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Doctor insights on: What Are The Side Effects Of Celexa And Xanax

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Dr. Brandon Maples Dr. Maples
Pharmacology
14 years in practice
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
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Xanax (alprazolam) or celexa (citalopram) which is better for panic attacks and which has worse side effects or more addicting? Thank you!

Xanax (alprazolam) or celexa (citalopram) which is better for panic attacks and which has worse side effects or more addicting? Thank you!

It depends: Celexa is better for long-term treatment/prevention of recurring attacks, and actually works well (as do other ssris, like paxil, (paroxetine) prozac, etc.). Xanax, on the other hand, is better for acute attacks, to be taken when you're actually having an attack. It's better not to take it all the time if possible, as it is a controlled substance, and, thus, more addicting.

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


Dr. Douglas Johnston Dr. Johnston
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
16 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Are there side effects of taking hydroxyzine, citalopram amd Xanax (alprazolam) together?

Sedation risk: There may be potential for increased sedation with Hydroxyzine and xanax (alprazolam). Hydroxyzine alone can be sedating.

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg Dr. Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
45 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Taking Xanax (alprazolam). 25 and celexa 5mg. Safe to take together with breakfast?

Taking Xanax (alprazolam). 25 and celexa 5mg. Safe to take together with breakfast?

Yes but.....: These are questions you should be asking the prescribing physician and/or the dispensing pharmacist, who knows all your meds and has an opportunity to ask you more questions and give you more guidance. This is a low dose of Celexa, and a very modest dose of Xanax, (alprazolam) which should be a temporary fix until the Celexa gets to a therapeutic dose. Your physician and pharmacist should be your advisors.

Dr. Alfredo Soto Dr. Soto
Psychiatry
22 years in practice
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
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I'm on xanax. 25mg and im out right now till tomorrow. Can I take 0.5mg of ativan until my re-fill? I'm also on celexa 10mg.

I'm on xanax. 25mg and im out right now till tomorrow. Can I take 0.5mg of ativan until my re-fill? I'm also on celexa 10mg.

Yes but...: You are just as safe not taking any benzodiazepines and seeing how you function without it. In fact, benzodiazepines are increasingly being associated with memory problems and other side effects.

Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Ever since a one time 700 mg DXM OD I have been depersonalized and developed panic DO. Will time heal this or is it permanent? On 20 mg celexa & Xanax (alprazolam)

Shouldn't be forever: It's important that you believe this. The price you paid was high enough. The effects should not continue throughout your life. You need to move on and forgive yourself. Make sure that you benefit from the tuition, use the knowledge you bought - don't mess around with drugs! Even be careful of drugs prescribed by doctors. Think and care about yourself. That's a key to a good life.

Dr. Eric Weisman Dr. Weisman
Neurology
32 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Can you take Xanax (alprazolam) (.25) when starting celexa? (5mg)

Can you take Xanax (alprazolam) (.25) when starting celexa? (5mg)

Starting two meds?: If you are starting two new meds at once and have problems (side effects you won't know which one caused the problem. Conversely if you start two meds and feel great you won't know which one helped. I say this because you don't list the Xanax (alprazolam) as a baseline medication.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Celexa 60mg per day and Xanax (alprazolam) B.I.D is it an ok combo and will it eventually cause death?

Celexa & Xanax (alprazolam): The Food & Drug Administration recommends a max dose of 40mg of celexa (citalopram) per day. Studies document that there is minimal therapeutic effect when you go beyond 40mg per day. There is an increased chance of arrhythmias at higher doses of celexa (citalopram). Using combo of Alprazolam and celexa (citalopram) can ^ risk for concentrating more poorly, impaired judgement, dizziness and feeling drowsy. This doesn't mean that you >

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Dr. Edgar Mendizabal Dr. Mendizabal
Internal Medicine
51 years in practice
Greater Bolivian University of San Andres
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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I have been suffering with agoraphobia for almost 2 years. I am taking Xanax (alprazolam) twice a day and have been taking celexa for 9 years. I am still suffering?

I have been suffering with agoraphobia for almost 2 years. I am taking Xanax (alprazolam) twice a day and have been taking celexa for 9 years. I am still suffering?

Talk with doctor: Medications are not the only treatment one needs for agoraphobia. Psychotherapy is an important part of the help needed to recover from this problem. Please talk with your doctor about adding this to what you're doing, and possibly adjusting your medications. In your best interests, xanax (alprazolam) should be a temporary medication, not a permanent one. Good luck to you.

Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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I'm on celexa 20mg and xanax 0.25mg as needed. I take protonix 40mg for heartburn. My heartburn symptoms are a lil worse since I been taking my meds.

I'm on celexa 20mg and xanax 0.25mg as needed. I take protonix 40mg for heartburn. My heartburn symptoms are a lil worse since I been taking my meds.

Heartburn: I'm on celexa 20mg and xanax 0.25mg as needed. I take protonix 40mg for heartburn. my heartburn symptoms are a lil worse since I been taking my meds. ANS: I would fist try elevating the head of you bed by 8 inches but putting blocks under the feet. This keeps acid from running back at night and may help. Keep us posted.

Dr. Paul Pyles Dr. Pyles
Addiction Medicine
29 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Mom was prescribed celexa for anxiety but also given xanax (alprazolam) to take only when she feels severe anxiety coming on. Does this seem reasonable?

Yes: This combination can be very safe and effective in helping your mother feel better and have a better quality of life. Side effects can occur and may include drowsiness or GI related symptoms. There is a risk of addiction with Xanax (alprazolam) and it's use should be limited. Your mother and her doctor need to discuss this. Alcohol should be avoided. Psychotherapy with a trained therapist may also help.

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Dr. Milroy Samuel Dr. Samuel
Obstetrics & Gynecology
20 years in practice
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
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Dr. Marina Doulova Dr. Doulova
Psychiatry
20 years in practice
Moscow Medical Academy I. M. Sechenov First Moscow Medical Institute
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Want to know more about celexa? And medication for anxiety? Hi. I had a few questions about my anxiety. A doctor I saw today prescribed me to celexa and I really wanted to try Xanax bc my friend has a lot of anxiety and I told her that but she she sadi sh

Want to know more about celexa? And medication for anxiety? Hi. I had a few questions about my anxiety. A doctor I saw today prescribed me to celexa and I really wanted to try Xanax bc my friend has a lot of anxiety and I told her that but she she sadi sh

Celexa (citalopram): Celexa is antidepressant which is commonly prescribed for an anxiety. There are other antidepressants available that approved for an anxiety as well. Celexa is a good medication, it will take 2-4 weeks to work. Benzodiazepam, such as xanax (alprazolam) is used for controlling immediate anxiety and panic symptoms but the effect does not last long, subsequently causes rebound anxiety symptoms.

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Dr. Ajay Acharya Dr. Acharya
Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
A P Singh University, S. S. Medical College
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Dr. Carlos Barrios Dr. Barrios
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
19 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Severe anxiety from type 1 diabetes diag. Put on Xanax (alprazolam) 2x/day (.5mg) while celexa (5mg start) builds up in my system. Safe to keep taking Xanax (alprazolam) 2?

Severe anxiety from type 1 diabetes diag. Put on Xanax (alprazolam) 2x/day (.5mg) while celexa (5mg start) builds up in my system. Safe to keep taking Xanax (alprazolam) 2?

Be careful: Xanax (alprazolam) or any valium like dru (any Valium like drug) has a high potential for addiction problems. Not only their track record for relieving anxiety is iffy. And can actually worsen and anxiety as withdrawal can happen readily due to their very short half-life. Celexa is way too low at 5 mg per day. Middle range dosages are 15 to 20 mg per day with a maximum of 30 mg/day-even in diabetes. Take care

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How safe is garcinia cambogia if u take celexa Xanax (alprazolam) and ultram? Also I have about 30 pacs a day. Is this drug safe?

How safe is garcinia cambogia if u take celexa Xanax (alprazolam) and ultram? Also I have about 30 pacs a day. Is this drug safe?

? effectiveness: Garcinia cambogia isn't known to interact with your medications, but research on its effectiveness for weight loss is very mixed. There may be much more effective ways to deal with weight concerns -- please talk with your physician. S/he may also know of nutritionists & trainers who could help you with long-term healthy lifestyle changes. So, not alarmingly dangerous, but? Effectiveness.

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Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Extreme anxiety, tried celexa/xanax, sensitive to small dosages. I heard Buspar (buspirone) might be good for anxiety, is this a milder med compared to those?

Extreme anxiety, tried celexa/xanax, sensitive to small dosages. I heard Buspar (buspirone) might be good for anxiety, is this a milder med compared to those?

Medication may: Be helpful w/your anxiety but consider psychotherapy as well. You can learn specific strategies to help you cope such as self-hypnosis, biofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy, etc. Peace and good health.

Dr. David Satloff Dr. Satloff
Pain Management
36 years in practice
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
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I have a pulsating sensation in my head that I notice when I lie down, but I also notice at other times. I'm taking celexa for anxiety and xanax, (alprazolam)?

I have a pulsating sensation in my head that I notice when I lie down, but I also notice at other times. I'm taking celexa for anxiety and xanax, (alprazolam)?

Possibilities: First of all check with your neurologist. There is usually some toxin, pathogen or allergen associated with a weird head sensation like your pulsating. Rule out any blood vessel as the cause of the head pulsating. Finally, rule out any infection at the occiput as the cause of either the pulsatiing or the cause of the anxiety.

Dr. Carlos Neu Dr. Neu
Psychiatry
years in practice
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I take Xanax (alprazolam) XR 1mg and celexa 10mg. Just started celexa yesterday. Can I take Tums with this combination. What about 20mg of omeprazole?

Caution!: Omeprazole raises the blood levels of Celexa which can lead to serious side effects. In general the highest dose of Celexa while on Omeprazole is 20mg per day. You really need to ask your doctor or prescriber to guide you as I do not know enough about your general health. As far as alternating xanax (alprazolam) and Celexa my opinion is that this is not a good idea. Celexa is taken every day.

Dr. Alan Ali
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Citalopram (Definition)

Citalopram is a ssri medication used to treat anxiety and depression disorders, it's also used to treat ptsd and ocd. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to be fully effective. Side effects; sedation, minor temporary stomach issues, delayed orgasm in males and rarely weight gain. It is ...Read more


Xanax (Definition)

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