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Doc says i don't need to wean off Xanax (alprazolam) after taking one pill sporadically- .5 or 1.0 every few days for past 2 wks. As i feel worse, should I worry

Doc says i don't need to wean off Xanax (alprazolam) after taking one pill sporadically- .5 or 1.0 every few days for past 2 wks. As i feel worse, should I worry

No: Your were not on it long enough for tolerance to develop. It is likely your underlying psychiatric condition that needs to be treated. See a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Eat well. Exercise. Have your family doctor rule out a medical cause, and practice good sleep hygiene. Counselingservice.Vassar.Edu/docs/sleep%20hygeine%20... Good sleep hygiene handout. ...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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Im 22 with tiredness or fatigue I only sleep 6 hours a day but I have no fever or other physical symptoms though and im weaning off Xanax (alprazolam) but what are chances I have a cancer with just fatigue?

Im 22 with tiredness or fatigue I only sleep 6 hours a day but I have no fever or other physical symptoms though and im weaning off Xanax (alprazolam) but what are chances I have a cancer with just fatigue?

Unlikely: Not sure why at 22 you are on xanax (alprazolam). I think that the fatigue might be related to this or other sleep problems. Xanax (alprazolam) might also be playing a role. Check with your doctor who prescribed the xanax (alprazolam) to see if this could be part of the problem. Cancer is very unlikely. ...Read more

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I'm weaning off of xanax (alprazolam). Do you have any tips that could help make this easier?

I'm weaning off of xanax (alprazolam). Do you have any tips that could help make this easier?

Medical Supervision: I hope you are doing this under the supervision of your doctor. The discontinuation schedule should be assessed by the person prescribing the medication. It should be done in a slow manner to ease physical issues. ...Read more

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Any natural supplements or habits to wean off of Xanax (alprazolam)? Are there any quick exercises that would help me during withdrawals? I work in a fast paced environment. I cannot let weaning off slow me down. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal: I understand your concern about withdrawal from Xanax (alprazolam). I commend you for wanting to overcome Dependence. If you are decreasing the dose by 20%every week, it is likely that you will wean off Xanax (alprazolam) with less discomfort. Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Visual Imagery, Yoga, Meditation and Tai Chi. Drink Green tea and plenty of water. Walk in a State or National Park. See a Psychiatrist for Anxiety ...Read more

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How do I wean off 0.25mg of Xanax (alprazolam) been taking it once a day for a year?

Talk with doctor 1st: Please talk with your doctor about this before changing anything. It's possible s/he will instruct you to cut the pills in half, reducing to .125 mg/ day for 7-10 days, then stop. Reducing any faster than that can risk withdrawal symptoms or possible rebound of anxiety symptoms (2 different things). Discuss with your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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If you take lowest dose of benzo or Xanax (alprazolam) xr, how can you wean off it?

If you take lowest dose of benzo or Xanax (alprazolam) xr, how can you wean off it?

Keep going lower: Detoxification from benzodiazepines works best by lowering and lowering the dose. Withdrawal symptoms and anxiety may set it. See an addiction medicine specialist or even some family doctors, internists and psychiatrists who can guide you better through the process. Good luck. Hard to to, but not impossible. ...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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Recently, I have been on Xanax (alprazolam) for 12 years, but my dr. Has been slowly weaning me off, much to my dismay?

Good decision: Your doctor is right. These are not drugs that should be used for long periods of time. However, after 12 years on xanax, (alprazolam) you'll need to reduce the dose very gradually. It can take many months. We sometimes switch to diazepam (valium), which can be easier to taper. ...Read more

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Can't get a Xanax (alprazolam) refill. In a month I went from 2mg to 1 mg a day. Have 15 pills left. Suggestion to wean of in time? Been on for 3 years.

Check with your doc: Depending on how your weaning is going and how your body is currently reacting to the decrement from 2 to 1 your doctor may want you to be wean even further from 1 to 0 by going down in 0.25 or 0.50 mg. increments. Also, so you're aware- we aren't able to prescribe benzos for patients through this platform. Questions? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Use Key Code: PDXFNR to make an appointment. ...Read more

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Xanax (Definition)

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