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It is really appreciable that you quit opium and alcohol. Now you are taking Xanax daily for 20 years. Xanax is a benzodiazepine
drug and it is usually not prescribed for long periods of time. It has abuse potential. If you want to quit it then you should have enough motivation for that. Sudden stopping of medicine is not advised because of risk of serious seizures. I will advise you to visit a Psychiatrist
of xanax. You can gradually taper the doses of xanax (Lorazepam
) over 4-8 weeks if you don't want to visit a rehab center. Start with decreasing dose by 25% per week and then at about 4-6 weeks start taking it on alternate days and then stop at 6 weeks.
Be ready to face anxiety, restlessness
, insomnia, tiredness during initial stages but these will improve with time.
Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi