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What is your opinion of a medical doctor, who prescribes Xanax to a patient for anxiety for over 12 years. The patient is now taking the prescribed 8mg every day (and has on many occasions over-taken it on "particularly stressful days") and has never been referred to a psychiatrist to try and figure out the cause of the anxiety or to try to figure out other ways to deal with it. Of course, he has been highly addicted to it for a very long time. In addition, this doctor has prescribed Percocet for a knee injury because the Norco was not longer working.
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replied July 2nd, 2013
I am not in the position to judge your doctor who has been taking care of you for 12 years. I was not around. Regarding Xanax: I, personally, never, I mean never, prescribe Bezodiazepines for anxiety disorder. First of all, they cause dependence, have rebound effect, worsen memory and do not help with depression which is almost always accompany the anxiety. Psychiatrists use Xanax very often, and it is an FDA approved medication for anxiety, whether you like it or not. I agree with the idea to visit a psychiatrist.
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replied July 4th, 2013
Hello Deebee,

In comment to your posting. I think a doctor who has prescribed long term use of Xanax surely has his/her own set of reasons for treatment with this medication.

My opinion though would be that having been taking this
med for 12 years is a chemical dependency that would need very careful and specific treatment. If the doctor or specialist advised a slow taper off this med or even if underlying reasons for the anxiety were addressed, there still is the dependency and a realistic plateful of issues to deal with. My thoughts are this. And I agree with Dr. Strizhak with his input. *I am presently tapering off of Zolpidem 4 year use myself. Also the knee injury you mentioned has to be painful and using the medication for relief of pain (during a reasonable amount of time is understandable) This is my first posting on this forum and I am going to need to learn the posting and content policies so please bare with me. Thanks.
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