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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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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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Can mixing Xanax (alprazolam) and alcohol had caused my seizure?

Xanax/alcohol: Possible, depending on how much u used, your tolerance & whether u r susceptible (history or family history of seizures). ...Read more

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If I take half of my .5 prescription of Xanax (alprazolam) can it cause a seizure? This would be my first time taking it since I got them.

Very unlikely: Xanax (alprazolam) does not provoke seizure activity, and if you are taking appropriate anti-epileptic drugs, you should experience NO issues, when you restart your Xanax (alprazolam), other than perhaps more drowsiness if interacts with certain meds. You have a good strategy to resume. ...Read more

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Xanax (alprazolam). Is it safe? Can it cause seizures or death? I was prescrprescribed .5 mg. I am only going to take half. Please ease my mind.

Xanax (alprazolam). Is it safe? Can it cause seizures or death? I was prescrprescribed .5 mg. I am only going to take half. Please ease my mind.

Safe if used right: Your Doc eased your mind by prescribing what they felt was best for you given your overall condition. Nobody else can do better to answer your question than they can. If you're asking about potential side effects & consequences then, Xanax (alprazolam) & any drug like it can cause seizures or death if abused. Since you're unsure with the doc's choice why not discuss with them? Better than changing yourself. ...Read more

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Can you take Xanax (alprazolam) as needed for "freakouts" when prescribed buproprion XL, or does that cause a seizure risk? If Xanax (alprazolam) is used once or less per week?

Probably ok: The seizure risk you are concerned about is related to,the bupropion XL , not the interaction with Xanax (alprazolam). The seizure risk increases with dosage so I would speak with your doc about your concerns. Use the Xanax (alprazolam) only as PRNs for "freakouts" rather than a regularly taken med since the risk of dependency is high. ...Read more

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I have been on xanax (alprazolam) (0.5mg dialy) for the past 8 weeks for my panic disorder. is it a high dose?can it cause withdrawal effects like seizure to me?

Drug induced Seizure: Xanax (alprazolam) is very addictive and you can get dependent on it very quickly, need higher doses. Eight weeks is a long time and withdrawal can cause unwanted responses. Stopping xanax (alprazolam) abruptly can cause a seizure. ...Read more

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How does Xanax (alprazolam) treat seizures?

As a prophylactic: Or an adjunctive drug. Xanax (alprazolam) is an anxiolytic frequently prescribed for panic attacks and sleep disorders. Use of anxiolytic medications may provide added therapeutic benefit. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Is there a natural way to stop seizures.If have been taking xanax (alprazolam).

Is there a natural way to stop seizures.If  have been taking xanax (alprazolam).

Seizures: If you have a documented seizure disorder, i would not recommend stopping any of your prescribed anti-seizure medications without first consulting with a neurologist. Seizures are serious business so always follow your neurologist's instructions. ...Read more

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I've been taking .5mg of xanax (alprazolam) for a month now. Am I at risk for seizures?

Mo: You have to take a much higher dose and then stop it quickly to have withdrawal sz including seizures ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more


Xanax (Definition)

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