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Can i get two mg xanax (alprazolam) for insomnia and panic attacks?

 Can i get two mg xanax (alprazolam) for insomnia and panic attacks?

Use Little and Short: Xanax (alprazolam) is very addictive and should be used under the supervision of a physician for the smallest dose for the shortest period of time. ...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


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Dr rx 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) for insomnia. I'm worried about benzo addiction long term. I've been having increased nightmares since 2mg increase. Is that normal?

Dr rx 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) for insomnia. I'm worried about benzo addiction long term. I've been having increased nightmares since 2mg increase. Is that normal?

Insomnia, Xanax (alprazolam): I understand your distress of nightmares. Xanax is not a Medication for insomnia, it is for Anxiety Xanax 2mg dose may cause anxiety, fear, and dream abnormalities. Exercise, Yoga and Tai Chi in the evening. Close that day’s chapter in your book of life at about 8pm. Before sleeping, do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Meditation. See Psychiatrist for gradual withdrawal from Xanax, (alprazolam) Therapy. ...Read more

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Due to a condition with my lungs I am coughing to the point of tears, i take Xanax (alprazolam) for insomnia and anxiety. Can i take cough medicine with my xanax (alprazolam)?

Due to a condition with my lungs I am coughing to the point of tears, i take Xanax (alprazolam) for insomnia and anxiety. Can i take cough medicine with my xanax (alprazolam)?

Try Delsym (dextromethorphan): Try delsym (dextromethorphan polistirex), take 2 teaspoonful (10 ml or cc) every 12 hours and if cough gets worse or does not resolve in about 1 week see your doctor for evaluation and care. Hope you feel better soon. Take care. ...Read more

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I'm taking 2 mg alprazolam bars now. Is clonazapam stronger than Xanax? I've had insomnia for about 30 yrs & I hear pros & cons over these 2 medicatio

Depends on situation: Xanax (alprazolam) is short acting about 2-3 hours with onset in about 1/2 hour. Clonazapam or Klonopin short acting about 12 hours onset in about 2 hours. The effect also depends on the dosage, Both are benzodiazepines and dependency possible with both (greater with Xanax (alprazolam)) Neither is considered traditional sleeping medication. YOu want to discuss all pros and cons of various meds for you with your doctor ...Read more

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Why wont any doctors prescribe me Xanax long term for insomnia and anxiety? I have serious insomnia and have for a very long time. It is caused by anxiety that seems to wash over my body in waves that feel almost like adrenaline and fear. As i type thi

Why wont any doctors prescribe me Xanax long term for insomnia and anxiety? I have serious insomnia and have for a very long time.  It is caused by anxiety that seems to wash over my body in waves that feel almost like adrenaline and fear.   As i type thi

Hello. : Hello. I really haven't seen any sleep specialists making responses in the last few months, so i will change the tag to psychiatry so that you may get more responses. Xanax (alprazolam) is a dangerous drug. Many providers have elected to stop prescribing the fast acting form. One can easily develop a dependence on it. There have been deaths due to people coming off it quickly. Even though it is sedating it can seriously alter your sleep architecture which will prove problematic in the long run. Have you considered medical acupuncture to assist with sleep? Frankly, i don't prescribe xanax (alprazolam) for insomnia and i try to steer clear of it for anxiety when possible. ...Read more

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Whats the strongest thing a dr can perscribe 4sleep? I have severe insomnia xanax, (alprazolam) klonopin, trazadone, venlaflaxine or nothing helps. Allergic ambian

If you have not: Had a sleep study, you need to get one done. It should not take that much medication to get you to sleep. I am not going to say that i've never seen that be the case, but i will never try that many sleeping medications without getting a sleep study. There is a 20% chance of anyone with depression having sleep apnea and vice versa. That is something that needs to be looked into as well as the more than 80 sleep disorders that have been defined so far.You also should be practicing sleep hygiene.If you can google that term and that will be a website that will come up from vassar college counseling that gives two pages of excellent sleep hygiene recommendations.If you have post traumatic stress disorder, Minipress can be an option. Otherwise, your doctors next option would be seroquel (quetiapine).Or low-dose doxepin.. ...Read more

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I have been taking Xanax (alprazolam) 0.5mg at bedtime only for 10 years. Could this cause insomnia? How can I stop taking this?

I have been taking Xanax (alprazolam) 0.5mg at bedtime only for 10 years. Could this cause insomnia? How can I stop taking this?

Dependence: It's possible that you have developed tolerence to xanax (alprazolam) 0.5 mg because you have been taking it for so long. You can reduce the dose to three quarters of the tab for one week, then half a tab for one week and stop and see what happens. Ofcourse, it's always better to consult with the doctor who is prescribing your medication. ...Read more

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What to do if I have already taken 6 Ambien and 12 or more Xanax (alprazolam) and i'm still awake so i'm going to go take more. What can I do to help with my insomnia?

Please don't : Overdose yourself. If you are having this type of problem, encourage you to see a sleep specialist. A polysomnogram may be recommended as well. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have already taken 6 Ambien and 12 or more Xanax (alprazolam) and i'm still awake so i'm going to go take more. What can I do to help with my insomnia?

What do you suggest if I have already taken 6 Ambien and 12 or more Xanax (alprazolam) and i'm still awake so i'm going to go take more. What can I do to help with my insomnia?

Stop: Your sedatives the tolerance and rebound withdrawal/ insomnia hhave made them less than useless and a cause of the problem. However, your obvious tolerance necessitates a weaning process by an provider experienced in this. ...Read more

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Can taking .5 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) a day for 2 weeks and suddenly stopping cause mild withdrawl symptoms like insomnia and anxiety?

Or worse!Talk to Dr!: The withdrawal symptoms from xanax (alprazolam) can be life-threatening, so perhaps you are fortunate. It is never a good idea to stop psychotropic meds without mediucal guidance and doctors will almost never stop these drugs abruptly. If things get worse, get to a urgent care or an er quickly. If they don't - make an appointment w/ the prescribing dr to quit carefully. Best wishes. ...Read more

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.5mg Xanax (alprazolam) 2 times a day 5 yrs tapered to 0.25 in 7 months is this taper too slow insomnia and mild anxiety. I take 1mg of noctamid for insomnia?

.5mg Xanax (alprazolam)  2 times a day 5 yrs  tapered to 0.25 in 7 months is this taper too slow insomnia and mild anxiety. I take 1mg of noctamid for insomnia?

It depends. : A slow taper of xanax (alprazolam) is always best. If it is tapered too quickly, you could have rebound anxiety. A taper from 0.5mg twice a day could maybe be faster than 7 months but it could be just the right pace for your particular needs. ...Read more

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I been having a lot of anxiety & insomnia usually take 1 mg Xanax (alprazolam) at bed and ambien 10 mg dr advised me 2 take 2mg xan & 1 ten mil ambien Is this ok?

I been having a lot of anxiety & insomnia usually take 1 mg Xanax (alprazolam) at bed and ambien 10 mg dr advised me 2 take 2mg xan & 1 ten mil ambien Is this ok?

Find cause: You may be getting into a drug dependency that is unwise. Insomnia needs further assessment. Sleep issues can be associated with many medical, psychological, environmental issues as well as sleep hygiene. Please review your situation with prescribing doctor and consider exam with pcp for additional guidance. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have insomnia , take 30mg termazapan but forgot it, I'm on vacation- can I take 0.5 mgs of Xanax (alprazolam) to help me sleep?

I have insomnia , take 30mg  termazapan but forgot it, I'm on vacation- can I take 0.5 mgs of Xanax (alprazolam) to help me sleep?

Old enuf to know: Probably you will be okay and - if it works, you might consider asking your provider to help you choose the best drug and lowest dose for you. People shouldn't share Rxs - you know that, right? Also, think about memory aids - we're getting older and need to plan ahead. If the vacation is good (active and relaxing) - you might not even need a pill to sleep - give it a try. Take care! ...Read more

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I suffer insomnia when I'm on a business trip. I sometimes take xanax for anxiety (0.5g 2x/day). Is it ok to take hydroxyzine 25mg together too?

I suffer insomnia when I'm on a business trip. I sometimes take xanax for anxiety (0.5g 2x/day). Is it ok to take hydroxyzine 25mg together too?

Yes, but would also: look into non=pharmacological management of both anxiety and insomnia. Travel may be difficult, particularly if it covers many time zones, but there are behavioral ways to treat jet lag. Antihistamines are generally safe for both occasiona insomnia or anxiety, but taken long-term they interfere with normal sleep rhythms, including REM sleep. Relaxation techniques such as guided imagery may help. ...Read more

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I have very bad insomnia and don't get good sleep at all really and I also have anxiety since I'm a drinker, how can I get prescribed Xanax (alprazolam)?

I have very bad insomnia and don't get good sleep at all really and I also have anxiety since I'm a drinker, how can I get prescribed Xanax (alprazolam)?

Pursue other options: Insomnia can be very disabling largely due to daytime sleepiness, irritability, depression, anxiety, difficulty focusing, etc. It is likely making your anxiety worse. Xanax (alprazolam) is VERY addicting and can be lethal mixed with alcohol. Educate yourself about good sleeping habits, pursue relaxation techniques, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, see sleep foundation.org. Consider seeing a sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Dr gave me Xanax (alprazolam) XR 3mg @night for gad/insomnia, and i honestly barely feel it. Never abused drugs, so i'm concerned why i don't feel such a high dose?

Dr gave me Xanax (alprazolam) XR 3mg @night for gad/insomnia, and i honestly barely feel it. Never abused drugs, so i'm concerned why i don't feel such a high dose?

This has generally: Been my experience with this medication. It is slow release and long acting and not at all suitable for insomnia. The few people I have on it are given it in the morning and are given a prn dose for daytime panic. There are better options for generalized anxiety, including cognitive therapy, exercise, acupuncture, meditation, tai chi, yoga, massage, naturopathic treatments, and other benzo's. ...Read more

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When your detoxing from Xanax (alprazolam) is there something you can take to help symptoms of panic attack and insomnia?

Xanax (alprazolam): Xanax (alprazolam) must be gradually tapered, so that withdrawal symptoms can be avoided. There are other benzodiazepines which could be used also, but xanax (alprazolam) is a little different from them. The other issue that can arise is recurrence of the original anxiety problems for which xanax (alprazolam) was prescribed . Please work with your doctor to determine what's what with you, and see what's needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Boland
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Difficulty Sleeping (Definition)

Many women complain that they have trouble sleeping when they are pregnant. Try not to eat just before bedtime. Consider taking a warm bath at bedtime to help you relax. As your abdomen gets bigger, you may want to lie on your side with a pillow under your abdomen and a pillow between ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more