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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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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?

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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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So I'm prescribed tramadol, gabapentin & alprazolam & I take otc sleep aid. My Dr told me my last urine was positive 4 morphine/ codeine & I don't know how! It also tested positive for the gabapetin But I haven't taken that in4mos. How did this happen?

So I'm prescribed tramadol, gabapentin & alprazolam & I take otc sleep aid. My Dr told me my last urine was positive 4 morphine/ codeine & I don't know how! It also tested positive for the gabapetin But I haven't taken that in4mos. How did this happen?

Poppy seed muffins: Are a frequent cause for false-positive morphine urine drug screens. Poppy seeds can also be found in salad dressings, and on bagels. A GC/ MS test of your urine can quantify and definitively identify the substances in your urine. A low amount of morphine on the GC/ MS would most likely be from ingestion of poppy seeds. Talk to your physician about these possibilities. ...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

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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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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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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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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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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 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 am using alprazolam since 1 year and I feel like I am addict now I want to quite this tablet I want my normal sleep and I feel so much anxiety, help

I am using alprazolam since 1 year and I feel like I am addict now I want to quite this tablet I want my normal sleep and I feel so much anxiety, help

Medication addiction: Alprazolam is very effective in decreasing anxiety. There is high potential for dependence or addiction. It can cause depression. Anxiety has many causes and different treatment options. Chronic anxiety states may need long tern benzodiazepams. This should be discussed with a doctor experienced in treating anxiety and depression. Abrupt withdrawal should be avoided as it can cause seizures. ...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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Can I take Nyquil with 2 mgs of Xanax (alprazolam) for sleep about 7 hours after taking my last 30 mg dose of Adderall IR? I am only prescribed Xanax (alprazolam) not Adderall.

Can I take Nyquil with 2 mgs of Xanax (alprazolam) for sleep about 7 hours after taking my last 30 mg dose of Adderall IR? I am only prescribed Xanax (alprazolam) not Adderall.

Not recommended: Nyquil is risky w/ both the other drugs. Risks high BP w/ Adderall and can cause confusion, dizziness, etc w/ Xanax (alprazolam). W/o a Rx, you ought not take Adderall anyway. These are serious drugs, be careful. Your body is a valuable possession, take care of it! Be well! ...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 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

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I'm giving up alprazolam but I'm struggling to sleep in the meanwhile. Could you give me some advice on this?

Insomnia: Reduce caffeine, alcohol and any illicit drug use, exercise daily and supplement with a b-complex vitamin as they regulate your nervous system. Best. ...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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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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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

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