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How is the best way to quit from Xanax (alprazolam) medication currently taking 1mg before bedtime for 5 months now, II like to stop?

How is the best way to quit from Xanax (alprazolam) medication currently taking 1mg before bedtime for 5 months now, II like to stop?

See your MD: Your dr needs to evaluate you and explain the treatment plan. You may be able decrease the dose gradually over a 3 - 4 week period. Some mds may prefer to switch the xanax (alprazolam) to long acting "benzo" med from which you can taper off more comfortably. Again only an md who has evaluated you should decide how best you can be treated. ...Read more

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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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Hello I would like to get back on my anxiety medication (Xanax 2mg) for my last minute trip which I have to fly. I don't fly. I've been in constant panic (3 panic attacks today so far) and its constant worry. I can't sleep, I can't focus I'm worrie?

Hello I would like to get back on my anxiety medication (Xanax 2mg) for my last minute trip which I have to fly. I don't fly. I've been in constant panic (3 panic attacks today so far) and its constant worry. I can't sleep, I can't focus I'm worrie?

See M.D. for meds: If short acting benzodiazepines (such as Xanax have help relieve your anxiety during plane flights there is usually no reason why it can't be used again. Speak with you GP or internist or a psychiatrist. You have to be careful about overusing them and being sedated to drive or using them regularly and becoming dependent on them. There may be other techniques that can help you with this problem. ...Read more

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If let's say, a person takes psych medications like Xanax (alprazolam) for a few months and gets off it, does the brain chemically rebalance itself (5htp, etc)?

If let's say, a person takes psych medications like Xanax (alprazolam) for a few months and gets off it, does the brain chemically rebalance itself (5htp, etc)?

Yes: It is reasonable to gradually taper off such meds especially if taking on dialy basis to reduce. Chances of significant mood disoders with abrupt withdrawal. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take medications like Xanax (alprazolam) or Zoloft if you had heart surgery. Mitral valve repair? Will these effect in any way?

Is it okay to take medications like Xanax (alprazolam) or Zoloft if you had heart surgery. Mitral valve repair? Will these effect in any way?

Should be OK.: It is not unusual to take these medications after heart surgery. It is important, however, to make sure your doctors know what medicines you are taking. ...Read more

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Are there medications or other things besides alcohol that will dangerously increase the effects of xanax (alprazolam)?

Are there medications or other things besides alcohol that will dangerously increase the effects of xanax (alprazolam)?

Yes: Any medication or drug that sedates you, will combine with the sedating effects of xanax (alprazolam). This would include all sleeping medications, antipsychotics, other benzodiazepines, many antidepressants, etc. Xanax (alprazolam) is also metabolized by certain liver enzyme systems which can be impacted by other drugs and grapefruit juice. Drugs that inhibit these enzymes can increase effects of xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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I was prescribed restoril30mg, didn't work so I took 60mg, didn't work, what if I add Xanax (alprazolam) to it, or what is other sleeping medications?

I was prescribed restoril30mg, didn't work so I took 60mg, didn't work, what if I add Xanax (alprazolam) to it, or what is other sleeping medications?

Listen to your doc: More than 30 mg Restoril (temazepam) is not recognized to increase effectiveness. But can increase side effects.
Discuss with your doc befor you start adding sedatives together.
Natural approaches like sleep hygiene and magnesium may help. ...Read more

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My sister is having seziures and I think its from her medication. She is taking Xanax (alprazolam) and at night melatonin could the two be a bad combination?

My sister is having seziures and I think its from her medication. She is taking Xanax (alprazolam) and at night melatonin could the two be a bad combination?

See a doctor: If your sister is having seizures, she should see a doctor immediately so that a diagnosis can be made and treatment prescribed. Withdrawal from large doses of Xanax (alprazolam) can cause seizures, so if she is taking a large dose and suddenly stops it she might have seizures. Otherwise it is unlikely that either Xanax (alprazolam) or melatonin would cause seizures. ...Read more

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I need medication to help me thru a c.T. Scan, I have tried haildol, xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, with no success, due to extreme claustrophobia! It is vital!

How much med can a: Woodchuck chuck. The failure to get a response from those meds may be dose related - not enough was provided or not via the best route. Sometimes intravenous medication has a more instant and significant response. Valium and Ativan (lorazepam) can be provided that way. Cognitive therapy, emdr (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), and hypnosis are non-med alternatives. Consider anesthesia consult. ...Read more

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Pls help. Xanax (alprazolam) no longer an opt 4 treatment. I felt so productive taking it. Can any1 recommend similar medication that's effective 4 gen. Anxiety? Ty

Xanax (alprazolam) must b stopped: I'm sorry that you need to stop a medicine that you've found very helpful! There are many, many different medications to treat anxiety, including meds that are in the same class as Xanax, (alprazolam) and others that are in different classes. There are also multiple helpful talk therapies. I would set up an appointment with your md and discuss the available options & assess, with your doc, which wld b best 4 u ...Read more

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Please explain what are the symptoms where a person should be given medication for adult attention hyperactive disorder instead of taking a high dose of xanax (alprazolam)?

Please explain what are the symptoms where a person should be given medication for adult attention hyperactive disorder instead of taking a high dose of xanax (alprazolam)?

Actually a formal: Psychiatric evaluation will help to determine if the person has some form of an anxiety disorder or (and) if there is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. When both diagnoses are present, the prescriber needs to carefully determine which medication (s) are indicated ; it what order. ...Read more

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What other medications are there to treat anxiety disorders except xanax (alprazolam)?

What other medications are there to treat anxiety disorders except xanax (alprazolam)?

Many: Benzodiazepines (e.g. Xanax, valium, ativan, klonopin, etc.); antidepressants with serotonin reuptake inhibition (e.g. Prozac, zoloft, paxil, celexa, lexapro, effexor, (venlafaxine) cymbalta, remeron, tofranil, parnate, nardil, etc.); beta blockers (e.g. Metoprolol, propranolol); serotonin1a receptor partial agonists (e.g. Buspar). ...Read more

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When taking Xanax (alprazolam) daily, is it okay to consume apple cider vinegar? Or will it cancel out the medication?

It is ok: There should not be interaction between the components. Always consult your doctor about intake of meds and other stuff as they may share metabolism site and cause toxicity. Furthermore, if you can take xanax (alprazolam) as needed, perhaps that was the way it was ordered to not cause dependence and tolerance. ...Read more

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What are the best non addictive medications for chronic anxiety- I take Xanax (alprazolam) and my breathlessness doesn't go completely away but gets much better?

What are the best non addictive medications for chronic anxiety- I take Xanax (alprazolam) and my breathlessness doesn't go completely away but gets much better?

See Psychiatrist: You probably need an ssri[selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor] medication
as well as adjustment of the xanax (alprazolam) first. Once the symptoms are controlled then perhaps the xanax (alprazolam) can be tapered off. Also enter into a course of psychotherapy since in the long run this may help you do without the medication totally. ...Read more

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Why should a doctor switch my medication from Zoloft to xanax (alprazolam)?

Why should a doctor switch my medication from Zoloft to xanax (alprazolam)?

Good question: To be addressed directly your doc. Personally, I have no idea: those two meds are different & are normally "switched" the other way around, from xanax (alprazolam) (benzo) to zoloft (ssri). If the doc's answer is still unclear, unsatisfactory or confusing, get a second opinion, your health is too important to be left in the fog. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are there any interactions of these medications? I take zofran, buspar, (buspirone) and xanax as needed.

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Are there any interactions of these medications? I take zofran, buspar, (buspirone) and xanax as needed.

Zofran/Buspar: Risk does exist when Zofran is taken with Buspar, (buspirone) due to raising the Serotonin (Serotonin syndrome), depending on the doses. Consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take multivitamins with xanax (alprazolam)? . Better yet is it safe to take multivitamins with any medication since it's vitamins and not medication?

Is it safe to take multivitamins with xanax (alprazolam)? . Better yet is it safe to take multivitamins with any medication since it's vitamins and not medication?

Yes, it's safe: It is safe and there are no interactions. The use of multivitamins is so ingrained in our society. If you eat healthy and right, there is no need to take and spend money on all those multivitamins. Your food has them. You can google the latest studies on multivitamins and you'll be surprised. ...Read more

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I have diagnosed anxiety disorder and am prescribed medication for it, and sadly developed a rough addiction. I’m stuck in cross roads because the Xanax (what I’m RX’d) takes away anxiety, but I’m taking either side of 50mg a day (street + RX). Help?

I have diagnosed anxiety disorder and am prescribed medication for it, and sadly developed a rough addiction. I’m stuck in cross roads because the Xanax (what I’m RX’d) takes away anxiety, but I’m taking either side of 50mg a day (street + RX). Help?

Detox needed: Your addiction to Xanax is serious enough at ~ 50 mg/day to warrant in-patient treatment. You are putting your health at great risk by doing street drugs. Be honest with prescribing doc and reach out for help, go to urgent care or ER. You need careful medical supervision to detox and a re-evaluation of any underlying anxiety disorder. For more info, see: http://tinyurl. Com/hoj7rto ...Read more

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Want to know more about celexa? And medication for anxiety? Hi. I had a few questions about my anxiety. A doctor I saw today prescribed me to celexa and I really wanted to try Xanax bc my friend has a lot of anxiety and I told her that but she she sadi sh

Want to know more about celexa? And medication for anxiety? Hi. I had a few questions about my anxiety. A doctor I saw today prescribed me to celexa and I really wanted to try Xanax bc my friend has a lot of anxiety and I told her that but she she sadi sh

Celexa (citalopram): Celexa is antidepressant which is commonly prescribed for an anxiety. There are other antidepressants available that approved for an anxiety as well. Celexa is a good medication, it will take 2-4 weeks to work. Benzodiazepam, such as xanax (alprazolam) is used for controlling immediate anxiety and panic symptoms but the effect does not last long, subsequently causes rebound anxiety symptoms. ...Read more

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Which is the most effective medication for anxiety / panic attacks which can be taken on a daily basis for a long period of time? I don't want xanax (alprazolam).

Which is the most effective medication for anxiety / panic attacks which can be taken on a daily basis for a long period of time? I don't want xanax (alprazolam).

Options: I would discuss your options with your prescribing provider. I normally start out with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibtor. I often augment this with a mild anxiolytic like buspar (buspirone). Take care. ...Read more

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Hi, I will be flying soon and I have a lot of anxiety due to the fact that I have never flown before. I also have a paranoia of getting sick. Can I mix my. 5 of xanax with any over the counter medications such as dramamine? (I don't know if I will feel si

Hi, I will be flying soon and I have a lot of anxiety due to the fact that I have never flown before. I also have a paranoia of getting sick. Can I mix my. 5 of xanax with any over the counter medications such as dramamine? (I don't know if I will feel si

You could, but. .: .. . both of these can make you a little drowsy, so taking both might make you more sleepy on the plane than you may want--it also depends upon how long your flight is. Obviously, if your flight is only a few hours, it's probably a bad idea to take both--unless you actually DO begin to get sick on the plane. If it is your anxiety that you feel may make you sick, hopefully the Xanax (alprazolam) will prevent ...Read more

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Can someone please explain to me the difference between: 1. Xanax and klonopin, 2. Different add vs. Adhd medications and 3. Opinions on pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?

Can someone please explain to me the difference between: 1. Xanax and klonopin, 2. Different add vs. Adhd medications and 3. Opinions on pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?

3 for 1: 1.Klonopin lasts 20 hours, xanax only 4-8- so more likely to get rebound anxiety on xanax and more feeling dependent. Keep doses low of either. 2)add = adhd names changed to sell more books.
3)pristiq is a weaker version of Effexor (venlafaxine) with fewer side effects except on your wallet. ...Read more

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Dr put me on cabergoline for elevated prolactin, I stopped ocp pills & xanax since, won't prolactin lower now minus medication, I have no tumor.?

Possibly: You may have a small tumor that can't be seen on x-ray. Or, you may have elevated prolactin due to medication, although xanax (alprazolam) is not a common offender. Talk w/your physician or an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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5hiaa test came back at 6.5. I followed the food restrictions strictly the day of but not before. I did not stop medications which include dostinex, ibuprofen, xanax, (alprazolam) excedrin. Should I retake test?

5hiaa test came back at 6.5. I followed the food restrictions strictly the day of but not before. I did not stop medications which include dostinex, ibuprofen, xanax, (alprazolam) excedrin. Should I retake test?

Up to your doctor: This is very slightly above the reference range and many normal folks will be here. Whether to repeat will depend on your physician's index of suspicion for carcinoid. I would not be surprised if you have some imaging in your future. ...Read more

Xanax (Definition)

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