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Is Xanax (alprazolam) bad for you?

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Dr. Clarence Lyons
19 years experience in Family Medicine
Benzodiazepine: Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine that has a fairly short half-life. This can increase the risk of addiction to the medication. There are other benzodiazepines with longer half-lives. I like those better, if I have to use a benzodiazepine with a patient. There are risks with this medication that includes addiction , dependence, some have some constipation, over-sedation, and respiratory suppression.
Answered on May 7, 2017
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Dr. Eric Levin
Dr. Eric Levin commented
40 years experience in Psychiatry
usually if taken properly and under supervision they are safe and effective. it must be determined if they are the last resort.
May 23, 2013
Dr. Donald Jacobson
39 years experience in Psychiatry
I agree with Dr. Levin and Dr. Lyons
Aug 31, 2013

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