My doctor has me on 10 mg of Lexapro every day and also .5 mg of Xanax as needed. My question is this: How far apart do I need to space the days on which I take Xanax to avoid building up a tolerance, dependence or addiction to it? Is every other day sufficient, or should I wait longer in between? Could I get addicted if my body gets used to taking it every X number of days on a regular basis? Or is the time in between enough to prevent physical addiction? I could honestly use the Xanax everyday because my anxiety is everyday, but I don't want to because I have watched my mother destroy herself with a benzo/opiate addiction for years now. I've been asking around and can't seem to find a straight answer to this question. I am sorry for the delay, but I have been having some internet connectivity issues. This is actually a relatively complicated question, as it also depends upon what is meant by addiction. As with any addicting drug, there is a range of problems that can occur, including tolerance, dependence, and ultimately, addiction. Tolerance is when the same dose is no longer effective and a higher dose is necessary to achieve the same effect. Dependence is when symptoms start to occur simply because the medicine is leaving your system or the blood level is decreasing. Addiction typically is considered to be present when there is an alternation in behavior to get the drug or when there is withdrawal symptoms (although some withdrawal symptoms can occur from certain drugs that do not cause addiction). If someone is able to maintain the use of only 0.25 mg of Xanax (a low dose), that would indicate that tolerance is not developing, and tolerance will typically develop before addiction.
Jan 31, 2014. Xanax may be trendy, but it can affect your health. Once Jenna regained consciousness, she hauled herself to her sofa. disorders—patients generally experience a lag time of four to six weeks before they start working.". Feb 23, 2007. If Xanax wears off in just a few hours, but it takes a week for your brain's. I used it sparingly, a quarter to half a pill, once to three times a week.