Also known as: Alprazolam Intensol, Niravam, Xanax, Xanax XR
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alprazolam for Anxiety: I'm currently on alprazolam-1mg a day. I've been diagnosed with severe anxiety and panic disorder, afraid of dying; threw my experience because of my symptoms, which are rapid heart beat, trouble breathing sweaty feet or clammy hands, nausea, trembling, trouble sleeping, going out to do anything became an issue too, socializing and even faint, dizzy, pure fear of death. This has conflicted with my wife, children, jobs and my entire life period. Xanax has given me my life back in full and am currently regaining my life back.
Review by EmotionalEraser (taken for 10 years or more):
Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: I have found that Xanax works for me, in such a way that I can go outside, to the shopping mall, and to other events with my family, that I would otherwise avoid at all costs. I have been on Xanax since 1987, and aside from a couple of small self medicating, and using with alcohol when I was younger (I no longer do these things, which are quite dangerous), and my life has been almost normal.
Review by alpraz9494 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: I've been on Xanax for about 10 months now and believe it or not I can actually go to weddings, the mall and company cookouts. These are all things that weren't even possible without my anxiety medicine. The only worries I have in the back of my mind are 1.) Am I going to be a lifer on this medication? 2.) How easy will it be to detox off of it, when I feel the time is right?
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: This is an absolutely wonderful medication. Xanax, along with 40mg of Prozac, has given me my life back. No more insane panic attacks and no more not being able to sleep. Take no more than what the doctor says to take in one day.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: I had severe anxiety, agoraphobia. I am on Xanax for about 3-4 month started with 0.25mg morning and 0.25mg at night and now on 0.50mg two times a day and feel great. No panic and my life is much easy. The world is more familiar and I can go anywhere. It's like I have wings now. I will try to leave the medication in future but for now I accept my situation because I like the feeling of living.
As an anxious I was afraid of death same as I was afraid of life. Now, I LIVE.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: I am a teenager who has anxiety/panic attacks occasionally, and my physcisian has been giving me 0.5mg of Xanax for the past couple months to take as needed for anxiety. I can't tell you how wonderful this medication has been. After 15-20 min of taking it my anxiety/panic feelings diminish completely, and I have no need to feel anxious about anything after that.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: Xanax has saved my life. I've been on them for almost four years. I am depressed, have panic attacks, and severe anxiety. Xanax has made me feel normal. I can now be in public unlike before it would make me nervous. I can deal with working and school without having severe anxiety. Racing thoughts and worrying constantly are no more, Xanax rakes that away. I'm not as panicky, just relaxed and can handle issues, stress, everyday life better. I highly recommended Xanax if you have anxiety or panic attacks. I'm on 2mg twice a day. I take one as soon as I wake up, one in the evening, then my sleeping medication are night. I love Xanax for helping me.
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Review by Over stresser & worrier (taken for 2 to 5 years):
alprazolam for Anxiety: I have been taking Xanax (alprazolam) in moderation for a few years. I do not take it unless I feel extremely stressed, which leads to depression. Although I take Lexapro for depression and anxiety, Xanax is still needed for the severely stressful times. It quickly calms my nerves and helps me to not worry and stress so much about things most people would not stress over. It also helps with my short temper. Overall it has been helpful. Also, I tend to forget what I've done or said or experienced while under the influence of Xanax. Also, I noticed it increases my appetite for not-so-healthy foods. Use with caution and moderation.
alprazolam for Panic Disorder: I got rushed to the hospital last night with one of the worst panic attacks I've ever had, thus has been ongoing for a few weeks but last night I thought I was going to die. I am a healthy fit 21 year old male and just having this aid in my pocket relieves me, along with how incredibly well it works.
Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: After my divorce I was depressed and having anxiety attacks, I went to a respectable Doctor but she prescribed me Wellbutrin, after taking it for awhile I felt numb (mentally). I tried a 1mg Xanax and it was perfect! I slept great, but when I first started taking them I would wake up groggy. I would get a shower and that would wake me up. I've been taking them for about 7 years. I am currently cutting my doses down to try to ween off them! I do not have an addictive personality but after a job loss of 10 yrs I tried to quit cold turkey! Not a good idea at all! I can only say use as prescribed and less if possible! Don't just pop one because you are stressed out! Take a walk, talk to a friend, please use with caution.
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alprazolam for Depression: Xanax is a great medicine when taken moderately and carefully. I take 2 to 4 mg every once in a while to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, and boredom. Although alprazolam is incredibly effective I must warn that it is also extremely dangerous when taking too much or, if taken for a long period. Secondly, it works great for panic attacks but don't forget that if you stop taking the medication your stress and anxiety will return with a brutal vengeance.
alprazolam for Panic Disorder: I was 14 years old when I had my first real bad panic attack. I have to say it was the most scariest things that could have happened to me at that time. The attacks were coming once in a great while, I had no clue what was happening to me. I really thought I was nuts, losing my mind something like that until they started getting worse as I aged. The Dr. assured me that yes I had a problem, gave me the medication. I never felt so much better in my life. After 7 years of not knowing there was help for me I couldn't ask for a better doctor, it has been life changing.
Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: I've been on alprazolam for a couple years now! I'm now on 1mg 3 times a day but only take as needed! It has been a life saver for me! But now my doctor has prescribed me Viibryd 10 mg and I have been on every antidepressant you can think of and has not been a good experience.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: Xanax is a lifesaver for me! I am 40 years old, diagnosed with Panic Disorder with agoraphobia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Depression. It all started when I was about 13 or 14 years old. To make a long story short, every other medicine I took, either didn't work, or made me gain a ton of weight (SSRI's). I am currently weaning myself off of Zoloft from 200 mgs. since it doesn't seem to be working any more (down to 100 mgs at the moment). I plan on just taking Xanax alone when I'm off of the Zoloft. It is the ONLY medicine that relieves ALL of my symptoms. I will see my doc tomorrow to discuss what dosage I should take after going off of Zoloft completely, because I do take both right now. I'm just tired of being fat from all these SSRI's!
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Depression: I have been taking 0.5mg, 1 at night for 8 yrs. I get 30 for a months supply. It has been a miracle for me & my depression. I have tried all antidepressants which only make me feel worse & even suicidal. Xanax is a life saver for me. My doctor now wants me to start again with a antidepressant. I will not I think he wants to wean me off Xanax because of all the negative addictive effects.
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Review by StudentBVU (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: I am about to turn 50 and my life of anxiety has been a recent and unpleasant downward spiral. I ended up in the emergency room twice with soaring blood pressure, flushing and heart palpitations plus overwhelming feelings of panic. I live daily with either anxiety or small panic attacks, they are debilitating and have affected my ability to continue work on my degree. After my last ER visit a doc felt I was having panic attacks and directed me to seek help at a Mental Health Clinic. I've tried several anti-depressants and I have not tolerated them well. Xanax (0.5 mg) has gotten me through many a day and night and I prefer this medication over all the others. It decreases the anxiety very quickly and helps to maintain a sense of normality.
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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Dysautonomia: Helps anxiety symptoms that POTS (A form of Dysautonomia) causes. Someone else who reviewed Alprazolam said it helps to keep them sane with their Dysautonomia. I have to agree; it also helps to keep me sane. I'm on Xanax XR 2 mg once-a-day. Also helps insomnia caused by POTS with the adrenaline surges. Have combined Xanax XR with Tramadol and I can function a lot better now!
Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: Xanax has been a life saver! Just recently had a heart attack and had my 4th stent put in. Was still having chest pains which obviously scare me when I have them. The tricky part is separating the chest pains from anxiety which I have been diagnosed with. What a vicious cycle!
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