A 40-year-old male asked:
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i am currently taking xanax, (alprazolam) 2 mgs daily, and want to start suboxone (buprenorphine) treatment, at a low dose. is this combination safe?

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Dr. Indravadan Gatiwala
41 years experience Neurology
anxiety: First, xanax (alprazolam) is not answer if you have anxiety or panic attack for long time. It depends on why you are taking this medicine. It important to know what are your sxs.
Answered on Oct 18, 2013
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience Addiction Medicine
Many buprenorphine prescribers are VERY reluctant to take any patient on benzodiazepines, and in particular Xanax, which has high abuse potential. Antidepressant medications (SSRIs or SNRIs) are the first line drugs to prevent panic attacks, with the use of rescue benzodiazepines only when an attack occurs. Some physicians believe that Klonopin has less abuse potential and may be safer.
Oct 18, 2013

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