A 34-year-old male asked:
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can long term xanax (alprazolam) use make anxiety worse?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Xanax (alprazolam): Possible, due to development of tolerance to the beneficial anxiolytic effects. Also, sometimes noted when switching from brand to generic forms.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Fred Gallo
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Possibly: While xanax (alprazolam) is a fast acting benzodiazepam that can be beneficial in the treatment of anxiety, it is possible to develop tolerance and dependence. So it's best used in conjunction with therapeutic approaches to develop effective anxiety reducing strategies. Also antidepressant medications can be used in treating anxiety.
Answered on May 15, 2016

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
fairly soon: Usually within 30 minutes. Hoping the xanax (alprazolam) you're taking was prescribed to you.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Xanax (alprazolam): Treats symptoms. It does not correct the underlying anxiety disorder. It is best used short term.
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Dr. Fani Manney
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Very effective: Should experience benefit with first dose. Recommend that this medication be taken under the care of a psychiatrist.
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Dr. Monya De
Dr. Monya De answered
15 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends: On the individual. For some it would last longer, and some, shorter.

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