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Dr. Paul Holmwood
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Can people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take xanax?

Can people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take xanax?

Yes and no: After a thorough eye exam with gonioscopy, it my be determined by your ophthalmologist that a prophylactic laser iridotomy will free you to use medications that otherwise would be contraindicated with a narrow angle. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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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


Dr. Theodore Wu
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Why can't people with acute narrow angle glaucoma take xanax?

Why can't people with acute narrow angle glaucoma take xanax?

Glaucoma and xanax: Xanax may cause increased pressure in the eyes. This may make glaucoma worse. Ask your local ophthalmologist if it is safe to use this medicine if you have glaucoma or are a glaucoma suspect. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Kevin Nasky
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Why can't people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take Xanax at all?

Why can't people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take Xanax at all?

Can trigger episode: Xanax can cause involuntary twitching of muscle fibers. If you have acute narrow angle glaucoma, where the fluid in your eye has trouble draining, an involuntary twitch of the iris dilator muscle can completely block your eye fluid from draining. This will cause your eye pressure to increase rapidly and cause severe glaucoma. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Curious as to why can't people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take xanax?

They can: People who have narrow-angle glaucoma can be cured with a simple laser procedure, and then there is limitation on drug use. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Austina Cho
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I'm wondering why can't people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take xanax?

May raise pressure: Xanax can cause intraocular pressure in the eyes to go up. Even though it is generally a muscle relaxant, it may cause muscle spasms in the iris which controls the size of your pupil. If the iris contracts and blocks drainage of fluid in your eye, then pressure can build up and you may experience severe pain, blurry vision ; nausea/ vomiting. U should check w/ an ophthalmologist re: glaucoma tx. ...Read more

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Dr. Harold Ballitch
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Dr. Paul Grin
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My doc perscribed Xanax 1mg XR to help me sleep. I am currently being investigated for having "obstructive sleep apnea". Is it safe to take the Xanax?

My doc perscribed Xanax 1mg XR to help me sleep. I am currently being investigated for having "obstructive sleep apnea". Is it safe to take the Xanax?

Not recommended: You should not not take sleeping pills if you have obstructive sleep apnea. The benzodiazepines (Xanax) have been shown to decrease breathing in patients with OSA and increase AHI index. See a sleep specialist for evaluation and sleep study. ...Read more

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Dr. Marcello Maviglia
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If you take four xanaxs and four trazadones will you overdose?

If you take four xanaxs and four trazadones will you overdose?

Be careful: Impossible question to answer. Lack of basic info: dose, age , other meds , health status. Meds cannot be taken like that! check wiith your care provider. ...Read more

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
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Why am i obsessed with having the drugs i used to be addicted to? Like ecstasy, liquor, xanax, etc. Am i still addicted even if i never do it?

Why am i obsessed with having the drugs i used to be addicted to?  Like ecstasy, liquor, xanax, etc. Am i still addicted even if i never do it?

Peer support: Obsession can occur in early abstinence as well as in times in recovery. Connecting with a peer support for recovery including a 12 -step program such as narcotics anonymous and alcoholics anonymous and secular program such as lifering.Org can help. Continued can be a warning for possible relapse. Also discuss this with your counselor and/or physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Is Xanax habit forming?

Xanax and habit: Yes it can be habit forming. Be careful and discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve, the nerve that carries visual information from the eye to the brain. In many cases, damage to the optic nerve is due to increased pressure in the eye, also known ...Read more


Xanax (Definition)

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


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