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I have tremors in my stomach upon entering REM sleep. I have PTSD and was taken off Xanax (alprazolam) in 2 weeks by a VA intern 2 years ago. Need cause/solution!

I have tremors in my stomach upon entering REM sleep.  I have PTSD and was taken off Xanax (alprazolam) in 2 weeks by a VA intern 2 years ago. Need cause/solution!

PAWS: Post-acute withdrawal syndrome. In people who have been on benzodiazepines for long periods of time, tapering should be accomplished over months, not weeks. This intern was under the supervision of an attending physician, and you should make contact with that physician (or your PCP in the VA). A small increase in the clonazepam (am sure it is 0.5 NOT 0.05) may help and then can be tapered. ...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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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?

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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Since my muscle tremors almost go all away with a 0.5mg dose of xanax (alprazolam). Is it safe to say its from anxiety?

Since my muscle tremors almost go all away with a 0.5mg dose of xanax (alprazolam). Is it safe to say its from anxiety?

Tremors: No. Tremors are usually not anxiety but can be an essential reality in many people. But, the anti-anxiwety medicine, alprazolam, is often used to sedate the muscle movement. ...Read more

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My mom was switched from Xanax (alprazolam) to phenobarbital yesterday and now she is has whole body shakes heart is racing and cold. Is this normal withdrawal symptoms or take to hospital now? Very concerned

My mom was switched from Xanax (alprazolam) to phenobarbital yesterday and now she is has whole body shakes heart is racing and cold. Is this normal withdrawal symptoms or take to hospital now? Very concerned

Withdrawal: Your mom is given phenobarb to prevent seizure, but she is having withdrawal, and the dose of phenobarb is dependent on level to work and whether it really works for her. It is best to take her to urgent care or er to be looked at before she has a seizure. I don't know how old she is and withdrawal can be devastating. A stepwise process may help better but up to the md, but she seems to need help. ...Read more

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Wife left me and I am unable to eat. If I do, I throw it up. I have a headache, nausea and loss of appetite. Only Xanax gives relieve. How to maintain weight - high calorie shakes? Also is it normal to lose up to 2-4lbs a day when not eating as much and b

Wife left me and I am unable to eat. If I do, I throw it up. I have a headache, nausea and loss of appetite. Only Xanax gives relieve. How to maintain weight - high calorie shakes? Also is it normal to lose up to 2-4lbs a day when not eating as much and b

Please get seen now: You need a relationship with someone who can help -- a physician and hopefully a team of helpers. You're not alone, and your very survival depends on your letting friends help you. I'm sorry about the failure of your marriage. In the long run, you'll adjust to it, you may learn from the experience and be a better man / husband / lover / father for it, and you may even decide it was a good thing. ...Read more

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Can Xanax (alprazolam) cause liver problems?

Can Xanax (alprazolam) cause liver problems?

Unlikely. : But not impossible. Still, xanax (alprazolam) is much easier on the liver than alcohol is. Alcohol and xanax (alprazolam) share some similarities in their effects (disinhibition, anxiety reduction, withdrawal symptoms) but liver toxicity is not usually one of the similarities. ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) and or wellbutrin known to cause TIA episodes?

Is Xanax (alprazolam) and or wellbutrin known to cause TIA episodes?

TIA or seizure: Abrupt discontinuation of Xanax (alprazolam) while maintained on wellbutrin could precipitate a seizure. It is possible that with its wear-off throughout the day that it could cause seizure-like events as well. Abrupt discontinuation of alcohol is also discouraged while on wellbutrin. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of xanax, (alprazolam) and can Xanax (alprazolam) cause palpitaions?

What are the side effects of xanax, (alprazolam) and can Xanax (alprazolam) cause palpitaions?

Yes : Yes palpitations can be caused by xanax (alprazolam). If you have chest pain, fluttering sensation of chest or pounding pulse- seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Celexa 60mg per day and Xanax (alprazolam) B.I.D is it an ok combo and will it eventually cause death?

Celexa & Xanax (alprazolam): The Food & Drug Administration recommends a max dose of 40mg of celexa (citalopram) per day. Studies document that there is minimal therapeutic effect when you go beyond 40mg per day. There is an increased chance of arrhythmias at higher doses of celexa (citalopram). Using combo of Alprazolam and celexa (citalopram) can ^ risk for concentrating more poorly, impaired judgement, dizziness and feeling drowsy. This doesn't mean that you > ...Read more

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Sick, I hv taken Xanax (alprazolam) before cause of my anxiety. I just wondering how long it's side effects will gone?

Sick, I hv taken Xanax (alprazolam) before cause of my anxiety. I just wondering how long it's side effects will gone?

Half life: The half life of the drug is 11-19 hours depending on which formulation you have, your age, and the condition of your liver. That means that it will take 50 to 100 hours to wear off. ...Read more

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I have been taking Xanax (alprazolam) 0.5mg at bedtime only for 10 years. Could this cause insomnia? How can I stop taking this?

I have been taking Xanax (alprazolam) 0.5mg at bedtime only for 10 years. Could this cause insomnia? How can I stop taking this?

Dependence: 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

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I have taken 1 .25mg pill of xanax (alprazolam) daily for almost a year for anxiety. Would stopping suddenly cause major withdrawal?

I have taken 1 .25mg pill of xanax (alprazolam) daily for almost a year for anxiety. Would stopping suddenly cause major withdrawal?

It's a low dose: but taking it for a year suggests you are probably saturated, and at risk for withdrawal sx's if you suddenly stop. Run this by your MD before stopping. The MD probably will suggest thinning your dose by going to every other day or even cutting this small dose in half and then thinning. Withdrawing suddenly might cause anxiety, sleeplessness, poor concentration, irritability and??? ...Read more

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What causes someone to be interested in things again when couple weeks prior after taking Xanax (alprazolam) before lacked any signs of interest?

What causes someone to be interested in things again when couple weeks prior after taking Xanax (alprazolam) before lacked any signs  of interest?

Xanax (alprazolam): Hope I have understood your question correctly, it seems like you took xanax (alprazolam) and felt disinterested and after stopping felt lively again, xanax (alprazolam) can cause CNS depression and sometimes apathy and weaning off could bring your own self again. ...Read more

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Certain situations cause me social anxiety, I've used Xanax (alprazolam) it works but wears off too quickly. I don't need a daily just sometimes. Advice?

Certain situations cause me social anxiety, I've used Xanax (alprazolam) it works but wears off too quickly. I don't need a daily just sometimes. Advice?

Xanax (alprazolam) is dangerous: I agree this can be treated without medication. CBT is an established treatment.

If you have reasons not to do the work/face the fears involved in overcoming this anxiety (which includes experiencing the satisfaction and pride of having done something despite its difficulty), then medication makes sense.

however, NOT Xanax! Very addictive. Awful withdrawal. A-D's work better, less danger. ...Read more

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Will a whole 0.25 Xanax (alprazolam) cause me to feel spaced out or cause derealization? This is why i'm nervous to take whole one but half don't relax me much.

Xanax (alprazolam): Is an anxiolytic frequently prescribed for panic attacks with many side effects. Your doctor has prescribed this medication because he/she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. It is not true in your case.
Rec.: see your doctor for medication adjustment/change or referral to psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Can Xanax (alprazolam) cause blackouts?

Yes: When combined with alcohol and other sedatives, you are more likely to blackout if taking alprazolam (Xanax). On its own, Xanax can cause presyncope, dizziness, confusion, hyperactivity, agitation, hostility, hallucinations, chest fluttering, drowsiness, etc. See your physician immediately if you blacked out. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a684001.html ...Read more

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Will taking one Xanax (alprazolam) cause a siezure?

No: Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine - this is a class of drug that can be used to treat seizures acutely. Withdrawal from xanax (alprazolam) can cause seizures. ...Read more

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Can Xanax (alprazolam) cause breathing difficulties? 1mg per day.

Can Xanax (alprazolam) cause breathing difficulties? 1mg per day.

Side effects.: Not usually. However incidence for hyperventilation is 9.7%. It can impact people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease differently than others. If you have difficulty breathing please notify your provider and obtain prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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How much time it usually takes to Xanax (alprazolam) to cause 'permanent' cognitive deficits like memory deficits?

How much time it usually takes to Xanax (alprazolam) to cause 'permanent' cognitive deficits like memory deficits?

Not permanent: Any benzodiazepine can induce tolerance with ~2-3 weeks of consistent use. One might also have some temporary memory dysfunction with the first dose -- inability to learn new material when using. When the dose wears off, this effect should also wear off. If on xanax (alprazolam) and having this problem, a very gradual taper should allow cognition to return to previous abilities. It's not permanent. ...Read more

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I have been taking .5 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) once a day for about a month, is this enough to cause withdrawals if i stop?

I have been taking .5 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) once a day for about a month, is this enough to cause withdrawals if i stop?

It could: It's a small amount, but you have been using it daily for a month. It's best to talk with the doctor who prescribed it to you, and create a taper plan. ...Read more

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What causes a unrealistic feeling? Anxiety? It feels like i'm watching a.Movie kinda of. I take the generic brand of xanax (alprazolam).

Severe Anxiety: This could be derealization which is a symptom of anxiety. This makes people feel like things aren't real or have a weird separateness from experience . Make sure you tell your doctor. ...Read more

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My boyfriend just started Xanax (alprazolam) 2 days ago. he is very mean and snappy, can the Xanax (alprazolam) cause someone to be rude?

Xanax (alprazolam) effects: I understand your discomfort.
Side effects of Xanax (alprazolam) can be- Irritability anxiety, and depression

Have heart to Heart Talk with your boyfriend-
• That you would like to have Happy Relationship with him
• Reasons for starting Xanax (alprazolam)
• Use of Alcohol or Drugs
• If he is aware of being mean, snappy, and rude
• Your feelings about his behavior
• See Psychiatrist for need of Xanax (alprazolam),; and have Therapy ...Read more

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Does using 0.25mg of Xanax (alprazolam) two times per week cause prolactin levels to rise? Is it possible such a small dose could do that?

Does using 0.25mg of Xanax (alprazolam) two times per week cause
prolactin levels to rise? Is it possible such a small dose
could do that?

Rare: Xanax, (alprazolam) very rarely can cause prolactin elevation and if you are prone to it, the frequency or dose may not matter. Most common psychiatric medications to cause this are antipsychotics by blocking Dopamine which helps control prolactin level. See your doctor and rule out other causes as well. ...Read more

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Will a small dose of Xanax (alprazolam) cause seizures?

Will a small dose of Xanax (alprazolam) cause seizures?

Seizures: Some experts feel that chronic use of benzodiazepine (xanax, valium, ativan, (lorazepam) clonazepam) may lower seizure threshold, specially in patients with epilepsy or predisposing disorders. This is beyond the withdrawal mechanism which can occur even in low dose use for long time. Thats why rarely used for a long term in seizure disorders. Always check with your physician before adjusting your medications. ...Read more

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Can long term dr prescribed Xanax use cause abnormal eeg?

Can long term dr prescribed Xanax use cause abnormal eeg?

Not typically but...: I guess anything's possible. Here are the drugs that usually are mentioned in relationship to EEG alterations: https://treato.com/Abnormal+EEG/?a=s ...Read more

Xanax (Definition)

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


Dr. Prem Gupta
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Tremor (Definition)

Tremor = involuntary ...Read more