Also known as: Alprazolam Intensol, Niravam, Xanax, Xanax XR
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: 4 years ago I had my first panic attack/anxiety. Had hyperventilation and end up in the ER. My doctor prescribed 0.025mg of Xanax. I took the medicine as required. I wasn't able to drive and do anything out by myself. I was afraid and worried of being alone. I always fear that it would happen again. My thoughts are always what if...Anxiety was taking over my life. I was able to control it for 2 years. Just this month I recently panicked for no reason. My dr. put me on this just in case I have a full blown anxiety...but the downside to this medicine is it makes me really sleepy and tired. But it does works!
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: I have taken Xanax on and off for 18 years and I would say it has been a lifesaver for me. I have episodes of anxiety, nothing earth shattering, but debilitating non-the-less. Xanax has helped smooth those times over and make life manageable. This is a wonderful medicine!
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alprazolam for Anxiety: Alprazolam for me is an excellent medication. I have ADHD and am 47 years old. A professional in business and have a somewhat stressful life, like many people. Having gone through anxiety attacks, I found this medicine to be perfect to calm my mental state in 20-30 minutes after taking. A small dosage usually does what is needed, 1/2 of a 0.25 mg tablet. Once every 4 hours 3 times a day for 2-4 days, don't take it as a quick fix, anxiety can bounce right back unexpectedly. Keep a note pad with things to do and tell your doctor if you need more than one full 0.25 mg tablet dosage, as using it in larger amount can cause dependency.
Review by preocupada (taken for 10 years or more):
Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: Excellent. It helps my anxiety tremendously and takes care of my panic attacks promptly. I highly recommend it. If you take it as prescribed you will not get addicted. I have been taking it for ten years. It also helps with my high blood pressure and tachycardia.
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alprazolam for Panic Disorder: This medication has been a wonderful aid to help me get my life back! I suffer from panic attacks, as well a depression, and it had gotten to the point that I was fearful of everything. Then 3 years ago my doctor put me on Xanax. Of course it isn't the medicine alone that has made the difference. I have also treated my depression and started therapy. Everything together has helped me actually enjoy life! Xanax isn't the right medication for everyone. It is quick acting which makes it great for panic attacks but also has a very short half life, which makes it not always as ideal for generalized anxiety. There is the risk for dependency, but as long as you take it as prescribed and stay honest with your doctor, the risk is very low.
Review by Bingtopper (taken for less than 1 month):
Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Anxiety: I've been taking this medicine for 2 days and all I can say is wow! Is this what normal life is supposed to feel like? I was diagnosed with a chronic pain condition that is caused by a lifetime full of anxiety and the tightening and clenching of muscles that were not intended to be in constant use. The pit in my stomach is gone and I am actually looking forward to waking up in the morning and being able to face the day anxiety free!
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: I'm 23 about to be 24 , and I've taken Xanax for going on 9 years. For my panic attacks/anxiety mainly. I absolutely love this medicine. I find myself "extra friendly" sometimes, but better than being a grouch or hiding from my own shadow. I take anywhere from 1mg to 1 1/2mg per day.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: I suffer from anxiety/ panic attacks as well as live a somewhat stressful life style. Xanax has been my life saver and has been a tremendous aide in allowing me to continue to function in life on a daily basis. Truly a blessing in my life 100%.
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alprazolam for Anxiety: I've taken Xanax (generics) for anxiety and panic attacks for seven years. I've taken it just as my doctor instructs (actually, he wants me to take it more often) and have had no issues with dependency, even during periods when I needed it three or four times a week. I love that it kicks in in under five minutes. I take it as soon as I start panicking, and five minutes later, my mind just calms down. It doesn't numb me or get me high, it just keeps my brain from going into a panic spiral. It also helps reduce the urge to self-harm. The only side effect I've experienced is drowsiness, but it usually isn't enough to keep me from going about my day. One warning, though: DO NOT take with alcohol.
alprazolam for Anxiety: I wouldn't have been here without Xanax. Been on them 16 years. The only medication that helps me. I have generalized anxiety disorder, Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia and Bi-Polar 2 disorders. I still fight depression but I have come from the point where I could not even walk out of the house to where I can function normally every day. If not abused, this is truly a miracle. It also does more for my depression than any other medications I am on. Unfortunately its half life is fairly short. I have been on the same dosage ( 3 x 1mg a day ) for years and I "fight" a lot of my emotions before taking one. So, I have not become immune to its effects. Some days I only take 1. I do not want to go back to where I was before.
alprazolam for Panic Disorder: Xanax has been great (for it's purpose) that I have ever been prescribed. My Dr. tried my on Vistaril, which didn't work at all. 1mg of Xanax 3x daily and my whole day is fine.
Review by charlennea (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: I thank Xanax for making me a better mom. I was mean to everyone around me and I took the motto "this is who I am" to heart. It was not until my mother died after having my third child that I actually realized my angry childhood and anger in this world was not to blame on any one but my own feelings. After taking Xanax and some therapy, I am a new person. I would not be able to live without it. I do not abuse it. I only take the amount prescribed by my doctor and no more. I also take Paxil which helped me a lot as well, but without the Xanax, I would not be living. Participating with my life and most of all my children. I read to them now we go on picnics and wilderness hikes. I love my life, now!
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Depression: I am prescribed 45 2MG Tablets a month (brand name) I take a half 3 times a day, and am also prescribed 90 1mg Klonopin a month - morning, afternoon and night.
While the Klonopin seems to aid in keeping the panic/anxiety at bay and keeping me calm and relaxed, the Xanax is the real 1-2 punch to panic attacks and anxiety; it takes all my sadness and depression away and allows me to think about all the amazing things I am working on NOT as a chore or as work, but as creative idea. Being prescribed 2 Benzo's is 'odd' practice like Klonopin 3 times a day with a fast acting Xanax.
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Review by Just an average dude (taken for 1 to 2 years):
Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: A God send for my untreatable insomnia. Only side effect that prevents me from taking it more often is the testosterone suppressing effect. I spend a lot of time working out and eating right and noticed my strength and body composition, took a very noticeable nose dive a few months after starting on it. I have used 1-2 mg nightly for almost a year. On the plus side, it has helped me get the deep restorative sleep I struggle to get.
Xanax (alprazolam) for Depression: This is the only one I feel safe taking. I'm prescribed 0.25mg 2x a day or as needed. I took Zoloft, Wellbutrin,Seroquel, etc. Felt horrible coming off all of these. With Xanax I feel like I can take it when I need it and put it down the next day if I don't. Unlike the other antidepressants that cause brain zaps or worse side effects, feelings of a rollercoaster coming down.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: My panic lasted all day, it came on after 2 months of being unemployed for the 1st time in my life. I could not function, I was always thinking negative, scared, hot and cold flashes and could eat. Just over 2 years ago I went through bankruptcy and lost just about everything my wife and I worked for all are life including our home. I was put in the hospitals mental ward for 17 days, no medicines worked. As a last resort I under went electroconvulsive therapy and it worked. This time as mentioned I was given Xanax and within 20 minutes I was back to normal after almost a month of feeling worthless. This medicine has saved my life and now I can function again. I take a half mg in the morning and another half mg around evening.
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