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Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) for alcohol withdrawal?

Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) for alcohol withdrawal?

Not recommended: The best thing is to seek help for alcohol withdrawal, which can be dangerous. Check with your doctor and get her/his recommendations for withdrawal treatment. Xanax (alprazolam) doesn't last as long in the body as valium or librium, and there could be a risk of seizures if it wears off and the alcohol withdrawal breaks through. Don't try this at home! ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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I took. 5 mg Xanax (alprazolam) 2 hours after drinking alcohol and eating a full dinner. Is this ok?

I took. 5 mg Xanax (alprazolam) 2 hours after drinking alcohol and eating a full dinner. Is this ok?

Mixing is dangerous: Xanax (alprazolam) and alcohol are dangerous to combine. They act on the same brain receptors and 1+ 1 can equal much more than 2. A 0.5 mg xanax (alprazolam) may not sound like much but is equivalent to 10 mg of valium. Xanax (alprazolam) is one of the most addictive of the benzodiazepine tranquilizers. Using it regularly can result in tolerance, dependence and withdrawal in a fairly short time. ...Read more

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How long after taking Xanax (alprazolam). 25mg can you drink alcohol?

How long after taking Xanax (alprazolam). 25mg can you drink alcohol?

12hrs: The drug can stay in your system for awhile but will slowly be metabolized by 50% over a 12 hour span of time. . ...Read more

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If you take a. 25 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) at 7:00 a.M., how many hours do you need to wait before drinking alcohol?

Don't.: You may want to get an assessment by a therapist specializing in addictions or an addiction medicine md. Why are you taking xanax (alprazolam) at 7 am? And why, at that early hour, would you be thinking of how long you need to wait to have a drink? Perhaps I am not understanding the whole picture, but this sounds like there may be a problem. ...Read more

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How long after drinking alcohol do I have to wait to take. 25 mg xanax (alprazolam)? I do not take Xanax (alprazolam) regularly, I only use it situationally.

How long after drinking alcohol do I have to wait to take. 25 mg xanax (alprazolam)? I do not take Xanax (alprazolam) regularly, I only use it situationally.

Until you are sober: I would not recommend taking xanax (alprazolam) at all, until you're completely sober and you have been prescribed this by your physician. If you're being treated for anxiety or depression, I would suggest stopping alcohol because it complicates your recovery. If you're withdrawing from alcohol and having anxiety & shakiness related to that, I would suggest getting help for your alcohol abuse. ...Read more

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I was drinking alcohol last night and the last drink I had was at 1:30 this morning, it is now 1:00 in the afternoon, has enough time passed to take a. 5 milligram xanax (alprazolam)?

See below: If you are drinking alcohol and were prescribed medication such as xanax, (alprazolam) you should call into your prescribing doctor's office and obtain medical advice. If you think you have a problem with alcohol or you have withdrawal symptoms after you stop drinking, you should seek medical attention promptly at an er or in your doctor's office. ...Read more

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Can drinking alcohol 8 hours after taking 1 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) create a vision problem such as seeing spectrums of light of various colors.?

Can drinking alcohol 8 hours after taking 1 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) create a vision problem such as seeing spectrums of light of various colors.?

Sure: Xanax (alprazolam) has a 1/2 lfe of 11.2 hours on average, so 8 hours after taking it, not even 1/2 has been removed from the body and this would be more prnounced if you are taking it regularly. One should never drink alcohol while taking any sedative such as xanax, (alprazolam) valium, ativan, etc. ...Read more

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Is a low dose of xanax (alprazolam) alright to ease the anxiety from post acute withdrawl symptoms from quitting drinking alcohol?

Xanax (alprazolam): If prescribed by your doctor & for short period of time. Also, keep in mind that if used on regular basis, that you have to taper the dose gradually to prevent withdrawal, of course under supervision. ...Read more

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Will taking 1 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) daily affect my sperm count/fertilily in any way? Also, will drinking alcohol affect my sperm count/fertility?

Xanax (alprazolam) is addicting: While Xanax (alprazolam) may not lower your sperm count it can most certainly over time decrease your libido (desire for sex). However the main issue with longterm use of drugs in this class (benzodiazepines) and in particular Xanax (alprazolam), is their addictive potential. Use with care, and I'd recommend not daily but only as you need. ...Read more

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If I drink 1 pint of 80 proof alcohol and take 100 1 mg Xanax (alprazolam) together, would that cause a bad reaction?

If I drink 1 pint of 80 proof alcohol and take 100 1 mg Xanax (alprazolam) together, would that cause a bad reaction?

To answer your: Question - if you have done this please call 911 for transport to your nearest emergency room (now). ...Read more

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I rarely take Xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety, but yesterday I took 1.5mg over the course of the entire day. It's been 24 hours can I drink alcohol? Or wait longer?

DRUG ELIMINATION: Xanax (alprazolam) shows peak conc in your blood after 1-2 hrs after you take it, average 'half life' (time taken by blood to eliminate half of the drug is 11.2 (range 6.3-26.9 hrs). Now you can figure it out! ...Read more

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If I'm Mixing suboxone and Xanax together and have been getting a rash sometimes I also drink alcohol not all the time but sometimes but take the phar?

If I'm Mixing suboxone and Xanax together and have been getting a rash sometimes I also drink alcohol not all the time but sometimes but take the phar?

To what purpose?: Are either of these drugs prescribed, and do the prescribers know that you are doing this, particularly mixing alcohol with them? The combination of opioids and benzodiazepines can be potentially lethal, and rarely is helpful to the individual's underlying problems. You need to be under the care of an addiction treatment professional for your multiple problems, including psychological counseling. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol ok. In what quantity.

Unaswerable: You do realize that we are really physicians here. Medicine has little to say about alcohol use unless it is being abused or causing damage to one's health. I believe that unless you have health consequences to your drinking then drinking rarely and slowly is a good piece of advise to remember. Moderation in all things. ...Read more

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Are there any positive benefits to drinking alcohol?

Are there any positive benefits to drinking alcohol?

Possibly-low doses: There have been associations (which does not necessarily mean that alcohol is the CAUSE of the effect) between low dose alcohol (up to 2 drinks per day in men and 1 drink in women and men over 60) and improvement in HDL cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol), with a lower rate of coronary heart disease/heart attack, which are the major cause of death in the western world. Exercise works even better. ...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


Xanax (Definition)

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