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

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

Both are addictive: If you are getting Xanax (alprazolam) 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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Dr. Alan Ali
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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 (alprazolam) for axiety and panic attacks?

Would a mental and substance abuse doctor perscribe Xanax (alprazolam) 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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Been taking 1 fioricet per day for about 1 month. Can I just stop safely.worried about seizures. Had one before coming off Xanax (alprazolam) but was high quantity?


Been taking 1 fioricet per day for about 1 month. Can I just stop safely.worried about seizures. Had one before coming off Xanax (alprazolam) but was high quantity?

Butalbital: withdrawal is minimal at this dose and you've been experiencing it every day as a single dose will not last 24 hours . If you are wanting to be sure this does not occur you can check an EEG first and switch to butalbital without the caffeine and cut it in half for a week ...Read more

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I have been on 15 Fioricet day for almost a year My doc has me tapering 1pill every other day. Is that too fast. I am also on Xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety ?

I have been on 15 Fioricet day for almost a year My doc has me tapering 1pill every other day.   Is that too fast.  I am also on Xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety ?

Weaning safely: Fioricet--butalbital (barbiturate, acetaminophen, caffeine). 15 Fioricet contain potentially toxic dose of acetaminophen – not good. Barbiturate will sedate/relax you – similar to Xanax (alprazolam). Taking both together potentially dangerous. I would immediately drop from 15 to 12 tablets then one tablet every three – five days, minimize potential problems/increased anxiety/activation of latent seizure focus. ...Read more

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After a very fast Xanax (alprazolam) 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 (alprazolam) 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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Was taking 1.5 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) 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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I have .5mg xanax (alprazolam). 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 (alprazolam) for panic attacks, wondering if theres anything comparable to Xanax (alprazolam) except less addictive?

Hi im a recovering addict, was taking Xanax (alprazolam) for panic attacks, wondering if theres anything comparable to Xanax (alprazolam) 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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I have panic attacks. Doctor wants to give me Xanax (alprazolam) but I am afraid to get addicted to something. What is your advice?

I have panic attacks. Doctor wants to give me Xanax (alprazolam) but I am afraid to get addicted to something. What is your advice?

Get a second opinion: Hi, First, a full psychiatric assessment, then a decision about medications (often SSRIs), and psychotherapy (CBT is evidence based for panic attacks). Xanax (alprazolam) is a short term (strong underscore on short -term) solution, is addictive, can hinder psychotherapy, and is only appropriate in the absence of a mood disorder. Hope this is helpful. Take good care. ...Read more

Panic (Definition)

Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more


Xanax (Definition)

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