Xanax

What is Xanax?

Xanax is a common drug to alleviate anxiety and panic disorder. The medicine is benzodiazepine.

Questions and answers on "Xanax"

My daughter has been taking Xanax for 20 years. Her Dr. will not fill another prescription because
she has quit her practice. My daughter has a new Dr. with her 1st appt. in early May but until then we are
very worried about what will happen without the daily supply of Xanax. Is there something she can take
to get her by until her new Dr. prescribes Xanax.

doctor1 MD

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I think, she does not have any another alternative. In benzodiazepine dependence, either we use longer acting benzodiazepine or sedative antidepressants, but both of these, you can't get without prescription. In that case, you can try to consult another...

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I am prescribed xanax (0.25 mg) as needed for anxiety. I've read a lot of different opinions online, and so I'm wondering how long is safe to wait after taking it to drink alcohol. It also interests me that on the bottle it simply says "may intensify effect", but looking online it seems like people seem to think you will die.

doctor1 MD

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Hope you are doing good. Do not drink alcohol while taking Xanax. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol. Xanax may impair your thinking or reactions.
Xanax starts to work within about an hour after taking the pill. The level of drug reaches a peak in the...

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I have used Xanax for my PTSD and it has helped me over the years. I have had this condition for over 10 years. The VA does not approve of this as a treatment and wants to put me on Zolof instead. I am against anti depressants since the effect libido. Xanax has worked just fine. My PTSD has gotten worse over time with added stress. I want to stay on Xanax since it lessons my anxiety problems with are caused by ptsd. What do you think.

doctor1 MD

Hellom
You are right to continue with xanax for the problems and not shift to zoloft as it can give sexual dysfunction. But, also look at the worsening symptoms of ptsd and consider the ineffectiveness of dosage of xanax to handle it.
Moreover xanax will never treat ptsd..it is just postponing...

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I would like to know what happens if you smoked crystal meth and snorted xanax . What are the effects? I migt be naive on this one a bit. I was reading up on ice and the effects and side effects and i would think that taking the xanax would help with the stress ans strain on the heart from the shortness of breath and rapid heart rate and what not.

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Crystal meth damages the blood vessels of heart and brain, causing fast heart rate and excitement in the short term, and heart attack and stroke in the long term. Taking Xanax simultaneously cannot prevent this damage. Xanax can lower the heart rate only when it is due to anxiety. It doesn't...

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I have a prescription for Xanax, and I am very concerned about side effects. I have been prescribed the Xanax for mild anxiety and depression What are the pros and con's of taking Xanax. What about difficult withdrawal symptoms? Will it impede my auto driving?

doctor1 MD

Hi there, thanks for asking. Xanax is a medication which can treat mild anxiety. It also improves the mood as a possibly weak antidepressant. However, it is better to limit its usage after the age 65. It is metabolized by the liver, and liver capacity to do is decreased after the age of 65. It...

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89 yo female prescribed xanax .50mg given at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 6pm. plus tramadol for sleep. Isnt this abuse? Falls, choking episodes, new onset of incontinence, agitation, worsening confusion up hourly Md suggests giving extra doses of .25mg for breakthrough "anxiety" I can't watch this any longer What can I do to stop/help her?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Doses appear high to me.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for your query.
I appreciate your efforts for medical consultation in so much distress.

Tramadol is used for pain relief. It can cause sedation but it is not used for sleep problem.

It is not clear reason for giving xanax in...

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I am a 28 year old female and I have been on xanax for the past 6 months due to extreme anxiety and a few incidences of panic attacks, mostly related to uncomfortable social situations and my job. After 3 months, I asked my doctor to increase my dosage from .5mg 2x/day to 1mg 2x/day, as I felt I had built a tolerance to the drug. I never drank while on xanax, and was actually completely out of the prescription when I had an isolated incident of alcohol poisoning that was reported by the hospital to my doctor. He immediately removed me from the xanax and prescribed me vistiril instead. Vistiril did not help at all - it just made me feel sluggish. I was upset that he just took me off xanax as it was effective in treating my anxiety and I assumed there should be a weaning off period. Is this true? When I told him the Vistiril did not work, he refused to allow me to go back to Xanax because of its addictive properties. He then prescribed me Buspar, which I heard from a friend gave her terrible headaches and nightmares and thus, I was afraid to take it. I have had problems sleeping since being off xanax and my anxiety levels are on the rise. Was my doc right in the decision he made to cut me off cold turkey? If I KNOW that it helps me should I go see a different doctor that will listen to my needs more, since I know what works for me?

doctor1 MD

Hi
Thanks for using healthcare magic

i think, you have generalized anxiety disorder and in that case, along with benzodiazepine, you also need antidepressant like paroxetine. That would help to control anxiety as well as dose of benzodiazepine. You can discuss all this with your psychiatrist. If...

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I am a 25 year old male 5'4 130 pounds and am being prescribed 1mg Xanax, 2 times a day, 1 in the morning at 7am and 1 around 3pm. Xanax has never had a drowsy effect on me and I usually don't feel like I'm even on anything but if I go too long without my dose I feel the shakes and have to take my dose if I take my 2nd 1mg tablet today at 3pm would it be harmful to have 2 to 3 beers later tonight around 8?

doctor1 MD

Hello,

It is not recommended to use alcohol with benzodiazepines such as Xanax. Xanax can have effective concentrations in the blood for several hours, even more than 24 hours, and so I would not say it is safe to use alcohol at all with it.

Though you don't normally feel drowsy while using it,...

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Just started taking systolic 2 weeks ago. I also take amlodipine can I take a tranxene or Xanax for my anxiety am a 73 year old women. Good health active but am having trouble as I get older handling stress I still work

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Xanax helps relieving anxiety

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

To answer your query xanax is routinely prescribed for anxiety irrespective of age. However there are indications for prescription of drugs for older people, this indications start if the conservative (no drug) approach does not...

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I am a 25 year old male 5 4 130 pounds and am being prescribed 1mg Xanax, 2 times a day, 1 in the morning at 7am and 1 around 3pm. Xanax has never had a drowsy effect on me and I usually don t feel like I m even on anything but if I go too long without my dose I feel the shakes and have to take my dose if I take my 2nd 1mg tablet today at 3pm would it be harmful to have 2 to 3 beers later tonight around 8?

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Is Elavil a narcotic? Daughter has addiction to Xanax, hydrocodone, klonipin...is under Dr. care for this and starting Suboxone about one month ago. Also taking Geodon (40mg) which they are cutting down to 20 mg. and Clomipramine for OCD thoughts. She s VERY sleepy at night and it s hard to take care of her 7 month old. She wants to overcome all the medications, but I wonder if the Drs. are actually helping?

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Hello, for the last week and a half everytime I eat within 10 minutes I start cramping horriably then within 10 to 20 minutes after the cramps begin I have to run to the bathroom. I have really bad diarrhea with alot of blood. When it first started it was soft stools with a little blood, then went to almost water but pure blood now it is all mucus with blood. I have not been able to hold any food down without going to the restroom in almost 2 weeks. There is just so much blood it is starting to scare me. The meds that I take on a daily bases is mobic, lortab, oxycodone , soma and xanax . The doctor also put me on Neurontin Cap 300 mg 1 capsulde twice a day and Phenergan 25 mg 1 tab prn on July 11, 2012. What could be going on?

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I'm interested in trying a benzo medication called clonazolam. I suffer from severe anxiety/panic attacks. Xanax works ok. Do you have any suggestions Doctor?

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