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A 34-year-old male asked:

Heavy anxiety and catastrophizing. dr. gave me .25 xanax (alprazolam). scared of addiction. can i take xanax (alprazolam) in morning and valerian root w/ melatonin at night?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Xanax (alprazolam) not the best: Xanax (alprazolam) is commonly prescribed for anxiety, but it can cause anxiety if used more than occasionally. It can be addicting. Do not use xanax (alprazolam) if you've had drug/alcohol problems. Cognitive behavioral therapy is by far the best treatment for anxiety. Learn a relaxation skill like mindfulness. Of medications, "antidepressants" like zoloft or Celexa usually work well with few side effects.
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
In addition . . . : Xanax (alprazolam) and valerian root may synergistically increase CNS and respiratory depression.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Xanax (alprazolam): Although dose is low, some sedation can occur.

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