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Is taking .25 mg alprazolam nightly for aiding sleep a risk?

Is taking .25 mg alprazolam nightly for aiding sleep a risk?

Yes: In my opinion, Alprazolam (xanax) is a horrible drug. It is rapidly absorbed but short acting, which means it wears off and often results, like alcohol, in awakening in the middle of the night and having even worse insomnia. Insomnia is not a diagnosis - it is a symptom of something else. You are far better off talking with your doctor about the reason for the insomnia to find specific treatment. ...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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Is it okay to take Xanax (alprazolam) with an over-the-counter sleep aid?

Xanax (alprazolam): Depends on the dose & timing of the xanax (alprazolam). Occasional use of sleep aid might be ok, but talk to your prescribing doc. First. ...Read more

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What will happen if I mix 8mg of Zanaflex and 4mg of Xanax (alprazolam) as a sleep aid?

You could get sick: and potentially even die. I doubt from your question that either of these are prescribed, so I am guessing you are getting them illegally. 4 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) is a HUGE dose, equivalent to 40-80 mg of valium. It is usually given in 0.25- 0.5 mg doses in people first getting it, and certainly no more than 1 mg. Neither of these drugs are approved for insomnia. Talk to your doctor or health provider. ...Read more

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Does Xanax (alprazolam) worsen an H. Pyloric bacterial infection if you take it off & on to help as a sleep aid? I've been told it X helps & that it causes ulcers

Does Xanax (alprazolam) worsen an H. Pyloric bacterial infection if you take it off & on to help as a sleep aid? I've been told it X helps & that it causes ulcers

Nothing to do with i: Xanax (alprazolam) is a short acting benzodiazepines. It is good for anxiety. It can make you tired. There are better meds for sleep aids and has nothing to do with stomach ulcers. You may get them because you are very anxious about something. There are excellent treatments for stomach ulcers if you indeed have them. ...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'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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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

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