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I know that Xanax (alprazolam) 2 mg make u sleep but for how long?

I know that Xanax (alprazolam) 2 mg make u sleep but for how long?

Depends,: If you have never taken xanax (alprazolam) this could make you sleep for hours. If you use or misuse xanax (alprazolam) you may have developed tolerance and you may not feel drowsy. This a potentially dangerous drug and you should take it only when prescribed and supervised by your md. Be careful, please. ...Read more

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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I took 1.5mg Xanax (alprazolam) for two weeks to sleep and it worked very well until developing a tolerance. Is there a suitable long-term replacement?

I took 1.5mg Xanax (alprazolam) for two weeks to sleep and it worked very well until developing a tolerance. Is there a suitable long-term replacement?

Have you tried: Melatonin ; good sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading ; warm bath. ...Read more

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How long before bed should I take Xanax (alprazolam) to help fall asleep?

How long before bed should I take Xanax (alprazolam) to help fall asleep?

Xanax (alprazolam): It is anxiety medication, not sleep medicine. Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, the last daily dose is usually prescribed 1/2-1 hour before bed. ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) XR 1 mg good for helping me sleep?

Is Xanax (alprazolam) XR 1 mg good for helping me sleep?

That depends.: I am assuming it was prescribed for you, and the person to ask is the prescribing physician/clinician. Alprazolam is rapidly absorbed and can help sleep, but is relatively short acting (3-4 hours) and can result in 'rebound' where people awaken after the drug wears off. If you are not used to benzos, 1 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) is a high dose - starting doses are 0.25- 0.5 mg. If not prescribed, don't take it ...Read more

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I was on. 5 mg Xanax (alprazolam) for about three weeks once a day for sleep then 1 mg a few days can I just stop?

Yes, you can: Better, gradually taper the Xanax (alprazolam) down to zero. The manufacturer's recommendation is 0.5 mg at a time, every 3 days. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hello, I'm taking Xanax (alprazolam) but ran out of pils on thursday. I'm feeling bad right now. Can I take trazadona to get to sleep tonight? Thank you

Trazodone: You can take trazodone, but it's not likely to help insomnia and "feeling bad" due to xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal. You need to call your physician asap and ask for advice. If you've run out due to taking more than prescribed, this is another type of problem that needs to be dealt with also. ...Read more

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Sob when I wake up but not feeling panicked and it doesn't wake me out of a sleep. I take my Xanax (alprazolam) and then it goes back to normal. Is this normal?

No: You are triggering a mechanism in the brainstem that causes your sob, part of the symptoms for which you are taking xanax (alprazolam). This is commonly an effect of poor diet, especially sugar. ...Read more

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An Xanax (alprazolam) reduce quality of sleep?

An Xanax (alprazolam) reduce quality of sleep?

Yes: Because of short acting, there is withdrawal which could lead to early morning awakening. ...Read more

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Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) after 7.5mg of zolpidem when I can't sleep?

Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) after 7.5mg of zolpidem when I can't sleep?

Not so good an idea: Sleep is important, and I understand wanting help for this. But it's really important to get a good evaluation and diagnosis of your sleep problem before medicating it. For instance, depression can cause sleep difficulties, and so can anxiety disorders. If these aren't treated, you'll end up chasing your tail with habituating meds like xanax (alprazolam) & ambien, optimizing neither. A psychiatrist can help. ...Read more

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I'm taking Xanax (alprazolam) for sleep can I take theanine in the same day?

I'm taking Xanax (alprazolam) for sleep can I take theanine in the same day?

Yes: Yes, the two medications do not interact, and have different ways of working. ...Read more

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If I am taking a 5 milligram Xanax (alprazolam) and I can't sleep can I take melatonin on top of it?

If I am taking a 5 milligram Xanax (alprazolam) and I can't sleep can I take melatonin on top of it?

Yes: Yes, you can. Xanax (alprazolam) is not a sleep medicine per se but can help with sleep. It is also habit forming so don't take if it is not helping and you don't need it. ...Read more

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Took 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) to help sleep and it's not working. Would it be safe to take 1mg attivan too?

Took 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) to help sleep and it's not working. Would it be safe to take 1mg attivan too?

No: Mixing your benzodiazapines is not safe. You need to talk to your doctor about this - rather than getting your medical directives from on-line doctors who don't know you. ...Read more

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I'm taking 1 mg Xanax (alprazolam) 1x a day for sleep do I need to taper off? If so how would I do that?

I'm taking 1 mg Xanax (alprazolam) 1x a day for sleep do I need to taper off? If so how would I do that?

Depends on: How long you have been taking it. Probably not. You just might have a few nights where you have trouble falling asleep it is short acting so you should fall asleep after a couple of hours on your own. Good luck ...Read more

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Can I take. 25mg of Xanax (alprazolam) to help me relax enough to get some sleep. I do have the med because I have anxiety..

Can I take. 25mg of Xanax (alprazolam) to help me relax enough to get some sleep. I do have the med because I have anxiety..

Xanax (alprazolam) HABIT forming: Xanax (alprazolam) is good medication and effective. Biggest risk is that it is HABIT forming. Meaning you can get hooked. Yes, in short term it will reduce your anxiety...but once you have been on it...you will be MORE ANXIOUS to try to get some more of it. So. please take with EXTREME caution. Use SSRI's for better Anxiety treatment for long term axiety treatment ...Read more

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I have taken 2.5 MG of Xanax (alprazolam) nightly for several years for sleep. I wish to stop using. Will withdrawal be difficult?

I have taken 2.5 MG of Xanax (alprazolam) nightly for several years for sleep. I wish to stop using. Will withdrawal be difficult?

Yes: Can be very difficult. Do NOT stop suddenly, Suggest you see a psychiatrist MD knowlegable in addiction medicine, who can help you taper off. People in your age group frequently develop memory or other cognitive problems during the daytime that they may not even be aware of. They notice that their thinking becomes much clearer off the drug. Hope this is helpful for you. ...Read more

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I was prescribed restoril30mg, didn't work so I took 60mg, didn't work, what if I add Xanax (alprazolam) to it, or what is other sleeping medications?

I was prescribed restoril30mg, didn't work so I took 60mg, didn't work, what if I add Xanax (alprazolam) to it, or what is other sleeping medications?

Listen to your doc: More than 30 mg Restoril (temazepam) is not recognized to increase effectiveness. But can increase side effects.
Discuss with your doc befor you start adding sedatives together.
Natural approaches like sleep hygiene and magnesium may help. ...Read more

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I’ve been on Xanax 4x a day for almost 3 years now. Over 120-130 pills monthly, not doing anything for my anxiety or sleep issues anymore. It worked great at first....

I’ve been on Xanax 4x a day for almost 3 years now. Over 120-130 pills monthly, not doing anything for my anxiety or sleep issues anymore. It worked great at first....

Time to discuss: With your prescriber. Given your age and the side effect profile of the drug best would be to taper it slowly as it is clearly not helping anymore. Alternative drugs should be trialed and adjusted to clinical effect. ...Read more

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Can I take 60mg of restoril and 2 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) for sleep?

Restoril + Xanax (alprazolam): Are in the benzodiazepine class of drugs and equally effective for short term treatment for insomnia. Adding a sleep hygiene, lifestyle and behavior changes to the mix could improve your sleep. ...Read more

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.125mg of xanax in the morning, medical cannabis at night to sleep. Safe?

.125mg of xanax in the morning, medical cannabis at night to sleep. Safe?

Not necessarily.: See that you are diagnosed with panic attacks, anxiety & Generalized Anxiety Disorder which is severe enough that you are prescribed a benzodiazepine. Cannabis can exacerbate anxiety in many people. ...Read more

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Can someone give me info on passing a urine drug test if I take Xanax (alprazolam) to sleep?

Only take from doc: If you have a prescription issued to you for xanax (alprazolam) then it should be no issue. Do nottake other peoples medications. ...Read more

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I'm taking Xanax (alprazolam) and I have anxiety. Haven't been able to sleep very well help!?

I'm taking Xanax (alprazolam) and I have anxiety. Haven't been able to sleep very well help!?

Dose is important.: Xanax (alprazolam) is an anti anxiety medication in the benzodiazepine class. It is prescribed for anxiety and insomnia. If anxiety and insomnia persist despite treatment, the dose of the medication may not be high enough or the dosing schedule may be incorrect. Xanax (alprazolam) is a medication that tends to work quickly and effects last a moderate length of time. ...Read more

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Can I take a 2mg klonopin with a. 05 Xanax (alprazolam) just for one night of sleep due to anexity?

Addiction: Having two different benzodiazepine medications, and thinking more doses will bring you sleep us evidence of a very big problem. Honestly you do not have to live like this. It is not healthy. It is not going to end well if this continues. Please consider asking for help to find another way to live. ...Read more

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I need to get some sleep tonight. Can I take 1 Xanax, (alprazolam) 0.5 and 1 Percocet to get a good nights sleep? Thank you

I need to get some sleep tonight. Can I take 1 Xanax, (alprazolam) 0.5 and 1 Percocet to get a good nights sleep? Thank you

Not recommended: It's always best to use medications as prescribed. Xanax (alprazolam) is addicting. So is Percocet (oxycodone + acetaminophen). Both can also cause confusion & increase risk of falls. When used together, risk increases dramatically. So does death rate. Talk to your Family Doc about your insomnia. Consider OTC options. Research sleep hygiene. And avoid sedative-hypnotics like Ambien (zolpidem). ...Read more

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I took 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) to help me sleep but it doesn't seem to be working. Could I take. 5 Ativan or 1mg Ativan to help?

I took 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) to help me sleep but it doesn't seem to be working. Could I take. 5 Ativan or 1mg Ativan to help?

Benzodiazapines: Benzodiazapines are NOT candy. Playing with these medications is not safe. Please talk with your physician. ...Read more

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I take a mix of 200 mg of Diphenhydramine and 2 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) for sleep have been for 5 years. Dangers? How do I quit?

I take a mix of 200 mg of Diphenhydramine and 2 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) for sleep have been for 5 years. Dangers? How do I quit?

Addiction: Addiction is the primary danger, and inefficacy (sleeping drugs don't fundamentally work very we'll after so long). To get off these drugs you will need the help of a good sleep specialist or psychiatrist or addictionologist. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take three Xanax (alprazolam) per day and one Ativan at night for sleep? This cocktail of meds seems a bit much......

Yes: Xanax (alprazolam) is typically given 3 or 4 times/day. I'm not sure why you were prescribed Ativan at night; an extra Xanax (alprazolam) should work just as well. ...Read more

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I had a Jack Daniels and coke about 2 hours ago, I usually take a Xanax (alprazolam) to help me sleep, I always just take one half. Am I ok to do so?

Alcohol and xanax (alprazolam): Definitely not. Both can cause Central depression and have been know to cause death. Mixing alcohol with central nervous system depressants is not a great idea or practice. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


Xanax (Definition)

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