” in the gas & bloated stomach problems place at walmart,K-mart,Walgreens,etc. It’s all natural & if you do as I say you can stop worrying and worry about making it to work on time.I learned about them from a drug abuse state president & he was right 30 years ago & it still works today in dec 2013.I just passed my last swab test friday with a 3 day warning so go get them NOW!!

Craig Haynes
10:08 am November 10th, 2013

Oh and with those “Charcoal Caps DO drink alot of water,about a quart with every 2 pills,it helps clean out your system better taken with water.

MelindaR
11:58 pm January 6th, 2014

I have used Xanax for 12 years and have been wanting to get off benzodiazepines for a long time. I switched to Ativan a week ago and have been tapering down. I am also about to start Buspar to try ad manage my anxiety. In two dad I will be off benzos completely. Am I on the right oath or headed for destruction? Help, please…

markus
6:06 pm January 13th, 2014

Hi,
I have been on xanex for 9 years ..I take 3-4 mg a day. Because og heavy narcotic use in my area my Dr. decided to giveme a urine test (which is understandable….To my amazement I get a call to come back to the office to discuss the urine test. He told me I have no detection of the benzo in my system what so ever!!! I was floored, how on earth can this be? There is no way sense I take the amount I told you about religiously …He said I was not taking them and the test proves it, “the test don’t lie” as I was told, it made me feel like a drug dealer…The test was examined in a lab….please help if you can , im overly confused!

markus
6:29 pm January 20th, 2014

markus

6:06 pm January 13th, 2014

Hi,
I have been on xanex for 9 years ..I take 3-4 mg a day. Because og heavy narcotic use in my area my Dr. decided to giveme a urine test (which is understandable….To my amazement I get a call to come back to the office to discuss the urine test. He told me I have no detection of the benzo in my system what so ever!!! I was floored, how on earth can this be? There is no way sense I take the amount I told you about religiously …He said I was not taking them and the test proves it, “the test don’t lie” as I was told, it made me feel like a drug dealer…The test was examined in a lab….please help if you can , im
overly confused

Anna
11:11 pm February 23rd, 2014

I took 2 therapeutic doses of Xanax almost 5 weeks ago…i get drug tested soon n it is sent out to lAb so do u think it will b detectable still?

shah
4:19 pm March 14th, 2014

hi am not a chronic user of xanax but have been taking it for panic attacks for an year now. I have tapered from 1mg to .25mg. this low dose do well for me control my palpitations, and anxiety but during panic attacks I normaly switch again to .5 or 1mg. currently I am taking .25mg xanax after every three days. am also taking melatonin supplement 3mg daily at night for sleep. the major thing which i can not overcome is “feeling my heart”……..tachycardia and palps freaks me out…..inderal does not bode well with my system….i dont know what to do with this i am afraid of returning back to 1mg dose once daily. and above all am not sure whether melatonin is good for me or bad …..it does work but i have heard that it narrows the vessels and increase heart rate……not sure about……by the way i face attacks of anxiety during night.

Stephen
9:20 pm March 17th, 2014

I had a anxiety attack and took 1mg of Xanax on Sunday at 2pm. I have not taken a Xanax for 3 months. I then had to test for a doctor on Monday at 10:30am. Monday morning. Do you think it will come out positive?

Denise
5:18 pm March 27th, 2014

I think my hubby is addicted to snorting xanax and his pain pills together. I can see a different type of personality in him. He admitted that he was crushing the pills. He said for the second time that he wouldn’t do it anymore, but I think he is lying so that I won’t leave him. He is an alcoholic but he cut down on alcohol since doing the pills. He is also on a bunch of other medications. Also, I think he is mixing with Zyrtec too.

Carolyn Dolci
6:54 pm June 17th, 2014

I have been taking xanax on a prn basis for about 15 years. I have recently been diagnosed with Lupus, RA and the Epstein Barr Virus. I have seen a rheumatologist that won’t give me anything for joint pain just prednisone 10 mg tid so I have been taking the xanax to relax. What shall I do?

Sherri Lynne Wallace Ward Sapp
2:51 am June 23rd, 2014

It takes at least 24 hours before you start getting withdrawells from Xanax and that’s period !you take 1 mg 3 times a day one at 8 am 1 at 2 pm and 1 at 9 or ten pm well that’s like 9 hours before your next dose ? ??

lol
2:18 pm July 18th, 2014

lol this is completely wrong

Steve
1:17 pm July 20th, 2014

Was sleeping 5-6 hrs before Xanax. Had anxiety. Used Xanax for 5 days .25mg as prescribed by dr. Stop 2 days ago now sleeping 3 hr increments. Can’t stay asleep longer. Still feel somewhat rested but concerned of side affect. When can I go back to 6 straight hours if sleep? Do I need to worry?

jay
7:57 pm July 23rd, 2014

hiya i took 2mg of xanax on friday I found out my grandpa died very upset and that was on 7/18 I have a drug test on the 26th so i took them friday and have one 8 days later saturday the 26th do you think ill be fine I weigh 116 pounds im about 5’9 I have a super fast metabolism im just nervous because its for my suboxone and if i fail for benzos its an atomatic kick out im just worried cause its really helping me stay away form heroin

melissa
12:31 am July 25th, 2014

i use alot of xanax for anxiety, panic attacks. depression. i sometimes get insomnia when i dont use, what should i take to help me sleep and get rid of the habbit

pa
6:54 pm July 25th, 2014

Quit taking xanax after 18 years benzo took libruim 53 in a nursing home. I think having benzo withdraws can I be having withdraws. I need help

CHARLOTTE
6:15 am July 26th, 2014

go to health food store and tell them ur having trouble sleeping. They will reccomend a variety of teas and supplements that are all natural. sleep well!

scott
10:04 am August 4th, 2014

Just curious how long should I wait to take suboxone after taking xanax to fell the effects?

pam
5:36 pm August 10th, 2014

Been on xanax for 18 years they diagnosed me with wks I am 54 in a nursing home. They quit giving me xanax .05 120 a month.
I was OK when I first co of hopial.
Do u think I am having benzo withdraws 18 year

R.J. Kidder
4:55 am August 26th, 2014

I have been taking 2mg xanax 3x a day along with 1 1/2 8mg suboxone. Some Dr’s say its OK to combine the two medications while others say its a fatal combination. I’ve had no problems yet but I’m still concerned about the long term. If anyone has any facts on this combination please share you knowledge. Thanks and god bless

Michelle
2:31 pm August 29th, 2014

Hi I’ve been taking xanax 3 to 4 times in some weeks for over a year At night to help me sleep and some times in the day especially when I’m due my period I may take more because I get very hormonal and stressed, and think I might be addicted now. I want to stop using them but fear I may be at risk of seizures and scared I won’t be able to cope with my stress levels and be able to sleep, could I be addicted? I wasn’t prescribed these by my doctor I buy them from a chemist, any advise appreciated :)

LaDonna
8:24 pm September 1st, 2014

I take 4mg of xanax a day. It keeps me from having panic attacks, which are absolutely terrifying.
I’m afraid the 4mg a day will not be enough and I feel the need to increase because my panic attacks have become more frequent. And I’m starting to become afraid…

zac
5:27 am September 12th, 2014

within the past 8 days ive been taking 2-3 2mg Xanax a day I have a drug test for probation in 13 days from now. will I pass? im 6’1 260 but im healthy and athletic and not fat just a big man.
is there any thing I can do or drink to get Xanax out of my system? I would really appreciate a response back.

JOYCE
6:53 pm September 19th, 2014

is it ok if l take 0.50mg of xanax?

David
8:36 pm September 19th, 2014

This site is wrong! Xanax is a class 4 drug but it should be a class 2, I’ve been on high doses for 4 years and I’m horribly addicted, even though I’m on a low dose now trying to get off I’m having withdrawl symptoms, I feel like I’m dying! Do not take Benso’s! they put you in Hell!

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
6:20 am September 22nd, 2014

Hi Joyce. For most people it is safe and ok. However, you should alwys keep in mind that it’s only a temporary fix, and that some people have side-effects from using Xanax. So, I’d not recommend just taking the med, not without doctor’s perscription.

angel
12:39 am September 23rd, 2014

I will like yall help I been taking them for some time know and my doctor did not give them to me I want to leave them what’s the best way ?

Sandy
3:16 am October 15th, 2014

I think that maybe if I don’t take my Xanax I get an upset stomach . I have been sick a lot lately but it seems like if I take half of a 0.5 mg it gets better. Could this be possible?

TJ
12:04 am October 28th, 2014

I have been searching the internet and i cannot find an answer for my specific situation.. Which is..

I am on suboxone, so i dont take ANYTHING else.. (too scared too)..

Well 10 days ago a friend offered me a 0.5mg yellow xanax (alprazolam)(normally i turn down anything like that, but i was feeling panicky that day), I havent taken one in years, i have to take a blood test (not for drugs, he is my primary doc too).. but still worried he will see it, its not urine, its blood work..

it was 10 days ago, i am a 6 foot male, 150 pounds, pretty fast metabolism, will it show in my blood ?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
9:48 pm November 1st, 2014

Hi TJ. If you only took 0.5mg of Xanax it should be out of your blood in a few days. If 10 days have already passed I’d say you are safe. Good luck to you!

TJ
10:06 pm November 1st, 2014

Thank You Ivana, While researching you dont see much on blood tests, mostly everything is urine tests, (sorry), but the truth.. I wont make another mistake like that again.. it was a one time thing.. I’m too scared to lose my suboxone.. it’s been my lifesaver.

Again Thank You.

Cristie
10:00 am November 2nd, 2014

Hei, guys, can anyone answer my question, please. I was a chronic user of xanax, I took 1.0-1.5 mg for almost a year. I stopped taking them 4 weeks ago suddenly because I felt good doing so. I will get a urine test in a week or two, so 6 weeks will have passed until my test. But a week ago I took 2mg of xanax. Do you think is there any chance that it’ll be noticeable in my system?

Will
9:18 pm November 11th, 2014

Hey guys, I just found this site snooping around the Internet. I have currently been voluntarily getting myself off of Suboxone cold turkey that I have been on for over a year. It’s been a week today, and the only thing that helps is xanax and Klonopin(both of which I have). I want to get off everything but have been diagnosed with general anxiety disorder and panic attacks. Sometimes I’ll try to go a few days without taking any bentos but feel super anxious, have had tunnel vision, fatigued, along with other side effects. I only have one more refill of 2 mg xanax left of a quantity of thirty. I need to figure out how to taper off so that I don’t suffer adverse consequences from weaning off too quickly.. Any advice? Thanks guys and girls!!

buck
6:06 am November 14th, 2014

I take all 3 of my 2mg xanax at one, one time a day

TJ
12:34 am November 18th, 2014

@Will: Sorry in the delay in getting back to you, but just seen this post..(My question was a one-time fluke, bcuz i dont take Xanax like that, but my blood test went fine, thank you “Ivana @ Addiction Blog”).

So my topic to answer your question is Suboxone, I have been taking it for 3 years, (I get 1 1/2 a day), and thats what i take. i’m going to start weaning myself off subs too. (I want too).

When you quit “cold turkey” how much did you take a day? (You should have weaned down to atleast a 1/4 every OTHER day before jumping or LOWER), to get your tolerance down & make it more tolerable. I have heard from many people (and a local detox place) that xanax & klonopin will help your transition.

You also have to remember that with the ‘addict mentality’ there is a high percentage that’s just mental (not physical), So when looking at your last script of 30, think that these are gonna help get you thru, (try to break them in half) or take as least as possible. try to change your mental view of both drugs.

The symptoms you feel will be worth it to you, just think they are temporary for the greater good. You weren’t forced to do this, you chose too. So for whatever your reason was, stick with it.. Don’t give in.. you CAN do it.. Millions of other people have went thru the exact same thing, and they made it okay & quit. (remember there is no ’1 more time’) for you.. when your done, your done.

I hope atleast one sentence in here helped you.. Good luck @Will.

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