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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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I have chest tightness but it is relieved by xanax (alprazolam)? What evaluation should I ask for?

I have chest tightness but it is relieved by xanax (alprazolam)? What evaluation should I ask for?

Xanax (alprazolam)?: You're implying, of course, by noting that Xanax (alprazolam) helps that your chest tightness is anxiety related. Maybe so. But, do you have cardiac risk factors? Your age is important. If the tightness is reproduced by exertion and relieved by rest, you should see your doctor. If it's either very brief (seconds) or very long (hours), it's probably not your heart. ...Read more

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I took Xanax (alprazolam) once to help me sleep but ever since, I am starting to have much tightness in the chest with strong heart beats. Is it from xanax (alprazolam)?

I took Xanax (alprazolam) once to help me sleep but ever since, I am starting to have much tightness in the chest with strong heart beats. Is it from xanax (alprazolam)?

Unlikely: If by once, you mean just one dose, the medication will not have prolonged effect. If by once, you mean for several weeks in a row or more, and you have just recently stopped, your symptoms may represent withdrawal or just untreated anxiety. ...Read more

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Intermittent dyspnea, chest tightness. 1-3 hrs, not related to exertion, some time relieved by bronchodilators. Any suggestions? Could be psychogenic?

Intermittent dyspnea, chest tightness. 1-3 hrs, not related to exertion, some time relieved by bronchodilators. Any suggestions? Could be psychogenic?

Hard to say.: Psychogenic causes can never be completely ruled out. I would suggest starting with a trip to your primary doctor and see if they are concerned about any type of cardio or pulmonary problem. Peace of mind is worth a lot. ...Read more

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Can taking deep breathes cause chest pressure. I've been yawning and taking deep breathes all day and I'm really uncomfortable Taking Xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety?

Can taking deep breathes cause chest pressure. I've been yawning and taking deep breathes all day and I'm really uncomfortable Taking Xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety?

Xanax (alprazolam) is not for CP.: If you have Anxiety and feeling uncomfortable, having chest pressure or tightness in chest as if someone is sitting on your chest, then you should take Xanax (alprazolam) to help relief.
If you are having Chest pain while taking deep breath and making you anxious then take Motrin 3/day, apply OTC Ben Gay or Gold Bond. You may be having inflammation of Joint-Costochondr
Meditate if you have severe ANxiety ...Read more

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Xanax (alprazolam) isn't calming me down. Feels like my heart is racing but isn't. A little of tingling in my right arm. Chest pressure?

Panic / anxiety: Xanax (alprazolam) is too short acting in my opinion to be used for anxiety disorder. As a behavioral neurologist I see a lot of people with head injury, dementia, mood disorders, epilepsy and anxiety disorders. Rebreathing carbon dioxide using a small paper bag helps many people with panic attacks / hyperventilation. Long term therapy includes CBT, clean meds, simplification of meds, etc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Chest tightness?

What is the definition or description of: Chest tightness?

Chest Tightness: Chest tightness is the feeling of a "squeezing" or a pressure in the chest. Sometimes there is an associated breathing difficulty. There are numerous potential causes. Heart attack, angina, pericarditis, chest wall pain, heart rhythm condition, esophagus spasm, lung condition are some possibilities to consider. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of chest tightness?

How can I get rid of chest tightness?

Chest tightness: First we have to diagnose what is causing chest tightness. It could be musculoskeletal, acid reflux, or coronary ischemia. Once we can pinpoint the problem, we can treat it appropriately. ...Read more

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What can asthmatics do for lingering chest tightness?

What can asthmatics do for lingering chest tightness?

Asthma: If an asthmatic has some lingering chest pain or shortness of breath, it may be an indication of inadequate treatment of asthma. You may require more puffs of bronchodialtors or steroid containing inhalers, if This does not help, you probably will be benefited by breathing exercises or yoga. ...Read more

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Could chest tightness be caused from sleeping too much?

Could chest tightness be caused from sleeping too much?

No: Chest tightness is not caused by sleeping too much. Its causes are bronchial asthma, angina, musculoskeletal pain etc. If it persists need medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Apart from asthma, what conditions lead to chest tightness?

Apart from asthma, what conditions lead to chest tightness?

Heart disease : Although uncommon in a 35 yo female, coronary heart disease comes to mind. You need to ask your doctor to check you out. ...Read more

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What is the best way to relieve chest tightness from asthma?

What is the best way to relieve chest tightness from asthma?

Your meds: Albuterol or other short acting bronchodilators temporarily and inhaled steroids for maintenance and, if needed, oral steroids acutely for severe flares. ...Read more

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What does chest tightness with Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) mean?

What does chest tightness with Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) mean?

Good To Get Checked: Normally, vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) does not cause adverse effects related to chest pain or tightness. However, there can be effects related to increased heart rate or blood pressure. Also, vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) can cause increased anxiety, which could be experienced as chest tightness. If you are experiencing any chest discomfort it is worthwhile to get it checked out. ...Read more

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Re-occuring chest tightness/heavinessi have asthma / age 24, what to do?

Re-occuring chest tightness/heavinessi have asthma / age 24, what to do?

See a physician ASAP: Without more details, you may well have uncontrolled asthma. That requires regular daily medication, not just a "rescue" inhaler such as albuterol. At your age, you may need to be evaluated for heart disease as well. See an internist first. If it is determined that it is most probably asthma, see an allergist/immunologist as well. ...Read more

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Migraine every day for two weeks wake up every morning with chest tightness?

Migraine every day for two weeks wake up every morning with chest tightness?

Comorbidity?: Two separate issues: 1. Chest tightness/pain is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your pcp is warranted. 2 chronic migraine is a complex neurologic disorder. Headache, vertigo, visual disturbances nausea, sensitivity to light or sound, paresthesias and even chest pain may be present during the episodes.
Rec. See a headache specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What could cause pain in the middle of my back (possibly kidney pain), then chest tightness?

What could cause pain in the middle of my back (possibly kidney pain), then chest tightness?

Many things: List is long: esophageal problems (foodpipe), gallbladder disorders, coronary artery disease (angina), aortic aneurysms, to name a few. Narrowing it down depends upon when the discomfort occurs, what aggravates and alleviates it, etc ...Read more

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I been having upper chest tightness for the past 3 days and notice it goes away after I eat what can this be?

I been having upper chest tightness for the past 3 days and notice it goes away after I eat what can this be?

Chest tightness: Chest tightness after you eat is most likely something such as Gastroesophageal reflux. You can try over the counter medications such as Zantac (ranitidine) or Omeprazole.

However, if you have risk factors for heart disease such as obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or a family history of heart disease, you should go to the urgent care of ER do make sure you are not have a heart attack ...Read more

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I am experiencing chest tightness (quality: dull or achy). The following also describes me: chest pain or discomfort. What should I do?

I am experiencing chest tightness (quality: dull or achy). The following also describes me: chest pain or discomfort. What should I do?

Depends: Chest tightness can be a symptom of heart disease but may be may other things such as esophageal spasms, respiratory disorders (asthma, COPD, bronchitis, infections), and muscle problems to name a few. It really depends on the clinical situation and other symptoms you may be having. If you are having symptoms currently go to the Emergency Department NOW! ...Read more

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What could cause chest tightness and squeezing after but not during exercise? Isn't angina type pain typically during increased exertion?

What could cause chest tightness and squeezing after but not during exercise?  Isn't angina type pain typically during increased exertion?

Yes but: You're correct, however there are exceptions to every rule. If you're having chest tightness and squeezing, it could be an atypical form of angina, but could also be a type of asthma or muscle spasms. It would be best to talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Strange feeling is chest, I have palpitations on the right side of my chest occasionally and have been getting chest tightness and pain. Why?

Strange feeling is chest, I have palpitations on the right side of my chest occasionally and have been getting chest tightness and pain.  Why?

Not sure: Difficult to tell for certain over the internet. In general in your age group we tend to think of non heart related processes such as musculoskeletal pain or esophagus disorders. Pain from heart vessel disease is exceedingly rare in your age group, although that's what most people immediately think of. Some rhythm problems can cause symptoms. Are you avoiding caffeine? Avoiding recreational drugs? ...Read more

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Little episodes of left chest tightness during excercise. 20 years old. Have moderate anxiety. Should I be worried? What is happening to me?

Little episodes of left chest tightness during excercise. 20 years old. Have moderate anxiety. Should I be worried? What is happening to me?

Not enough info, but: Whenever left, chest, tightness are said — I'd advise an exam. No, you should not worry since that would only make it worse. But anyone who exercises should have a good exam to help determine the appropriate types and levels to start at and rates to progress at. Your BMI and history and many other details will matter for planning your best routine. Best! ...Read more

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For the past one week I have been having strong urges to puke even though nothing comes out. Also, chest tightness and feeling weak. What is it?

For the past one week I have been having strong urges to puke even though nothing comes out. Also, chest tightness and feeling weak. What is it?

There are too many: Potential diagnoses to be able to determine "What is it" from your description. This cannot be determined over the internet. You need to see a health care professional for an evaluation. Symptoms lasting for one week need to be evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I was experiencing some chest tightness while doing high intensity interval training in treadmill, is it normal or should I reduce the intensity?

I was experiencing some chest tightness while doing high intensity interval training in treadmill, is it normal or should I reduce the intensity?

Reduce intensity: For now. Unless you have a family history of very premature heart disease you are unlikely to have significant ht disease @ ur age. But, there are no absolutes in medicine. Not knowing more about u, if this is new & continues, u shud see your doc who can rather easily determine if anything is wrong. Hard for me to speculate further with limited info. Good luck. ...Read more

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Chest Tightness (Definition)

Chest tightness is the feeling of a "squeezing" or a pressure in the chest. Sometimes there is an associated breathing difficulty. There are numerous potential causes. Heart attack, angina, pericarditis, chest wall pain, heart rhythm condition, esophagus spasm, lung condition are ...Read more


Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more