4 doctors weighed in:

What are the side effects of taking long term alprazolam? Can i get some tips to quit taking pills and not to suffer insomnia?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Tolerance/withdrawal

Alprazolam (brand name xanax (alprazolam)) is a short-acting, non-sedating tranquilizer that is quite habit-forming.
Depending on dosage & duration of use, it may need to be decreased very gradually over weeks or even longer. Sometimes xanax (alprazolam) is replaced with a similar drug that is easier to stop. This is best discussed with the prescribing doctor, who may also offer other remedies for the insomnia.

In brief: Tolerance/withdrawal

Alprazolam (brand name xanax (alprazolam)) is a short-acting, non-sedating tranquilizer that is quite habit-forming.
Depending on dosage & duration of use, it may need to be decreased very gradually over weeks or even longer. Sometimes xanax (alprazolam) is replaced with a similar drug that is easier to stop. This is best discussed with the prescribing doctor, who may also offer other remedies for the insomnia.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Thank
Dr. Fred Gallo
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Taper slowly

Once dependent on high doses of xanax (alprazolam) (read addicted), withdrawal symptoms are likely.
Best to see your prescribing doctor about tapering slowly off the drug. Sudden discontinuation can result in typical withdrawal symptoms including high anxiety, elevated blood pressure, and even seizure.

In brief: Taper slowly

Once dependent on high doses of xanax (alprazolam) (read addicted), withdrawal symptoms are likely.
Best to see your prescribing doctor about tapering slowly off the drug. Sudden discontinuation can result in typical withdrawal symptoms including high anxiety, elevated blood pressure, and even seizure.
Dr. Fred Gallo
Dr. Fred Gallo
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
49 years in practice
56M people helped
Continue
111,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors