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Been taking .5mg of Xanax (alprazolam) twice a day for one week. Am I addicted at this point?
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not necessarily
Just because you have been taking Xanax (alprazolam) for a week doesn't mean you are addicted.
Addiction is when someone becomes depdent on the drug, physically and/or psychologically. When you are addicted, you may develop tolerance to the drug, may require higher and higher doses, withdraw if stopped, and misuse the drug to get the effect you want even if the use is compromising your daily function.

In brief: Not necessarily
Just because you have been taking Xanax (alprazolam) for a week doesn't mean you are addicted.
Addiction is when someone becomes depdent on the drug, physically and/or psychologically. When you are addicted, you may develop tolerance to the drug, may require higher and higher doses, withdraw if stopped, and misuse the drug to get the effect you want even if the use is compromising your daily function.
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Samuel Bayles
no, but indefinite daily use of this medication can be a problem.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Up to two weeks ok.
Addiction is a behavior. If you cannot stop using it you are addicted.
May be your question is if you are going to experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop using it. Two weeks of using it is safe to stop otherwise look for help.

In brief: Up to two weeks ok.
Addiction is a behavior. If you cannot stop using it you are addicted.
May be your question is if you are going to experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop using it. Two weeks of using it is safe to stop otherwise look for help.
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Dr. Gary Greenly
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No.
Xanax (alprazolam) needs to be taken at much higher dosages, for a much longer period of time, to require weaning due to addiction.
I would suggest limiting the dosage to the minimum that is effective, and work on the underlying issues that are causing you to take this medication. You are better off to determine the cause of your anxiety issues, and deal with them with resolution in mind. This is the priority.

In brief: No.
Xanax (alprazolam) needs to be taken at much higher dosages, for a much longer period of time, to require weaning due to addiction.
I would suggest limiting the dosage to the minimum that is effective, and work on the underlying issues that are causing you to take this medication. You are better off to determine the cause of your anxiety issues, and deal with them with resolution in mind. This is the priority.
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