Do CBD oil and Zanax make panic attacks?


Not CBD oil. But for certain people, Xanax can ABSOLUTELY cause panic attacks. If you feel intense anxiety on them that means you need to get off of them safely. Your anxiety will only increase, even if you take more.

I responded to another person (or perhaps it was you) about the dangers of Xanax and how to safely withdraw and the need for your doctor’s cooperation. Here is what I wrote:

Most doctors know NOTHING about the dangers of benzos. I will bet you that your panic attacks have worsened since you started Xanax. That’s because your body is experiencing what’s called interdose withdrawal – that results from taking the same dosage while your body needs more.

What you will likely experience as a result of stopping cold-turkey is called Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). For many it is horrific. And can last years. I don’t want to scare you, but it’s just a fact. Maybe you will get lucky and feel relatively little discomfort. You’ll know very soon.

The safest thing to do is to slowly withdraw. I mean s l o w l y. There is a specific way to do this – follow the Ashton Manual. There is really no other resource for directions on how to safely withdraw with as little discomfort possible. Xanax is terribly addictive. You need to get off of it and find other ways to manage your panic attacks.

Below is the Ashton Manual. Show it to your doctor ASAP. Bring someone with you to the clinic if you have to – someone who can act as a witness to the theft of your meds. Your doctor is being irresponsible by forcing you to go cold turkey.

In any case, you’ll need to find another doctor – withdrawing from benzos is a long process, involving specific instructions. You need a doctor to fill prescriptions, switch you to Valium when the time comes, etc. A qualified psychiatrist is your best bet.

As you might have guessed by now, I speak from experience. I went through PAWS and it was the most excruciating experience of my life. I then learned about The Ashton Manual (with no help from a doctor because no doctors I saw had ever heard of it or understood the dangers and seriousness of benzo withdrawal) and the book quite literally saved my life. It took me quite a while to withdraw (because it did it even more slowly than The Ashton Manual suggests), but I knew as I did so that I was on my way to recovery and better health.

If you are able, contact me and I can be a support person for you. Good luck.

Ashton Manual: How They Work & How to Withdraw, Prof C H Ashton DM, FRCP, 2002

An indispensable online support group: Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Information, Help & Support

IMHO, the best support book to help you withdrawal (which includes a very helpful withdrawal schedule to keep you on track):

The Benzo Book – getting safely off tranquilizers by Jack Hobson-Dupont

Another helpful book:

Benzo-wise – A Recovery Companion by Bliss Johns



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