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Does xanax (alprazolam) get weaker if it's 2 years past expiration date and spent time in a hot car? Dr gave new script took same amount feel a little messed up.
It may.: Xanax (alprazolam) should be stored at room temperature and away from excessive heat and moisture. The potency of the medication may have disintegrated over time. So if you took a new prescription at the same dose it may have stronger effects on you. You should definitely dispose of meds past their expiration date. ...Read more
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
See pcp: Need to know what you'd be taking pills for and if that's appropriate. Please don't self-medicate. Suggest you toss expired pills and see your pcp for a proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Get Help: Talk to your doctor about mental health professional near you. You should cut back slowly if you have been taking it for a long time. You need to talk to your doctor about other medications, other strategies. You may need a treatment program to help you. Benzos are addictive. ...Read more
Benzodiazepine: Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine that has a fairly short half-life. This can increase the risk of addiction to the medication. There are other benzodiazepines with longer half-lives. I like those better, if I have to use a benzodiazepine with a patient. There are risks with this medication that includes addiction , dependence, some have some constipation, over-sedation, and respiratory suppression. ...Read more