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A 40-year-old female asked:

i have been taking xanax (alprazolam) for several years because i have severe panic attacks. 1 mg 3x''s a day. i don't think it is working anymore. ?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Forster
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Maybe not enough: Most likely the xanax (alprazolam) is still having some effect. Probably it is just not working well enough. Other treatments that are often helpful include serotonin antidepressants (sri's like prozac, zoloft, lexapro) and cognitive behavioral therapy. You should talk to your doctor. But don't abruptly stop the xanax (alprazolam).
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Psychotherapy teaches coping skills and relaxation techniques to help you manage anxiety. There are many evidence based cognitive behavioral strategies that can reduce anxiety and decrease episodes of panic. Medications manage the symptoms of anxiety while therapy can provide lasting change which addresses the underlying thoughts that trigger and maintain anxiety. Exercise has also been shown to reduce anxiety in the short term as well as provide higher stress tolerance levels.
Sep 30, 2012
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 49 years experience
This med. addictive : It is not intended to be taken on regular basis , but only on as needed basis and for short period of time . When u taje it daily u become used to it and will stop working . See u md, perhaps he can help u tapper down and switch u to something else and refer u for therapy. Good luck.

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