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Diagnosed with anxiety or possible gallbladder problem, prescribed Alprazolam. Tiredness, unable to shake. Suggestions ?

Recently I was diagnosed with anxiety or possible gallbladder problems. They prescribed for me Alprazolam in 0.5 dose 1xday. I am definitely not aperson who can take any kind of drugs but the knot that seemed to be in my throat became unbearable. So last night I took a pill and now today I just cannot shake that tired feeling. Any suggestions to how long this feeling could last?
Asked On : Sat, 16 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Dec 2014
Hello cyrus***
thanks for your question
first of all I would like to tell you that possible gall bladder problem is not a big problem to worry as most of the problems in gall bladder are due to gall stones which are incidental finding in a huge number of humans so you need not to worry. If inflammation occurs in gallbladder then its called cholecystitis which can be corrected by antibiotic cover or by surgery.
For anxiety you has been given Alprazolam 0.5 per day, as per my opinion its a correct dose for anxiety and it will relieve you of undue stress of gall bladder problem. But you have mentioned that you are not able to take medicines so one thing you can do is to start with 0.25 mg dose or to take mouth dissolving preparation which are better tolerated than oral preparation.
Tiredness and drowsiness after night dose of Alprazolam is like a mild hangover, try to take cup of coffee or lime juice and do light exercise, you will see improvement.
For anxiety you can try deep breathing exercises, muscle relaxation techniques etc. which are very easy to practice. You can take help to you tube
hope I solved your query.
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Answered: Tue, 19 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

You have not given a clear picture about your main symptoms. Anyway, Alprazolam is an anti-anxiety medication which also has a sedative effect. It could be possible that this sedative effect is making you feel tired or run down.

Usuall, side effects of any medication will be prominent only during the first 1 - 2 weeks of starting the medication and will gradually subside as your body gets accostomed to the medication. One way of tackling this problem is by taking the medication in the night. If your problems still persist, then you may require a dose reduction or a change to some other non-sedative anti-anxiety medication. Please discuss about further options with your doctor.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Tue, 19 Feb 2013
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