I have been taking 200mg of Zoloft and 1-2 mg of xanax for servre depression and panic disorder for 13 years. It has helped me function and provided me with a fair quality of life, much better than freaking out everyday. I haven't expereinced any real bad side effects other than sweating heaps when I engage in physical work.
I have built up a small tolerance to xanax, but I have only increased it by about .5mg over the 13 year period. I feel ok, but I don't drink alcohol, it makes me feel dizzy and I become anxious.
Because I have sevre depression, I feel the two drugs compliment each other well. Occassionally I may take an extra xanax on a bad day. This happens only 1-2 a month. I do get very tired if I take 3mg of xanax in a day, but sleep like a baby. I wake up a little groggy, but still function ok. I think the cigarettes make me feel shit the most.
Don't suffer to much and take these drugs if prescribed to you. Just remember, anti-depressants are sometimes a hit and miss thing until you get the right type that suits you. Xanax is good for anyone, but only if prescribhed by a doctor. Definatley ask for it, they are very effective and will take away that sinking feeling you can get with depressiona and anxiety. Always keep in close touch with your doctor and ask questions. I find that the chemists have time to answer questions.