Xanax is in the same drug class as Diazepam, both benzodiazepines. They are used widely for anxiety disorders. In time the sleepiness should improve. If however, after some time, you just can't function on this medication, take Laurie's suggestion and ask your doctor about antidepressant options?
Xanax will make you sleepy for a while because it is meant for panic attacks, hense the sleepiness. My recommendation for you is to talk to your Doc and try a different benzo for example; klonopin (clonazepam) a longer lasting pill (6-8 hrs.) Where xanax (alprazolam) is only 1-2 hrs. I would also try lexapro or celexa if this is for a long period of time, however, make sure if you do so stay on xanax, klonopin, Valium or ativan for at least 6 weeks because depression meds take a while to reap the benefits. Although, your Doctor will explain that to you. Ultimately it is your choice. Trial and error.
- Xanax Information for Consumers
- Xanax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Xanax (detailed)
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