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Stopped taking Xanax. Can't handle stress. Suggest medication

I have a special needs son. I was on Xanax 2 mg 4 x daily. My doctor just shut down, you can't get records, no idea how to contact him, nothing. So I just stopped taking it when my prescription ran out but because of my depression, anxiety, and agoraphobia that has manifested since my son's accident (he now has CP, multiple forms of epilepsy, mr/DD, and CVI) I have gone down hill and because drug abuse is such a problem in my area no doctor will re-write my prescription. If I don't get it back soon I am going to commit suicide. I can't handle the stress from my son's problems, the 100 lb weight gain, and all the emotional/psychological problems but even telling doctors that they just brush me off like I am bluffing or exaggerating. IM NOT! I need my medication back for now and I can't take anymore.
Asked On : Fri, 12 Apr 2013
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Dec 2014
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Xanax is alprazolam and it is a benzodiazepine drug. It is used in short term control of anxiety. It provides symptomatic relief only. You have been taking it about 8 mg daily and it is a high dose for alprazolam. Psychiatrists prescribe the medicine only during initial phase of therapy so that main antidepressant or anti anxiety drug start showing effectiveness. As it is a drug of abuse so I would advise you to not to seek this drug. You have to take care of your special child and you have other problems also, I advise you to please visit a good psychiatrist and take opinion regarding the problem of depression and suicidal ideation. Antidepressants like Fluoxetine, Paroxetine etc will help in your case. Don't ever think about self harm or suicide. Just think about your child, you have to take care of him. If you are still not able to cope with situation kindly call suicide helpline for discussion about your problem.

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi, MD
Answered: Fri, 12 Apr 2013
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