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Re: Chopping your benzo.....

Posted by med_empowered on September 1, 2005, at 5:45:30

In reply to Re: Chopping your benzo..... willyee, posted by Phillipa on August 31, 2005, at 19:28:00

I'm not a Xanax XR fan. It seems to me like a marketing ploy...when short-acting benzos were all the rage, Xanax was king. Now that long-acting benzos are "in," and original xanax is available as a (very) cheap generic, suddenly an XR version is being churned out. I say...thumbs down. Anyway, when you break an XR caplet, you destroy the "XR", so you're basically left with the IR version of the drug. The problem isn't as simply as taking say, half of a 1mg Klonopin tab, which would obviously be .5mgs. You have fillers and what not to deal with when it comes to XRs, so breaking them up is tricky. That said...since Xanax XR sucks so much, I think you might be better off just chopping it up, and taking bits at a time until you get the relief you need. Just try to explain to your doc that the XR really isn't that great. Alot of docs RX xanax xr b/c xanax is so potent, but can be problematic, what with the hellish withdrawal and all. A good option there would be Ativan, which is available as a (very) cheap generic, lasts about as long as Xanax, *but* doesn't cause as many withdrawal problems. In fact, as benzos go, Ativan (lorazepam) is about as clean as you can get...fewer withdrawal problems, it plays well with other drugs, and its great for problems ranging from panic attacks to behavior control during psychosis or psychotic mania. Good luck!




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