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A 30-year-old female asked:

Taking xanax (alprazolam) 3 x day for 8 months. sometimes i have troble/hard breathing which only settles when i take a deep breath. could it be xanax (alprazolam) or anxiety?

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Anxiety, Xanax (alprazolam): I understand your concern. Anxiety can be uncomfortable. Xanax (alprazolam) is a medication for anxiety. It can also cause anxiety and hyperventilation. Your “trouble/hard breathing which only settles when I take a deep breath” shows Wonder of 3 Million Air Sacs in your Lungs due to which you are alive and functioning. See Psychiatrist for Therapy for stresses; and discuss benefits, side effects of Xanax (alprazolam).

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