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Does Xanax (alprazolam) work for panic disorder?

Does Xanax (alprazolam) work  for panic disorder?

Xanax (alprazolam): Like other benzodiazepines, xanax (alprazolam) works to block panic attacks, very potent, but long-term use leads to tolerance, and difficvulty coming off of it. ...Read more

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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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Panic disorder. Cause unknown. Ssris, mild anxiolytics and sedatives don't work. Only Xanax (alprazolam) 0.5mg gives relief. What should I do?

Need combo therapy: Xanax (alprazolam) alone is not sufficient therapy for your disorder and is habit forming and withdrawal can be dangerous. I recommend that you see a psychiatrist for full evaluation and health history so you can be placed on the proper regimen. ...Read more

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What about taking Xanax (alprazolam) for panic disorder? Would that help?

What about taking Xanax (alprazolam) for panic disorder?  Would that help?

Agreed: Dr neilson is quite correct about Xanax (alprazolam) 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 (alprazolam) may have limited usefulness. ...Read more

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If I pay the 44$, will I get a prescription for xanax (alprazolam) for my panic disorder?

Xanax (alprazolam): Wondering if this Q. would be more appropriately answered by your prescribing doctor?. Probably is. ...Read more

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Can Xanax be used for long term treatment of general anxiety/ panic disorder . ?

Can Xanax be used for long term treatment of general anxiety/ panic disorder . 
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Yes: In the past Xanax has been used for general anxiety/panic as a primary medication. However, most providers today would use other medications for daily use. ...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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For the last month, I've been taking Xanax (alprazolam) (0.5) daily for my panic disorder.i am breastfeeding and usually wait 4 hours to nurse. Is this too short?

For the last month, I've been taking Xanax (alprazolam) (0.5) daily for my panic disorder.i am breastfeeding and usually wait 4 hours to nurse. Is this too short?

Watch for sedation: in baby & withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it. See http://www.drugs.com/breastfeeding/alprazolam.html. Talk to your psychiatrist about safer meds & see a psychologist for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Genetic loading + ^'ed fetal cortisol levels due to chronic antenatal anxiety warrant asking your pediatrician for a little extra monitoring of cognitive, emotional & behavioral development. ...Read more

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Which medicine is better for panic attacks, ativan or xanax (alprazolam)? 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 sa

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 more

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What are the long term effects on the body of Zoloft & Xanax (alprazolam) use for my anxiety & panic disorder?

Depedence: Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine and can causr dependece and withdrawel if stopped suddenly zoloft make cause liver and other problems depending on dose and time. ...Read more

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I was prescribed 20 mg of Prozac daily, 1 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) 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 (alprazolam) 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

Panic (Definition)

Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Panic Disorder (Definition)

Panic disorder includes recurrent and unexpected panic attacks accompanied by fear of having additional panic attacks. Common symptoms of a panic attack can include increased heart rate, sweating, difficulty breathing, rapid thoughts ...Read more