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If you take lowest dose of benzo or Xanax (alprazolam) xr, how can you wean off it?

If you take lowest dose of benzo or Xanax (alprazolam) xr, how can you wean off it?

Keep going lower: Detoxification from benzodiazepines works best by lowering and lowering the dose. Withdrawal symptoms and anxiety may set it. See an addiction medicine specialist or even some family doctors, internists and psychiatrists who can guide you better through the process. Good luck. Hard to to, but not impossible. ...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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How do I wean off 0.25mg of Xanax (alprazolam) been taking it once a day for a year?

How do I wean off 0.25mg of Xanax (alprazolam) been taking it once a day for a year?

Talk with doctor 1st: Please talk with your doctor about this before changing anything. It's possible s/he will instruct you to cut the pills in half, reducing to .125 mg/ day for 7-10 days, then stop. Reducing any faster than that can risk withdrawal symptoms or possible rebound of anxiety symptoms (2 different things). Discuss with your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm weaning off of xanax (alprazolam). Do you have any tips that could help make this easier?

Medical Supervision: I hope you are doing this under the supervision of your doctor. The discontinuation schedule should be assessed by the person prescribing the medication. It should be done in a slow manner to ease physical issues. ...Read more

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I am 62 I am taking .25mg of Xanax (alprazolam) twice a day..Will this be hard to wean off of?

It might be: While the dosage isn't very high, it would depend on how long you have been taking it. Also it will depend on the psychological need that you have for the medication, in other words there can be psychological dependency as well as physical dependency. You should speak with the doctor who is prescribing the medication. ...Read more

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Recently, I have been on Xanax (alprazolam) for 12 years, but my dr. Has been slowly weaning me off, much to my dismay?

Good decision: Your doctor is right. These are not drugs that should be used for long periods of time. However, after 12 years on xanax, (alprazolam) you'll need to reduce the dose very gradually. It can take many months. We sometimes switch to diazepam (valium), which can be easier to taper. ...Read more

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Can't get a Xanax (alprazolam) refill. In a month I went from 2mg to 1 mg a day. Have 15 pills left. Suggestion to wean of in time? Been on for 3 years.

Check with your doc: Depending on how your weaning is going and how your body is currently reacting to the decrement from 2 to 1 your doctor may want you to be wean even further from 1 to 0 by going down in 0.25 or 0.50 mg. increments. Also, so you're aware- we aren't able to prescribe benzos for patients through this platform. Questions? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Use Key Code: PDXFNR to make an appointment. ...Read more

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I've been taking Xanax (alprazolam) .5 twice daily, every 12 hours, for a year. How long will it take to wean off, and how should I do it? Should i taper by .25?

Xanax (alprazolam) taper: I would recommend tapering by half of a quarted milligram of the daily dose every 3 days, and ofcourse informing your prescribing doctor of your progress & response. Good luck 2u. ...Read more

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Is requip in the same family of drugs as xanax (alprazolam)? Is it addicting, and do you have to wean off it? Can you also build up a tollerance to it ?

Is requip in the same family of drugs as xanax (alprazolam)? Is it addicting, 
and do you have to wean off it? Can you also build up a
tollerance to it ?

DIFFERENT: Completely different classes of medications as Requip effects Dopamine for restless leg or parkinson and xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine and is for anxiety. Requip is non addictive may build up tolerance after a long time. Should always taper off medications slowly if the dosage is high. It is safer that way. ...Read more

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Doc says i don't need to wean off Xanax (alprazolam) after taking one pill sporadically- .5 or 1.0 every few days for past 2 wks. As i feel worse, should I worry

Doc says i don't need to wean off Xanax (alprazolam) after taking one pill sporadically- .5 or 1.0 every few days for past 2 wks. As i feel worse, should I worry

No: Your were not on it long enough for tolerance to develop. It is likely your underlying psychiatric condition that needs to be treated. See a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Eat well. Exercise. Have your family doctor rule out a medical cause, and practice good sleep hygiene. Counselingservice.Vassar.Edu/docs/sleep%20hygeine%20... Good sleep hygiene handout. ...Read more

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Been taking Xanax (alprazolam) for 1 year, .5 mgs, 2 x's a day. I would like to wean off of it, as I am now taking 200 mgs zoloft. Will it be hard?

Been taking Xanax (alprazolam) for 1 year, .5 mgs, 2 x's a day. I would like to wean off of it, as I am now taking 200 mgs zoloft. Will it be hard?

It could be: In my experience as a psychiatrist, weaning from xanax (alprazolam) can be challenging but not impossible. First you need to be sure you have other ways to manage anxiety without it. Hopefully you have been working with a psychotherapist to develop some of these. You and your psychiatrist can create a tapering schedule, if both of you agree it's appropriate in your condition to try this. ...Read more

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Xanax (Definition)

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