... charts. Will eating a couple pieces of chicken not give me full affect of my anxiety medicines?
Hi there. I struggle with normal-moderate anxiety but deal with some severe anxiety caused from some medication and hormone issues. I am not medicated for anxiety but am on hormone replacement therapy for PCOS and am perimenopausal, but it has helped with anxiety a lot, to the point where its gone until I require my next pellet. This would be a good question for your pharmacist though, and it may be on your prescription bottle to take or not take with food. You can call your pharmacist, you don't have to do a face to face. Eating avocado daily will also help in reducing anxiety along with magnesium, Vitamin D & B complex supplements. Exercise 30 minutes daily, 4-5 times a week. Running, Hiking in the woods, and Yoga have all been proven to assist with anxiety. Have your hormones, and thyroid checked along with routine blood work to rule out anything that may have been overlooked. Good luck!
Hi, girl! This should answer your question:
"Alprazolam may be taken with or without food. Alprazolam may be taken every day at regular times or on an as-needed (“PRN”) basis. ... Alprazolam orally disintegrating tablets will dissolve in your mouth within seconds and can be swallowed with or without liquid. Extended release tablets: Swallow whole.
Alprazolam (Xanax) | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness"
Also, it's very important to remember:
"Take Xanax exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never use alprazolam in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your symptoms.
Alprazolam may be habit-forming if not taken exactly as directed."
Best regards and I hope you're feeling better soon.
Hi, I have never heard of food reducing the effect of benzodiazepines but taking instant release formulations with or without food will affect the rate of uptake of the drug if that helps.
I've been on Xanax for almost 20 years and never heard anything about food interference while taking Xanax but there IS a warning label I sometimes get on my prescription bottle about not consuming grapefruit juice while taking Xanax. I asked my pharmacist about this and he told me that grapefruit juice will intensify the effects of this medicine. I was a little low on my prescription and wanted to see for myself if this were in-fact a "fact" with my system so to make it to my next refill and I drank about 10oz of white grapefruit juice. That definitely did make the time I needed to take my next dose about 50% longer. In other words instead of .5mg every 12 hours... I only needed it about every 18 hours. I don't advocate doing this to anyone.
I'm just putting out this "warning" to all as I was about 10 years into this medicine before I ever even heard about this warning. Now I hear it or see it about 2 times a year.
- Xanax Information for Consumers
- Xanax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Xanax (detailed)
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