SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 44 Posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3857 times:
Question, I take .05 of Xanax as needed, typically only at work
Anyways, the other day I was seriously stressing at work and got the idea to take 2 Xanax. When the medicine hit me, whoa! I felt giddy and drunk!
I said and did things I would never do at work and did not give a damn about anything! A few hours later at home I simply could not stay awake. Literally to the point I felt like I might have passed out sporadically (sp?)
WTF! Was that a Xanax overdose? Is it dangerous to your body? If I did it again would the body adjust or no?
Bezoar From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 805 posts, RR: 9 Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3846 times:
Xanax is a benzodiazepine, a tranquilizer in the same family as valium and several others. It does not come in a .05 mg size, however. What you have is likely a 0.5 mg tablet.
It most definitely can make you drunk, particularly when you are not used to that much medicine. It's addictive, so I would not take it everyday if you don't need it, and only with your physician's direction. I would not mix it with alcohol or other depressants.
"There are none so blind as those who will not see."
Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3842 times:
SWA: NEVER screw with a dose prescribed by a doctor. You might have your doses wrong, as it looks as though 0.25 and 0.5 mg/day are standard doses, not 0.05 mg/day. If, in fact it is 0.05 mg, then perhaps it has been prescribed as a mild alleviant, and you are just very susceptible to its effects. Xanax is a benzodiazepine, much like valium. Don't screw with it. Trust me, as a former medicinal chemist, there can be serious changes to your psychological make up if you increase doses or stop abruptly. Speak to your doctor, please.
SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 44 Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3836 times:
Correct, I only take it as needed. I have only used it a few times over the past month. Maybe 3 or 4 times at the most. If it is a tranquilizer how can it make you drunk feeling? Sorry, I went and looked and you are correct. It is 0.5mg of alprazolam (the generic form of Xanax)
Will your body adjust or do you continue to get that reaction? Would that be considered an overdose?
Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3827 times:
Quoting SWA TPA (Reply 3): If it is a tranquilizer how can it make you drunk feeling?
That's what tranquilizers do, basically.
Quoting SWA TPA (Reply 3): Will your body adjust or do you continue to get that reaction? Would that be considered an overdose?
Answer: yes, your body will adjust, and that's NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD THING. All it means is that it takes more of this addictive drug to realize the same effect, so you will want more and more next time. If you take it only on occasion, your body will likely not adjust so well, or not at all. An overdose typically does harm to you or kills you. What you likely experienced was a very mild overdose, that simply exerted more of an effect than you needed. NEVER a good thing with pharmaceuticals. The benefit of pharmaceuticals is to feel as though you haven't taken anything, and you just feel OK. Anything beyond that, unless you are seriously psychotic (which I'm pretty sure you're not), is too much.
SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 44 Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3820 times:
Quoting Logan22L (Reply 6): The benefit of pharmaceuticals is to feel as though you haven't taken anything, and you just feel OK. Anything beyond that, unless you are seriously psychotic (which I'm pretty sure you're not), is too much.
That's why I got the foolish idea to take 2 of them. Taking one feels like I took nothing. Just kinda takes the edge off, so I thought "well, what's one more gonna hurt?".
No, I am definitely not psychotic
A tad off my rocker sometimes but aren't we all at one point or another?
Bezoar From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 805 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3819 times:
Overdose in a medical sense is when it can cause you harm. 1 mg of this stuff won't kill you, unless you drive your car into a pole or worse when you are under the influence.
Your thread title is on target: you took too much. You should never take more than you NEED. If you can do with less, such as a half-tablet, then do so.
Yes, your body would get used to it, much like alcohol. And like an alcoholic, you could take several mg's/day and walk around like you are on nothing. At that point you are likely addicted, and will need the medication just to keep yourself out of withdrawal. Incidentally, someone who is addicted to Xanax, like any benzodiazepine, can experience seizures if they stop it cold-turkey.
Why would you want to get used to a higher dose?
"There are none so blind as those who will not see."
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11433 posts, RR: 81 Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3734 times:
SWA TPA.....my stepfather the head shrinker (he's actually pretty good) says that a person should really avoid taking it upon themselves to up their dose.
It could lead to unpredictable side-effects, and even serious medical issues.
I'm certain that at this point you have picked up on that, but I thought I'd get the opinion of a real doctor, not just a bunch of guys who have done alot of drugs.....like Logan .
Oh, and don't mix alcohol with sedatives..... I don't think a person sane enough to take the help is nuts...a person who lets themselves enjoy the feeling and seeks it out will get into trouble, and you seem to be a cool person.............. so....don't do it again.
Cozzie....stop posting your "post-surgery" glamour shots...
UAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3677 times:
If you aren't used to Xanax, the yeah, taking more than you are used to will give you that feeling. I have agoraphobic panic attacks, so I'm on 1 mg twice a day. Still a small dosage, but definitely not the lowest. Since I started my Xanax therapy, I haven't had a dibilitating panic attack since. And, even though I'm prescribed 1mg twice a day, I usually only take 1 mg at night, and none in the morning. .5 mg is going to be the lowest dosage of Xanax or what you are probably taking, Alprazolam (Generic). Nothing to worry about. But Xanax shouldn't be used for stress from what I understand. It has a calming effect for anxiety, but not just because you're having a bad day and things are going the way you want them. But then again, I'd rather you take the Xanax than go and get drunk somewhere.
My Xanax is completely regulated by my Psychiatrist. He gives me a month's supply, and it HAS to last me for a month. I'm on several other medications like Seroquel and Gabitril, but the Xanax he has to be careful of, because people become dependent. So, he's answer was always, if you use too much and you are out, you'll have to wait until it's time to refill it, (which means for me, the panic attacks would come back). I don't know if any of you have ever experienced a full blown panic attack before, but it's one of the scariest things I've been through. It's mentally exhausting. When the attack subsides, you are completely worn out. So, in a way, the Xanax can be a blessing or a curse. You just have to respect it and it will have respect for you. It's almost a relationship, if you take all, it will take back 10 fold.
Xanax is also different than other benzodiazipines, in the fact that it really doesn't make you feel tired, just mellow and relaxed. Other benzos such as Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, all have different effects than Xanax, and many of them make you VERY tired. Xanax on the other hand, as my Psychiatrist explained to me, was geared more toward relieving anxiety, rather than making you feel tired. I've tried many other benzos but Xanax was the best fit, and in fact, most doctors will prescribe it over other medications.
SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 44 Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3668 times:
What it was originally prescribed for was a recent "breakdown" at work.
Our kiosk assist agent tried to help a passenger using the kiosk and he got all mad and started yelling at myself and the other agent! I dont know what happened but something inside my brain just snapped at that moment. I walked off wnet into the back and began hysterically crying which progressed into me throwing my airline ID, cell phone, shoes, hair brush, uniform sweater vest etc all around the locker room. I could not stop crying for anything! The police came, the fire department came and EMT's arrived!!!!!
They checked me over and left telling me to visit my doctor ASAP and a female airport police officer kept following me until I was off airport property! I dont know what she thought I was going to do!?!?! Anyways, that is why I was given the Xanax. I have not taken very many of them since then. I still most of the prescription and it was issued August 02.
UAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3665 times:
Sounds to me like you aren't really on Xanax therapy, just use it when needed. Indeed this is the case for some. But as far as the crying thing goes, Xanax can have an effect on your moods as well. Depression can be a side-effect of Xanax. You see, Xanax tickles the same receptors in the brain as alcohol does, though Xanax is much less toxic to the brain. However, if you don't have panic disorder (the condition) with recurring attacks, then by all means, don't use it everyday. Even small dosages can become addictive. For people like me who are on Xanax therapy (meaning we take it everyday), if the doctor feels like I don't need it anymore, you have to taper the medication down in VERY small increments. The reason being, is that Xanax acts like an anti-seizure medication. It has good mood stablizing characteristics, but it's also a seizure preventative (though if you have seizures, there are other medications out there that are used, like Topamax, which are less addictive). Anyway, your brain chemistry becomes reliant on the medication, and when you stop it suddenly, you run the risk of having seizures. This is why people who are addicted to large dosages of Xanax have an extremely hard time stopping the medication.
If I were to stop the Xanax therapy, I'd start by cutting my 1mg pills in half and take 1 and 1/2 mg per day for about a month, then a month later, cut that in half, and so on, and so on.
So what I'm trying to say here is that DO NOT take more than your doctor prescribes you, and take it ONLY how he prescribes it. But, in my opinion, since you are on a small dosage, I'd take it ONLY when necessary. But doubling your dose one time isn't going to give you a seizure or anything. It may make you feel a little goofy, but don't start liking that feeling, because that's what starts addiction.
Speaking of addictions, I'm going to have a cigarette.....LOL
SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 44 Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3654 times:
Oh I liked the feeling alright! It was fun! We always wish we could drink on the job Makes dealing with the passengers a lot easier! Hee hee.
Anyways, I have never had Xanax before this happened.
My Pysch. lady wants me to also take anger management classes. Not because I have uncontroled anger or anything, but because I dont know how to let it out. I hold on to it inside until the aforementioned happens. Everyone at work always asks me how I am soooooo nice to all the pax even when they are, shall we say, not so nice to me. I just cant find it in myself to be nasty or rude to them no matter the situation. I am seething on the inside but you would never know it to watch me.