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Xanax And Exercise
No and I suspect: that the fact you are asking this of a stranger online, rather than the doctor(s) who are prescribing these medications for you means that you KNOW that the answer is no. Alcohol can increase depression and anxiety in many people, as can marijuana. I will wager that your doctors don't know about your drinking or weed use. If you truly want help to get better, tell them and stop drinking/weed. ...Read more
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
Exercise for OCD?: Healthful diet and exercise programs are very important, and have been shown to be helpful in boosting mood, amongst many many other medical benefits. Good for you for up these important health routines! Despite the great benefits of diet and exercise, they are unlikely to fully treat OCD. I would consult with a psychiatrist to discuss the many available treatments & select the best for you :) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is 40mins cardio exercise at 130-150bpm a day enough to get all benefots of exercise for the whole body and heart?
Exercise: 30 minutes 5 days a week is adequate. May want to add interval training to elevate heart rate and for variety. For whole body exercise you should add resistance training as runners tend to loss upper body mass and tend to have weak cores if all they do is run. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Combination of .5mg Clonazepam daily and sertraline 50mg daily for a month help with mild anxiety and panic attacks?any risks?
Generally safe: I'm assuming this is an effective combination. You've still got a lot of room to increase the sertraline dose. My preference is to maximize the sertraline before moving to added benzodiazepines as you can develop tolerance to those effects. That said, I've seen lots of folk on stable doses of clonazepam to augment the Effects of antidepressants like sertraline. ...Read more
BP 134/94; should I be on meds or work on lowering it with supplements, diet and cardio exercise first?
Probably: Current guideline favors a lower threshold (120 systolic) and thus you may well benefit from further lowering. If you are overweight, weight reduction and regular exercise should be the first step. Cutting down on salt intake may help some people. Else you need to consult your doctor re. what would be the best option for you. Regardless, do something about it. ...Read more
No: In my opinion, Adderall could make anxiety worse, much worse in fact as anxiety is a common side effect of Adderall as well as all other stimulant medications like ritalin (methylphenidate). You may be much better off with a non-stimulant medication for add such as straterra. You must take the straterra with food to avoid stomach upset. Good question. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Male 22. Is cardio exercise at 130bpm for 40mins a day enough to build stamina and heart benefits?
Yes but..: Yes, that's good but, unless u r just starting, your best training zone may be a little higher. Look up aerobic training zones online + you'll see how to calculate target heart rate. To build speed + endurance, interval training (with short sprints added to an aerobic workout) is popular again. And don't forget to cross train a bit (mix up run, bike, swim, elliptical) to avoid overuse injury. ...Read more
Yes: Yes you can as long as you are fully awake. ...Read more
I'm using duromine for 3 weeks with balanced diet and exercise struggling to breath in deep. Is it the pills and exercise all of a sudden? Dangerous?
YES,YES,YES,Stop: Primary pulmonary hypertension (pph): a rare, frequently fatal disease of the lungs, pph has been reported to occur in patients receiving a combination of Phentermine and Fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine. The possibility of an association between pph and the use of Phentermine alone cannot be ruled out; rare cases of pph have been reported in patients taking Phentermine alone. Discontinue ...Read more
Can occasionally taking beta blockers interfere with my regular exercise routine? 20min cardio and 15min of strength/4 times a week?
OK: You can use short acting beta blockers on an "as-needed" basis and they will start to work within an hour and wear off in several hours (depending on the drug and dose you take). Once worn off, it will have no effect on your exercise. (you can exercise with the med too and safely, but it might "slow you down" just a little.) ...Read more
Very, very minimal: A very small amount of low % alcohol - beer, wine on a special occasion may be ok, but there are moderately risky effects of mixing these. You may lower blood pressure too much (your Rx mix already can do it) and you may be dizzy, faint or make errors - do not drive! Try to find a better way to enjoy yourself. ...Read more
Severe panic in with Agoraphobia and GAD and health anxiety. I take high dose Xanax XR and Zoloft. Weaning from Zoloft to Prozac having extreme anxiet?
Add therapy: Certainly the medication may be adjusted as there are various choices in a situation and some people may respond better to one medication as compared to another. Therapy should probably be added to the treatment mix as there are various techniques that may be helpful in reducing your symptoms. ...Read more
Taking clonazepam 0.5mg for approx 3 weeks, and now also on Lexapro (escitalopram) in evening. How to wean off clonazepam to avoid insomnia and anxiety symptoms?
Pain and depression: While pain and depression can contribute to each other, and insomnia can be both a symptom of depression and a perpetuating factor -- you may want to review these meds with your MD. You want to be sure your depression is adequately treated, so that you are not taking unnecessary pain medicine. You may want to review effective non-habit forming sleep aids and pain meds with your doc. ...Read more
Are low doses of Xanax (alprazolam) and clonidine safe to take during short-acting opioid withdrawal? I plan on taking 1mg of Xanax (alprazolam) and 0.2mg of clonidine daily.
Any suggestions to cope with stress and anxiety that is affecting my job performance. Take .5 mg ativan (lorazepam) in the evening for insomnia.
Manage anxiety: By learning relaxation skills & learning to modify the thoughts, perceptions & beliefs that trigger your anxiety. Learning to calm your body & your mind is the key. You can learn these skills on your own, but having a mental health professional "coach" you is quicker & more effective. Biofeedback helps learn relaxation skills (www.Bcia.Org & www.Aapb.Org). ...Read more
Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)
Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more