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Xanax (alprazolam)

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Xanax®

Generic Name: Alprazolam al-PRAY-zoe-lam

Drug Class: Benzodiazepines

 

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Description
Xanax is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines and is used to treat patients with anxiety, anxiety caused by depression, or panic disorder.


Your doctor may use this medicine to treat other conditions as well.

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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
Follow the directions given to you by your doctor. This medicine is taken by mouth with water and can be taken with or without food. Avoid drinking grapefruit juice with this medicine.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Storage
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • Some common side effects reported with this medicine include:
      • drowsiness
      • dizziness
      • unusual weakness
      • headache
      • clumsiness
    • Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away; restlessness or excitement, constipation, difficulty urinating, blurred vision or changes in sex drive.
    • anxiety, depression
    • If you experience memory loss, behavioral problems, or involuntary muscle movements, talk to your doctor right away.
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Warnings/Precautions
    • This medicine is meant for short term use. If your symptoms continue, talk to your health care provider.
    • Benzodiazepines can be addictive. This medicine should not be taken for long periods of time.
    • This medicine can aggravate narrow-angle glaucoma.
    • This medicine may cause dizziness and drowsiness.
    • Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
    • Don't drive until you know how you will react to this medicine.
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Overdose
Seek medical attention immediately. U.S. residents can call the national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
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Drug Interactions
    • Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all other medicines that you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products.

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Pregnancy/Nursing
This medicine should not be used if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. This medicine can cause harm to your fetus. For breast-feeding mothers, check with your doctor to discuss any possible risks to your baby while taking this medicine.
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More Information

For more information about this medicine, talk to your healthcare provider.
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Bvgrammy
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Registered: September 2018
Location: Colorado
Posts: 3
Mon September 24, 2018 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $7.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Calms me and my brain down
CONS: Feel like I need it to calm down

I have been using it for a long time and it still works for my anxiety, ocd, fear, worry. It helps me sleep. I have Fibromyalgia

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Mammmy
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Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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Tue August 14, 2018 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: It works
CONS: You can feel a little sluggish, sleepy

I started having episodes of severe anxiety (with depression) around age 20....45 years ago! No phobias. No negative life events. I hid it well but was terrified. Held off going to doctor. Stigma? Finally at age 49 was prescribed Buspar and Paxil but they didn't work. Continued to suffer...went back to different doctors. Finally, when I was 55 a Dr. put me on Xanax extended release 1 mg twice a day. It worked with just occasional setbacks. After 10 years on it...Dr. and I decided to try a cut-back. It was nine months of living hell. We both came to decision to stay on the 1 mg. ER twice a day. Also, on Lexapro 15 mg/day. I never felt "high" on Xanax.... just a basic sense of well being. I'm 65 yrs old now and know doctors don't like to give Xanax for extended period of time. But, I believe I'll be on it the rest of my life and willing to accept side effects of long term use. It's better than losing your mind.

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shadowripple

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Registered: October 2017
Location: Iowa, USA
Posts: 11
Tue October 31, 2017 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: slowed down panic attacks relatively quickly
CONS: addictive, didn't always work

It worked well enough, but not always. It was hard to tell when I was supposed to take it, since it's labelled "take as needed". The level of anxiety I needed to be experiencing for this pill to have an effect varied quite a bit.

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Wanderlust90

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Registered: September 2015
Location: AUS
Posts: 643
Wed January 20, 2016 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $15.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Practically everything, wonder drug for anxiety!
CONS: Tolerance, dependency & addiction potential

Had no side effects. Cheap. Hard to obtain rx. Tolerance builds quickly, dangerous at high doses & can cause dependence/addiction. If it wasn't addictive I would eat them all day everyday like candy.

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MelloJoy
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Registered: December 2015
Location: MO
Posts: 99
Mon January 4, 2016 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $2.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: controls my anxiety
CONS: makes me sleppy if taken too much

Because of Xanax I can live a more stable life. I am glad to have it available.

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AnxietyMaster

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Registered: June 2015
Location: At school
Posts: 248
Sun September 13, 2015 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Anxiety reduction
CONS: Super sleepy

All it did was put me to sleep. Maybe a lower dose?

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spring2014

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Registered: September 2014
Location: somewhere between hell and back over the rainbow
Posts: 834
Mon August 17, 2015 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: cause high anxiety level, made me sleepy during the day time

Xanax caused me to have very bad panic attacks made me sleepy during the day time w serazone these two are a nasty combination . I was never happy w xanax when I was on it . my psychiatrist wanted to put me on it but I refused to take for my ultrasound on my uterus back in May . this medication was nasty to me my old doctor put me on 75 mgs of xanax along w serazone .

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Erik456
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Registered: May 2015
Location: LA
Posts: 79
Wed May 20, 2015 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS: it works
CONS: none

I normally get proposed drugs by americantrustpills (seriously, this place sucks) free of danger. The fact is that I use to take lots of it so low expense is crucial for me.

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akandthekitty
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Registered: December 2014
Location: Northern Maine
Posts: 7
Sat December 6, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS:
CONS:

As a PRN, it works great when needed

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plantgrl
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Registered: May 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 4
Wed August 6, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: anxiety relief, easier sleep
CONS: drowsiness

really helped with my anxiety.

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mrs.lovett
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Registered: April 2014
Location: Canada
Posts: 5
Sat April 26, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: no panic attacs, no troubles falling asleep
CONS: addictive, hard to withdraw, becoming resistant to the medication after some time

This medication helped me a lot with the panic attacks and anxiety overall. However, after 1 year of taking it, I became resistant, and felt like a drug user; my body asked for more and bigger doses! I immediately told that to my doctor and he switched the medication to clonazepam. So far so good. (I will tell more about clonazepam in it's section)

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PsyTech
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Registered: February 2014
Location: Arizona
Posts: 7
Mon April 7, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $6.68| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Panic attacks are less, Ability to function without fear of unknown, ability to sleep.
CONS: None

This medication has made my work, home and academic life increasingly bearable as i suffer from GAD and Panic Disorder as well as PTSD. I have been on 1mg 3 times daily for 3 years. I have been on several different anti anxiety medications and tried Alprazolam once with the anti depressant I was on and it didn't work well. It turned out I am not tolerant to Effexor and the Alprazolam was just masking the increased panic attacks I was having. A year later once stabilized on celexa I started the Alprazolam again with a dose of Clonazepam and have been a godsend for three years now.

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ginaaa22
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Registered: January 2014
Location: Toledo, OH
Posts: 210
Wed January 29, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: cheap
CONS: doesnt work

doesnt work for me

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Helmus
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Registered: January 2014
Location: Europe
Posts: 123
Sun January 26, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Less anxiety
CONS: Very addictive, only works for a short period of time

It was prescribed to me for anxiety and suicidal thoughts. It felt good taking Xanax the first days, but it didn't fix anything. Now I'm on it for four months. Tried to stop myself, but it's hard. Better not begin with this drug.

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charo224488
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Thu January 23, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: calming
CONS: makes me tired sometimes

I can not be without xanax. I can not sleep without it, literally. It has helped me deal with my panic attacks since they started. It is my godsend drug. However, it can throw me into a depression pretty fast, I have to increase the dose periodically for it to remain effective, and I miss grapefruit.

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misskrome
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Registered: January 2014
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Sun January 19, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: worked wonders on anxiety
CONS: irritability

A little TOO powerful for me, personally, even at smallest dose. Felt kind of nice until the end of the day. Irritability.

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Registered: December 2013
Location: United States
Posts: 8
Wed December 25, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $8.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: helps keep me calm
CONS: none

calm

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mummymooch
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Location: Portumna Co. Galway Ireland
Posts: 22
Sat December 21, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: makes me chilled and calm
CONS: just a little bit sedated

Makes me calm none aggressive calm and happy only for short term use tho

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LostNgone4ever

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Registered: February 2013
Location: delaware, USA
Posts: 43
Sat October 5, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: initially good for sleep and anxiety
CONS: kept needing higher doses, caused horrible headaches, got addicted

took for 1 year

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Alexa19

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Registered: September 2013
Location: Germany
Posts: 28
Sat September 21, 2013 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Calms you down quickly
CONS: Sleeepiness!

Worked on anxiety but made me drop dead sleepy

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usehername

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Registered: October 2012
Location: in my head
Posts: 542
Sun September 1, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: RELIEF!
CONS: possibility of dependence

Makes me chatty (I'm bipolar, though). Relieves anxiety FAST for those it works on. Not for everyone, but I'm hanging onto mine, at least as a PRN.

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transientsoul

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Registered: August 2013
Location: CLEVELANDOHIO!!
Posts: 143
Fri August 23, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Ahhh, Xanax
CONS: Very Addictive

I'm sorry but, I love Xanax. I love it, love it, love it. And that's the problem. One feels good, two feels better and three, well, three is blissed out. Get it? This is a drug to stay away from except for very, very limited supervised dosing - like your doc counting your pills dosing. This drug would be way way too easy to OD with.

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wadingthruemotions
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Registered: March 2013
Location: Texas
Posts: 595
Sun May 5, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Helps with sleeping and anxiety symptoms pretty quickly.
CONS: Very addictive

It is great with anxiety and helps sleep. Problem is it is very addictive and that is one of the reasons I can no longer take this.

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Moodswing

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Location: New England
Posts: 559
Wed May 1, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Drains out feelings and emotions when you are about to self injure or binge/purge. Has a half life in the body so after 4 1/2 hrs you do not feel drugged.
CONS: Takes 30min to take effect. Only take it when you need it unlike antidepressants.

Helped keep my bulimia under control.

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kmg0420
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Tue June 12, 2012 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $12.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: helped anxiety and sleep issues
CONS: memory loss, developed dependencey

Helped with what I needed it for but when I wanted to stop taking it after a few months of use I was weined off and still had a seizure , had to be medically detoxed

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hobgoblins
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Sat April 14, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $3.88| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Switches off my "anxiety" switch
CONS: Can put you to sleep

Very helpful

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Oldenboy
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Registered: February 2012
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Tue February 28, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: It works.
CONS: None, although you don't want to take it every day or it might become habit-forming.

Pretty much a life-saver.

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bathory
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Registered: November 2011
Posts: 7
Mon November 7, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: works very well for anxiety
CONS: dr will no longer proscribe due to drug addicts

it worked great for my anxiety symptoms and anger issues, but due to idiots who have been abusing the drug, people like me who flip out without the medication can no longer get it. so now i suffer.

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Aunt Donna

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Registered: November 2008
Location: Northeast Louisiana
Posts: 1709
Sun December 19, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Helps ease panic attacks
CONS: If you too frequently, you build up a tolerance to the dosage and the dosage has to be increased

I find it works well along with other medications as a rescuer from a panic attacks.

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somethingintheway13
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Registered: December 2008
Sun June 13, 2010 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: none
CONS: didnt feel like it worked

i took this and each time i took it, it felt like nothing happened

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Virginias
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Wed December 9, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $15.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: it works
CONS: u build up a tollorence quick, very addictive

I've been on this for about 4 years. You do build up a tollorence for this med and u will have to up ur dossege. Its very hard to get off of.U should really try other meds before this one. It does make ur skin bad and hair thin. Besides all that, when I want to get off it, the withdrawal will be horrible. Good luck

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garretis4real
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Tue October 20, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $9.77| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Helps me sleep, and now I don't have racing thoughts. Plus I can leave my house again!
CONS: Can be addictive.

The best! If you have ANY problems that are mental, than take this! Your depression, worry, anxiety and stress will be gone. Just don't overdose.

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Topher

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Registered: February 2005
Posts: 769
Wed April 1, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Short acting (~4 hrs), effective, low side effects
CONS: addictive if over used

I used to get panic attacks, especially after a manic episode. I would use Valium to prevent or treat panic. Valium lasts for about 8 hours which was more than needed. Xanax does the trick in a much shorter time. It is also effective to induce sleep when I am anxious about something specific.

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skittleburst14
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Sun August 10, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: works very quickly
CONS: rapid tolerance, pro-depressive

I have been diagnosed with major depression, ADHD, anorexia, bulimia, insmonia but NOT anxiety. I was taking it at night to get to sleep (0.5mg), and it was working, but the sleep you get is not a good quality at all. I never found it addictive in the sense of wanting to take it. I was very happy to stop taking this even though I had to suffer through 3 straight days of being awake before finally sleeping. After many weeks off of it, I had a panic attack and thought I would try 0.5mg, and I found myself completely depressed for the next 8 hours. After that, I refused to take it. I think it could work VERY well for a select number of people who are using it under well supervised conditions. Other than that, I think the potential for over-use/misuse is sky-high; you definitely have to be careful not to ramp up the dose unnecessarily.

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Mon June 30, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $90.00| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: works when you are using it
CONS: this drug will make you worse when you stop using it.

This drug will ruin your life. If you are one of the fortunate people to have not tried this drug then make it stay that way. It will make you worse then when you started when you try coming off it. This drug should be banned and it makes me so angry that it was made to help people. The natural way for recovery is the right way - hypnotherapy, relaxation therapy, counseling.

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savwig10
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Sun June 1, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Stops my panic attacks in its tracks
CONS: Affects short term memory

I have suffered with severe panic attacks brought about by agoraphobia, and panic disorder for the past 5 years. I tried the natural route, therapy, and other medications. I take 100mg of Zoloft daily, and only take 0.25mg of xanax when I feel like I may have a major panic attack, which since raising my zoloft from 50mg to 100 mg daily has almost wiped out the need for any use of xanax. Xanax is addicting, which is why I chose to take Zoloft, and supplement the Zoloft with xanax as back up for when I am under a lot of stress. Without the xanax, I would have to say, I would still be confined to my house, barely eating, and not participating in any of my childrens social events. I still suffer from anxiety, but I am managing it much better. I highly recommend Xanax for those of you that suffer with panic disorder, but use it only when needed.

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Lynnestar
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Wed April 9, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: quick remedy to a panic attack
CONS: can make you extremely tired

I suffer from severe panic attacks that can last for hours. I have a fear of medication and convince myself I get all the side effects. Xanax is great for when you feel an attack coming on. It allows your body to stop getting so worked up. However, you cannot take it long term and you cannot drink alcohol. I was only taking a .25 when absolutely necessary. If you are very worked up, xanax will bring you down to a normal state. If you are not that intensely worked up, it can make you feel VERY tired. I usually drink a soda with it.

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carla2day

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Registered: April 2008
Fri April 4, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Good for anxiety as needed but not everyday
CONS: Dangerously addictive, and bad withdrawal symptoms

Beware of this medication, as it is very addictive and withdrawal process is very uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous.

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Wed March 19, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: fast acting
CONS: short effective time, try klonipin, it lasts longer and is smoother

Is good drug when you're crazy manic, exellent in fact, but be carefull using for any length of time.......it's a Benzo people!

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Registered: February 2007
Posts: 16
Sun March 16, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Relieves anxiety quickly, very slight euphoria
CONS: Stops all emotions, not just anxiety

Xanax is an interesting medication, it has very positive effects if used correctly but negative ones if used incorrectly. Xanax, as you already know, is very addictive because tolerance is built up quickly. It causes drowsiness so if you have never taken it then do not drive after you take it until you know how you will react to it. I have taken 1mg Xanax XR for over a year now and it still makes me slightly hyptnotized after I take it, a little sleepy. But it helps my anxiety. I also take 0.5 mg ativan at night to help me sleep. I will be talking with my doctor soon to figure out what to do because my anxiety is back.

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Thu February 21, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $60.00| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Very Calming
CONS: Comatose State

I was put on this med by my general doctor for anxiety. Which very well could have somewhat been daily stress. Which is not supposed to happen. After THREE years of daily 6 mgs doses I was hooked. When I stopped taking it because I was feeling fine, my stomach would kill, I could not sleep, sweating & I would feel like puking. I HAD to maintain a daily dose in my system to feel NORMAL, not even calm. I am 26 years old & 110 lbs. So I started when I was 23. When I started going to a psych I was diagnosed with Bipolar. All I had been doing for 3 years is masking the problem. I don't drink or do drugs. I do not have an addicting personality. But even now after getting myself off these drugs from fear of being a druggie, I STILL crave that numbing, self medicating feeling. Benzos are THE most dangerous drug around I think. (Script wise.) Even now my memory is nonexistent. The past 3 years are a blur to me. The fact I did not want to stop taking them, told me it was time to. It caused me to slur & other odd behaviors which society does not except. lol. I am now on Seroquel waiting to add one more for my behavior. Seroquel helps with the destructive high manias I had, not with the lows. PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH THIS DRUG. IF YOU ARE ON IT FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME WHEN YOU TRY TO STOP YOU COULD HAVE A SEIZURE. IT IS A VERY COMMON THING WITH THIS.

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PROS: IT WORKED For A Short Time
CONS: Then It Tended To Make Me Worse & AllMy SKIN SHEDED ? Had To Be HOSPITALIZED.

ITS JUST TOOOO ADICTIVE TO GIVE TO PEOPLE,ITS THE Elite BENZO & NOTHING WORKS AFTER IT. THANK THE ARIAN

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Sat February 2, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: THEY WORKED FOR A WEEK OR SO 1mgm TWICE DAILY ,6 YEARS & UP TO 14 PER DAY FOR CUSHING SYNDROME & AGRAPHOBIA.
CONS: NOW IVE BEEN DIAGNOSED OCD THEY SEY THEY WERE THE WRONG MEDS TO BE ON.

THE PRODUCT SHOULD ONLY BE USED IN HOSPITALS & NOT SENT HOME THEY ARE TOOOO ADICTIVE, THANKS THE ARIAN

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Fri November 30, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: calms me down, helps me sleep
CONS: dizziness (in the beginning)

The first time around (when I was in college) I took the .5mg of generic Xanax and I could barely get out of bed. My friends literally had to grab my ankles and pull me out of bed so I could get to class (usually late). Now the second time around, I'm on 1mg Xanax XR, and I absolutely love it. There is one problem; sometimes it makes me incredibly dizzy and disoriented. I quickly have found the solution; if I chug a bottle of water after taking it I feel fantastic.

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Mon November 26, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Helped my panic!
CONS:

I take this for my panic attacks and it always works in getting me to calm down i have .25 but break it in half .

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Mon November 5, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Took me right out of a panic attack when I was having one.
CONS: NONE!

I used .25-.5 mg of this when I was having a panic attack. It ALWAYS took me down, and made me feel "normal" again. I am no longer on it, per my pdoc.

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Sat October 27, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: works quickly in a panic attack
CONS: addictive

helped me overcome agorapophobia by knowing I could take a pill if panic was too much

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Sun August 26, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: stops panic and anxiety attacks, helps you sleep, doesn't stay in your system for too long
CONS: drowziness, dizziness, body becomes too tolerant if taken daily

I've been on and off Xanax for over five years. This is the ONLY drug that helps my panic and anxiety attacks. It also helps take the edge off a day of major depression. This drug should not be used daily because the longer you take it, the more your body adjusts to the medication and you will need a higher dose. This drug can be addictive for SOME people, not all. It should be a back-up in case of a panic or anxiety attack or on nights when you just can't sleep due to anxiety or depression. I highly recommend this drug for those who need something every now and then; but if you suffer daily from anxiety or panic attacks, I would encourage you to look at other treatments with your doctor.

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Tue August 7, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Really helps in an acute panic attack
CONS: If the usage is regular, it may start causing too much tiredness and loss of energy

This is a really good pill for acute panick attack, but one shouldn't start taking it on day basis, as for ensuring that the attack doesn't come therefore, cause it can make you too tired if taken every day, even small amounts. So one should take let's say only one alprazolam per day, like 0,5 mg, because it's not realistic not to take at all if you really have a panic disorder, but it's better to save the rest of the pills for a situation when they are really needer, if you're going in the center of the city, travelling somewhere, facing some situation where you've had panic feelings. One good thing about alp. is that it doesn't make you numb and emotionless like some SSRI-pills, and it really helps immediately, not after 3 weeks or so. And one doesn't HAVE to increase the dosage, in terms as if the original relatively low dosage wouldn't work after a while if you don't increase, growing the dosage is not necessary, it's voluntary allthough allways easy to do so like in all benzos.

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Wed June 27, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $0.10| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: helped me sleep better
CONS: makes you feel like you have no energy

It just made me really sleepy, I had to take a nap during the day. I'm not really sure that it helped my anxiety, it kind of made me more depressed because i had no energy.

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