I would never take Xanax again like I was, I was taking HOWEVER much I wanted basically, I'd say up to 4MG a day. Because of like someone said, the days I WOULDN'T take it, I'd feel terrible anxiety. I'd go to 3-4 different pharmacies to get the medication early until I found a doctor who wrote me however much I wanted basically. I would obsess over the medication, refusing to leave the house without it. The withdrawals are bad, but it is worth it to get it out of your system. It is a GREAT feeling, but a terrible withdrawal. And xanax doesn't cure anxiety, it just masks it. I say this coming from a person who has had anxiety/panic attacks since kindergarten! I have never been better now that I am off of the medication. Use it for emergencies only, is my suggestion.