My internist already has me on Ativan for anxiety, so she is aware I'm dealing with tons of stress and she also knows I have developed gastritis as a result of the stress. Today I left a message requesting a trial of Xanax instead of Ativan, since in my research - incl. talking to a couple of pharmacists - I've learned many people find Xanax MUCH less sedating while still relieving anxiety, not to mention apparently some find it may even help with muscle tension. I need something for anxiety and the sedation helps me sleep, but it's an issue when I know I'll be driving - so many times I have to just go without Ativan until I'm safely back home. My sister's regular doctor prescribed Xanax for her years ago without much fanfare, knowing she also was dealing with tons of stress, and she continues to take it daily years later at a low dose, still without fanfare from the same doctor. My own doctor turned me down today when I requested a month long trial of Xanax to find out if I would find it less sedating, both pharmacists today told me I won't know unless I try taking it. Needless to say tonight I'm steamed knowing I'm gonna have to see a shrink now to even try a month of Xanax. I think it's just ridiculous, it's the same category of drugs and appears to be a milder drug than the Ativan she already gives me, so I'm baffled - the doctor said since it's in the same category there's really no point in switching, I disagree. Anyone else here try both drugs and what was your experience?