There won't be any lasting effects from the withdrawal, just a period of adjustment while your system stabilizes, this time period vaires from person to person. The medication is long gone from your system by now, you are just experiencing the remaining sensations that result from the adjustment of no longer having the medication in your system.
Have you tried to contact your doctor and resume treatment with her? My bet is, with an explanation and an apology, she would be willing to pick up where you left off. She could then discuss with you what to expect as you readjust to a post-Xanax life. She can also discuss alternative treatments for handling the anxiety as well.
Give it a try!
definitely find another doctor and let them know about those symptoms. they could be something much more serious than withdrawal symptoms. withdrawal should only last for a few days/weeks.
They are 100% benzo withdrawal took me 2 years to recover from 4 months use of a benzo
Can taking a .25 mg dose a day cause problems when stopping? I either take that dose or half before bed every night for the past couple of months buts thats all I take.
Withdrawal symptoms can linger for some people, it sounds like you really had a rough time, I cannot imagine. Try to be thankful you've made it through without any serious issues, like seizures!
As for your doctor, I don't agree with leaving a patient in the cold, knowing w/d is imminent, HOWEVER, your doctor was totally within her right to refuse the Rx. These are controlled substances, and the doctor will occasionally require a face to face appt before continuing to write for the script. It's an unfortunate situation, but she was only protecting herself, her license and her ability to prescribe controlled substances. I'm sure you could have probably worked it out with her had you called her after the fact, explaining that you had a rough time making it in to your appt. I'd be willing to bet she would have rescheduled your appt, after all, the doctor did not WANT you to go through withdrawals. All it would have taken was a quick appt and I'm sure she would have continued your Rx.
As for your symptoms now, I do think it is just taking a little longer to get you back to "normal", and due to the dose you were on and the probable significant w/d you had, that's not unheard of. You can always seek out the advice/treatment of a new doctor, a new perspective may bring some new approaches.
Very best of luck!
Thank you so much for posting this. Yes, I do agree with what you said about my Dr., she happens to be a very good and concerned person. Thank you for explaining the importance of having a meeting with her first, I would never want her to get into any trouble at all. Had I known about these w/d issues before being precribed years ago, I never would have accepted it. No one would ever want to go through this, it's probaly worse than the originating sickness. With that being said, do you have any idea as to when these other lasting effects will begin to dissipate?
God Bless you Mystic! Two years!? That had to be a scary time of your life. I can only hope that you are better now.
Thank you Dream for your answer. I did read that it could take up to a year to feel better, I had no idea! When there is a good day to be had, I will go back to a Dr. to explain everything I've been going through and have a much needed check up. Thanks again!
Thanks so very much, I plan to do this very soon. I appreciate your posts immensely.