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Is Xanax (alprazolam) hard to quit?

Is Xanax (alprazolam) hard to quit?

Yes: Because of the short half life and rapid onset, this particular drug is more reinforcing than the other benzos. If you are on Xanax (alprazolam) and want to come off, i suggest doing this very slowly...Over at least 6 months to a year and done by someone who has experience in taking people off of xanax (alprazolam). ...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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How is the best way to quit from Xanax (alprazolam) medication currently taking 1mg before bedtime for 5 months now , II like to stop?

How is the best way to quit from Xanax (alprazolam) medication currently taking 1mg before bedtime for 5 months now , II like to stop?

See your MD: Your dr needs to evaluate you and explain the treatment plan. You may be able decrease the dose gradually over a 3 - 4 week period. Some mds may prefer to switch the xanax (alprazolam) to long acting "benzo" med from which you can taper off more comfortably. Again only an md who has evaluated you should decide how best you can be treated. ...Read more

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How is it impossible to have Xanax (alprazolam) w/d after taking for 2 wks, if feel severe symptoms that i never ever had before i took it, after quitting?

Talk to doctor: Your question is an important one, and can't be answered clearly in this kind of forum, with only a little information. You need to discuss this concerns with your treating physician, who knows your history, and can answer your specific questions. ...Read more

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Tapered from 1mg to. .25 Xanax (alprazolam) over 6months . Do i need to taper more or can I quit .

Good job: You'v done nicely with slow taper. I would continue tapering to decrease risk of withdrawal or rebound symptoms. ...Read more

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My Xanax (alprazolam) receptors are multiplied outrageously I can take 8 and not feel a thing so I quit 1+ year ago still have same issue will they ever work again?

My Xanax (alprazolam) receptors are multiplied outrageously I can take 8 and not feel a thing so I quit 1+ year ago still have same issue will they ever work again?

Yes: the receptors have upregulated and it is anb extremely slow process for them to downregulate. be patient, it will eventually happen and use this time to build new techniques for managing your anxiety. consider Alexander technique, for example. ...Read more

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How do I quit Adderall and Xanax (alprazolam) safely?

How do I quit Adderall and Xanax (alprazolam) safely?

You have options ...: There are many physician offices, group practices and clinics that offer addiction medicine services, including medications and counseling. You will want a knowledgeable evaluation of your medical, mental, and substance use history before starting any medication assisted treatment to go along with your twelve step facilitated group therapy. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's hard getting a prescription to xanax (alprazolam)?

Depends: Since it is a heavily abused medication, most physicians will be cautious about prescribing it without determining if it really is the only option for someone. Having said that, it can be a good medication to treat some patients, if used correctly. Many physicians will ask patients on it to sign a controlled substance agreement to make sure it is not abused. Good luck to you! ...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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What to do if i'm having dependency problems with the benzo, xanax (alprazolam). I want to quit, how long will withdrawals last?

Several days to week: See a psychiatrist or the person prescribing the medication should be able to set up a weaning schedule in which case your withdrawal symptoms should be minimal. ...Read more

Xanax (Definition)

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