Is Xanax (alprazolam) bad for you?

Benzodiazepine. Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine that has a fairly short half-life. This can increase the risk of addiction to the medication. There are other benzodiazepines with longer half-lives. I like those better, if I have to use a benzodiazepine with a patient. There are risks with this medication that includes addiction , dependence, some have some constipation, over-sedation, and respiratory suppression.
Xanax. Some people can become psychologically and physically dependent on xanax. Withdrawal after being on high doses for a long period can be dangerous.

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Can you tell me, are Xanax (alprazolam) really that bad for you?

They can be. Or they can be very helpful for the right people. Xanax (alprazolam) is a very rapidly absorbed, but short-acting tranquilizer, which makes it more abuse-prone, and some psychiatrists think it should be off the market, in favor of more slowly absorbed and longer-acting medications, such as clonazepam. Anxiety can be treated with psychological therapies and with antidepressants that are not addiction-prone. Read more...

My anxiety has gotten so bad I don't even want to leave the house. Will I feel normal again by taking xanax (alprazolam)?

It may help. It may help but it is doubtful if everything is just going to normalize from just the medication. If the anxiety is so bad a person doesn't want to leave the house, there should be a full evaluation and a treatment plan which will probably include medication and some kind of therapy. Read more...

Hello, I'm taking Xanax (alprazolam) but ran out of pils on thursday. I'm feeling bad right now. Can I take trazadona to get to sleep tonight? Thank you

Yes, also consider. Yes, it is perfectly safe for you to take trazadone and i hope it helps. Withdrawal from xanax (alprazolam) (; other benzodiazepams) can be very difficult, causing insomnia ; anxiety, so it is wise to do your best to not run out of them. Because these drugs act on the same receptor as alcohol, having a drink or 2 of alcohol is the closest over-the-counter substitute to reduce withdrawal until you can get more. Read more...
Trazodone. You can take trazodone, but it's not likely to help insomnia and "feeling bad" due to xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal. You need to call your physician asap and ask for advice. If you've run out due to taking more than prescribed, this is another type of problem that needs to be dealt with also. Read more...

My sister is having seziures and I think its from her medication. She is taking Xanax (alprazolam) and at night melatonin could the two be a bad combination?

See a doctor. If your sister is having seizures, she should see a doctor immediately so that a diagnosis can be made and treatment prescribed. Withdrawal from large doses of Xanax (alprazolam) can cause seizures, so if she is taking a large dose and suddenly stops it she might have seizures. Otherwise it is unlikely that either Xanax (alprazolam) or melatonin would cause seizures. Read more...
SEIZURES & XANAX (alprazolam) Seizures have been reported only upon the withdrawal of xanax (alprazolam). There have not been any reported interactions between xanax and melatonin as far as i know. Does she take any other medications? Read more...
Melatonin. Melatonin can increase seizures. Melatonin can also interact with xanax (alprazolam) and cause deeper drowsiness. Agree with dr s: time to talk with her doc! Read more...

How can you determine how bad anxitey is? I'm on Xanax (alprazolam). 5mg and I don't seem to be helping. Is there a websit to learn more about all this anxiety

NIMH. The national institute of mental health has a web site full of information about anxiety disorders: http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.Shtml also here's another good resource: http://www.Helpguide.Org/mental/anxiety_types_symptoms_treatment.Htm xanax (alprazolam) alone will most likely not solve your problem. Please consider seeing a psychiatrist, and psychotherapy also. Read more...