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who has tried xanax xr and what are your stories?
i have been looking into getting on xanax xr i recently have a prescription for regular xanax but only take it every other day if i feel bad i just dont want to get addicted should i be taking more or just addicted?
zack
07/19/09
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  I don't know what your diagnosis is, or why you're taking the Xanax XR. I'll assume you have an anxiety disorder.

I've always heard that Xanax is habit-forming. I know that people who try to wean off of it have a terrible time sleeping. If you have an anxiety disorder and go off of it, you'll feel all of your symptoms again, and may want to go on something else.

On the other hand, my Mother had terrible Generalized Anxiety disorder, and her doctor placed her on Xanax permanently, addiction and all. This is because other medications for anxiety didn't help her. She was able to manage the anxiety better on the Xanax.

Xanax XR should be a lot like regular Xanax. You may not notice it hitting your system the way regular Xanax would, and you won't notice it wearing off as much. It won't last for two days, however.

To get the Xanax CR, you'll have to ask your doctor. I think he/she will tell you that you're not taking enough. But be sure to follow the doctor's instructions on when to take it. I think the CR version is very much like the regular, so I don't think your doctor will mind.

For what its worth, many psychiatric medicines require a tapering off period before you can go off it. You would need to be under your doctor's care should you ever go off the Xanax.

Best of luck to you!!
Pamela
07/19/09
  hi, try not to abuse it, now I'm on Alprazolam (1.5mg) https://www.medstore-online.cc/Alprazolam-Made-in-India-pr-3087-c-629.html
Rock
03/20/14
Any experiences with Xanax XR?
I've been suffering with Panic Disorder for the last year. I've tried a myriad of natural remedies, but nothing seems to work.

I've taken Xanax and Valium on and off to curb an attack, but it no longer works in small doses. I'm not one to want to be on meds, but I'm considering Xanax XR, anyone have any experiences? positive or negative.
Kiki F.
10/24/07
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Order In Chaos
10/24/07
Ok so my doctor has me prescribed to xanax XR?
He tells me to take the xanax as needed and When i take them they do not help . They are Xanax XR .5 , If i take two i feel fine. But he gives me 30 a month! I tell him over and over again i need 60 a month and he tells me not to exceed one a day! What the heck! I barely drive! Why does he not help my anxiety?? What can I say for him to give me a better dosage?
Sublimechick856
11/11/09
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  If I were you I'd ask to be put on Klonopin. It's longer lasting and seems to work better with people that don't have good results with xanax.

What works well for some people doesn't work well with others.

I've taken both.
MeAgain
11/11/09
Tranxene like Xanax?
I was just prescribed Tranxene for anxiety. I asked the doc about Xanax and he wouldn't give it to me. I didn't know Tranxene was a benzo I called a pharmacy that doesn't have benzos and they claimed Tranxene was a form of Xanax or something. How similar are these two drugs?
t b
09/26/07
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  Tranxene is an old medication and many pharmacies don't stock it anymore. The truth is that the pharmacy you called probably does not have it and won't order it for you if your prescription is for a small quantity. They don't want to order a bottle of 100 tablet for a prescription for 30 tablets and get stuck with the rest. Try some other pharmacies.
texjeff111
09/29/07
xanax .?
if you take 20 pills of xanax...how can you die from it?

how long will it take to kill u?

is there 2 milligram xanax pill?

p.s. i am not trying to kill myself lol
Josh S
09/03/08
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  yes you can die duh you will pass out and not wake up i have seen people that take them so much they build a tolerence and take that many but there drug addicts Y these questions?
Tinker
09/03/08
How do I get off of xanax XR?
I am currently taking 1 mg of xanax xr for panic attacks, I started taking this in April. I dont want to be on meds for this, I want to learn how to deal with these attacks on my own. My doctor wants me to see a therapist to help me cope with the attacks and I see him next week. But, how do I cut back, I take it once a day since it is extended release. Is going to a therapist worth it? How can I really get off of xanax xr?
kdhiggs05
07/18/07
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  Actually it is relatively simple to "cut back" taking xanax XR. Your physician can instruct you how to taper off. You haven't been taking it for very long so I doubt that you will have any difficulties. With regard to a therapist the answer is a resounding YES,. First of all, the Xanax is really a short term solution for anxiety. Your doctor should have considered putting you on one of the SSRI anti-depressants such as Prozac. These tend to alleviate anxiety and panic attacks but they take longer to work than the benzo's such as xanax. It can take several weeks for the therapeutic dosage to be reached but they are considered long term medications for this problem. Usually the patient is weaned off the xanax after several weeks. Please go to a therapist. Anxiety leads to depression. It is a monster that will eat you up and destroy your life but it can be relatively easy to control it. best wishes
George P
07/18/07
What is the difference between ativan and xanax?
I had a miscarriage last week at 8wks. The only meds the hospital gave me were 800 mg ibuprofen. Yesterday my Dr. also added a script for Ativan 1mg 4 x a day. With the holidays it took a while for the hospital to get her the records. Should I ask for something different? What is the difference between ativan and xanax? I have xanax for "as needed" from a while ago but I don't know about taking it 4 times a day.
TEACHER
12/31/08
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  Xanax and Ativan are in the same class (benzodiazepines), but Xanax is shorter acting (lasts less time). 4 mg a day is an okay dose but a little hefty for someone with no prior use. See how you feel with it. My sympathies on your loss.
mariat753
12/31/08
Swapping Xanax 0.5mg for Inderal LA 80mg (Nausea)?
For the past year I have been roughly taking a 0.5mg daily dose of Xanax for anxiety and panic attacks. Recently though I wanted to try something different because I see Xanax as a short term aid rather than a long term helpful drug. The doctor decided to give me Inderal LA 80mg (Beta blocker) and told me to taper off the Xanax. I have been taking this for 2 days now and I have been feeling very nauseous. It's a strange almost gagging nausea and for some reason it hasn't affected my appetite.

My question is this. Since I have no experience of Beta Blockers I was wondering if the nausea was more to do with the Inderal or more likely coming from the fact that I'm reducing the Xanax. I don't want to stop the Inderal in case it's just the Xanax leaving my system but I don't want to continue feeling sick if it's the Inderal.

Any ideas or experience of this ?

p.s When I have stopped Xanax before I have had a slight felling of nausea but nothing compared to this.

Thanks in advance
I have researched the drug. It is mainly a blood pressure drug but it's also used in the treatment of anxiety because it stops adrenaline flowing to the brain during an attack.
Blair H
06/24/07
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  please research inderal on the computer as far as i know its a blood pressure medication:

What is propranolol(generic name)?

Propranolol is in a class of drugs called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers affect the heart and circulatory system (arteries and veins).

Propranolol is used to reduce hypertension (high blood pressure), to treat angina (chest pain), to treat irregular heartbeats, to treat migraines, to treat tremor, and to reduce the risk of a recurrent heart attack.
beth73065
06/24/07
I've been taken my 3mg Xanax xr twice daily. Just like my doctor told me to but it's not working as well?
About 3 moths ago I started taking the 3mg Xanax xr twice daily and it worked perfectly but here lately my the Xanax xr is working as long as it used to. It used to last 7 hours raspy. But now it's more like 4-5 hours. What should I tell my doctor. I don't want to sound like an addict. Thank you very much for all answers are greatly apprieciated.
Lewis Beyer
06/21/10
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  You have built up a tolerance to the drug. There are 2 choices. Either you go off the meds and find a better way or you increase the dosage. You should talk to your doc about the severity of increasing a prescription because benzos aren't a joke to come off of. Maybe there is another drug that would relieve the symptoms without the addiction? In any case, I would certainly talk to the doc about what you're experiencing and see if he can come up with a solution that fits your life.
It's at it
06/21/10
How to taper off Xanax XR?
I have been on Xanax XR 1mg for 2 months. I am prone to severe panic attacks lasting 1-3 hours that happen daily.

My doctor does not want me on the Xanax anymore and is unsure how to properly taper. (Thats a primary doctor for ya..)

I've had horrible experiences with physical withdrawal symptoms from Paxil, which is the cause of my unexplained panic currently.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a taper schedule?
Kiki F.
01/02/08
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  Usually the best way to taper off Xanax, is to half one dose every week or so. Usually, if you are on a 3X a day dosing schedule, half the dose that you feel you need LEAST (for me that would be morning) first, and follow with the other two.

Another thing is that it is helpful to have a support mechanism in place. Someone you trust you can call if you're having panic attacks at 2 AM. Quitting Xanax is tough, but you can do it if you have help. If you can avoid being alone as much as possible that would help.

Also, if you're taking Xanax for sleep, you might consider switching to Trazadone (which is not addictive) to tide you through, or low dosages of phenobarbital (for a short time) or Ambien which are not as addictive and will help you step down.
Ga_Christie_04
01/02/08
How many miligrams of Xanax does it take to overdose and die?
I'm not crazy or suicidal, just need to know the lethal dose limit of Xanax. Someone I know may be abusing them.
endless_smiles_2000
12/12/06
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  I'm a nurse. Any medication in excess can be lethal. I would recommend you talk with the person to get help. It's really hard to say the amount because if the person has the medication in their system, it wouldn't be too many. I would watch their intake if you can. Offer them the option to see their doctor. I hope this helps you, take care.
kinacl
12/12/06
Advil cold and sinus and xanax?
I take xanax for panic disorder. I've got a cold going on-stuffy nose, cough, sinus pressure. I was wondering if xanax and advil cold and sinus is a bad combination? Thanks!
Tiffany
02/04/11
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  That should be no problem, but it wouldn't hurt to call any pharmacist. Just look up "Pharmacies" in the Yellow Pages if you need a 24-hour pharmacy. :)
LadyLynn
02/04/11
What are other names for Xanax?
I was feeling a panic attack come on and my friend gave me two bar shaped white pills..she said they were Xanax but when i looked them up it said they were Buspirone hydrochloride..... Are they the same thing? Or are they completely different medications? I'm scared to take them :( should I?
mrs. grimm
02/07/09
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What is the difference between Xanax and Alprazolam?
Is Alprazolam the generic version of Xanax? What is the difference in effectiveness and cost of the generic version of Xanax? Please add reliable sources to your answer thank you?
George
11/11/08
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  Xanax is a trade name for the generic drug alprazolam. There should be absolutely no difference in the drug and its effectiveness between generic and trade name versions. Generally the generic versions are cheaper. There is a period of time after a drug is developed where it is not allowed to be copied and during this period the drug company are able to recover the cost of developing the drug by having no competition and setting the price they feel is appropriate. Allowing production of generics allows competition in the market and brings the cost of drugs down.
In the UK the NHS prefers doctors to prescribe generic drugs as they are cheaper. However Xanax is not an expensive drug (about 15p per tablet) and so there is likely to be only a small saving on the generic drug.
SiD
11/11/08
How much stronger is Xanax than Temazepam?
My Doctor is taking me off Xanax and putting me on Temazepam aka Restoril.

I'm worried that it won't be as effective.
sam r
06/09/09
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  Temazepam is a joke compared to xanax. 2mgs of xanax is equal to 80mgs of Restoril. The highest dose of restoril is 30mg. The ratio of Alprazolam to Temazepam is 1:40
huntsvillewitch
06/09/09
Xanax......?
I am planning on taking a xanny tonight and I want to get messed up and still remember the night. My friends plan on drinking with the xanaxs but I don't. I'm about 240 lbs. and never taken a xanax before what would be the best dosage to take and how long would I be messed up for? Is .25 mg the least potent.
CKP52
04/16/08
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  Xanax's do not come in the milligram as the one mentioned above. They come in .25, .50 & 1 mg. Yes, the point 25 is the lesser milligams of the three.
Don't let the low dosage fool you. The 1 mg. are very strong.
If you don't have a script for them, you shouldn't take them, but you probably already know that.
Will
04/16/08
What is a safe alternative for xanax to use during pregnancy?
I have recently discovered I am unexpectedly pregnant and I currently take the prescription xanax for panic attacks and social anxiety. I know I need to quit taking it but I cannot leave my house without it. I can't breathe just thinking about it. Is there anything I can do without risking my baby's health?
Amber S
09/19/06
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  Discuss it with your dr. I don't know of any alternative meds. The thing to decide is do the benefits to you outweigh the risks to the baby.
dragonkisses
09/19/06
is it dangerous to mix librium and xanax?
someone i'm living with is mixing librium and xanax and i was wondering if there's any harm with that?
B4MBI
02/19/10
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What is the recommended amount for Xanax prescribed?
I have anxiety and severe nervousness at times along with major teeth clenching. Usually I get this in social situations. I take Xanax 0.5 mg once or twice a week. Is that enough? Is that the normal prescribed dosage? Or will the doctor eventually up the dose?
Mandy
05/16/08
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  I take 0.5 as well, but i have to take it every day before bed. There have been times that i just can't get my mind to shut off and I get up and take another xanax. I would not recomend this. Sometimes 0.5 may not be doing the trick, but unless you have the luxury of sleeping in until noon, DON'T take two 0.5 xanax , they will knock you out like a grizzley bear!
Scott K
05/16/08
How would xanax work for a new student?
So, I'm moving to a new school next year. I have some anxiety problems with meeting and talking to new people. Would xanax help me get over that initial hump(planning on using for 1-2 weeks)? If so, what dose should I take? Also, will I look like I'm on something? I don't want people to label me a druggie or anything. I would be getting the stuff through prescription, of course.
Alan Singley
05/30/11
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  Take the time to watch this video and learn what Xanax and all these drugs are about. Realize that no one is ever deficient in a drug.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fduMpYhv1_M&feature=related

Looking for drugs to solve mental issues is never a good answer. You need to take the time to learn techniques for managing your issue that work for you. When a person has trouble speaking in front of people for one reason or another, they join groups that teach you how to public speak. That is a life long solution. Drugs are a temporary fix that lead to deterioration of your body.

good luck to you
onlymatch4u
05/30/11
How long after taking temazepam can I take Xanax?
took 15 mg of temazepam 4 hrs ago and still can't sleep... Is it ok to take a little dose of Xanax?
Resto
12/22/08
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  Yes after 4 hours it's safe enough to take a dose of Xanax.

You could also just take another dose of Temaz INSTEAD of the Xanax.
I do care!
12/22/08
Can I get Xanax prescription filled in one state and the refill in a different state?
I am going on vacation and will need to get my Xanax refilled in a different state.

I am in Washington State now and would like to fill my Xanax prescription here, and then in a month get the refill in Oregon when I am on vacation.

Is there a pharmacy that allows this? I went to one pharmacy and she said that it could only be refilled at the Seattle location.
Yahoo user
06/02/09
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  It depends on whether or not you are going to a chain pharmacy like CVS or just a local pharmacy. It all depends on state laws, i would recommend check with a pharmacist at a chain pharmacy, but if they say no, it's probably a legality issue.
Riot
06/03/09
does anyone know if xanax can be taken in addition to rozerem?
Ive taken Rozerem with Klonopin and thats ok but i dont know how different xanax and klonopin are. And i cant contact my doctor for a couple weeks- theyre on vacation. I could ask the pharmacist but its 10 pm and im just looking for a quick fix for tonights insomnia/anxiety.
thanks.
Skeeky
10/01/09
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  Rozerem is probably the mildest prescription sleep-aid on the market. Xanax is a pretty heavy anti-anxiety drug, but because Rozerem doesn't contain any narcotic ingredients and mostly just mimics natural brain chemicals (opposed to the other prescription sleep aids), it really shouldn't be a problem. There are also no known interactions between the two.

I'd say you're fine to take it tonight. However, consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you plan on continuing this combo.

Sweet dreams. =]
Shannon
10/01/09
my prozac stuff?
ive been taking prozac for about 6 weeks. the first 4 weeks it was 5 mg and now im on 10 to see how i react to it and all that stuff. next month will be 20 bc i wont see my dr untill the month after.

would it be bad to try the 20 and then drop down to 10 again if its not working the same or if it isnt for me? but keep the 20s and break them in half for future use if i cant stay on my meds?

i actually think its doing good bc i would weekly go into a ''mind F**K" where i would get all delusional and stuff. plus my OCD. im also on the Xanax .5 two times a day. i think my dr is weird about xanax bc of the abuse tendencies and the selling and all that stuff so im kinda afraid to ask her to up them. it hasnt helped with my face picking part of my ocd. i call it my self destruction actually. but with my obsession part its did some help. (the prozac and xanax combined)

i dont know what to say actually haha anything people...anything.,.
Jazz
05/26/08
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  First off you should only take the mg.that your DR.has prescribed to you.Once you feel comfortable with the dose that he recommends then stay at that dose. You cannot go up and down on the dose when you feel like it.
bobbi
05/26/08
can you mix clonazepam xanax and oxybutynin together without it hurting you to badly?
my mom took a half of a xanax, a clonazepam. we are wondering if we give her the oxybutynin will it hurt her, even though she is percsribed to it?
kay kay
06/27/10
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Can I take Mesalamine & Xanax together?
I am 22, i just was recently diagnosed with mild ulcerative colitis and right now I am currently taking Lialda, with Mesalamine, and probiotics to maintain it.

I leave to travel to europe in a week, a 10 hour flight, and I usually take Xanax when I fly long flights...
Will it be okay to take the Zanax on top of the Mesalamine??
Or will they react badly together?

Please let me know, Thank you so much!!!
Jennifer Hills
05/11/11
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  I don't know, if you're looking to get high try it for science.

If you're just medicating, ask your doctor. We don't know or give a fuck.
G T
05/11/11
How much Klonopin do I use to equal the effects of 2mg of Xanax?
These are both prescription drugs but if I run out of xanax I need to know how much Klonopin to use..I have 1 mg pills of Klonopin.
Debbie Ratliff
12/17/10
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  I take 4 .5mg of klonopin.
Amber M
12/17/10
Can Xanax help with Paxil CR withdrawal symptoms?
I take 37.5 mg Paxil CR--could taking Xanax help with the withdrawals of stopping Paxil?
JoMama
09/24/07
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  Taking Xanax might cause more problems as some people do abuse and I used to be one of them. Ask your doc for the best option. Not cool to fool around with meds.
kat12
09/24/07
Can someone describe to me the affects of Xanax and Buspar?
I've been having pretty severe mood swings and anxiety, so I went to the doctor, and he prescribed be Xanax and Buspar. Can someone tell me what they do and how long will it take before I start noticing the affects? Please don't cut and paste the articles from Wikipedia. I read them already, and they didn't really make sense.
Magenta Sabre
05/18/08
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  they are both anti anxiety meds. xanax is a benzodiazepene medication and buspar is not. xanax is a schedule 4 drug. buspar is not scheduled. xanax can help with the anxiety attacks by causing you to have a very relaxed feeling. some people take it just to get that mello " i don't care" feeling but it can be very effective during an anxiety attack. Buspar is taking more as a scheduled medication to keep a certain drug level in your body. it is not used for an acute anxiety attack. I do not know if that helps or not. the xanax will take effect about 15 minutes after you take it. buspar will take a few days to start working in your system because it has to get to a certain therapeutic level in your body.
tulla
05/18/08
Is it ok to take a xanax with cyprobenzaprine or a xanax with skelaxin when you have severe back pain?
Need to know for my mom.

Is it ok to take a xanax with cyprobenzaprine or a xanax with skelaxin when you have severe back pain?
Dustin
03/02/10
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  no,it belongs to antiphlogistic drug,and it will damage zang-fu organs and induce the bleeding of gastrointestinal tract,even cause heart disease, so take care of using it.
you can try this Lianchi Back Pain Plaster,which is made from chinese herbs,no side effect.
http://bodycountry.com/backpain/the-most-effective-back-pain-treatment
Tom Bed
03/04/10
How long does it take for Xanax to get out of your system?
I quit taking xanax three days ago, how long does it take for it to get out of my body system completely.
Ricardo, Jr. L
08/01/09
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  The half life of Xanax varies from 6.3 - 26.9 hours with an average of 11.2 hours. For all practical purposes the amount of Xanax remaining after 6 half-lives is negligible. So, after about 66 hours (6 x 11.2) it will no longer be in your body.
Kim
08/03/09
can I take digoxin and xanax at the same time?
My heart doctor put me on digoxin a few years back for my heart and I was just put on xanax the other day, I am supposed to be taking it twice a day but I have to take my othe medication as well. I was wondering if I can take them at the same time or how long shoulf I wait to take them?
Sharon
09/04/10
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  Xanax may increase serum levels of digoxin, this is probably more of a risk in the elderly. They can be taken together with caution but you should really discuss this with your GP.
Rhianna does Medicine Year 1
09/04/10
what are the interactions with xanax and vistaril?
my doctor has put me on vistaril for my anxiety attacks an i have never taken it before. so i am a bit scared of how it will make me feel. i have been taking xanax (.5)for the attacks, but she wants me to change to vistaril. i am also on paxil (10) and trazadone (50). will the vistaril work as quickly as the xanex or is it something that has to get into your system before you can tell a difference?
Jenni
11/21/09
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  This medication is used to treat anxiety and also is used to treat some allergies.

Xanax is used only as an anti-anxiety medication.
This medicine should relieve your anxiety as quickly as Xanax does. It also doesn't cause addicition as Xanax can.Maybe this is why your doctor wanted you to switch.
Each person reacts differently to different medications ,and side effects very from person to person.
You have the right to discuss with your doctor the reasons why she is switching you from Xanax to this medicine.
Susiecat
11/21/09
whats the difference between Niravam(alprazolam) and xanax?
i was taking xanax illegally and the doctor gave me something called niravam witch is alprazolam that dissolves in ur mouth so what is the difference
Veronica
05/05/10
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  No difference. Niravam and Xanax are brand names for the substance which is called alprazolam. Brand names are copyrighted and are subject to licenses acquired by particular manufacturers. Brand names may differ, but the basic element, or the active ingredient is the same. In this case, it is alprazolam which can also be called a generic name for both Niravam and Xanax. There may be found other brand names for alprazolam, too. They include Alplax, Helex, Xanor, etc.
Ted
05/06/10
What does this definition mean?
Drugs metabolized by cytochrome P450 (e.g., diazepam, warfarin, phenytoin, cyclosporine, disulfiram, benzodiazepines): Omeprazole can prolong their elimination. Monitor to determine need for possible dose adjustments when taken with Omeprazole.

I'm feeling a little anxious and need to take a xanax but scared too. The xanax is the lowest dose. I can't call a pharmicist or my doctor because it's late at night.
WildTexan
05/20/09
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  Basically are you taking Omeprazole, because if you are you may need a different dose of xanax than if you aren't. A normal dose is fine if you aren't taking it.

05/20/09
How long after taking 1mg of Xanax is it ok to drink alcohol?
Im taking 1mg a day around noon and want to drink with friends at night around 9. How long does Xanax stay in your system?
Matt S
02/26/09
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  Alprazolam (Xanax) has a half life of about 6.3mg in young healthy people, with 11-12 hours being an average. That being said, the peak concentration in the body occurs within 1-2hrs. So if you are drinking 8hrs later you will be fine. And no matter what many say, having a drink or two is fine for most people. And the Xanax will be mostly (if not fully) gone. And Xanax only works for around 4hrs. So the sedation will be gone by the tie you go drinking.

Have fun!
Mathieu
03/01/09
How exactly is 2mg Ativan supposed to make you feel, and when will I start feeling it after I take it.?
I have been prescribed xanax for a long time for anxiety issues. My doctor just took me off of xanax and decided he wanted me to try Ativan. I haven't taken it yet, so I was just wondering if it will feel the same as xannax? If not, how will it make me feel. I am nervouse about taking a new med.
Chris O
01/20/08
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  i used to take 0.5 mg of ativan. At first it made me sleepy but once i got used to taking it i didn't have any side effects. You shouldn't feel any different by taking the Ativan.
isaidwhen
01/20/08
Should i take xanax or diphenhydramine HCI to go to sleep?
Should i take .5 mg of xanax to go to sleep or 50 mg of diphen? Which will give me a better sleep? Or should i take both?
Andres
07/10/09
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  As you probably know, xanax is primarily a drug used to treat generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. It belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. One of the main problems with benzos is that they are addictive---sometimes even at a low dosage, like .5 mg. If you were to take xanax regularly and then stop, you would probably have trouble falling asleep again, which is called rebound insomnia. You might also have some withdrawal symptoms, which can be very nasty with benzos. (I am speaking from personal experience.)

Diphenhydramine HCl is an over the counter med that is found in benadryl, sominex, nytol, excedrin PM, etc. Just the fact that it is sold over the counter suggests it is milder than xanax or other benzos. I have found it effective for times where nothing else would get me to sleep. Also, it is not addictive.

Most of the time I do not need any meds to fall asleep. Below is a long list of more natural ways to fall asleep. It is so long that reading it might put you to sleep :-)

What helped me a lot to fall asleep, especially when my mind was racing, was to lie in bed and listen to relaxation CDs, especially those that contain someone speaking with relaxing music in the background. The combination of voice and music is very soothing. Many of these CDs are available on eBay for very low prices.

A warm bath is a great way to help you to sleep. If you can’t take a bath, you can give yourself a foot massage with slightly warm massage oil, sesame oil, or castor oil from a health food store.

A helpful technique is to relax your body one part at a time. So you could relax your feet, your lower legs, upper legs, moving up from your lower belly up to your chest, etc., until your whole body is relaxed.

Of course, guided relaxation methods can help, imagining yourself in the country, the beach, or whatever is most soothing to you.

If you have annoying thoughts or personal issues that run through your mind when you are trying to sleep, you might have to deal with those issues first. You might want to talk to a counselor or therapist about that.

There are herbs that might help you to sleep, eg, valerian root, kava kava, chamomile, hops, passion flower, skullcap. Probably, valerian root and kava kava are the best. However, what most people don’t realize is that it can take a few weeks for some herbs to build up in your system before they work.

The minerals calcium and magnesium might be helpful for sleep. You can also try 5-HTP, trytophan, or melatonin (about 3 mg). I would not take melatonin for over a month unless your doctor says it is ok.
YA Junkie
07/11/09
i have chronic urticaria...what can i do?
Took allergy test...eosinophils are normal so its not food or chemical related.
Took thyroid and rheumatoid blood test....its not that
Doc says its stress related and gave me xanax.
I started a new job, studying for RD exam, wife wants a baby, fixing up my house. so i know i am stressed, plus i go to bed at 10 or 11 at night, and i have to work many mornings from 4:30 am to 1:30 pm.

im taking xanax, as well as zyrtec with zantac 75 (h1 and h2 blocker)
Joe Kidd
08/04/07
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  In 2 weeks i will have my 10th year anniversary battling chronic uticaria. Since im 19, i've been battling it for a while now. So.... You probably dont' have much to worry about unless you've had hives for years, most times they go away within a few months or weeks even. Since your blood tests were all clear and healthy, raging hormones such as mine or stress is the likely cause, unless you've been washing your laundry with new detergent or fabric softner (i wish it was that easy to fix) your hives will likely dissapear when your stress levels drop again.

I also take xantax and zyrtec once a day. Most chronic uticaria is as they call it idiopathic meaning the doctor is a stupid moron and can't find a cure, or in other words there are no answers to why you are getting these hives. Xantax and Zyertec should be enough to supress the welts. If not try icing it down or stand next to the a/c for a few mintues. If it get's really bad try using an anti-itch cream. But thats bascially all the control you have over your body; is to stop the itching.

I once asked my doctor if stress was a factor in my chronic hives, and his reply was yes, all sorts of diseases come about when your under tons of stress. The best cure for your hives is to try to stay relaxed take it one step at a time and worry about now and not about the 500 pages of stuff you need to read for your up coming exam.
oOFemmeFataleoO
08/04/07
I was prescribed xanax XR do these work if chewed or broken ?
My doctor has prescribed xanax XR. My pharmacist says that if the pills are chewed or broken then they will not work at all. Is this true or does it just mean that they will not be extended release? Does anyone have any experience with this medication?
jkc301
09/24/10
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  They won't be extended release. All the medication will be dumped at the same time.
Lea
09/25/10
Tonight I will for the first time be taking taking lexapro, luvox cr, xanax, and sleeping pills is this going?
to be a problem. And cause I know you are going to ask, it is 100mg of Luvox, 3 over-the-counter sleeping pills, 3mg of xanax, and I'll take the lexapro in the morning.
Bryan
09/08/10
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What is the maximum dose of Xanax that is typically prescribed?
What is the maximum dose of Xanax that is typically prescribed? Thanks.
Im having a panic attack and the usual dose of .5 isnt doing crap.
Moon H
10/03/08
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  typically you will get .25 to .50 mg quantity 60 a month some people don't react the same so if they dont work just wait til its time to fill again and talk to Dr dont go in early and say these dont work I took them all. I think the max dose is 3mg or a triple bar and ive seen people prescribed 90 of these a month it all just depends on you
Sgt. Pepper
10/03/08
insomnia, rls, anxiety, etc..?
well i'm going to the doctor soon about my insomnia, anxiety, rls, & back pain. its long but pleasee read.

i've read that seroquel is used for insomnia, rls and anxiety, but I have used seroquel before (not perscribed, i was extremely desperate for sleep).

I took 100mg and had extremely bad side effects. My whole body was twitching every 5 seconds (thought i was about to have seizures), I was hearing things, and I thought I was going crazy. This went on for about 4 hours. I was too scared to go to the ER.

Anyways, I have two questions. If my doctor was to say he was going to perscribe me this, what should I say? Just tell him straight up that it gave me a really bad effect but I obtained it illegally? Or what... ?

I've also tried valium and xanax. (both not perscribed, and like I've said, i'm just desperate for sleep)

All in low doses, which xanax (.25mg) only knocked me out the first night, then the next night, kept me up til 5am. (i also take 1mg. mirapex)

It seems like xanax & valium only work for a few days..


What other benzos/non benzos are there?
I've already talked to 3 doctors, one was the one I'm about to see. I went with my mom to her appt because she told me he could help me. The other two doctors just threw anti depressants at me, and they did nothing but make it worse.

And what does any of this have to do with my priorties?
<3
03/24/09
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  I think your priorities are a bit off, Sweetie.

If you spent more time discovering the cause of your anxiety and insomnia (no doubt all inter-related with the RLS), you wouldn't need to spend the so much time in a futile search for a chemical cosh.

Are you in counselling? Talking to anyone who can help you get to the bottom of your anxiety? Don't misunderstand, sleeping pills are lovely for the short term and the odd tablet has been a blessing to me. But its never wise to hide symptoms so you don't have to face a condition.

Good luck and hope you find a good counsellor soon.
Sasha
03/24/09
Klonopin and Corgard together?
a year ago I was put on beta blockers because xyprexa made me gain 90 pounds in 8 months and my blood pressure was 145/95. In December 2009 I quit taking Xyprexa, continued with the beta blocker and switched doctors because the one that made me fat with Xyprexa refused to give my Xanax for my core problem of Panic attacks, and only gave me more problems. When I quit aking the Xyprexa I weighed 285 pounds. Since January 2010 I switched to a new doctor that put me on Xanax and Corgard from Bystolic due to the cost of bystolic. A few months later I was switched from Xanax to Klonopin because I needed too much Xanax to keep me below the panic threshold. I now have lost the weight I gained from the Xyprexa and am still on the Beta blocker. I'm 5'10" and 205 pounds but still mildly obese and lately my BP has been in the 110-120/65-80 range and my resting HR is 53 lying down, 63 sitting up 73 in a chair and 83 standing. When i walk over a mile my HR can get as high as 130 with just a brisk walk. I know as a side effect klonopin lowers your BP and with the beta blocker I'm wondering if the Klonopin and beta blocker are giving me Low BP and abnormal HR because of the low BP. Any Ideas? I'm sheduled to see Lansing's Top cardiologist tomorrow. Hopefully I don't need the beta blocker anymore since my panic went from 3 or 4 times a week to daily 3 or 4 times a day since starting it in December last year.
sarcasm
10/07/10
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  since they both depress the central nervous system, it can be dangerous to take both at the same time. i'd get rid of the Corgard, and i'd switch to Xanax - Klonopin has way more side effects.
shizzle
10/07/10
Is it possible that panic attack happens almost everyday?
Not only I have a problem of anxiety (mild), but also born with CHD (TOF), lately i often feel bad at breathing (Dyspnea), it happens almost everyday... which bothers me a lot, i took many kinds of peels which are Xanax, Lasix, Ismo and Tenormin...but don't see any progress. I can't tell my symptoms from one another. The "attack" frequency is pretty high, cardiologist said all my tests are o.k. to someone who had total correction operation at early age like me. I took Xanax but it works not very well either. What can i do?
I don't smoke, drink and seldom stay up. I keep my life as simple as possible.
I don't smoke, drink and seldom stay up. I keep my live as simple as possible.
vongirl4890
07/16/07
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  Hi, sorry to hear you are feeling bad. The following steps should eliminate (or at least significantly reduce) your panic attacks and grenal anxiety without meds:

1.Breathe properly - if you control your breathing, you control panic. As soon as you notice the signs of anxiety, check your breathing: breathe in slowly through your nose pushing your tummy out (to the count of 5 or so). Breathe out slowly and for a bit longer (to the count of 7 or so) through your mouth. Do not breathe rapidly or shallowly (in the chest area). This will soon restore the balance of oxygen and you will feel a lot better.

2. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy! CBT is proven to be the most effective thing for panic attacks, OCD and anxiety etc. It takes a bit of work, but it is super effective. (After 15 years of panic attacks, mine stopped completely). You can speak to your doctor about taking a course or you can take a course for free online at: www.livinglifetothefull.com

3. Try relaxation exercise tapes (progressive muscular relaxation). They really help if you practise often enough. You can get free downloads in you put "progressive muscle relaxation" into Google (e.g. lots of universities have them as free downloads)

With each step practise makes perfect. (i.e. practise the steps every day, not just when you are feeling bad). I hope you feel better soon. Best of luck!
Moonface
07/16/07
What will happen if I crush up xanax xr?
I'm talking about the xr not the regular. There seems to be more warning against it, so what will happen?
Crackah
08/28/08
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  XR is the extended release Xanax and you will be putting too much into your system because it is designed to dissolve into the system a little at a time. SO DO NOT CRUSH.
Medicine Woman
08/28/08
How can i get prescribed Xanax XR if i have anxiety problems?
i have anxiety problems and my doctor prescribed antianxiety meds but they do not work. i still feel anxious all the time and i take the dosage the prescription says.
roxylover1985
05/14/11
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How soon does a person start feeling better after beginning to take Xanax XR?
Lilly
03/03/10
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  Within about 45 minutes to an hour. However, it really is a good idea to combine medication with talk therapy if you are not already doing so. This way, you learn to manage your anxiety and triggers and feel more in control. You should feel the effects soon. Relax take some deep breaths and find something mundane to do so you take the focus off of yourself and your anxiety/ or whatever is bothering you. Take Care.
Mr. Corndog, Jr.
03/03/10

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