I've been taking xanax for over 10 years, before that i was taking klonopin for for about 15 years. I have severe panic disorder, and have had at least 20 psychiatric hospitalizations before i had insurance and was able to be treated regularly. Ive been on every antidepressant there is and have been taking 300mg of effexor and 4mg of xanax since 2004. This combination works for me...I don't always take 4mg of xanax..but it's good to know i can if i need to. Ive never abused xanax, or sold it like some people do. Recently my psychiatrist said he wanted to lower my dosage of xanax because the State of NY is cracking down on Benzos. I don't believe I should suffer because other people abuse it. Any thoughts would be appreciated.