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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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I take Effexor (venlafaxine) daily, but am going out of town & forgot it, can I take Xanax to avoid withdrawal symptoms?

I take Effexor (venlafaxine) daily, but am going out of town & forgot it, can I take Xanax to avoid withdrawal symptoms?

Consult on Healthtap: I'd advise contacting a Healthtap doctor in the state where you are located this is a perfect example of a situation telemedicine is perfect for, to get you a prescription for a small amount of a medicine you are maintained on safely. ...Read more

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Will kava kava relieve the withdrawal symptoms of xanax (alprazolam)?

Will kava kava relieve the withdrawal symptoms of xanax (alprazolam)?

Kava kava Xanax (alprazolam): No. No natural nutrient can replace such a powerful med. There are very good meds to use against withdrawal from any benzodiazepine. For any addictive chemical, there is a safe strategy to resolve the addiction. ...Read more

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What are withdrawal symptoms for taking xanax (alprazolam)? Emotional symptoms?

Increased anxiety.: It can actually cause anxiety, sweating, nervousness, tachycardia, just overall not feeling well. Depending on the dose and how long youve been taking it you can even have withdrawal seizures and yes you can have emotional symptoms including irritability and agitation. Dont stop it on your own, do it under the supervision of your physician. ...Read more

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If I take .5 mg of Xanax for 10 days straight will I have withdrawal symptoms?

Probably not: I rarely recommend taking Xanax daily for any period of time. It is meant to be used only as needed. However, dependence and withdrawal symptoms typically do not occur until after about 1 month of regular use. Some people are more sensitive, though, and will have increased anxiety after discontinuing even a 2 week course of Xanax. ...Read more

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How to taper off 10 days of 0.25mg xanax (alprazolam).Taking ½ of 0.25 for 6 days but getting withdrawal symptoms. Should i go up to ¾ of 0.25 mg first. How long?

How to stop xanax (alprazolam): The withdrawal from xanax (alprazolam) is difficult and can take weeks. You can either convert to a long acting benzo or substitute xanax (alprazolam) with an antiseizure medication (phenobarbital), which is then slowly tapered. This is an old method, probably the best, but must be done under medical supervision. Xanax (alprazolam) has a short action that makes it very difficult to taper. ...Read more

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Does Xanax (alprazolam) work for alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Does Xanax (alprazolam) work for alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Not a good idea: While Xanax (alprazolam) could help with some symptoms, it is never used this way in a medical setting. Xanax (alprazolam) is short acting and one of the most addictive benzodiazipines. It itself has the highest risk of seizures if withdrawaling from it. Since not doctor who is familar with treating alcohol withdrawal would use it, i suspect you are trying to withdrawal yourself. Don't do it find a qualified physician. ...Read more

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I was taking 6 Xanax (alprazolam) a day priscribed by my doctor, i took myself off over a week ago. How much longer will i be having withdrawal symptoms?

I was taking 6 Xanax (alprazolam) a day priscribed by my doctor, i took myself off over a week ago. How much longer will i be having withdrawal symptoms?

Dangerous: This is really dangerous, and i urge you contact your own prescribing physician immediately. Abruptly stopping xanax (alprazolam) and other benzodiazepines can cause seizures. Your body needs at least 75 hours to process xanax (alprazolam) out of your system, and your age, liver condition, & smoking can change this timing. So the length of physical withdrawal can vary. There have been published fatalities. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been taking Xanax (alprazolam) for 3 weeks for panic attacks due to having to start. I was wondering if I would get any withdrawal symptoms?

How much, how often: The best ultimate treatment, long-term, for people with panic disorder is SSRI/SNRI antidepressants such as Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor (venlafaxine) and others. Benzos should be used only until those drugs kick in and/or for breakthrough symptoms. If you have been taking them every day at least 3 times a day for 3 weeks, there may be at least mild withdrawal. The best solution is to taper the Xanax slowly ...Read more

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How long do Xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal symptoms last?

Depends: Withdrawal symptoms indicate that physical dependence has developed. If tapered and stopped responsibly, there are no withdrawal symptoms -- usually another drug is substituted to withdraw from. If it is precipitous, withdrawal symptoms can last from about 7 to 14 days. But symptoms that alprazolam was treating can re-emerge. If addicted, cravings and a prolonged withdrawal syndrome may develop ...Read more

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What are some minor withdrawal symptoms from xanax (alprazolam)?

Anxiety: But more serious symptoms may occur: http://anxiety.Emedtv.Com/xanax/xanax-withdrawal-symptoms.Html. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me the withdrawal symptoms of xanax (alprazolam)?

Can anyone tell me the withdrawal symptoms of xanax (alprazolam)?

Potentially lethal: Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea a rapid heartbeat (tachycardia) heart palpitations hallucinations memory loss dizziness personality changes panic attacks seizures http://anxiety.Emedtv.Com/xanax/xanax-withdrawal-symptoms.Html. ...Read more

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What is the best method to discontinue long term alprazolam (xanax) use without withdrawal symptoms?

Xanax (alprazolam): Slow gradual tapering with the help of your prescribing doctor, since he/she knows how long u have been on xanax (alprazolam) & what the dosage is. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed 2 mg Xanax (alprazolam) ER for 10 fo 14 days. The problem is that if i miss a dose, I have severe withdrawal symptoms. What can I do about this?

My doctor prescribed 2 mg Xanax (alprazolam) ER for 10 fo 14 days. The problem is that if i miss a dose, I have severe withdrawal symptoms. What can I do about this?

Discuss it: You should discuss it with your dr. Xanax, (alprazolam) even in the xr presentation, is a short half life benzodiazepine, with high addictive potential (compared to most of the alternatives within its class). Ask your dr for other alternatives if you feel this med is not for you. ...Read more

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I have primary biliary cirhosis. Can i take Xanax (alprazolam) to help with alcohol withdrawal symptoms or will that damage my liver too?

I have primary biliary cirhosis.  Can i take Xanax (alprazolam) to help with alcohol withdrawal symptoms or will that damage my liver too?

Biliary cirrhosis: Although it's a benzodiazepine and could be used, xanax (alprazolam) might not be the preferred medication to use in alcohol withdrawal. It really depends on what your physician determines is safest for you, considering your entire state of health. Alcohol would definitely be more injurious to your liver than xanax (alprazolam). Sometimes medications must be reduced in dosage, in accord w/reductions in liver function. ...Read more

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My mom was switched from Xanax (alprazolam) to phenobarbital yesterday and now she is has whole body shakes heart is racing and cold. Is this normal withdrawal symptoms or take to hospital now? Very concerned

My mom was switched from Xanax (alprazolam) to phenobarbital yesterday and now she is has whole body shakes heart is racing and cold. Is this normal withdrawal symptoms or take to hospital now? Very concerned

Withdrawal: Your mom is given phenobarb to prevent seizure, but she is having withdrawal, and the dose of phenobarb is dependent on level to work and whether it really works for her. It is best to take her to urgent care or er to be looked at before she has a seizure. I don't know how old she is and withdrawal can be devastating. A stepwise process may help better but up to the md, but she seems to need help. ...Read more

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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. Stuart Wasser
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Withdrawal Symptoms (Definition)

Withdrawal symptoms are physical or psychological sx's which can occur when a person ceases to use a substance that they are addicted to. Possible examples might include: nausea, vomiting, anxiety, insomnia, ...Read more