Would a mental and substance abuse doctor perscribe Xanax (alprazolam) for axiety and panic attacks?

See below. It also depends on how often you use the meds. My rule of thumb is that two episodes of use per week is reasonable. However, there is still a danger of igniting heavier use even with this regimen.
Perhaps temporarily. Possibly, but this prescription would most likely be temporary rather than long-term. Most would emphasize psychotherapy & support, and not medications alone since therapy can often produce more lasting positive changes than meds alone. There are also very effective and less addictive medicines than xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety and panic attacks, if long-term ones are needed.

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I have panic attacks. Doctor wants to give me Xanax (alprazolam) but I am afraid to get addicted to something. What is your advice?

Get a second opinion. Hi, First, a full psychiatric assessment, then a decision about medications (often SSRIs), and psychotherapy (CBT is evidence based for panic attacks). Xanax (alprazolam) is a short term (strong underscore on short -term) solution, is addictive, can hinder psychotherapy, and is only appropriate in the absence of a mood disorder. Hope this is helpful. Take good care. Read more...

My doc has me on Zoloft & Xanax (alprazolam) for my dep & anxiety but I'm still having panic attacks everyday! My dose is. 25. Increase or ask 4 dif? And if so wht

Not enough info. I'm sorry, but you haven't shared your zoloft dose or how long you've been on it -- also we don't know how often you take your .25mg xanax (alprazolam). It's best to talk with your own psychiatrist about your continued panic attacks, since s/he does know these important details. Adjustments or changes might be made, and s/he's the best professional to make them. Best wishes. Read more...
Discuss with your. Prescribing doctor who is familiar with your case. Also make sure you use diaphragmatic breathing, get involved in cbt cognitive behavioral therapy and use one of the binaural relaxation apps. My personal selection for panic which has not had the time to respond to an ssri or which is not fully responsive to an ssri is clonazepam, a medication your psychiatrist. Certainly is familiar with. Best wishes. Read more...

Zoloft and xanax (alprazolam) for 15 days still panic attacks all day. Want to add lexapro and doc on vacation for week. Can't wait for relief and hope?

Go to the ER. even if you start Lexapro (escitalopram) now it is going to take two weeks before you feel the effect of the medicine. if you feel that bad go to the ER and they will evaluate you .might be able to give you something that might work immediately. and give you proper advise. Read more...
See below. i tried to connect with you earlier on a virtual consult. You weren't on line but I thought I could help you. Anyway I posted a few times and you got charged but I sent a text that we didn't meet do you should be refunded the fee. Read more...

I have severe panic attacks my last doctor had me on Xanax (alprazolam) 4mg tid, I had to switch drs and now she cut me in half, what dosage is highest that is saf?

Other techniques. In my opinion xanax (alprazolam) is not for long term usage. Maybe your new doctor can discuss an ssri anti-depressant with you. There are also cognitive behavioral and relaxation/mediation techniques that can be very useful. You could see a psychologist for this type of treatment. Perhaps your new doctor can refer you to someone. Read more...

Doc prescribed Xanax (alprazolam) as needed for panic attacks. Taking 0.25mg once a week on avg. Is this a long term solution? Want to avoid SSRI if possible.

Depends. Most panic attacks have an identifiable cause. Do you know what causes panic attack? Was your physician able to identity it? Xanax, (alprazolam) SSRI or similar medicine may control symptoms but can't cure cause. I agree with you not to use medication unless absolutely needed to control acute symptoms. Psychotherapy & behavioral modification such as desensitization is better than medicine alone. Read more...

I have been diagnosed with GAD for 10yrs now I take 10mg of lexapro which helps reduce my anxiety but does not generally help with my panic attacks. I have been using xanax throughout my years of having GAD but my doctor won't prescribe it to me long term

Lexapro (escitalopram) Generally, I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (or some other related type) as an adjunct to almost every treatment I prescribe. In panic disorder, this really helps prevent the panic attacks before they begin. When absolutely necessary, I've also found Klonopin to be a bit more helpful than Xanax (alprazolam). So, maybe discuss those options with ur psychiatrist. Hope that helps! Read more...
GAD can need more. than medication. Have you also been getting psychotherapy? Clinical Hypnosis and self-hypnosis training can be useful as part of that. Lots of other tools to explore. Stay w/your doc but please broaden your tool box. Peace and good health. Read more...
Dosage. Lexapro, 10 mg, is a dosage that is often insufficient to prevent panic attacks. A dosage of 15 to 20 mg daily is usually necessary. It should then prevent panic attacks, eliminating the need for Xanax (alprazolam). Beware that it does not prevent fear of panic attacks ("anticipatory anxiety"). Read more...