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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?

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..?

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

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What is the safest natural supplement for anxiety and depression.That i can take with xanax (alprazolam)?

None: If you are taking xanax (alprazolam), (alprazolam) chances are there will be no extra benefit from any supplement because none would compare with that. There are different supplements that can be used in anxiety - valerian root, 5-htp for example, but the safety of those with xanax (alprazolam) has not been established. ...Read more

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Prescribed lexapro 5mg and Xanax (alprazolam) 0.5mg to take while lexapro is kicking in. How long must they be separated by? Is respiratory depression a concern?

Prescribed lexapro 5mg and Xanax (alprazolam) 0.5mg to take while lexapro is kicking in. How long must they be separated by?  Is respiratory depression a concern?

Ask the prescriber!: It should not be a problem - they are often given together but you need to get instructions specific to you. There is a chance of more severe side effects but respiratory problems are not likely. Call NOW for clear instructions and follow them. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Xanax was prescribed to me to use when needed? I take a antidepressant, paxil (paroxetine). Both were miracle drugs and solved about all depression/anxietyissues

Not sure of question: Depression/anxiety often go together.Several medications can be used as part of treatment of both problems. Paxil (paroxetine) is a good choice for both problems. Xanax can be appropriate for short term use at low doses for anxiety.However it can easily create tolerance and dependence, so dosing amount and frequency is critical to know.Also, it is important to also use nondrug treatments to manage these issues. ...Read more

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Small memory issues and depression. I have been smoking marijuana for 13 years straight and taken xanax (alprazolam) for 2 years. Could this be issue or dementa?

Small memory issues and depression. I have been smoking marijuana for 13 years straight and taken xanax (alprazolam) for 2 years. Could this be issue or dementa?

THC Xanax (alprazolam) Memory: Hello. Combination of these two medications don't support good long term cognition especially in a young person as yourself. Memory loss is unfortunately not a surprise especially with these two agents combined. Best way to see if you have the capacity for regaining lost memory is weaning off Xanax (alprazolam) per your provider's instructions and significantly laying off THC.. Clear out the cob webs! ...Read more

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My PCP put me on Xanax (alprazolam) in 2003. Been on it ever since, but depression/anxiety are still so bad I rarely leave home. can't hold down a job. no ins. hel?

Consult Dr.: Xanax (alprazolam) is not for depression. Speak to your doctor about an antidepressant that also helps with anxiety, such as Zoloft. Is there a state funded mental health center in the Houston area? Check with the Houston Medical Society or the Texas Medical Society and see if there is a pro bono system to access. ...Read more

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I'm on cymbalta normally anxiety/depression free. I have break-throughs. My mom, who's a RN, will give me Xanax. How do u think Buspar (buspirone) will affect me?

 I'm on cymbalta normally anxiety/depression free. I have break-throughs. My mom, who's a RN, will give me Xanax. How do u think Buspar (buspirone) will affect me?

Depends: I've used Buspar (buspirone) for patients with anxiety with varying success. Typically it's used as a regularly scheduled medication 3x a day & I've found success with this. Rarely I have used it on an as needed basis & found a few patients who have responded well. It's less potent than Xanax/Ativan but those also comes with less risk for abuse. I like to trial it at 5 mg 3x/day prn & increase as needed. ...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