addicted fioricet xanax panic abused urge

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

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Dr. Randall Bock
General Practice
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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.
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Would a mental and substance abuse doctor perscribe xanax for axiety and panic attacks?

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Perhaps temporarily


Possibly, but this prescription would most likely be temporary rather than long-term. Most would emphasize psychotherapy & support, and not medications alone since therapy can often produce more lasting positive changes than meds alone. There are also very effective and less addictive medicines than Xanax for anxiety and panic attacks, if long-term ones are needed.
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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine
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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
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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

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Dr. William Byars
Family Medicine
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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.
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Anxiety

Do's And Don'ts

Never mix Xanax/Ativan/Valium etc with alcohol; can be lethal.

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Does xanax work for panic disorder?

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Dr. Alan H. Ali
Psychiatry
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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.
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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry
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Anticipatory anxiety


In my experience the drugs that r most effective r the SSRIs & in tough cases MAOIs--Xanax is used as an adjunctive therapy for anticipatory anxiety
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How to deal with a panic attack coming off xanax?

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Dr. Alan H. Ali
Psychiatry
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Panic


Breathing exercises and talk with your doctor about taking Xanax on PRN (as needed) basis when the attack is starting to come on.
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Anxiety

Do's And Don'ts

Clonazepam is much better than alprazolam if drug prescription is needed. Longer duration of action!

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Is xanax or klonopin best for anxiety n panic attacks?

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Generally


... the shorter the effect, the more addictive the compound is. Klonopin has a longer effect than Xanax.
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Can I take a xanax for a panic attack if Im on clonidine?

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No


They are essentially the same medication and you run the risk of developing addiction as well as side effects. If you need more medication then you need to see a psychiatrist to place you on a ssri or snri.
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What about taking xanax for panic disorder? Would that help?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
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Better meds


Xanax is short-acting and addictive....there are better, safer meds. It is sometimes effective, but only as a last resort....
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Dr. Carla V. Enriquez
Adolescent Medicine
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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.
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How should one take care of a panic attack without taking xanax?

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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology
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Treat it


Anxiety is very treatable with psyhotherapy and or psychiatric medication. Seek a good psychiatrist and clinical psychologist. As always, rule out medical causes first. For basics on anxiety disorder see: http://cpancf.com/anxietydisordersbasics.asp
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Is Ativan or Xanax better for extreme anxiety. Panic attacks. Etc?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine
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Their from the same class. Xanax stays in your system for a shorter period of time, which makes it better for panic attacks but also makes it's addiction potential higher.
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