My own personal experience with Xanax has been a bit tricky, at first it worked fairly well and I was told to take it when I needed it, usually when I needed to sleep since as many people with a recent diagnosis I was having issues falling and staying asleep.
However after awhile it felt like it wasn't working l that well and was told to use it with benedryle. I told my onc my issues that during the day when I would take it when I was feeling stressed out it would only last for about an hour or so. Then they switched me to klonopin Instead twice a day since my onc told me some people build a tolerance to Xanax which is apparently what happened to me. Though the klonopin worked fairly well I am being switched again to something called remeron since works as a anti depressants but also has the benefits of sleep aid and appetite increaser, since my insurance sucks and won't cover my appetite increaser and I still had issues sleeping.
Now I wake up feeling refreshed and I still have appetite, though I'm still using the klonopin for a few more week until the remeron' s anti depressant effects take over then I will quit the klonopin.
But overall just be careful, a drug is still. Drug and you don't want to go down the slipper sloop that I am to find "the right thing". My Xanax was as needed at 0.5 mg then it was twice a day, then it stopped working for me. You just need to be careful is all, it seems I finally found something for me that works but if Xanax works for you then stick with it. But don't be afraid to change if you need to.
Stage 4 colon cancer at 26 yrs old 9/24/14
Huge mass blocking colon, mets in peritoneum + liver
Emergency Colostomy mass removed 9/26/14
Port installed 10/8/14
Folfox started 10/20/14
CEA 153 down to 2.3! 3/17/15