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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. That's why rarely used for a long term in seizure disorders. Always check with your physician before adjusting your medications. ...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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Can mixing Xanax (alprazolam) and alcohol had caused my seizure?

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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Will taking 1mg xanax everyday and then stopping it cause me withdrawal seizures? I need to come off them to start my sleep med

Will taking 1mg xanax everyday and then stopping it cause me withdrawal seizures? I need to come off them to start my sleep med

DEPENDS: If you took 1 pill there is no withdrawal. If you took it daily for 2 weeks then there may be withdrawal. ...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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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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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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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

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Risk of seizure/convulsion in between Xanax (alprazolam) doses (.25mg) 4 times a day? Wears off fast and sxs start quickly

Not likely: You are not likely to have a seizure. There is an extended form of Xanax (alprazolam) which should give you a smoother response and less doses. Talk to your prescriber. ...Read more

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.125mg of xanax (Once a Day) for a year. Am I in risk of seizures at this dose? Who typically is in risk of getting them if deciding to stop?

Low chances: You have been on very small dose of Xanax only once a day for a year and the risk ofgetting seizures if you stop is minimal. You can still taper it to every other day, and then every 3 days and then stop. But even if you stop abruptly the risk of seizures is unlikely because of you have been on very small dose ...Read more

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Xanax (alprazolam) for first time on 10/24-. 5, then 10/25-1.0, 10/27-.5, 10/28-.5, 10/31-1.0, 11/4-1.0, 11/5-1.0, and 11/8-1.0. If I stop now can I have seizure?

Xanax (alprazolam) for first time on 10/24-. 5, then 10/25-1.0, 10/27-.5, 10/28-.5, 10/31-1.0, 11/4-1.0, 11/5-1.0, and 11/8-1.0. If I stop now can I have seizure?

Do not: All meds should be stopped only after asking the prescribing dr, who will tell you how. Do not stop on your own, mainly this drugs. However it is very good news that you are aware of the risks of stopping but also of continuing a very dependency provoking drug like xanax (alprazolam). Your dr knows how to taper down and stop xanax (alprazolam) in your particular case, it may be different for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Seizures due to Xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal?

Seizures due to Xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal?

A stated-warning: Possible seizure activities due to abrupt withdrawal of xanax (alprazolam) (hypnotic class of med) is clearly stated in the drug-label for this med. If prolonged use, do not stop abruptly. If you can/need to go off this medication, consult your prescribing physican for appropriate weaning protocol to safely discontinue it. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been on 2 mg daily of xanax for 15 days do I have a risk of seizures if I quit cold turkey?

Speak to your doctor: If you have been prescribed Xanax by a physician, please speak with them regarding stopping the medication and the way you might be able to do this safely. Not knowing your history or the rationale for being on the medication, it is difficult to provide a reasonable set of guidelines. ...Read more

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.25mg of xanax for 3 weeks. Once a day. Should I taper off or cut them off? Scared to get a seizure

.25mg of xanax for 3 weeks. Once a day. Should I taper off or cut them off? Scared to get a seizure

Taper: You are in a very low dose for a very short time, so it should be easy for you to taper down in a week or so. ...Read more

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If khonopin withdraw is treated with xanax (alprazolam) can you still have a seizure? Or would the xanax (alprazolam) cancel the withdrawal out?

Klonopin and Xanax (alprazolam): Klonopin use can lead to serious withdrawal symptoms including Seizures, it should be tapered down slowly under the care of a medical professional.
Xanax (alprazolam) like Klonopin is a Benzodiazepine, its withdrawal can lead to serious withdrawal symptoms including Seizures.
See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Klonopin and Xanax (alprazolam) effects, withdrawal symptoms, treatment and Therapy for stress in your life ...Read more

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I've been taking. 5mg of Xanax for panic for a bit over a week with day breaks in between, now 1mg for 4 days. Is there a risk of seizures if I stop?

Unlikely: Xanax is very short acting and with just 4 days into 1mg, your brain unlikely got used to it. It's with longer acting anti-epileptic drugs that you need to worry more about withdrawal seizures when stopping them cold turkey (i.e. phenobarbital). If you are concerned, take 0.5 mg for few days before coming off completely, but you will likely be fine either way 1 mg to zero or 0.5 mg to zero. ...Read more

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I have tapered from 2mg down to. 125mg Xanax a day. After a week on this dose my dr said it's safe to stop. Will I be at risk for withdrawal seizures?

It depends: Assuming the taper was done reasonably slowly and depending how long you were taking the higher doses of Xanax, it would be unlikely that stopping this drug now should result in withdrawal seizures. ...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?

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

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Xanax (alprazolam). 25mg 2x daily for 5 mos. Then. 5xr for 5 mos. Taper to every other day, then. 25mg once daily for a week. No Xanax (alprazolam) for 4 days. Risk of seizure?

Congratulations: You've weaned down from one of the more problematic benzos on the market. Xanax (alprazolam) can be rough to come down from....I would've gone from once daily to once every other day then, probably OFF...but if 4 days haven't produced any side effects by now....you are probably in the clear. ...Read more

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I'm not epileptic. But I feel like im gonna have seizure but feel the Xanax (alprazolam) is blocking the seizure. Like my body really wants to have one but can't?

If you have been: Taking xanax on a regular basis, you have become dependent on alprazolam. In some people with significant use of enough of a dose 1.5 mg a day or more (usually), the xanax actually is, in its own way, stopping you from having a seizure. I am not crazy about xanax because it is way too short=acting. Talk to your doctor about switching to clonazepam, a longer acting benzo in equivalent doses. ...Read more

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Could I start taking tamazapam avoid benzo withdrawal because I've taken 5mg of Xanax (alprazolam) for 18 years I have bad seizures after about 48 hours it's bad?

Could I start taking tamazapam avoid benzo withdrawal because I've taken 5mg of Xanax (alprazolam) for 18 years I have bad seizures after about 48 hours it's bad?

No: Temazepam, in my experience, would not be a way to avoid withdrawal symptoms, including seizures, that are experienced with a sudden discontinuation or significant decrease in xanax (alprazolam). To my knowledge, the only way to avoid these terrible effects of Alprazolam withdrawal is to extremely slowly taper the dose over several months while also taking an anti-seizure medication. ...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