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Is taking .25 mg alprazolam nightly for aiding sleep a risk?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Yes

In my opinion, Alprazolam (xanax) is a horrible drug.
It is rapidly absorbed but short acting, which means it wears off and often results, like alcohol, in awakening in the middle of the night and having even worse insomnia. Insomnia is not a diagnosis - it is a symptom of something else. You are far better off talking with your doctor about the reason for the insomnia to find specific treatment.

In brief: Yes

In my opinion, Alprazolam (xanax) is a horrible drug.
It is rapidly absorbed but short acting, which means it wears off and often results, like alcohol, in awakening in the middle of the night and having even worse insomnia. Insomnia is not a diagnosis - it is a symptom of something else. You are far better off talking with your doctor about the reason for the insomnia to find specific treatment.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

In brief: No

Xanax (alprazolam) is commonly taken by people at bedtime as a sleep aid to calm down.
It is not approved by the fda however for use in insomnia.

In brief: No

Xanax (alprazolam) is commonly taken by people at bedtime as a sleep aid to calm down.
It is not approved by the fda however for use in insomnia.
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
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