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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
Very slow taper: The treatment for Alprazolam addiction is to taper (slowly decrease) the daily dosage under medical supervision. In severe cases, doctors may substitute a longer-acting medication of the same or similar class, & then taper that instead; this is often easier on the patient. Medicine to immediately block the effect of Alprazolam may cause fatal withdrawal in an addict, & can't be used this way. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Xanax (alprazolam) taper: This is a short acting benzo which can be difficult to come off. I usually switch people to the equivalent Klonopin dose (about have the mg dose of xanax (alprazolam) per day) and reduce the daily dose by 0.25mg every week. Ie it would take 1 month to come off 1mg of Klonopin which is equivalent to about 2mg of xanax (alprazolam). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: When combined with alcohol and other sedatives, you are more likely to blackout if taking alprazolam (Xanax). On its own, Xanax can cause presyncope, dizziness, confusion, hyperactivity, agitation, hostility, hallucinations, chest fluttering, drowsiness, etc. See your physician immediately if you blacked out. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a684001.html ...Read more
Ask your doctor: While these are similar medicines, they are not the same thing. Alprazolam works a little faster, stops working sooner, and can be somewhat more addictive (although both carry this risk). The bottom line is that you shouldn't substitute any prescription med for another without consulting with the doctor(s) who prescribed them. ...Read more
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