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Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) after a traumatic brain injury? How will it affect me?

Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) after a traumatic brain injury? How will it affect me?

Traumatic braininjur: I feel empathy for your traumatic brain injury. Xanax (alprazolam) is used for Treatment of Anxiety. If you are very worried, upset, irritable, tense; and brooding, Xanax (alprazolam) can help. See Neurologist for Diagnosis and present status of your traumatic brain injury. Discuss with Psychiatrist • Diagnosis of Anxiety • Benefits and side effects of Xanax (alprazolam) • Therapy for stresses in life; and to develop coping skills Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) after a traumatic brain injury? How will it affect me?

Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) after a traumatic brain injury? How will it affect me?

Yes, you can: Xanax (alprazolam) is a great medication and is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Unfortunately, like many others medication Xanax (alprazolam) has many side effects and should be taken as directed by your doctor. Take care. Read more

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Can you re-write me a prescription for Xanax (alprazolam) 2mg XR, since my anoxic brain injury which was in March they cut me off and my life is just getting worse?

Controlled drug: Xanax (alprazolam) Is a controlled medication and must be prescribed by a licensed physician. Speak with your primary care doctor or request a referral to a psychiatrist. Read more

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What part of brain does Buspar (buspirone) effect? What part of brain does Xanax effect?

What part of brain does Buspar (buspirone) effect? What part of brain does Xanax effect?

Different chemistry: Both medications are used for treatment of anxiety but their mechanisms of action are different. Buspar (buspirone) functions as a serotonin 5-ht1a receptor partial agonist while Ativan (lorazepam) have high affinity for gaba receptors. Read more

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What are the long-term effects of Xanax (alprazolam) use on the brain if taken exactly as directed?

See below: Regular use is regular use. It does not matter if the use is physician sanctioned. Tolerance, disinhibition & withdrawal are sure to follow any regular use of several months or more Read more

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If I had brain tumor, but wasn't having seizures, would that be because Xanax (alprazolam) is preventing the seizures?

Maybe: In general, xanax (alprazolam) is an anti-seizure medication. As such it would make you less likely to have a seizure, tumor or no, seizure disorder or no. This is true because there is such a thing as a 'seizure threshhold' and everyone has one. I cannot say anything about your actual state of affairs and you must rely on your docs. If you don't trust them talk to them until you do or get new ones. Be well. Read more

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Will the brain/cns go back to normal after stopping xanax (alprazolam)? Doctor explained I didn't need taper after small doses over the past week or two.

Will the brain/cns go back to normal after stopping xanax (alprazolam)? Doctor explained I didn't need taper after small doses over the past week or two.

Yes, eventually: Yes, your brain can go back to "normal" after stopping xanax (alprazolam) -- and it may not be immediate. Also it depends on what your baseline status was. If you were very anxious before xanax (alprazolam), this may recur off of it if no other treatment is being or has been done. Tapering of xanax (alprazolam) and its relatives is needed for best results. I don't know how small your doses have been, but assume your doctor knows. Read more

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Can I take a Xanax (alprazolam) or Zoloft if I have a brain bleed? I feel an anxiety attack coming on

Can I take a Xanax (alprazolam) or Zoloft if I have a brain bleed? I feel an anxiety attack coming on

Not Zoloft (sertraline): If you have an active brain bleed, I would not recommend taking zoloft at this time. Also, xanax (alprazolam) is better at calming an attack quickly. Please speak with your own physician about your anxiety and what would be the safest and most effective approach for you. Read more

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My psych said I could be brain damaged from yrs of klonopin&xanax. If I am, is it reversible? Have severe memory loss, body pain, tingling, migraines, etc

My psych said I could be brain damaged from yrs of klonopin&xanax. If I am, is it reversible? Have severe memory loss, body pain, tingling, migraines, etc

Before assuming: That your recent-onset symptoms are caused by psychotropic medications from which you've had a long-term beneficial effect, see your primary care provider. Take in a list of specific symptoms with onset, duration, frequency, & circumstances, as well as all prescribed & OTC medications, vitamins, & herbs. Have physical & neurological exams before a neuropsychological evaluation. Read more

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Can Xanax (alprazolam) cause brain fog? Also can low norepinephrine cause brain fog? I feel as if my dopamine is fine anything besides stims help with "fog"?

"Low"? "Normal"?: You're treating the human brain like a casserole. You're reducing to absurd simplicity an organ whose complexity surpasses human understanding. Neurotransmitters SO don't work that way. There is no "low" or "normal" the way you' think of it. Neurochemistry isn't a New Age fad. Your awareness of it is commendable but you labor under major misconceptions. You can learn more. It's not beyond you. Read more

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I had a normal MRI & EEG, but my psychiatrist says I could be brain damaged from years of klonopin & xanax (alprazolam). Wouldn't this have shown on the MRI/EEG?

I had a normal MRI & EEG, but my psychiatrist says I could be brain damaged from years of klonopin & xanax (alprazolam). Wouldn't this have shown on the MRI/EEG?

Not necessarily: Particularly for MRI which only shows structural damage. There is zero evidence that even long term abuse, let alone therapeutic use, of benzodiazepines causes structural brain damage. There are now a handful of studies that show that memory and other cognitive problems after long-term benzo use may not resolve in all patients, particularly the elderly. Neuropsych testing would be appropriate. Read more

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Tried ssri/xanax for depression/anxiety, bad reactions. I heard wellbutrin (bupropion) works on different brain chemicals than ssri's. Can wellbutrin (bupropion) help?

Wellbutrin (bupropion): Wellbutrin does work on different neurotransmitters than SSRI's - specifically norepinephrine and dopamine. That said, you mentioned using Xanax (alprazolam) in the past - and Wellbutrin does have an "activating" effect for many people. So, it's probably not the best option for you. I'd suggest seeing a psychiatrist to talk over all of the options available (sometimes dosing is the key). Good luck! Read more

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Brain damage from ecstasy use?

Brain damage from ecstasy use?

Possibly: The drugs that stimulate especially methamphetamines but also nmda (ecstacy) and ghb can cause permanent brain injury. I personally have seen several cases. Read more

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Is enduring pain causing brain damage?

Is enduring pain causing brain damage?

Maybe: By enduring pain, I assume you're referring to what we call chronic pain. There are studies that suggest differences in brain anatomy & function in those suffering from chronic pain. However, this association does not prove causation since we don't have before & after tests. But it's certainly worrisome. We do have studies demonstrating brain vs body effects, eg narcotics decr testosterone levels. 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