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How to use Xanax without developing physical dependancy
« on: September 04, 2015, 08:14:07 AM »
Ok I've been using aplolazam a few times a week for the last 6 months I would say. I have not had and ANY sign of physical dependancy so far. Nor do i have a history of benzo dependancy My tolerance has slightly raised over this period going from 1mg to 1.5mg to get comfortable. Recently I have become anxious about developing a physical dependancy. I think this is partly me being a hypochondriac and partly legit concern based on starting gabapentin. Which I heard also effects GABA receptors though I am uneducated about its effects combined with alprolazam.

What are your experiences? I am hopeing the super short half life of the drug will save me from dependancy. If I take 4 1mg doses in a 5 day period for a prolonged period of time am I likely to develop a dependancy? If so what would be a better schedule? I am not fully mentally addicted yet IMO so I feel like I can still avoid this disaster. Thanks for any help or input you can offer.
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Re: How to use Xanax without developing physical dependancy
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2015, 08:24:32 AM »
Hmm.  So your getting anxieties thinking about dependency.

Wonder if there is a medication to help you with that?

 

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Re: How to use Xanax without developing physical dependancy
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2015, 08:25:52 AM »
Honestly at every five days I dont think you have much to worry about imo.

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Re: How to use Xanax without developing physical dependancy
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2015, 08:26:03 AM »
You're supplementing your bens with gaba. You made your problem worse. Xanax is one of the worst to get over use long term because it's so short acting.

When's the last time you went 96 hours, 4 days without them?

Edit oh fuck five days!? Missed that.

Eh ya you're fine.

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Re: How to use Xanax without developing physical dependancy
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2015, 08:44:37 AM »
what an excellent thread.

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Re: How to use Xanax without developing physical dependancy
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2015, 08:57:19 AM »
You're supplementing your bens with gaba. You made your problem worse. Xanax is one of the worst to get over use long term because it's so short acting.

When's the last time you went 96 hours, 4 days without them?

Edit oh fuck five days!? Missed that.

Eh ya you're fine.

It probably has been awhile since I went 96 hours without any dose. What I meant by the 5 day comment was that I will eat 4mg spaced out in 1mg doses over a 5 day period. I'll edit to make more clear.

And if it's. It too much trouble could someone explain gabapentin mechanism of action and how it relates to its dependance. I really want to know more about this drug but both my psychiatrist and methadone counselor begged me to just trust in the system and doctors. Should I stop the gabapentin I'm on 900mg a day. Only been taking it 2 weeks.
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Re: How to use Xanax without developing physical dependancy
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2015, 09:08:11 AM »
dunno if this helps any, but my buddy has been doin a lotta zanny the last year, intially a lot, like 10+ pills a day. nowadays, he takes 2-4mg a day to stay good.
BUT, he doesn't really start getting real withdrawals until the third day without taking any. obviously he doesnt feel great has trouble sleeping the first cpl days, but its not until the third day that he starts feeling real withdrawals as well as  jerking/twitching and by the end of the third day hes having seizures and biting his tongue off.

ive been taking bars like 1-2 days a week, normally 4 bars over the course of like 24 hours for the last 4-6 months. and ive noticed that towards the end of the week i have serious trouble sleeping and bad anxiety (i dont really get anxiety ever unless ive just begun taking suboxone recently or im detoxing) and a few months ago, id take one bar and my memory for the next 6 hours would be nonexsistant. last few weeks ive been taking like 3-4 bars once a week, (i take 2 bars, then maybe an hour later another, and another hr i take the 4th) and my memory is pretty much intact. like its spotty, but i can watch a new episode of a tv show and be able to fully recall all the details.


another side note, i used to get scripted #120 1mg klonopins. I'd take them all in 10-14 days every month for about 2 years and never experienced any withdrawal from them. I was also drinking 12-24 beers a night during that time period. then i met a girl, moved in with her, stopped drinking, stopped taking kpins, and just continued my suboxone and i had no trouble sleeping (but i did work 10hr days manual labor)


the friend i mentioned that has seizures from bar withdrawal is in his mid 40s, says hes been off and on addicted to bars for 15 years, his habit in the past has been worse then it has been this last year, but back in the day he never experienced the withdrawals that he does now. i get the impression that there are a lot of factors that come into play with benzo tolerance and withdrawal ranging from what other drugs you take, your bodys metabolism, shit like that. i met my buddy in jail and he said he had a habit way worse than he does now, when he got to jail and cold turkeyed xanax he didn't have seizures at all, but now he does, but he also ODed and fucked his body up bad before he got to jail (kidneys shut down, was in a coma and shit)
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Re: How to use Xanax without developing physical dependancy
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2015, 09:23:05 AM »
Geez. I have to fly Saturday so I'll have to take a mg or two then and I'm on 1.5 mg right now. But after that I'm going to try and take a week off and see what happens. Do you guys think I should discontinue the prescribed gabapentin as well? I've been taking it two weeks but not in obscene doses like 600 mg a day probably. Fuck I'm scared. I always thought Xanax withdrawals would hit fast due to its short half life. I also thought that would save me from addiction if I put two three days between uses and kept my doses reasonable.

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Re: How to use Xanax without developing physical dependancy
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2015, 09:33:28 AM »
Maybe you did and you won't have a that tough a time at all.  At worst a few sleepless nights, rls etc. is what I got 2-3 days later after stopping 2-3 mg of etiz-which has a very short halflife- every 24-48 hours for most of 6 months.  A small (1 lb) dose of seeds took care of both symptoms quite nicely.
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Re: How to use Xanax without developing physical dependancy
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2015, 09:45:47 AM »
Maybe you did and you won't have a that tough a time at all.  At worst a few sleepless nights, rls etc. is what I got 2-3 days later after stopping 2-3 mg of etiz-which has a very short halflife- every 24-48 hours for most of 6 months.  A small (1 lb) dose of seeds took care of both symptoms quite nicely.

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Re: How to use Xanax without developing physical dependancy
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2015, 09:50:33 AM »
i think its possible.

my boss claims he takes a half(unsure of dose) every morning. but he drinks at night so i guess that subs the gaba action.

shit unrelated, but i've been doing tiapentine(weird legal opiod) only at night after work and sometimes once in the morning.(its short acting fyi) for over a month and i ran out and experienced no withdrawals.

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Re: How to use Xanax without developing physical dependancy
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2015, 12:05:15 PM »
It too much trouble could someone explain gabapentin mechanism of action and how it relates to its dependance. I really want to know more about this drug but both my psychiatrist and methadone counselor begged me to just trust in the system and doctors. Should I stop the gabapentin I'm on 900mg a day. Only been taking it 2 weeks.
Ok. I don't know how much you know about neural transporters and how they relate to different receptor subset types so we'll try to make this basic.

Of the major neural transporter chemicals we naturally have in our brains (serotonin, epinephrine, etc.) one of them is called GABA which stands for Gamma-aminobutyric acid.

Gabapentin acts as a structural analog(same thing) as gaba. To your body, it sees those carbon chains as the same thing. That's the key. No big breakthrough, your body just think's it's the same thing so anything, any neural pathway, any receptor that your brain naturally was sending GABA too, gabapetin will also activate.

Why does it work for the things it does such as prevent seizures? Well millions have been invested into that question and I don't have a solid and straight "fda" answer for you. It's why it's prescribed "off label" so often.

But the shit does work.

This is also why you see me colloquially refer to Gabapentin as just gaba in conversation online.

Should you keep taking it? Only you can make that call brother but I would be firmly in the Yes category.

900 a day is a solid low starting dose. For comparison, i'm perscribed 3200mg a day.

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Re: How to use Xanax without developing physical dependancy
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2015, 04:28:20 PM »
What is the gabapentin prescribed for in your case?  pain?

Basically what Jega is saying is that gabapentin and benzos work on the same system, the GABA system is your body's inhibtory mechanism--it slows down your nervous system, which is why you get anxiety and seizures and other nervous system overexcitement symptoms when you are dependent and you stop abruptly.  Its opposing neurotransmitter is glutamate, which speeds everything up.

So yes taking gabapentin every day can cause you to get dependent on IT, and along with Xanax can in general cause a similar syndrome you get with any benzo addiction.  It's a little bit similar to, like, doing heroin every few days but taking codiene on the days you don't use it--you wont be addicted to heroin per se but you will have an overall opiate dependence.  There are other drugs that work on the GABA system like phenibut, or like lamictal which works to decrease glutamate (effectively doing the same thing as the drugs that increase gaba).  All of these will cause a similar withdrawal syndrome if stopped abruptly, but benzos are the most severe. 

So if you want to try to take full and complete gaba-system reset breaks for a stretch of days in between your xanax use, you would want to stop the gaba.  But you may be taking it for a good reason.  So I can't tell you what to do.  Gaba is definitely less addictive and has a less severe WD than Xanax. 

I think the best way to avoid dependence on both meds would be to take a break of a week or so periodically.  That is how you can gauge whether you are becoming dependent or not: if you have trouble sleeping or anxiety panic during this time.  But make sure to keep some of both around during the break (or at least a slow acting benzo like klonopin or valium), because if you start having moderate to severe symptoms you will need to put yourself back on at least one of the meds and do a slow taper. 

One more thing: the gaba system is susceptible to kindling, which is a phenomenon where each successive withdrawal makes the next one worse.  Its not like opiates; with gaba-ergic drugs every time you make yourself suffer in withdrawal or try to tough it out you are doing MORE damage to your nervous system, and increasing your chances of more intense dependence and withdrawal in the future.  After enough times like that you could even cause your system to react paradoxically; can you imagine being in opiate withdrawal and having fucked up your brain so much that taking an opiate not only would not help with the WD symptoms, but it would actually make them worse? 

So if you do find you have stumbled into dependence at some point you need a long, slow taper, not only for comfort reasons but because that is the only way to keep your nervous system working properly. 

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Re: How to use Xanax without developing physical dependancy
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2015, 10:01:14 PM »
I was given the gabapentin for anxiety. I guess I have dug myself a grave without even realizing it. Fuck. I'm stopping both drugs as of last night. I assume I will know fairly quickly if I'm in withdrawal.

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Re: How to use Xanax without developing physical dependancy
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2015, 10:27:17 PM »
It's a Great, absolutely excellent, anti-anxiety medication that gets you off a scheduled substance.

(though if it was going through the review process in 2015 I don't see how it wouldn't be scheduled. Hell they gave lyrica a 5 lol)

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