View Full Version : xanax help a.d.d. by itself?


kwalk
03-27-08, 12:28 AM
I thought xanax was just helping my anxiety, but wow I am so much more patient when it comes to being bored! I hung out with my friends today and told them I was taking it, and they were like no wonder you're so chill! You're always hyper and always need to be doing something! haha I was like.. I didn't even know I was that bad!I felt like I was following along with the conversations a little bit more just because I didn't feel so ansy while listening to them, it's so WEIRD. I still had a little bit of trouble listening to them talk into detail but I caught on a lot more and actually felt more intelligent for once. I could speak a lot better and wasn't so random, or atleast I could control my randomness a bit more. I would say my thoughts are just... slower. I always thought I was the inattentive type of a.d.d, but I guess i may have a slightness of hyperactivity?

I just started taking dexedrine on such a small dose and noticed it helped a little bit, but I felt like a completely different person right after the xanax.

QueensU_girl
03-27-08, 12:31 AM
benzos can worsen memory. ADDers have memory issues.

Imnapl
03-27-08, 12:31 AM
Did the xanax improve your focus?

kwalk
03-27-08, 12:39 AM
it's making my memory better... well I was in a fog of memory before because I had so much anxiety.

Yes I would definitely say it's helping me focus, since it calms my thought process down, I guess that helps the focus part. My friends said I was so normal.

texasmissb
03-27-08, 12:45 AM
I took xanax for my anxiety, for a little while. It really messed with me. I went shopping bought a bunch of junk, forgot that I had bought the stuff. Saw the receipt in my purse and thought, "whos is this"??? Lots of short term memory loss, I read up on it on the internet and found it was very addictive, I stopped taking it and was very irritable and I weaned myself off. It also took me longer to get angry but if I did I was on the verge of being violent. It did this to my sister too and we begged her to stop taking it. She did and had trouble stopping too. It may work for some but I used to do drugs recreationally w/o ever becoming addicted to anything and could see becoming dependent on this easiliy. I do believe it helped my focus some, but there was no point if I didnt remember.

kwalk
03-27-08, 11:07 AM
Talk to my doc today, and she said the dexedrine could be causing the up and down thing, and in general making me anxious. So I'm getting off of that unfortunately. She said that xanax doesn't cause up and downs and that I shouldn't listen to the people on here sometimes

Also she said if I don't keep upping my dosage of xanax, I shouldn't have a problem with dependence and addiction.

Seer-X
03-27-08, 03:24 PM
benzos can worsen memory. ADDers have memory issues.

^Agreed.

The memory problems and "moodswings" associated with benzodiazepines are fairly well know and documented in the medical community.
I have known many people that take Xanax or a equivalent regularly (I have taken it myself as well in the past) and have seen first hand the effects it has on mood/learning/memory.

not trying to rain your parade, just letting you it has it's own type of precautions and withdrawal effects, one of which is temporarily worsening anxiety when regular use is stopped.

http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/alpraz.htm

just my 2cents.

texasmissb
03-27-08, 05:29 PM
Talk to my doc today, and she said the dexedrine could be causing the up and down thing, and in general making me anxious. So I'm getting off of that unfortunately. She said that xanax doesn't cause up and downs and that I shouldn't listen to the people on here sometimes

Also she said if I don't keep upping my dosage of xanax, I shouldn't have a problem with dependence and addiction.

If its not a P Doc she may not be that experianced with P drugs. Its also her opionion. None of us are docs (well maybe some are) but I wouldn't give up reading, "consumer reports". My GP doc told me that natural horomones and saliva testing were a racket. I took care of my own and natural horomones have helped me. Last time I saw her she starts telling me about natural horomones and wants to do testing on me, because of my unexplained weight gain. Well unexplained by her, because she perscribed proprolonol for my anxiety (works great for that) but said weight gain and shortness of breath isn't a side effect. It isn't for many people but I looked up on the web and found a small precentage that have this problem. As of now, I would rather be fat than have generalized anxiety. After that conversation with her I was convinced to become very pro-active in any of my healing and study all sides of the coin.
For what you have posted, if it works consistantly and you don't feel a need to up your dosage, I would keep taking it. Anxiety is absolutly horrible, and does keep you from being able to focus. I cant even carry a conversation when anxiety is bad, it completely consumes me.

ozchris
03-27-08, 07:56 PM
People who have better focus, memory etc. when they take an anti-anxiety drug are often people that are misdiagnosed with ADD.

Have a think about this: There's chance you don't have ADD. Anxiety disorders can create symptoms that look almost exactly like ADD. The fact you were helped by the Xanax kind of points to this.

So does your doctor want you to take Xanax three times a day, every single day? IS this correct?

Something to remember: Doctors aren't always right.

Xanax DOES cause an up-down-up-down effect because of its short half life. It wears off quickly so the amount in your blood is changing more often.

The benzodiazepines "benzos" for short) are a class of psychoactive drugs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychoactive_drug) considered minor tranquilizers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedative) with varying hypnotic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnotic), sedative (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedative), anxiolytic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anxiolytic), anticonvulsant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anticonvulsant), muscle relaxant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscle_relaxant) and amnesic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anterograde_amnesia) properties, which are mediated by slowing down the central nervous system (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_nervous_system).<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-0">[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzodiazepine#cite_note-0)</sup> Benzodiazepines are useful in treating anxiety (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anxiety), insomnia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insomnia), agitation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agitation_%28emotion%29), seizures (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seizure), and muscle spasms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spasm), as well as alcohol withdrawal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Withdrawal).
The long-term use of benzodiazapines can cause physical dependence. The use of benzodiazepines should therefore commence only after medical consultation and benzodiazepines should be prescribed the smallest dosage possible to provide an acceptable level of symptom relief. Dependence (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_dependence) varies with the benzodiazepine used and with the user, with some reporting alprazolam (Xanax) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alprazolam) and bromazepam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromazepam) dependence in as little as three days.
Here's a quick list. These are all Benzos and the number on the right is how many hours it takes for half of the drug to leave your body (called a half-life) The shorter the half-life the quicker you get addicted and the harder it is to get off.

Alprazolam (This is Xanax) 9 - 20 hrs.
Bromazepam 8 - 30 hrs.
Clonazepam 19 - 60 hrs.
Clorazepate 1.3 - 120 hrs.
Diazepam (Vallium) 30 - 200 hrs.


You really need to read up on Benzos. so you can make an informed decision if taking Xanax is worth it or not. Please read at least a little bit of the page I linked below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzodiazepine_withdrawal_syndrome


Usually it's best to trust your doctor. It's good you came on here to ask about Xanax because in this situation I think it's a good idea to get a second opinion. IF you can - see a psychiatrist. Or - find a doctor that specializes in treating Anxiety/ADD (might be difficult)

kwalk
03-27-08, 08:17 PM
Thank you :).
My mom talked to a neuropsychologist about it too, saying I never respond well to stimulants, and that I might have something else as well.

Maybe since I've lived with my mom for so long who has adhd, I've developed a lot of her bad habits. My parents never really disiplined me either. I had a really unstructured upbringing and my parents fought everyday for as long as I can remember. I kept to myself a lot :/

I think it really is auditory processing disorder, when it comes to really listening to people or lectures and my hearing with some peoples voices. I've always had a problem even when I didn't have anxiety. Got my appointment for that in a few weeks :)

ahhhhh this is so confusing......

kwalk
03-27-08, 08:26 PM
Also my brother was diagnosed with it as a child!!

ozchris
03-27-08, 08:31 PM
I got addicted to Benzos because of a doctor that didn't warn me about the risks. It was the most horrible time of my life and it took almost 2 years to recover. I couldn't work or study for nearly 6 months during the worst of it. I'm finally off them now but I regret ever going near them. I'm only trying to help you out because I can see you making the same mistake.


I know how confusing it is :( just try and take your time and do things properly so you don't make any mistakes.

Maybe it would be a good idea to do a psychological assessment with a testing Psychologist? They take a while to do but are worth it if things are getting confusing. It would tell you exactly what 'problems' you had and it might make things clearer.

kwalk
03-27-08, 08:35 PM
did you just edit that? I didn't see half of that before.

My doctor gave me instance releases, which last around 4 to 5 hours. She didn't give me sustained releases because she said they didn't work as well.

kwalk
03-27-08, 08:38 PM
ah sorry. we're like a little messed up in order lol. I didn't know you could do that. Do you think my school counselor could do that, or are testing psychologists different?

ozchris
03-27-08, 08:51 PM
School counselors don't really have the skills or training to do proper psychological assessments.

Yeah I edited my post. Sorry about the confusion :)

Does your doc. want you taking the xanax everyday? If you have a really bad anxiety problem then using some sort of Benzo. might be worthwhile as a last option. Using Xanax for long-term anxiety management is a really bad idea. Xanax is usually prescribed for people that have anxiety attacks and they take one when they feel it coming on. Not meant for everyday use.

Hopefully QueensUgirl can post because she knows a bit more about the testing psychologists than I do.

kwalk
03-27-08, 09:12 PM
O ok. Yea she said to take it every day, and that I might discover that I need it less. Then eventually only when I need it. Right now it's a bit confusing because of the stimulant and the stimulant is probably making things worse. Tomorrow will be more experimental because I wont be taking the stimulant. She did discuss anti depressants with me but I was like ah I need something to work right now, because of school. So that's why she gave me this since it works right away. I have an appointment in 3 weeks, so I'll discuss with her then about maybe adjusting to another anxiety medication or who knows maybe xanax will be good just occasionally.


OH yea... one thing that I never quite understood about myself and a.d.d. is that i'm ORGANIZED!!!

Hunter Syndrome
03-27-08, 09:38 PM
I thought xanax was just helping my anxiety, but wow I am so much more patient when it comes to being bored! I hung out with my friends today and told them I was taking it, and they were like no wonder you're so chill! You're always hyper and always need to be doing something! haha I was like.. I didn't even know I was that bad!I felt like I was following along with the conversations a little bit more just because I didn't feel so ansy while listening to them, it's so WEIRD. I still had a little bit of trouble listening to them talk into detail but I caught on a lot more and actually felt more intelligent for once. I could speak a lot better and wasn't so random, or atleast I could control my randomness a bit more. I would say my thoughts are just... slower. I always thought I was the inattentive type of a.d.d, but I guess i may have a slightness of hyperactivity?

I just started taking dexedrine on such a small dose and noticed it helped a little bit, but I felt like a completely different person right after the xanax.

I am just a noob here but I thought I would add in to the people warning about this.

Most doctors will only prescribe xanax for a few weeks at a time if you are going through something in your life. It is almost always a bad idea to be taking benzos on a permanent basis and most doctors will not prescribe it in that way.

It is awful, awful stuff. It creeps up on you. The problem is that it is so subtle, you just feel calm and it feels like no big deal.

The real issue is when you notice that if you don't take your xanax that day you get twice as anxious as you ever did before you heard of xanax.... then the withdrawal begins.

not fun

molemania
03-28-08, 01:47 AM
I'm a "noob" too but thought I would add that my sister was on xanax for a relatively short period and deeply regretted it. But everyone reacts differently to different medications. I sure know nothing from personal experience.