I asked my primary doctor if he would consider prescribing Valium for a short time, since I had read about utilizing it's long half life to effectively taper off Xanax. He refused. I don't remember his reasons at the time. I have been taking a tiny amount of Xanax for two years. At first, it did wonders for my dysautonomia symptoms, including the adrenaline surges and rapid heartbeat whenever I lay down to sleep, and the extreme anxiety episodes. It consistently delivered a restful nights sleep and had no adverse affects otherwise. But now, I think I am reaching a tolerance level. I have been finding that the small amount isn't effective, and if I increase it I seem to bottom out very quickly. I am breaking into sweats constantly, my heart has been speeding up for no reason, and I have been jumpy and irritable. The medication is now causing the very symptoms it was supposed to help with. I went to another doctor for a second opinion and they did not receive this well. They insisted that I could just taper off the Xanax without the use of Valium, and seemed to think that I just wanted to drug myself. They didn't understand that because of the short half life of Xanax, that if I try to go any lower in dosage, I will be stuck in causing the levels to rapidly rise and fall without ever really being able to just stop taking it. Already this is what is happening. Even after increasing to a half of a pill and felt withdrawal symptoms within four hours. This is the protocol I was trying to follow: http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/: The only thing that is helping me feel somewhat stable is adding GABA, Glycine, Tyrosine and Taurine to my supplements. I also started 5htp. Does anyone have any suggestions? I can't afford to go to a natural doctor because my insurance won't cover it.