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I have prescription for .25mg of Xanax (alprazolam) I use occasionally, like 2-4 times a month. Can I become dependent? Don't feel so just curious.

I have prescription for .25mg of Xanax (alprazolam) I use occasionally, like 2-4 times a month. Can I become dependent? Don't feel so just curious.

Occasional medicine: If you use your medicine this rarely, it is not likely you will become dependent on it. You can never say never,

Dependency normally follows frequent, high dosing. The body may change in response to this, and withdrawal occurs when the medicine is stopped.

Other people's comments are welcome as this is an important topic. ...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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How often do you see paradoxical reactions to Valium and xanax (alprazolam)? Is it often or infrequent

How often do you see paradoxical reactions to Valium and xanax (alprazolam)? Is it often or infrequent

Not very common: A paradoxical reaction to a med is one that causes the opposite of usual expected effect. In a benzodiazepine it would be anxiety, insomnia, over-stimulation or agitation. If this occurs, one would suspect an unidentified underlying problem as associative cause (such as bipolar disorder, thyroid disease, drug abuse). In any case, discontinuation would be indicated & a search for other causes made. ...Read more

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I just started using a natural progesterone cream. Is there any interaction taking an occasional Xanax (alprazolam) along with the cream?

No: There are no known interactions between the two. However if more than 'occasional, ' xanax (alprazolam) is not the greatest treatment for anxiety. In addition, if both drugs are prescribed, your pharmacy will automatically check all your prescriptions against each other for interactions and let you know before you even take one. If one is not prescribed, you shouldn't be taking it. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the safest daily antianxiety medicine? Will it make me spacey? Need more than just therapy. Taking Xanax (alprazolam) occasionally now.

Anxiety: is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. See your PCP for evaluation and referral.
Do not self medicate to ovoid serious complications. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take 0.25mg Xanax to temper occasional anxiousness due to newly prescribed Adderall XR 30mg?

Is it ok to take 0.25mg Xanax to temper occasional anxiousness due to newly prescribed Adderall XR 30mg?

Best not: An initial dose of 30mg Adderal would be expected to cause some anxiousness. Best talk to your provider about possibly a lower dose. Xanax does not interact with Adderal in a bad way, it's just best to address the root of the problem. If you find you need 30mg, the side effects are likely to diminish with time. ...Read more

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I take low dose methadone, 7.5mg pm and 2.5mg am for RLS. I have .25mg Xanax (alprazolam) for occasional anxiety. Is it ok to take these together at these doses?

I take low dose methadone, 7.5mg pm and 2.5mg am for RLS. I have .25mg Xanax (alprazolam) for occasional anxiety. Is it ok to take these together at these doses?

Yes but......: Methadone for RLS? RLS is typically treated with Iron (if you have RLS form low iron -called Ekbom Syndrome this usually works great.if you have RLS and your iron is normal the treatment is usually Dopamine agonists. Are you sure you are treating RLS and not neuropathy or some other condition? ...Read more

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I'm on .25 mg Xanax daily. My doctor said at this dose an occasional beer was safe but everything I've heard says otherwise. Is it really okay?

Why risk it: I generally advise against combining this class of medication with alcohol as its sedating effects will be compounded. Someone may tolerate this combination, but why risk it? Additionally, xanax is not a great anxiety medication for daily use, as its effects are very short lived, has a high addiction potential, and can ultimately result in even greater anxiety. ...Read more

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Is Valium safe for occasional use for muscle spasms? Scared of side effects. I have taken xanax (alprazolam) in the past with no issues.

Anxiety, Depression: I understand your concern.
Thank you for informing about Depression, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, and use of Omeprazole, Xanax (alprazolam) and Nadolol.

Valium is safe for occasional use for muscle spasms.
Nadolol side effect may be anxiety and depression
Gastroesophageal reflux is likely due to Anxiety

Xanax (alprazolam) helps with Anxiety.
See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Therapy, and monitoring of Medications. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get the nexplanon while on Zyprexa and Lexapro and occasionally xanax (alprazolam)?

It is safe: There have been no documented reports of drug interactions between Nexplanon, Zyprexa, Lexapro and xanax (alprazolam). However, the Nexplanon implant should not be used in patients diagnosed with depression and Lexapro is an SSRI. Remember to always consult your physician before starting, stopping, or altering a treatment. ...Read more

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I am on .25mg Xanax daily. My doctor said an occasional beer on such a low dose was fine, but everything I've ever heard says otherwise. Is it safe?

Never mix: alcohol with xanax: can lead to sudden death- always a possibility. Usually, this is related to high doses of xanax and ingestion of large amounts of alcohol; however, varies from person to person. ...Read more

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I drink daily. Sometimes a glass or two of wine...occasionally I binge on rum. I take 2 mg alprazolam (xanax) for 10 years. Last week ER for abd pain.

I drink daily. Sometimes a glass or two of wine...occasionally I binge on rum. I take 2 mg alprazolam (xanax) for 10 years. Last week ER for abd pain.

Not a good idea.: I highly recommend limiting alcohol intake.
Co-administration of benzodiazepines with alcohol intake can cause very serious problems. Such as sedation, somnolence, even apnea.
Your prescriber should be made aware of this, and non-sedating medications should be used.
For abdominal pain specifically, it could be due to reflux, ulcer, pancreatic pathology or other causes of abdominal pain. -GL ...Read more

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How safe is xanax (alprazolam)?

Safely addictive: Xanax (alprazolam) is safe if one does not use heavy machinery or drive while on it. It doesnt interact with too many meds. However, if used chronically, it can worsen or cause very discomforting anxiety, tolerance and withdrawal when stopped. ...Read more

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What is Xanax (alprazolam) for?

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What is Xanax (alprazolam) for?

Xanax (alprazolam): An intermediate-acting benzodiazepine, it is used more often for panic disorder. ...Read more

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How can I get xanax (alprazolam)?

Xanax (alprazolam) is : A controlled substance that has to be prescribed by a doctor with a dea license. Start by seeing your doctor, describing your problem, and getting examined. There are many treatable causes of anxiety. ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) bad for you?

Is Xanax (alprazolam) bad for you?

Benzodiazepine: Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine that has a fairly short half-life. This can increase the risk of addiction to the medication. There are other benzodiazepines with longer half-lives. I like those better, if I have to use a benzodiazepine with a patient. There are risks with this medication that includes addiction , dependence, some have some constipation, over-sedation, and respiratory suppression. ...Read more

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Xanax (Definition)

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