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Xanax (alprazolam) for Depression: Every time I had a depression, it's very difficult for me to sleep, my friend said I should consult my doctor and so I did. My doctor prescribed me this medicine..It's really good. Thumbs up!
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: I use Xanax (1mg) for anxiety and panic disorder. This medicine has been the only drug that has brought relief to to my constant anxiety. I don't know where I'd be without it. I take the use of this drug very seriously and don't abuse it. I use it only when needed for panic or when anxiety is so intense I simply can't tolerate it any longer. When used properly this drug is safe and you will not become addicted. It's very fast acting (15 min) which is important when a panic attack hits. Side effects are minimal for me. I get the "jelly legs" and that's about it. It's never made me stumble or fall though. The generic version isn't quite as good as the real stuff, but if you must use generic, the round blue tabs are better than the oval ones.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: I personally truly enjoy the fact that while my anxieties are prominent; the Xanax provides me with the security to take a deep breath and if things become too overwhelming I have the option of taking it when needed.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: I started having panic attacks 3 years ago when going through deaths in the family and the ending of my marriage, to being a single Mom.
I just could not cope with it any longer I can't tell you the trips to the ER. Just to be gave a lorazepam.
My doctor tried other benzo's but they just did not help the sudden attacks. They have upped my dose.
But at this point Xanax is a life saver and I don't know what I would do without them. The only draw back is the half life they wear off to soon and I will not take another dose until time to take it again, those few hours are not good. But 2 and 1/2 milligrams a day is far as I will take this. I have been on benzodiazepines for three years and that scares me, but not like the panic attack, those make you feel like your having a heart-attack or worse. I have had some that I really did not think I was going to live through.
So my Xanax stays until I can get off them when the stress is gone and a taper off, never suddenly go off them it could be very dangerous. A taper down is best but from what I have heard it's not pleasant.
Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: I was switched onto this drug after taking lorazepam (Ativan) which I was very happy with and had almost no side effects with. I started taking it combined with Effexor, and it was horrible. I would take it, pass out for an hour, and wake up feeling the same as before. I could see how it would be good for a panic attack, but for general anxiety it is not very good. If you are on a constant dose, you will be taking them about 3 to 4 times a day which is too much to keep up with.
I also found much more intense effects from this drug, which I consider dangerous because I don't want to get addicted to them.
I think the drug is good for anxiety attacks, but for general anxieties I would ask for lorazepam or klonopin.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: I have been diagnosed with both Dysautonomia and GAD. I cannot take SSRI's as they throw me into an extreme panic state starting with pill one. I finally gave in and accepted Xanax from my doctor. My dosage is 0.05 3 times a day. I never take the prescribed dose but rather 1/2 pill in the morning, daytime if needed and I rarely take at night. My life has done a complete turnaround. I have energy again, I'm not so tense, snappy or experiencing the extreme anxiety that would peak at around 2pm. I'm careful to take as I need, and while doctors may not like prescribing it, the truth is many of us will be on medication forever. I've found something that doesn't feel like medication, I just feel like me.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: I take Paxil 30mg a day and 0.5mg of Xanax 3 times a day. I have as everyone else here does a very horrible panic disorder with agoraphobia. I cannot and do not leave my house. It has been 3 yrs now that I cannot go outside unless if I am with someone and that is a short outing. Xanax is my life saving drug. Yes it doesnot last long in your body but with the Paxil and Xanax together I no longer need to call 911 to go to the ER. Only once did I within the last 6 months due to finding out my best friend in the whole world my dad, has cancer... but as long as this medicine is not abused it works great. With the help of my therapist and psych doctor I hope someday I can go outside but I am still afraid due to the bad panic disorder I have.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: After years of talk down therapy, I reached a breaking point. A Doc gave me Xanax and it was a miracle. I was able to go to stores and travel on airlines without Panic Attacks. I have been on Xanax since 1999, .25 Mg before bedtime. This has given me my life back. I do take more for long flights where I spend 12 to 24 hours inside the airline system. I started on .25 Mg daily and 10 years later still use the same amount. If I miss a dose more than a day, I get antsy, then clammy skin and finally unjustified panic attack on 3rd or 4th day. This is well expected and acceptable response to quitting abruptly. Doc has been up front about me using this or some other drug for the rest of my life. It is well worth it.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: I have (HAD) strong panic and anxiety attacks specially out in public. I feared everything. Always the ... What if this?... What if that? ..worried about the worst things that could happen. Lived on edge of my seat. Then doctor gave me Xanax and I felt like myself again. All fear was gone and I was so much happier. More at ease with things. I didn't stress out so fast and could go have fun in my life. Xanax is my life saver.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: Xanax is the best anxiety medication that I have taken over the past several years. I have been prescribed at least ten or more different medicines and some work to an extent but none are near as effective than Xanax. Xanax has truly been a lifesaver (hands down) for my anxiety and panic attacks.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: This medicine saved my life after my mother died and shortly after my daughters father was killed. It helped me relax and I was a lot easier to take it day by day. A great alternative to alcohol.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: I have been on Xanax for about ten years and now it is has had to come to a screeching hault. At first 1mg three times a day was great Ii could work, go into social settings and even to stores. It gradually got up to 2mgs 3 times a day for about 5 years then came the beginning of the end. I had began using more and more of this wonder drug and I ran out horrible withdrawal symptoms beginning with night sweats, not sleeping confusion and finally seizures not to mention the mental twists and games my mind played on me. Now I am on Klonopin and its taken the edge off today. I don't get the wonder drug feeling and I'm not having seizures we will see. Careful with use of this medicine.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: I have been taking a combination of 2mg Xanax 3 times a day, 2mg extended release Xanax once daily, and 3mg klonopin twice daily. I have found that this combination of medications and Xanax itself has helped me get my mind back on the things that matter in my life. Get over my fears and make an enormous amount of friends in my life. Although the only problem is that my doctor now tells me after 18 months of taking this dose that he thinks the Depakote (1000mg) a day is helping me and that he is going to start taking me off the benzodiazapines. I tried to see if I would be able to get off of them and live normally, I found myself worse than before the medication with severe withdrawal symptoms.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: Started having panic attacks on a regular basis soon after bypass surgery at 58 yrs. I thought the antidepressant I had been taking for some 30 yrs. wasn't working anymore. After suffering with this for several years, I had a real good one, which sent me to the ER. They gave me a Xanax. Unbelievable, it was like a wave of calm went through me. Haven't been without the drug since. I take it when I feel an attack coming on, and it just dosen't happen. It helps you live a normal life.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: Xanax was a God send when I was in a terrible car accident and lost my best friend. I knew that it was a controlled substance, so that made me wearly. I recently got into a relationship, and my boyfriends whole family is highly addicted to Xanax. They are prescribed them, buy them off the street, and so on. They fight each other for "bars" and pay a fortune for them. The family is a complete wreck. family members had forgotten important things, like family matters, misplacing wallets, purses etc... even getting into car accidents while they're on them. They helped me when I took them as prescribed, but seeing how my boyfriends family act while on the drug, I would be careful.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: I had been getting panic attacks for so long they were so scary I had already been to the ER like 4 times and the only thing that did was get me a huge bill that I don't have money to pay. Xanax was like a miracle pill for me. I got some felt so relieved, a little dizzy at first but relieved that I wasn't so panicky any more I'm guessing you should only take it when you start feeling like your going to get a panic attack again or as told by your doctor. Just don't drink any alcohol while you're on Xanax. It does make me feel sleepy but sometimes when I feel like going out I fight it and I don't sleep and I'm still able to go out and enjoy myself.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: Xanax got me through a year or so of acute anxiety and debilitating panic attacks. I got rather attached to those pretty lavender pills. I called them "my darling little Easter eggs," they were so precious in relieving the terror that developed into agoraphobia. At max dose I was so sedated I started calling it "Zombinal." It had stopped working its magic, and under the care of a naturopath I simply stopped taking it. Amazingly, after a couple of shaky days, my anxiety diminished and panic attacks were history. I later learned that between depleted receptors and mini-withdrawls, Xanax was actually causing my symptoms. No more Xanax, no more panic, not even the slightest anxiety. I guess I got cured.
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Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: Found the brand name was by far more effective than generic alprazolam. I find typically I do much better with brand names than generics, depending on your co pays I'd go for the brand names, the difference in my insurance is generics are 3 and brand is 6 so it's a world of a difference to me. I felt or 'thought' the Xanax wasn't working, but realized I was on generic alprazolam and switched it, it was like night and day.
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