... .25mg-.50mg of Alprazolam. This usually helps, but when he gets up sometimes he stumbles and almost falls, this I worry about. Today be had a bad one and got up and was really dizzy and fell backwards into the pool, luckily I was right there. I got him in a chair before he passed out, his eyes rolling in the back of his head and having trouble breathing, turned white. I called 911, but by the time they arrived he was better. They wanted to take him to the hospital, but would not go. They checked his blood pressure sitting down, was normal. They took it again as he stood up and it was 97/56. Help
Alprazolam/Xanax is an anti-anxiety drug. It works by slowing down the movement of chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. This results in a reduction in nervous tension (anxiety). It can be very hard to guess the right dose of Xanax to take. It's not uncommon for a person to become sleepy or very sleepy with Xanax. Although it works for a few hours, there's no way to know if the person's anxiety level will be as strong all the hours the Xanax is in effect. Should the drug relax them, and the anxiety lessens, the side effect of sleepiness can overwhelm the person and they fall asleep. It might be that your husband needs to be on a longer acting drug that keeps him smoothly non-anxious but awake. There are many choices for this.
Xanax is a short term answer to short term anxiety that arises occasionally. It's not usually the answer should your husband have a longer term disease or disorder. He may need to lessen his dose and wait at least 15-20 minutes after taking the lower dose before taking any more of Xanax. He can put it under his tongue for faster relief if the taste is tolerable. He can also take only a half dose if he's already taken .25mg and he still has anxiety after 20 minutes or so. An inexpensive pill cutter can help with this.
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