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Can someone with a heart murmur take a Xanax (alprazolam) and a sleeping pill?

Can someone with a heart murmur take a Xanax (alprazolam) and a sleeping pill?

Yes: Unless you're dying with end-stage congestive heart failure (hopefully not), the murmur is not an issue. However, Xanax (alprazolam) and sleeping pills have additive sedative effects (with respiratory depression) and should not be used together, just as alcohol should also be avoided with their use. ...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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Insomnia 2+ years. On pristiq, (desvenlafaxine) lithium for bipolar. No sleeping pills work. Valium does not work. A high dose Xanax can. 2 to 5 mg. What can I do?

Insomnia 2+ years.
On pristiq, (desvenlafaxine) lithium for bipolar.
No sleeping pills work.
Valium does not work.
A high dose Xanax can. 2 to 5 mg.
What can I do?

Insomnia suggestions: Regular sleep schedule, especially time to get up. Minimize light before sleep period, including tv & computer. Don't go to bed hungry or right after a big meal. Avoid or minimize caffeine & alcohol. Exercise regularly, but not within 3-4 hrs before bedtime. Use relaxing pre-sleep routine (warm bath, light snack, reading). Bedroom temp at 60-68f. Learn relaxation skills. Find sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Hi. What is the weakest sleeping pills that I can use every night for a short period without seeing a doctor? Is Alprazolam 0.5 good?

Hi. What is the weakest sleeping pills that I can use every night for a short period without seeing a doctor? Is Alprazolam 0.5 good?

It depends: I would shy away from alprazolam for a multitude of reasons. Herbal and even homeopathic remedies can be helpful. Melatonin 3 mg is safe and without an Rx in US. Antihistamines like diphenhydramine are commonly used and safe for short periods. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take Xanax (alprazolam) with an over-the-counter sleep aid?

Xanax (alprazolam): Depends on the dose & timing of the xanax (alprazolam). Occasional use of sleep aid might be ok, but talk to your prescribing doc. First. ...Read more

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Will Xanax (alprazolam) and Ambien help me sleep if i drank a lot of coffee?

Xanax (alprazolam): Only if ok with your prescribing doctor, since he knows the dosages of your medications. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would temazepam help me sleep if i already have a high tolerance to xanax (alprazolam)?

Hi docs, would temazepam help me sleep if i already have a high tolerance to xanax (alprazolam)?

Probably not: At least not in the usual doses. The high tolerance and use of xanax, (alprazolam) a notoriously short-acting drug where when it wears off, worse insomnia occurs, may be the cause of your sleep problems. Adding more drugs to problems being caused by drugs is a sure way to enter a vicious cycle of escalating doses, escalating dependency, increasing side effects and problems with addiction and its complications. ...Read more

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I take 1 mg Xanax (alprazolam) and 100mg trazodone before i to go to sleep. Can i drive a car the next day?

I take 1 mg Xanax (alprazolam) and 100mg trazodone before i to go to sleep. Can i drive a car the next day?

As long as: You are not sedated. You need to be thinking coherently with good reaction times. There are some people who have residual grogginess with these medications. ...Read more

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I take 1mg of Xanax (alprazolam) and 100mg of trazodone at bedtime to help me sleep. Can i safely drive a car the next day?

I take 1mg of Xanax (alprazolam) and 100mg of trazodone at bedtime to help me sleep. Can i safely drive a car the next day?

It depends: Both medications can cause some grogginess the next morning. Together that make grogginess worse. In some people it may be disabling and dangerous. In others it may cause no grogginess at all. Use your judgment and take it under close supervision of a md. The dosage may need to be adjusted to optimum level. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


Xanax (Definition)

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