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Does Xanax (alprazolam) help with post partum depression?

Does Xanax (alprazolam) help with post partum depression?

It shouldn't: Xanax (alprazolam) is an anti anxiety, not an anti-depressant. I would go to curecrowd.Com to see a multitude of treatment options and crowd sourced results. I hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Can it be possible for Xanax (alprazolam) to get you out of depression?

Can it be possible for Xanax (alprazolam) to get you out of depression?

No - xanax (alprazolam) is an: Anxiolytic medication - not an antidepressant. It may numb the senses for a little while but it won't cure depression. ...Read more

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Could taking half of a Xanax (alprazolam) .25mg every night before bed cause unclear thinking the next day or depression to worsen?

It is possible: Xanax (alprazolam) like any other benzos may cause side effects and depressed mood, memory problems, trouble concentrating and unclear thinking are just to name a few. ...Read more

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I've tried my friends Xanax (alprazolam) and i felt normal like i need it for my anxiety and depression what can I do to continue that feeling?

I've tried my friends Xanax (alprazolam) and i felt normal like i need it for my anxiety and depression what can I do to continue that feeling?

Do not take Xanax (alprazolam): Please do not take medication that was not prescribed to you. This could be very dangerous. Xanax (alprazolam) is a controlled substance. It can be addictive. ...Read more

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It has been weeks since i slept properly. Its causing me so much stress and depression! I have taken Xanax (alprazolam) 0.5mg and hasnt worked out. Help.!

It has been weeks since i slept properly. Its causing me so much stress and depression! I have taken Xanax (alprazolam) 0.5mg and hasnt worked out. Help.!

Sleep hygiene: Do not start taking xanax (alprazolam) for sleep unless panic attacks are keeping you awake. Xanax (alprazolam) is not a hypnotic and can be very addictive. You first need to examine your situation. Do you take naps during the day?; do you drink a lot of caffeine during the day? Do you have sleep apnea? Do you snore? Are you on medications that perhaps are keeping you awake? Do you exercise? Do you snore? ...Read more

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Can Xanax alprazolam also help with depression as well as anxiety and panic disorder?

Can Xanax  alprazolam also help with depression as well as anxiety and panic disorder?

Maybe, but danger: Upjohn originally proposed xanax (alprazolam) in the 1970's as an antidepressant, showing effectiveness like tricyclics. The fda only allowed it as an anti-anxiety agent "that doesn't cause depression" [like others do]. It's a benzodiazepine; it may have some antidepressant effects but isn't effective alone. Induces dependency very easily and is hard to get off of. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22786504. ...Read more

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Does citalopram and Xanax (alprazolam) affect the erection., I have been using since one year, for depression?

Does citalopram and  Xanax (alprazolam) affect the erection., I have been using since one year, for depression?

Citalopram, maybe: It's possible for citalopram and other similar antidepressants like prozac, zoloft, paxil, (paroxetine) Lexapro and Luvox to cause erectile difficulties. However, there can be other causes such as depression, anxiety and medical issues. I would suggest discussing this with your physician. If it is from the citalopram, there are ways to address this. If it's from something else, there is help also. ...Read more

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I am taking citalopram 20 mg once a day for a month now but dont really see a diffrence in my depression or anxiety. i was thinking Xanax (alprazolam) might help?

Give it time: Depression/anxiety medications in that class tend to take at least 4-6 weeks to start working. You may be a candidate for a higher dose or an additional medication, though, if you aren't feeling ANY change at 4 weeks. Check back in with your doc and let him/her know how you're feeling. Do yourself a favor, and stay away from the xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed me Xanax (alprazolam) for depression/anxiety. Is that effective?

My doctor prescribed me Xanax (alprazolam) for depression/anxiety. Is that effective?

Depends on what you: mean by effective. Xanax (alprazolam) will reduce anxiety short-term, but does not really have any significant beneficial effect on depression. Like other benzodiazepines, Xanax (alprazolam) causes physical dependency and tolerance, with a requirement for more and more medication, doing less and less over time. Antidepressant medications and psychotherapy are better ways to treat both conditions. Best if used short-term. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor prescribed me Xanax (alprazolam) for depression/anxiety..?

Use as prescribed: Xanax (alprazolam) is effective for anxiety management, but use as directed. Also, talk to a psychologist to learn new strategies for dealing with this disorder. ...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


Xanax (Definition)

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