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Alprazolam For Insomnia
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
Dr rx 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) for insomnia. I'm worried about benzo addiction long term. I've been having increased nightmares since 2mg increase. Is that normal?
Insomnia, Xanax (alprazolam):
I understand your distress of nightmares.
Xanax is not a Medication for insomnia, it is for Anxiety
Xanax 2mg dose may cause anxiety, fear, and dream abnormalities.
Exercise, Yoga and Tai Chi in the evening.
Close that day’s chapter in your book of life at about 8pm.
Before sleeping, do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Meditation.
See Psychiatrist for gradual withdrawal from Xanax, (alprazolam) Therapy. ...Read more
Due to a condition with my lungs I am coughing to the point of tears, i take Xanax (alprazolam) for insomnia and anxiety. Can i take cough medicine with my xanax (alprazolam)?
Not for insomnia: Alprazolam is a sedative, but is not really intended for insomnia. Insomnia can happen for many reasons, including depression, drug/alcohol use, sleep apnea, restless legs, etc. If you have have not had a full evaluation of your sleep problem, i hope you will seek it out. You can start with your family doctor, but may also need to see a sleep medicine physician and/or psychiatrist. ...Read more
I have been taking Xanax (alprazolam) 0.5mg at bedtime only for 10 years. Could this cause insomnia? How can I stop taking this?
It's possible that you have developed tolerence to xanax (alprazolam) 0.5 mg because you have been taking it for so long.
You can reduce the dose to three quarters of the tab for one week, then half a tab for one week and stop and see what happens. Ofcourse, it's always better to consult with the doctor who is prescribing your medication. ...Read more
What are the side effects of taking long term alprazolam? Can i get some tips to quit taking pills and not to suffer insomnia?
Tolerance/withdrawal: Alprazolam (brand name xanax (alprazolam)) is a short-acting, non-sedating tranquilizer that is quite habit-forming. Depending on dosage & duration of use, it may need to be decreased very gradually over weeks or even longer. Sometimes xanax (alprazolam) is replaced with a similar drug that is easier to stop. This is best discussed with the prescribing doctor, who may also offer other remedies for the insomnia. ...Read more
What to do if I have already taken 6 Ambien and 12 or more Xanax (alprazolam) and i'm still awake so i'm going to go take more. What can I do to help with my insomnia?
What do you suggest if I have already taken 6 Ambien and 12 or more Xanax (alprazolam) and i'm still awake so i'm going to go take more. What can I do to help with my insomnia?
Try alternatives : Alprazolam is highly addictive and is not an effective treatment for insomnia. One will need higher and higher dose for it to be effective as time goes by due tolerance to dose. There are other alternatives available, discuss it with your psychiatrist. At age 20 years, you need a thorough work up for the cause of insomnia. ...Read more
Can taking .5 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) a day for 2 weeks and suddenly stopping cause mild withdrawl symptoms like insomnia and anxiety?
Or worse!Talk to Dr!:
The withdrawal symptoms from xanax (alprazolam) can be life-threatening, so perhaps you are fortunate. It is never a good idea to stop psychotropic meds without mediucal guidance and doctors will almost never stop these drugs abruptly. If things get worse, get to a
urgent care or an er quickly. If they don't - make an appointment w/ the prescribing dr to quit carefully. Best wishes. ...Read more
.5mg Xanax (alprazolam) 2 times a day 5 yrs tapered to 0.25 in 7 months is this taper too slow insomnia and mild anxiety. I take 1mg of noctamid for insomnia?
I been having a lot of anxiety & insomnia usually take 1 mg Xanax (alprazolam) at bed and ambien 10 mg dr advised me 2 take 2mg xan & 1 ten mil ambien Is this ok?
Find cause: You may be getting into a drug dependency that is unwise. Insomnia needs further assessment. Sleep issues can be associated with many medical, psychological, environmental issues as well as sleep hygiene. Please review your situation with prescribing doctor and consider exam with pcp for additional guidance. Hope this helps. ...Read more
I have insomnia , take 30mg termazapan but forgot it, I'm on vacation- can I take 0.5 mgs of Xanax (alprazolam) to help me sleep?
Old enuf to know: Probably you will be okay and - if it works, you might consider asking your provider to help you choose the best drug and lowest dose for you. People shouldn't share Rxs - you know that, right? Also, think about memory aids - we're getting older and need to plan ahead. If the vacation is good (active and relaxing) - you might not even need a pill to sleep - give it a try. Take care! ...Read more
Hey i am prescribed 20 mg of stilnox a night and 2 mg alprazolam and now 150mg trazodone for chronic insomnia.What will this combination do?
Too many: You may consider undergoing a sleep study to find out the cause. You are on too many drugs already. Get a referral for a sleep study. ...Read more
I'm taking 2 mg alprazolam bars now. Is clonazapam stronger than Xanax? I've had insomnia for about 30 yrs & I hear pros & cons over these 2 medicatio
Depends on situation:
Xanax (alprazolam) is short acting about 2-3 hours with onset in about 1/2 hour. Clonazapam or Klonopin short acting about 12 hours onset in about 2 hours. The effect also depends on the dosage, Both are benzodiazepines and dependency possible with both (greater with Xanax (alprazolam)) Neither is considered traditional sleeping medication.
YOu want to discuss all pros and cons of various meds for you with your doctor ...Read more
I have very bad insomnia and don't get good sleep at all really and I also have anxiety since I'm a drinker, how can I get prescribed Xanax (alprazolam)?
Pursue other options: Insomnia can be very disabling largely due to daytime sleepiness, irritability, depression, anxiety, difficulty focusing, etc. It is likely making your anxiety worse. Xanax (alprazolam) is VERY addicting and can be lethal mixed with alcohol. Educate yourself about good sleeping habits, pursue relaxation techniques, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, see sleep foundation.org. Consider seeing a sleep specialist. ...Read more
Dr gave me Xanax (alprazolam) XR 3mg @night for gad/insomnia, and i honestly barely feel it. Never abused drugs, so i'm concerned why i don't feel such a high dose?
This has generally: Been my experience with this medication. It is slow release and long acting and not at all suitable for insomnia. The few people I have on it are given it in the morning and are given a prn dose for daytime panic. There are better options for generalized anxiety, including cognitive therapy, exercise, acupuncture, meditation, tai chi, yoga, massage, naturopathic treatments, and other benzo's. ...Read more
Have been tapering down from 1.5mg of Xanax (alprazolam) down to approx. .20mg experiencing insomnia and increase anxiety should I switch to 5mg of Valium or continue my taper w xanax (alprazolam). Because vali is long lasting?
See below: That is an approach i would take . There are other meds that arehelpful. ...Read more
When your detoxing from Xanax (alprazolam) is there
something you can take to help symptoms
of panic attack and insomnia?
Xanax (alprazolam): Xanax (alprazolam) must be gradually tapered, so that withdrawal symptoms can be avoided. There are other benzodiazepines which could be used also, but xanax (alprazolam) is a little different from them. The other issue that can arise is recurrence of the original anxiety problems for which xanax (alprazolam) was prescribed . Please work with your doctor to determine what's what with you, and see what's needed. ...Read more
I have severe insomnia. I also have thyroiditis. I take Xanax (alprazolam) or ativan for sleep. Sometimes it works and sometimes no. What can I do?
I suffer from extreme insomnia, my doctor switched me frm .25 Xanax (alprazolam) to 1mg Ativan, I took at 7pm...it's now 1:48 am would it be ok to take the xanax (alprazolam)?
Advice for 9 h. ago: I never understand why people are not asking these questions when the doctor gives them the prescription, or the pharmacist dispenses it. They are your primary sources of information, or should be. Insomnia, especially when severe, is an indicator of an underlying problem, and not a diagnosis itself. Benzos should only be used short-term in most people. I couldn't say whether its ok or not. ...Read more
I was prescibed trazodone for insomnia but had allergy next he prescibed Ambien but makes me feel weird, is it bad to suggest Xanax (alprazolam) or other med?
Cause for insomnia?: Referral (possibly to psychiatrist) for thorough evaluation of your insomnia might be the smartest request you could make. It's better than asking for more medicines when it's not clear "why" you're having this problem. If you're still taking vyvanse (as on your other info), this may be related. Ambien (zolpidem) can indeed result in feeling "weird" -- also doing odd things at night after taking it. ...Read more
Dr gave amitriptyline 50mg for pain & insomnia. Seems to help some w/pain, not so much for insomnia. Is higher dose safe w/citalopram& 0.5 xanax (alprazolam)? Ty
See a psychiatrist: For the best understanding of your medication needs (vs. A family practice doctor). Psychiatrists have much more training in the type of medications are you taking. Take care. ...Read more
I have sever insomnia and was prescribed trazodone, that was dc because of allergy. Next he put me on ambien, but it makes me feel realy weird. ** is it frowned upon to suggest Xanax (alprazolam) or another med?
At 11:30 pm i take one 10mg zolpidem for insomnia. I always wake up five hours later and can't get back to sleep can you help me i also take one 100mg of trazodone, i also take .50mg of alprazolam
every 4 hours not to exceed 4mg in 24 hours. Is there anyt
Too many drugs here: The combination of all this medication is not a good option in my opinion and I don't believe increasing doses of any individual one of these will help you sleep any better. I like the idea of working toward nonpharmacological ways to approach your insomnia before using all these agents. Again, speaking to your doctor before changing would be best but ultimately, I think for you, LESS is MORE. ...Read more
My psychiatrist prescribed me to take 1mg clonazepam with 10mg Ambien for my insomnia. I also take 1mg Xanax (alprazolam) three times daily. Is this safe?
Is it safe 2 combine. Roxie 30, Xanax (alprazolam) 2, and ambien12.5mg CR. PRN? I am opiate and benzo tolerant. I' m chronic pain patient with recent insomnia
No: You may fall asleep with this medication regimen and not ever wake up. Never take all these medications together. Talk to your doctor who prescribed them to you about the regimen. ...Read more