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Does Xanax Work For Panic Disorder
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
Panic disorder. Cause unknown. Ssris, mild anxiolytics and sedatives don't work. Only Xanax 0.5mg gives relief. What should I do?
Agreed: Dr neilson is quite correct about xanax in this setting. It's rapid onset also leads to rapid offset, causing a "picket fence" cycle of panic, sedation, panic. For acute flare ups of panic/anxiety when other medications are involved, & with your doctor's help, xanax may have limited usefulness. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe, but danger: Upjohn originally proposed xanax 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Which medicine is better for panic attacks, ativan or xanax? I suffer from severe panic disorder and I am currently taking ativan and lexapro, which helps, but i still have constant, extreme attacks. I have been told by others who have the same condition
Both : Both Ativan (lorazepam) and xanax (alprazolam) belong to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. They can both be used to treat panic disorder and both have similar side effects. Most important side effects are those affecting central nervous system: drowsiness, daytime sedation, memory impairment, physical and psychological dependence, tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. Different people respond differently to these drugs, something that depends on a person's age, general health (in particular presence of liver disease) and concurrent use of other drugs. Your doctor's decision to prescribe Ativan is most likely based on factoring these and other aspects of your general health into this decision. There is no downside of asking your doctor about xanax vs. Ativan for treatment of your panic disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will doctors prescribe Xanax if I am taking suboxone? I have panic disorder and it has been really bad since starting treatment. I have been onit befo
See below: Set aside risk of abuse or sedation. Xanax, in most substance abuse patients, will lead to a perpetuation and magnification of anxiety after several months in the hands of most docs including most suboxone docs . The interaction of endorphins with anxiety is complex and poorly understood by most MDs. Save yourself a lot of grief and don't get started ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was prescribed 20 mg of Prozac daily, 1 mg of Xanax as needed for panic disorder and already take 40 mg of ritalin a day. Is this safe?
Balanced combo: It is a safe combination mental/mood disorders. The only interaction is xanax increases and Ritalin decreases sedation and drowsiness. However in the doses you mentioned is balanced. If any concern contact your treating physician for clarification. Rec. Ask your treating doctor about the biofeedback. ...Read more
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