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Been taking. 5mg of Xanax (alprazolam) twice a day for one week. Am I addicted at this point?

Been taking. 5mg of Xanax (alprazolam) twice a day for one week. Am I addicted at this point?

Not necessarily: Just because you have been taking Xanax (alprazolam) for a week doesn't mean you are addicted. Addiction is when someone becomes depdent on the drug, physically and/or psychologically. When you are addicted, you may develop tolerance to the drug, may require higher and higher doses, withdraw if stopped, and misuse the drug to get the effect you want even if the use is compromising your daily function. ...Read more

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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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Can one get addicted to xanax (alprazolam)?

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Can one get addicted to xanax (alprazolam)?

Xanax (alprazolam): Possible if increase dose to get more sedation, without supervision by your md. ...Read more

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I've taken Xanax (alprazolam) on and off for a while. Maybe one. 5mg one day, then none for a week. As needed basis. How does this affect dependence/withdrawal?

You won't get either: Dependence on benzodiazepines requires daily or near daily use of enough of a dose to start re-regulating our receptor systems. Occasional use, such as you are doing, will not do that. However, consider using other techniques to control anxiety - meditation, self-hypnosis, progressive relaxation exercises, guided imagery and many other techniques are better than using benzos, even occasionally. ...Read more

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I took 10 Xanax (alprazolam) 5mg one day being depressed and since then my memory has been awful. Is it the xanax (alprazolam)? And why? It's been about 3 weeks.

I took 10 Xanax (alprazolam) 5mg one day being depressed and since then my memory has been awful. Is it the xanax (alprazolam)? And why? It's been about 3 weeks.

Depression: The act of attempting to die and then living but not getting to the help that is available can be very numbing and frustrating and exhausting. I appreciate that you have reached out here. I would next have you talk to the school counselor or to call your physician to report that you feel this poorly. I wish you the very best. ...Read more

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Was taking 1.5 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) daily as needed for panic for 5 weeks. When I don't take it for more than a day I have tremors. Could I have a mild addict?

Yes, but it's good: You've had a relatively short duration of use, so it will be easier for you to taper off use and get past the w/drawal effects. I've heard a very safe pattern is to step down 0.25mg in dose every 2 weeks till gone. So, 1.25mg/day then 1mg, then 0.75mg, then 0.5, to 0.25 and FREE! 2-1/2 months to a safe landing. Or, better yet - ask a provider to guide you off safely. Be careful w/ Rx's. Best 2U! ...Read more

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Can. 0625 Xanax (alprazolam) be tapered? Self tapering for about 6 weeks, one week none. Last 2 weeks. 0625 a day, then from 2nd to 7th every other. Nothing since

Well, it sounds like: You are asking this after tapering yourself off. I would encourage you not to self- manage your treatment with psychotropic medications. This question should be asked of the prescribing medical provider vice doctors on line who don't really know you. Take care. ...Read more

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I have been taken one and a half milligram of Xanax (alprazolam) per day for about six or seven weeks am I ok to stop will it be safe I do not have a doctor?

Prescribing doctor?: If you have been taking that much xanax (alprazolam), (alprazolam) someone has supplied you with it -- either legally through prescription or illegally otherwise. At that dose you could have some withdrawal symptoms. So, I suggest you do see a physician to help you taper off the medication. It's best to establish a relationship so you can be followed over time for both the xanax (alprazolam) issues, and the reasons you're taking it. ...Read more

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I have been taking. One. 25 mg. Of Xanax (alprazolam) a day. How do I discontinue?

Stop it: There should be no withrawal from that dose. It makes sense to consult with your physician before changing medication. ...Read more

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If someone was taking. 5 mg of xanax (generic) for maybe 6 days with a 3 day break, and 1mg for 5 days, what are the chances of being addicted?

LITTLE TO NONE: Highly unlikely to be addicted to Xanax in such a short period of time. If used properly, which means here or there very infrequently, then the Xanax will be effective and not addictive ...Read more

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How long does it take to get addicted to Xanax? Been taking. 25-.5mg daily for almost 2 weeks. Anxiety has been crazy for me.

How long does it take to get addicted to Xanax? Been taking. 25-.5mg daily for almost 2 weeks. Anxiety has been crazy for me.

Typically 1 month: After a month of regular use of Xanax your body can become dependent on it physically. The psychological dependence can be very strong with Xanax as well. The goal with Xanax should be to use it as a band-aid rather than as a cure. It works well for anxiety but should only be used for really severe anxiety, short-term and not daily. Talk with a doctor about things to start long term. ...Read more

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I have been taking 1.5 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) a day in one dose. Is taking 2mgof Ativan (trying to switch meds) ok instead of Xanax (alprazolam)?

May be better: Ativan is slightly longer half life than Xanax (alprazolam) and should be smoother acting however Tranxene is a better choice and is longer acting and less addictive. ...Read more

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My dr gave me a presciption for Xanax (alprazolam) 0.25mg. Bottle says to take a whole to 1/2 three times a day. I have been taking 1/2. Afraid of whole one.

Sounds good: You said your prescription instructs 1/2 to 1 three times a day, so you taking 1/2 is within the range of what your doctor instructed. As long as you are feeling better, you don't have to take a whole tablet. If you are still not sure, you can ask your doctor to confirm. ...Read more

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I have a friend who takes 12 of the 2 mg Xanax (alprazolam) bars in one day she's highly addictive and I need to find out some way I can help her?

I have a friend who takes 12 of the 2 mg Xanax (alprazolam) bars in one day she's highly addictive and I need to find out some way I can help her?

Dangerous practice: Your "friend" sounds committed to self-destruction -- is she interested in help? Have you spoken with her about your observations? I notice that your own medication list includes both Alprazolam (generic xanax), xanax, (alprazolam) and lorcet. So, I wonder if you're asking about yourself rather than a "friend." if this is the case, please talk with your doctor -- you can get addiction medicine help! ...Read more

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I'm on a low dose of xanax 0.25mg. And it says to take 1-2 a day if needed. Can I take an extra one? I feel it doesn't last long even when I take two.

I'm on a low dose of xanax 0.25mg. And it says to take 1-2 a day if needed. Can I take an extra one? I feel it doesn't last long even when I take two.

Follow Dr's directon: Xanax is out of your system very quickly. It can be highly addictive, as well. It is intended to be used for very short periods of time for extremely stressful temporary situations. If your stress or anxiety is ongoing and especially if you need more than 2 a day, you may need a different kind of medication. Make an appointment with your doctor and follow her insructions. ...Read more

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I took 1 mg Xanax (alprazolam) at 1pm today I only take it as needed and the last time I took one was about 6 weeks ago. Would it be ok for me to drink tomminight?

Alcohol Dependence: Let the wise man within you ask:
• Reasons for taking 1 mg Xanax (alprazolam)
• Reasons to drink Alcohol to midnight
• Reasons to use when both are Habit forming.
Using Alcohol with Xanax (alprazolam) can increase dizziness, impairment in thinking and judgment.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy for Alcohol effect on memory relationships, work, finances, health; and need for Xanax (alprazolam)
Attend AA Meetings.
Your Health is Precious! ...Read more

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Went from 2 mg a day of Xanax (alprazolam) to 1 mg in a little over a month. I find it easier to split the tablet in half. Take one half in the morning and one early evening. I want to continue tapering down. How can I taper more with a 1mg tablet?

Xanax (alprazolam) taper: EricF ~ this all hinges on how long you have been taking xanax (alprazolam) 2mg and why. If it has been a short period and for minor social anxiety, then you can taper very fast, if at all. So the 1mg can immed go to 0.5mg and then 5-7 days later stop. The longer you have been on it the more fastidious the taper. From what you say I think you can taper quickly, but always discuss with treating physician ...Read more

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I've been taking Xanax (alprazolam) for almost 2 weeks and I didn't take one for 2 days now I feel weak and anxious and nauseated should I go back on xanax (alprazolam)?

Yes: You may be experiencing withdrawal. Continuing xanax (alprazolam) should help. Consider longer acting medication, though. Xanax (alprazolam) has its place, but it is so short acting that sometimes people feel anxious between doses and this could promote misuse behavior. ...Read more

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Can I continue taking Xanax, and Zoloft the day I start my bowl prep one day before my colonoscopy?

Yes: You may take your medications on the day of the prep as well as on the day of the procedure. ...Read more

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If I took 10mg of Xanax (alprazolam) 2 on one day and 8 two days after how long until it's not detectable in my urine? I'm 5'9 300 lb male.

If I took 10mg of Xanax (alprazolam) 2 on one day and 8 two days after how long until it's not detectable in my urine? I'm 5'9 300 lb male.

This depends on: The sensitivity of the test used and also weather or not you survived after taking 80 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) in one day. Please contact your psychiatrist to discuss the timing and short term use of this medication. ...Read more

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If you take one dose of Xanax (alprazolam) every other day, or every 2 days, will physical dependency occur? Or will skipping 1-2 days prevent dependency?

Will not occur: Physical dependency to most sedative-hypnotic drugs, including alprazolam and alcohol, usually requires either very high dose use on a binge basis, or regular use of the medication multiple times per day for a fixed amount of time (usually at least several weeks). Taking Xanax in a single dose (as long as that is a therapeutic dose), particularly every other day, will not usually cause dependency. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take three Xanax (alprazolam) per day and one Ativan at night for sleep? This cocktail of meds seems a bit much......

Yes: Xanax (alprazolam) is typically given 3 or 4 times/day. I'm not sure why you were prescribed Ativan at night; an extra Xanax (alprazolam) should work just as well. ...Read more

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Been taking 1 fioricet per day for about 1 month. Can I just stop safely. Worried about seizures. Had one before coming off Xanax (alprazolam) but was high quantity?

Been taking 1 fioricet per day for about 1 month. Can I just stop safely. Worried about seizures. Had one before coming off Xanax (alprazolam) but was high quantity?

Butalbital: Withdrawal is minimal at this dose and you've been experiencing it every day as a single dose will not last 24 hours. If you are wanting to be sure this does not occur you can check an EEG first and switch to butalbital without the caffeine and cut it in half for a week ...Read more

Xanax (Definition)

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