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Why do I get the urge to snack after I take a xanax (alprazolam)? How can I neutralize it, it makes me gain weight?

Why do I get the urge to snack after I take a xanax (alprazolam)?  How can I neutralize it, it makes me gain weight?

Talk to your doctor: Xanax (alprazolam) may not be the best medicine for you. Consult with your physician for possible changes. ...Read more

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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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Xanax (alprazolam) helped me gain 20lbs due to increase in appetite. Now 1mg of Xanax (alprazolam) after 1 year is no longer working. Other healthy ways to increase appetite?

PE and MH check up: Xanax (alprazolam) is not usually used to help people gain weight. It is an antianxiety medication. You should start with a complete physical check up with blood tests including test for thyroid problem. You may also want to consider talking with a psychiatrist to identify any underlying psychological problems that might benefit by therapy with or without medications ...Read more

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Does an individuals body weight account for determining a beginning dose of xanax (alprazolam)?

Does an individuals body weight account for determining a beginning dose of xanax (alprazolam)?

No: No, body weight is not the primary factor in determining xanax (alprazolam) dose. One would need to know what other medications are also being prescribed, any ongoing other illnesses, whether the person has been habituated to other benzodiazepines, whether s/he uses alcohol, what the intensity of anxiety is, etc. For any of these or other reasons, xanax (alprazolam) may not be the most appropriate treatment at all. ...Read more

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Are one of the benefits of Xanax (alprazolam) weight loss?

Are one of the benefits of Xanax (alprazolam) weight loss?

No: You can get some changes in appetite but weight loss is not commonly seen with this medication. ...Read more

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Is body weight a consideration when prescribing benzos? I take .25 of Xanax (alprazolam) (2 per day) for pa's. I am 6ft 250lbs.

Is body weight a consideration when prescribing benzos?  I take .25 of Xanax (alprazolam) (2 per day) for pa's.  I am 6ft 250lbs.

Anxiety: I am from the school where it is best to prevent anxiety then to just keep popping a sedative or benzo. Weight is not a consideration for dosing. But, taking this every day is not treatment. One needs to learn to prevent their panic or to take a less dangerous medication to help work on anxiety prevention. It is not wise to take benzos every day forever. ...Read more

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Max dose of xanax (alprazolam) a day for a 30 year old female weight 156 lbs? Have script for .25 3 x a day but past few days anxiety has been through the roof

Max dose of xanax (alprazolam) a day for a 30 year old female weight 156 lbs? Have script for .25 3 x a day but past few days anxiety has been through the roof

Low dose: You are describing a very low dose, which would be the introductory amount to be tried. Your anxiety may well improve with higher amounts, and up to 1.0 mg four times a day, might not be inappropriate, but follow your doctor's directions as you titrate. ...Read more

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Can a elderly person sick from chemo who took 40mgs of Xanax (alprazolam) and mixed it with a high dose of colonidine weight 111 die?

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Call 911: If you took 40mg of xanax (alprazolam) plus large dose of clonidine, please call 911. If you're contemplating taking above combination, please call 911. There is no reason for anyone to end their life or to contemplate doing so. Assuming chemotherapy is for cancer, we have well trained & empathic hospice & palliative care specialists to help you (& loved ones) thru this time if chemo not desired. ...Read more

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I'm taking seroxat, lyrica (pregabalin) and Xanax will I find it very hard to lose weight I exercise a lot but eat sweet stuff regularly ?

BotParoxetine, lyric: Both paroxetine ( seroxat) and Lyrica (pregabalin) are associated with weight gain and craving for sweats and carbohydrates. There is no substitute for exercise and health diet and avoidance of executive calories intake. Btw.. I don't recommend taking xanax frequently...It is associated with worsening anxiety ... ...Read more

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Xanax (Definition)

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