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A 44-year-old female asked:

I take xanax (alprazolam) as needed but it makes me sleepy not just relaxed which is all i want. which med 4 anxiety helps just to relax without the sleepiness?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Talk with your doc: Xanax (alprazolam) can certainly cause sedation, and your doctor needs to know this is happening at the dose s/he prescribed. Your dose could be decreased, which might provide the desired result. Its relatives can also cause sedation. Sometimes ssri antidepressants are also prescribed for anxiety, and at the appropriate dose they can work. Psychotherapy is also an important part of treatment, though.
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Xanax (alprazolam): I agree with dr. Pappas. Also another possibility to discuss with your doctor is buspar (buspirone).
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Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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