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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 :).

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is taking bupropion and alprazolam safe?

Is taking bupropion and alprazolam safe?

Maybe not: Some benzodiazepines interfere with bupropion's metabolism and may cause abnormally high levels. Check with your pharmacist to be sure.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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