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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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I take Xanax (alprazolam) and Valium will grapefruit juice have a side effect?

Minor: Grapefruit juice inhibits the liver enzymes that break down certain medicines, resulting in a small increase in the medicine's effect. This definitely occurs with valium; there is some uncertainly whether it affects xanax (alprazolam) as much, or at all. It takes a lot of grapefruit juice (at least a pint, probably more) to have this effect. Tell your doc if you drink lots of grapefruit juice regularly. ...Read more

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Are you not supposed to drink grapefruit juice when taking Valium or xanax (alprazolam)?

Are you not supposed to drink grapefruit juice when taking Valium or xanax (alprazolam)?

Correct!: Grapefruit and grapefruit juice can interfere with your body's breaking down medicines like xanax (alprazolam) and valium. They could build up in your system, making you drowsy or having other side effects. Avoid grapefruit juice and grapefruit-containing foods while on these medicines. You can enjoy orange juice, though! ...Read more

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Rxd topamax, xanax, abilify (aripiprazole). Topa induces 3a4. I love white grapefruit juice, which inhibits 3a4. Is this an unsafe combo esp with the topamax.?

Rxd topamax, xanax, abilify (aripiprazole). Topa induces 3a4. I love white grapefruit juice, which inhibits 3a4. Is this an unsafe combo esp with the topamax.?

Confusing: Topomax is a weak inducer of cyp 3a4, and maybe c19. Your biggest issue here is the grapefruit juice, which inhibits 3a4 quite significantly. This could increase the effects of both xanax and abilify (aripiprazole). Either you need to stop the grapefruit juice or drink it at a constant level. Please inform your prescribing psychiatrist about this. ...Read more

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How safe is xanax (alprazolam)?

Safely addictive: Xanax (alprazolam) is safe if one does not use heavy machinery or drive while on it. It doesn't interact with too many meds. However, if used chronically, it can worsen or cause very discomforting anxiety, tolerance and withdrawal when stopped. ...Read more

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What is Xanax (alprazolam) for?

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What is Xanax (alprazolam) for?

Xanax (alprazolam): An intermediate-acting benzodiazepine, it is used more often for panic disorder. ...Read more

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How can I get xanax (alprazolam)?

Xanax (alprazolam) is: A controlled substance that has to be prescribed by a doctor with a dea license. Start by seeing your doctor, describing your problem, and getting examined. There are many treatable causes of anxiety. ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) bad for you?

Is Xanax (alprazolam) bad for you?

Benzodiazepine: Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine that has a fairly short half-life. This can increase the risk of addiction to the medication. There are other benzodiazepines with longer half-lives. I like those better, if I have to use a benzodiazepine with a patient. There are risks with this medication that includes addiction, dependence, some have some constipation, over-sedation, and respiratory suppression. ...Read more

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What is Xanax (alprazolam) use for?

What is Xanax (alprazolam) use for?

Anxiety: Xanax (alprazolam) is used short term to treat panic disorder. It has a high abuse and addiction potential. ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) hard to quit?

Yes: Because of the short half life and rapid onset, this particular drug is more reinforcing than the other benzos. If you are on Xanax (alprazolam) and want to come off, I suggest doing this very slowly...Over at least 6 months to a year and done by someone who has experience in taking people off of xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) habit forming?

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

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What place can I buy Xanax alprazolam?

What place can I buy Xanax alprazolam?

At a pharmacy: With a prescription. Xanax (alprazolam) is a controlled substance and is not available without a prescription. ...Read more

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What is Xanax (alprazolam) prescribed for?

Xanax: It is prescribed to treat Anxiety/ panic disorder. I try to avoid prescribing this class of medications as it can lead to development of tolerance. ...Read more

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What are Xanax (alprazolam) prescribed for?

What are Xanax (alprazolam) prescribed for?

ANXIETY: Xanax (alprazolam) is usefulin reducing anxiety. However, if anxiety is a problem, the cause of the problem is important -because when you know how something works and why, you can dosomething about it. Work out what this is about in therapy and maybe you won't need the xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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Can I take I 1 mg Xanax and 5 mg of norcor?

Can I take I 1 mg Xanax and 5 mg of norcor?

The: Combination is not a good idea but can be taking. Mindful that both can depress the respiratory center ...Read more

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What symptoms does xanax (alprazolam) treat?

Anxiety: Xanax (alprazolam) is used to treat anxiety. But it only works on anxiety for a short period of time: once the medication wears off, the anxiety can return. Therefore, the best cases to use Xanax (alprazolam) is for situations that are infrequent and time-limited, such as going to the dentist or flying. There is a risk of becoming addicted to Xanax (alprazolam) if used too regularly. ...Read more

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How long does alprazolam (xanax) take to work?

Xanax (alprazolam): Hello. IF your liver metabolizes it normally, then xanax (alprazolam) should start working within 60-120 minutes. You are very young. Xanax (alprazolam) is not something that will be good for you to take long term. Xanax (alprazolam) is in a class of medications (benzodiazepines) which are very addictive. It's worse when stacked with opioids (narcotics). Your generation, from the statistics, has the highest risks. Avoid the risks. ...Read more

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Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) with oxycodeine?

Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) with oxycodeine?

Xanax/Codeine: Depending on frequency & dose of each. Can result in excess sedation. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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How long will alprazolam (xanax) take to work?

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Xanax (alprazolam) fast action: Xanax, (alprazolam) klonopin, valium, serax, Librium are part of what is called the class of benzodiazepines. Some are fast acting and short acting as xanax= it works within 15mn and its effects on last a few hours. Valium is take hours to work and works for days. Addicts prefer fast acting meds (they cannot wait for hours for a med to work) but all benzos can be addictive. Never use any benzo more than 3mo. ...Read more

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What drug classification is xanax (alprazolam)?

Agree w Dr. Gilly: This is a benzodiazepine, which is a type of antianxiety medication. ...Read more

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I am afraid to take Xanax (alprazolam) help me?

Discuss your: Specific concerns with the medical provider who prescribed it. The longer acting form of xanax (alprazolam) is generally considered safer. Ask about options other than xanax (alprazolam) or other benzodiazapines. You ; your provider may be able to find an option that you are more comfortable with. Take care. ...Read more

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How long can you safely take xanax (alprazolam)?

Depends: Xanax (alprazolam) is a minor tranquilizer used often for anxiety or panic attacks. It does tend to be physically addictive. If you take it with any frequency, you will most likely become addicted to it. If you become addicted, you may develop cravings for xanax, (alprazolam) and your anxiety may increase if you do not take your regular dose. ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) safe when taken as needed?

It can be: If it is prescribed for you and taken on a limited basis, xanax (alprazolam) can be safe. However, it can also be habit forming when used for longer than a few weeks. If you have panic attacks (as on the additional clinical information you wrote) there are other treatments that would not risk this and could help your symptoms. Please consider seeing a psychiatrist for full evaluation if you haven't already. ...Read more

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What does Xanax (alprazolam) make you feel like?

What does Xanax (alprazolam) make you feel like?

It is lowers anxiety: Xanax (alprazolam) makes you feel calmer and relieves the symptoms of anxiety in panic attacks. However, these effects are short-lived, and you may develop tolerance over time in which your body needs higher doses to have the same effect. ...Read more

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.5mg of Xanax (alprazolam) who long for effects?

Quick onset and end: A 0.5 mg dose of Alprazolam would typically start working within an hour and would probably not be noticeable much beyond about four to eight hours. I would talk to your prescribing physician for more information! ...Read more

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What is maximum sine dose of xanax (alprazolam)?

Maximum single dose: Of xanax (alprazolam) is whatever your physician prescribes. As a rule it would generally be the 2 mg tablet size, but clinical differences among individuals dictate some variability in this. ...Read more

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Is there a natural version of xanax (alprazolam)?

Is there a natural version of xanax (alprazolam)?

Not really: There are botanical medicines which can help relax you, but xanax (alprazolam) is an extremely potent benzodiazepine that is synthesized in a lab. Although botanicals such as kava and passion flower can help with mild to moderate anxiety, their effects are not as strong or as targeted as those of xanax (alprazolam). There are also not as good research studies of the botanicals as there are for xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

Xanax (Definition)

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