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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
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
Yes.: It will be ok. Don't overdo any of these though. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Yes: Yes, the two medications do not interact, and have different ways of working. ...Read more
If I am taking a 5 milligram Xanax (alprazolam) and I can't sleep can I take melatonin on top of it?
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
I took 1mg xanax (alprazolam) for the first time. I didn't sleep right after taking it. Now it's been more than 24 hours and my head is still spinning.
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
I have been on alprazolam for about 4-5 yrs now because of my inability to sleep. I started at. 25 mg & now @ 2 mg every night. I am afraid of long term use. How can I ween myself off yet still get sleep?
Rather: Rather than asking a doctor on an internet site, it would be to your best benefit if you and the prescribing doctor develop a tapering regiment together. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
I'm giving up alprazolam but I'm struggling to sleep in the meanwhile. Could you give me some advice on this?
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?
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?
Bad idea: Both are similar types of medication and can lead to dependence. ...Read more
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