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Can Paxil and Effexor be taken with Xanax for anxiety?

Iam currently taking Xantax for Anxiety. I ve been on it for almost one year. My dosage is 1 miligram n I take it once a day. My Dr wants to take me off of it because he s afraid I will become addictive to it. My RX reads take I pill every six hours. I only need 1 pill per day. It is helping me. If he takes me off Xanax can I take Paxil in its place as Paxil is not addictive I ve been told. Idk what other med I could take to help my anxiety. He also had me take Effexor along with Xanax n said it would help me better. So should I suggest Paxil when he takes me off the Xanax? Should I be weened off of Xanax n Effexor? I have a appt soon n am concerned. Thank you.
Wed, 2 May 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Yes, Xanax medicine is addictive.

Both Paxil and Effexor drugs will help in Anxiety.

Discuss with your practitioner that which medicine will suit you more.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Rohit Kothari
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