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A 43-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my doctor prescribed me xanax (alprazolam) for depression/anxiety..?

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Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
Use as prescribed: Xanax (alprazolam) is effective for anxiety management, but use as directed. Also, talk to a psychologist to learn new strategies for dealing with this disorder.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

My doctor prescribed me Xanax (alprazolam) for depression/anxiety. Is that effective?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Addiction Medicine 51 years experience
Depends on what you: mean by effective. Xanax (alprazolam) will reduce anxiety short-term, but does not really have any significant beneficial effect on depression. Like other benzodiazepines, Xanax (alprazolam) causes physical dependency and tolerance, with a requirement for more and more medication, doing less and less over time. Antidepressant medications and psychotherapy are better ways to treat both conditions. Best if used short-term.
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Last updated May 14, 2016


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