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Is xanax (alprazolam) bad for you?

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Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 20 years experience
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.
Dr. Eric Levin
Dr. Eric Levin commented
Psychiatry 41 years experience
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
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I agree with Dr. Levin and Dr. Lyons
Aug 31, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Xanax: Some people can become psychologically and physically dependent on xanax. Withdrawal after being on high doses for a long period can be dangerous.

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Can you tell me, are Xanax (alprazolam) really that bad for you?

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They can be: Or they can be very helpful for the right people. Xanax (alprazolam) is a very rapidly absorbed, but short-acting tranquilizer, which makes it more abuse-prone, and some psychiatrists think it should be off the market, in favor of more slowly absorbed and longer-acting medications, such as clonazepam. Anxiety can be treated with psychological therapies and with antidepressants that are not addiction-prone.
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What is Xanax (alprazolam) use for?

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Dr. Samuel Miles
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Anxiety: Xanax (alprazolam) is used to treat anxiety.

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