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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Benzodiazapines: Benzodiazapines are NOT candy. Playing with these medications is not safe. Please talk with your physician.

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A female asked:
Dr. Richard Amerling
39 years experience in Nephrology and Dialysis
Yes: Xanax (alprazolam) is typically given 3 or 4 times/day. I'm not sure why you were prescribed Ativan at night; an extra Xanax (alprazolam) should wor ... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Your question sounds: like there may not be a prescribing physician involved with this, or at least you don't say anything about the advice of that physician. Benzodiazepin ... Read More
A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bassam Amawi
48 years experience in Psychiatry
Xanax (alprazolam) and Ativan: R anti anxiety medication they work better when taken on as needed basis if taken all the time u get used to them and stop working.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Insomnia: Xanax (alprazolam) does help anxiety but not necessarily sleep, so does Ativan. Might want to consider Melatonin.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
12 years experience in Psychiatry
Both: Both medications can be addictive. Xanax (alprazolam) acts quickly which is why it is desired by most people. Ativan acts relatively quickly as well b ... Read More
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A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Jacobson
39 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: It will pay for the 0.5 mg Alprazolam and the 0.5 mg Lorazepam since the beginning of 2013. Best wishes.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Jacobson
39 years experience in Psychiatry
Rarely: It would be very rare indeed for anyone to get truly constipated from a benzodiazepine class drug.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
Long-term benzos: The most obvious side effect is becoming physically and/or mentally habituated to these medications -- such that stopping them becomes very difficult. ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Goldie
47 years experience in Pediatric Neurology
Do not do it: Both medications are in the benzodiazepine family. If injected they go fast to brain centers for breathing and heart rate. These should only be give ... Read More

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