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How could I be addicted to fioricet but have been taking Xanax for panic and have never abused it/felt the urge?

How could I be addicted to fioricet but have been taking Xanax for panic and have never abused it/felt the urge?

Both are addictive: If you are getting xanax on a regular basis you might not have known that you were addicted. Try stopping for a number of days, a few weeks, see if you have the urge for that as well. Barbiturates (fioricet) and benzodiazepines (xanax) are both "downers" and both have tachyphylaxis (habituation) qualities. ...Read more

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Alprazolam (Definition)

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, ...Read more


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Would a mental and substance abuse doctor perscribe Xanax for axiety and panic attacks?

Would a mental and substance abuse doctor perscribe Xanax for axiety and panic attacks?

See below: It also depends on how often you use the meds. My rule of thumb is that two episodes of use per week is reasonable. However, there is still a danger of igniting heavier use even with this regimen. ...Read more

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After a very fast Xanax taper will the w/d symptoms go away? Also not addicted 1mg 2xday 9 mo i think took ss perscribed did not abuse

Be careful: Regardless of how addiction-prone you may or may not be, a fast tapering of xanax or other benzodiazepine drugs could increase your risk of seizures. Be sure you're tapering under the supervision of a health care provider. ...Read more

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I have .5mg xanax. When I'm experiencing panic it takes 4 to calm my mind. I do this about every 2wks. I am not addicted, right? Im also in counseling

Panic attacks: Not addicted, just using meds as necessary. Sometimes , longer acting meds, or other meds can be used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). So you would have less freq attacks. Hope fully your counselor could teach some relaxation techniques ...Read more

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Hi im a recovering addict, was taking Xanax for panic attacks, wondering if theres anything comparable to Xanax except less addictive?

Hi im a recovering addict, was taking Xanax for panic attacks, wondering if theres anything comparable to Xanax except less addictive?

Antidepressants: Xabax and other nedications of its family are not good for long term treatment of panic attacks. Antidepressant medications prevent panic attacks and are the standard of care for panic attacks. ...Read more

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Was taking 1.5 mg of Xanax daily as needed for panic for 5 weeks. When I don't take it for more than a day I have tremors. Could I have a mild addict?

Yes, but it's good: You've had a relatively short duration of use, so it will be easier for you to taper off use and get past the w/drawal effects. I've heard a very safe pattern is to step down 0.25mg in dose every 2 weeks till gone. So, 1.25mg/day then 1mg, then 0.75mg, then 0.5, to 0.25 and FREE! 2-1/2 months to a safe landing. Or, better yet - ask a provider to guide you off safely. Be careful w/ Rx's. Best 2U! ...Read more

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Dr gave me Xanax XR 3mg @night for gad/insomnia, and i honestly barely feel it. Never abused drugs, so i'm concerned why i don't feel such a high dose?

Dr gave me Xanax XR 3mg @night for gad/insomnia, and i honestly barely feel it. Never abused drugs, so i'm concerned why i don't feel such a high dose?

This has generally: Been my experience with this medication. It is slow release and long acting and not at all suitable for insomnia. The few people I have on it are given it in the morning and are given a prn dose for daytime panic. There are better options for generalized anxiety, including cognitive therapy, exercise, acupuncture, meditation, tai chi, yoga, massage, naturopathic treatments, and other benzo's. ...Read more

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Need some recommendations for calming panic since I have built up a tolerance to xanax?

Need some recommendations for calming panic since I have built up a tolerance to xanax?

Antidepressants: First and foremost, ssri and snri drugs are really the best drugs to prevent panic attacks, and work reasonably well for this. Benzodiazepines were never meant to be taken chronically for what is an intermittent acute problem like panic attacks. However, if tolerance is present. Alprazolam or Lorazepam (or any benzo really) will still work - just needs a higher dose. Psychotherapy also can work. ...Read more

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Does Xanax work for panic disorder?

Does Xanax work  for panic disorder?

Xanax: Like other benzodiazepines, xanax works to block panic attacks, very potent, but long-term use leads to tolerance, and difficvulty coming off of it. ...Read more

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What about taking Xanax for panic disorder? Would that help?

What about taking Xanax for panic disorder?  Would that help?

Agreed: Dr neilson is quite correct about xanax in this setting. It's rapid onset also leads to rapid offset, causing a "picket fence" cycle of panic, sedation, panic. For acute flare ups of panic/anxiety when other medications are involved, & with your doctor's help, xanax may have limited usefulness. ...Read more

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Xanax (Definition)

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


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Fioricet (Definition)

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