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What is a good natural alternative to alprazolam?

What is a good natural alternative to alprazolam?

Discuss with your MD: Never change a prescription medication for an alternative unless under the supervision of a physician well versed in both mainline medicine as well as alternative medicine. The first question would be why were you on the Alprazolam to begin with and for how long. Do you have more than anxiety going on? I know it is frustrating but their is never a simple easy answer to most questions. ...Read more

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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What are good alternatives to Xanax or benzo?

What are good alternatives to Xanax or benzo?

Benzos: For anxiety, ssri group of antidepressants such as lexapro, or snri group such as effexor. Discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative to Xanax that is less addicting but same effect?

Yes, but need more: info. Xanax is used ordinarily for severe anxiety. What is your reaction to Xanax for the reason for which you were prescribed? You are taking 2 antidepressants of the same class. What is reason you are on both? Psychological counseling has been shown to do just as well or better than medications for depression. Was that explained?? You should get counseling from a psychiatrist or psychologist ...Read more

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I use Kratom as an alternative to Xanax to help me with my anxiety. Is this healthier or worse?

Kratom versus Xanax: Please do not use a medicine not prescribed by your doctor! If you think you need to change meds please contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Xanax seems to be helping when I start feeling anxious, I take .5 before bed to help sleep at night, I don't want to get hooked alternatives?

Xanax seems to be helping when I start feeling anxious, I take .5 before bed to help sleep at night, I don't want to get hooked alternatives?

Several options: Barbiturates like Diazepam are said to be somewhat less addictive. Also ask your doctor about Trazedone, Flexeril, Hydroxizine, and daily anti anxiety medications. You could also benefit from natural coping skills like exercise, yoga, meditation, staying active, etc. Usually few side effects with behavioral therapy . You should talk to your regular doctor about the best choice for you. ...Read more

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I am on cymbalta for maj depressive disorder & want a natural anxiety alternative to xanax?

I am on cymbalta for maj depressive disorder & want  a natural anxiety  alternative to xanax?

Behavioral Way: 1st learn more! see what is anxiety by anxiety disorders assn of bc http://bit.Ly/xueau5 everyone experiences anxiety at times. It prepares us 4 stressful &/or dangerous situations. It may cause u 2 experience sensations u dislike (sweating, racing heart) but these won't hurt u & won't last 4ever. 2nd try cbt -http://bit.Ly/xzbqnz; acthttp://bit.Ly/ztwlvz; mindfulness meditat http://bit.Ly/wdsdnu. ...Read more

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My doc will not give me norco which I need to function,because I am on Xanax. what alternatives to norco are there? My pain requires a narcotic.

My doc will not give me norco which I need to function,because I am on Xanax. what alternatives to norco are there?  My pain requires a narcotic.

I believe I saw this: ....question before and answered it in another post. I believe you need to have a sit down with your doctor. Opening a dialogue and being as OBJECTIVE as possible with your symptoms of pain and EXACTLY how that is affecting your routine may help the discussion. Best way to demonstrate that data to the doctor is to keep a pain diary for 30 days before meeting with the doctor. Dialogue is step one. ...Read more

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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: 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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Xanax (Definition)

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