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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

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Dr. Alan Ali
905 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?

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.

Alprazolam is not: Sleeping medicine . It should not be used as sleep aid . It is highly addictive as well as it has multiple side effect including memory problem, balance issue and severe withdrawal if stopped suddenly even for a day . This medicine is meant to be used as short term anti anxiety /panic medication until the main medication start working. ...Read more

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I was wondering is alprazolam used for trimers?

Alprazalom: Alprazolam can be used to control tremors since it is a smooth muscle relaxant. ...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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Xanax (Definition)

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