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Dr. Alan Ali
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Alprazolam (Overview)

Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system. So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight, dentist or other infrequent anxieties, not on daily basis.


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What is alprazolam? It's only 0.25 mg my moms dr gave them to her. I just wanted to know what they are.

What is alprazolam? It's only 0.25 mg my moms dr gave them to her. I just wanted to know what they are.

Sedative-Hypnotic: It's also called xanax (alprazolam). It's a sedative-hypnotic med, a member of the benzodiazepine class of drugs (as is valium, for instance). It is most often used for anxiety/panic attacks, sleep, muscle relaxation, etc. 0.25mg is a very low dose. Talk to your mom if you're concerned. Your concern for her welfare may be just as therapeutic as the pills! Be tactful, given you don't know why she's using it :). ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
952 Doctors shared insights

Alprazolam (Overview)

Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system. So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight, dentist or other infrequent anxieties, not on daily basis.


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I've been on. 5mg alprazolam for 2 months now, what's the best way to stop?

I've been on. 5mg alprazolam for 2 months now, what's the best way to stop?

Xanax (alprazolam): This is an issue to discuss with your prescribing doctor who will establish a gradual tapering regimen & monitor response and withdrawal. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: alprazolam?

Please describe the medication: alprazolam?

Not a fan of it: Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system. So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight, dentist or other infrequent anxieties, not on daily basis. ...Read more

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Can a grasto intestinal md prescribe you sleep inducing med if he feels needed? Mine did he also gave me a better version of alprazolam...

Can a grasto intestinal md prescribe you sleep inducing med if he feels needed? Mine did he also gave me a better version of alprazolam...

GI doctors: Gastroenterologists are subspecialists of internal medicine who specialize in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. They have completed 4 years of medical school, 3 years of internal medicine residency training program, became board certified in internal medicine, and completed a 3 year fellowship training program in gastroenterology.
Gi doctors can prescribe sleep meds if needed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been prescribed alprazolam and atarax (hydroxyzine). is it ok to get out of bed before I wake up naturally?

Don't understand?: Xanax (alprazolam) is a very short acting drug, and if you are taking it at night, it likely would be at very low levels by morning. Atarax is a somewhat sedating antihistamine, but if you are taking that at night, there is not much likelihood of morning residual effects. If it is bothering you, I would talk with your doctor about reducing the dose. Don't know what you mean by 'naturally? - not using alarm? ...Read more

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Do you see a problem with long term use of alprazolam. 5 2x in overnight for rest and sleep. I am being treated for hypertension. It works for me.

Do you see a problem with long term use of alprazolam. 5 2x in overnight for rest and sleep. I am being treated for hypertension. It works for me.

Anxiety, Alprazolam: Thank you for informing taking Alprazolam, Acyclovir and Catapres
Let the Wise Man in you Reflect:
•Need for Alprazolam for sleep when Both Acyclovir and Catapres cause sleepiness
•Stressors in life causing Anxiety, thus wanting to have rest or not to take care of unpleasant feelings
•Use of Alcohol contributing to insomnia
•To see Psychiatrist for Therapy for stresses and unresolved feelings. ...Read more

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How long does the drug alprazolam becomes effective in your system?

Starts in 1/2 hour: Aprazolam, or xanax, (alprazolam) is a short acting benzodiazapine with a half life of about 6 hours. It gets absorbed and eliminated from the body quickly. It is also the reason that it is highly addictive if taken regularly over several weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take for alprazolam (xanax) to work?

Xanax (alprazolam): Is a fast acting and short acting (few hours only), only treat symptoms. It never treat any problem to the root cause of the problems. Thus is very addictive. Must always be given in conjonction with another med that treats the cause of the problem then stop it when the other med works well to suppress the symptoms. Never use as single med for more than 3months. ...Read more

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How long does Xanax (alprazolam) last for not XR after it kicks in?

How long does Xanax (alprazolam) last for not XR after it kicks in?

Xanax (alprazolam): Immediate-release xanax (alprazolam) starts acting within 15-30 minutes. Its half-life (length of time to break down half the dose you took) is around 11 hours. In 5 half-lives (or 55 hours) a single dose of the drug & its effects would be gone from your system. ...Read more

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Is taking bupropion and alprazolam safe?

Medication effects: Your Health is Precious!
Excessive use of Alprazolam or abrupt discontinuation following long-term use, may occasionally trigger seizures in patients taking Bupropion.
Reflect:
•Need for Bupropion and Alprazolam
•Stressors in life causing Anxiety and Depression
•Use of Alcohol
•To see Psychiatrist for medication side effects and interaction; Therapy for stresses in life and for coping skilsl ...Read more

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I have high anxiety due to some problems. Can I safely take alprazolam one week 1x 0.5 xr/sr per day, then hydroxyzine one week and again. Switching?

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I have high anxiety due to some problems. Can I safely take alprazolam one week 1x 0.5 xr/sr per day, then hydroxyzine one week and again. Switching?

Xanax (alprazolam): If those are prescribed by your doctor, & I hope they are, then your best advice should come from the prescribing doc. Who knows your case well. ...Read more

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Is taking (very rare) alprazolam without talking to doctor is very dangerous?

Is taking (very rare) alprazolam without talking to doctor is very dangerous?

Never: Never take meds without consulting with your physician first. You don't know he adverse affects it can have for you, if it is right for you or what dose is appropriate for you. It may also interact with other meds you may be on. ...Read more

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I have been on alprazolam now for over 10 yrs. I now go through potentially deadly withdrawels after only missing 48 hrs. I am desperate, at my wits end?

Alprazolam: Being on Alprazolam for over 10 years means you are seriously habituated -- and will need very gradual tapering in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms. When you "miss" for 48 hours, it's not unusual that you would have difficulty. Please work with your physician on tapering your medication, and don't try to do it all by yourself. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I take Xanax (alprazolam) and Valium will grapefruit juice have a side effect?

Minor: Grapefruit juice inhibits the liver enzymes that break down certain medicines, resulting in a small increase in the medicine's effect. This definitely occurs with valium; there is some uncertainly whether it affects xanax (alprazolam) as much, or at all. It takes a lot of grapefruit juice (at least a pint, probably more) to have this effect. Tell your doc if you drink lots of grapefruit juice regularly. ...Read more

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Side effects of alprazolam?

Go to:: Http://www. Webmd. Com/drugs/drug-9824-xanax+oral. Aspx? Drugid=9824&drugname=xanax+oral&source=1.

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How long does the anti anxiety effects of alprazolam last for?

How long does the anti anxiety effects of alprazolam last for?

On the order of: About 5 hours. But remember everyone's physiology is slightly different and it's effects may last longer or shorter for you depending on how you metabolize the drug. ...Read more

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How long do the effects of Xanax (alprazolam) last?

Xanax (alprazolam) vs Xanax (alprazolam) XR: Xanax (alprazolam) is a short-acting benzodiazepine w/half-life of 11+hrs in most adults, 16+hrs in elderly & ~20hrs in those w/alcoholic liver disease (https://online. Epocrates. Com/noFrame/showPage? Method=drugs&MonographId=1414). The extended release formulation has half-life of 10-16hrs (https://online. Epocrates. Com/noFrame/showPage? Method=drugs&MonographId=3381&ActiveSectionId=7). ...Read more

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What is the half-life of Xanax (alprazolam) in terms of saftely drinking beer?

Xanax (alprazolam) and alcohol: It is no so much the half life that is problematic in mixing alcohol with sedatives it is the fact that these drugs are easily and rapidly stored in fat cells. Alcohol binges have unpredictable effects on fat cells and additive effect with xanax (alprazolam). So the term safely drinking beer with xanax (alprazolam) have high probability of causing destructive physiological and neurological consequences. ...Read more

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Risk of seizure/convulsion in between Xanax (alprazolam) doses (.25mg) 4 times a day? Wears off fast and sxs start quickly

Not likely: You are not likely to have a seizure. There is an extended form of Xanax (alprazolam) which should give you a smoother response and less doses. Talk to your prescriber. ...Read more

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My sister is having seziures and I think its from her medication. She is taking Xanax (alprazolam) and at night melatonin could the two be a bad combination?

My sister is having seziures and I think its from her medication. She is taking Xanax (alprazolam) and at night melatonin could the two be a bad combination?

See a doctor: If your sister is having seizures, she should see a doctor immediately so that a diagnosis can be made and treatment prescribed. Withdrawal from large doses of Xanax (alprazolam) can cause seizures, so if she is taking a large dose and suddenly stops it she might have seizures. Otherwise it is unlikely that either Xanax (alprazolam) or melatonin would cause seizures. ...Read more

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Can I mix butalbital and alprazolam?

Can I mix butalbital and alprazolam?

No, I wouldn't: That would be a dangerous combination, because both are sedating medications. Please don't use them together. ...Read more

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Will 5 atarax (hydroxyzine) and 2 alprazolam overdose?

Will 5 atarax (hydroxyzine) and 2 alprazolam overdose?

Most likely not: Anytime you take more of a drug than you are prescribed, it is considered an overdose. I doubt that you were prescribed 5 Atarax (hydroxyzine) together to be takenwith 2 alprazolam. Those 2 meds are both very sedating and together could possibly make you sleep for a long time, but I don't think it would hurt you if that was all you took. However if you drank alcohol or added other meds to that, it be dangerous! ...Read more

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How much alprazolam is safe?

How much alprazolam is safe?

Xanax (alprazolam): Depending on age and tolerance and severity of symptoms and if taken alone or with other medications. Generally, I would not recommend daily dose above 4-6 mg. ...Read more

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How many alprazolam 1 ml should be much medication is a safe percription. Right now they want me to take 120 a month 1four times a day?

How many alprazolam 1 ml should be much medication is a safe percription. Right now they want me to take 120 a month 1four times a day?

Alprazolam: Alprazolam comes in milligrams (mg) not milliliters (ml). If 1mg 4 times a day is your starting dose on this medication, this is very high. If you have worked up to it, it's still high. I don't know your history or diagnosis, but there may be other medications and/or treatments that could assist you without exposure to this much potential sedation and habituation. ...Read more

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What is alprazolam?

What is alprazolam?

Xanax (alprazolam): Is an anxiolytic medication of intermediate half-life, used for panic disorder. Side effects include sedation, dry mouth, nausea, headaches, lack of focusing, change in taste & smell senses, most of such effects are uncommon & dose-related. ...Read more

Xanax (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more


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