I have narcolepsy so I take medicines to help keep me awake during the day. I also have anxiety & a couple different as needed prescriptions for that, alprazolam & clonidine (newer script). I rarely take them because they make me even more sleepy & slow than I already am). I have a chance to try taking them regularly for a few days w/o having to worry about the side effects. I was just wondering what the difference between them is. Like, what are they made of? How do each work, what do they target in the body/brain & how? Do they have different effects? How long they typically take to work, & how long do they work? Both are tablets & lowest doses.
If you are talking about alprazolam and Xanax, they are the same exact thing. One is name brand and is a little bit more effective than the other one. The Xanax is name brand and will cost you alot of money to fill and is a bit stronger as it is name brand. I've been on them (alprazolam for 30 yrs) and they will definitely make you sleepy until you've been taking them for a few years. I hope that helped a little bit.
However if you're talking about clonidine vs. xanax/alprazolam, the clonidine is to lower your blood pressure and by doing so relaxes you. I also tried that one and my pressure got too low so I stopped plus it did not work for anxiety at all!
Alprazolam is the way to go but very addictive and if you happen to take them on a daily basis, getting off is impossible. I have withdrawal grand mal seizures if I go one day without one. I advise you to be careful with the use in them and only take when needed.
There is no difference, Xanax IS Alprazolam.
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