I've always been exremely scared to fly. Severe panic attack upon takeoff/turbulance. Will Xanax (alprazolam) help? I already have an prescription for other anxiety issues.

Maybe, but... Honestly, if you are that scared and anxious to fly, the amount of Xanax (alprazolam) you would have to take would probably be so much that you would be literally sedated, and not able to take care of yourself in a real emergency. So if you don't have someone who can travel with you, i wouldn't recommend it. You sould consider behavorial or desensitization training to help with your fear. These programs work.
Yes. Fear of flying is quite common and is effectively treated with benzodiazepines such as Xanax (alprazolam) and ativan. If you take one of these medications, make sure that you do not drink alcohol at the same time. Desensitization can be very useful if you fly frequently but medications work very well.
Xanax (alprazolam) Depending on dose of xanax (alprazolam) you are already taking, usually xanax (alprazolam) helps prevent panic attacks but if you experience anticipatory anxiety while on xanax (alprazolam), then the dose might not be sufficient on days of the trip. You might try, ofcourse after talking to your doctor, to take half the normal dose when you are waiting for the flight by putting it on your tongue to dissolve. Drawback is nasty taste.
Apart from Meds... Most effective therapy 4phobia= systematic desensitization. Involves "exposure"- placing urself in feared situation but gradually, in progressive steps a) in ur imagination, then b) in simulations (video simulations/vitual reality), then c) in real life. At each step, u experience fear but "stay w/ it" until ur level of fear drops/u feel relaxed. Work w/ behavioral/cognitive-behavioral specialist.
YES!! Often prescribe xanax (alprazolam) to patients for fear of flying. The key is try it at home first to make sure you do alright. I suggest to take one the night before you fly to start the relaxation. Also, you would not take so many that you "zone out" and forget to get off the plane. Do not use alcohol. It will make things worse.
Maybe. Many are anxious flyers, even knowing full well that it is very, very safe. Nearly 3 million people fly every day... Safely! Xanax (alprazolam) can help, taken 30-60" before take off, although there are other longer acting / "smoother" meds. Note relaxation exercises can help a lot, there are even formal classes to help. I would recommend discussing this issue specifically with the md who prescribed your xanax (alprazolam).
I would recommend. auricular acupunture with ASP needles everyime over benzodiazapines.

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Hello I would like to get back on my anxiety medication (Xanax 2mg) for my last minute trip which I have to fly. I don't fly. I've been in constant panic (3 panic attacks today so far) and its constant worry. I can't sleep, I can't focus I'm worrie?

Rx. This medication requires a prescription. See your health professional for prescription and monitoring. Certainly, Your symptoms warrent support pharmacologically. Read more...
See PCP. You need a Rx for a controlled substance. This will require am appointment with your regular doctor. . Read more...
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Best wishes. Dr. Blumenfield has given you good advice. I hope you can get the medication you need. And it may help to think about the purpose of the flight. Are you going to visit someone you love? Are you advancing a meaningful and satisfying career? Might you see a new city, be introduced to those who might become friends? It's the great and wonderful things in life that help us put our fears behind us. Read more...

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ClinicalPsychologist. Cognitive behavior therapy by psychologist. Behavior modification. Life-style counseling. Progressive relaxation. Guided imagery. Hypnosis (my favorite) biofeedback rec. See a clinical psychologist. Read more...
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Comprehensive Exam. Panic and anxiety are not due to panic disorder until other possibilities are carefully "ruled-out". It is vital you see a very competent psychiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation (history, exam, labs) before any diagnosis and treatment options are discussed. Medications can be helpful if it is panic disorder, and cognitive-behavior therapy is also helpful. Best wishes! Read more...
I'ma big fan of that. Hi, a lot of anxiety and panic depends upon what's triggering these feelings. One thing that patients have found helpful is paying close attention to precipitating factors, slow breathing during the anxiety, and attention to their thoughts in order to control the feelings. Keeping in mind that thoughts often =feelings, and that feelings do not=catastrophe. There's more, but i hope this helps. Read more...