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Trying to stop using alcohol to control sudden anxiety from adhd. on adderall for 3 years with success. xanax (alprazolam) or valium option. pls no addicton respon?

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Dr. Kevin Nasky answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Seek medical help: Depending on how much and how regularly you drink alcohol, stopping abruptly can be dangerous or even lethal. If you are a heavy drinker, and want to stop, you need to seek medical help. Based on your drinking history you may need to "detox," which involves the use of scheduled or symptom-triggered benzodiazepines to manage withdrawal symtpoms in an environment where you can be medically monitored

Answered 10/11/2015

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Alcohol wrong answer: Alcohol is short-acting, causes physical dependence, which means larger and larger doses are required over time, and is toxic. Benzos may have some of the same issues, although less organ toxicity. If you have been prescribed stimulants for your ADHD, the increased anxiety may be side effect from those, and lower doses or different med may help.Antidepressants have good anxiety effects, fewer SEs

Answered 9/29/2016

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