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Monday, March 28, 2011 MaggieRose83, Community Member, asks

Q: weaning off Xanax, How low do I go?

I recently started having really bad panic attacks again and after 2 years  of being off of Xanax I started taking it. Then I found out I was pregnant so I have to get off. It is hard because I think it is the hormones that sparked this up. I have gotten down to taking <1/2 of a .25mg 3x a day. Today I have only take less than .25 mg total in 2 doses of a little less than 1/2 of a .25mg. I was wondering how low I would have to get before I could just quit without having any additional anxiety from withdrawl. I am unable to sleep at tonight and feel anxious and a little surreal form not taking the third dose today. I am trying to do this gradually but as quick as I can for my baby's sake. Though I have to maintain balance to care for my 16 mnth old daughter as well. I also would like to know how long will it be before it is completely out of my system so I can have an idea of what the full effect of not having it is and if I can handle it yet.

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Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
3/28/11 9:58pm



Thank you for your question and welcome to


It is important to wean yourself off this medication under a doctor's supervision. He or she would be able to tell you when you should completely stop taking this medication.


How long you should take to completely stop is dependent on several factors, such as how long you have been taking the medication.


I am giving you links to some additional information that might be helpful:


How to Identify and Manage Antidepressant Withdrawal Symptoms


Antidepressants and Pregnancy


Anxiety During Pregnancy




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By MaggieRose83, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/13/14, First Published: 03/28/11