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What is the treatment for Xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal anxiety?

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Dr. Martha Stark
Psychiatry
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In brief: Go very, very slowly

Xanax (alprazolam) is extremely addictive and it's half-life very short so you should decrease your dose very, very, very slowly to reduce the likelihood of experiencing withdrawal anxiety.
To tide you through the difficult days/weeks ahead, try temporarily supplementing with another anti-anxiety drug (like klonopin) that has a longer half-life so that you don't then keep going into withdrawal. Good luck.

In brief: Go very, very slowly

Xanax (alprazolam) is extremely addictive and it's half-life very short so you should decrease your dose very, very, very slowly to reduce the likelihood of experiencing withdrawal anxiety.
To tide you through the difficult days/weeks ahead, try temporarily supplementing with another anti-anxiety drug (like klonopin) that has a longer half-life so that you don't then keep going into withdrawal. Good luck.
Dr. Martha Stark
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: Slower taper

The most common treatment for xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal anxiety would be slower taper of the xanax (alprazolam).
Sometimes a more long-acting benzodiazepine (like klonopin) can be used, but in some cases this may not seem to cover all the symptoms. Your brain has to start making its natural xanax (alprazolam)-type molecule (gaba) again, and it may not quite catch up. Please speak with your doctor about your tapering schedule.

In brief: Slower taper

The most common treatment for xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal anxiety would be slower taper of the xanax (alprazolam).
Sometimes a more long-acting benzodiazepine (like klonopin) can be used, but in some cases this may not seem to cover all the symptoms. Your brain has to start making its natural xanax (alprazolam)-type molecule (gaba) again, and it may not quite catch up. Please speak with your doctor about your tapering schedule.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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