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User Reviews for Alprazolam (Page 2)

Also known as: Xanax, Xanax XR, Alprazolam Intensol

Alprazolam has an average rating of 8.7 out of 10 from a total of 1,287 ratings on Drugs.com. 85% of those users who reviewed Alprazolam reported a positive effect, while 7% reported a negative effect.

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Summary of Alprazolam reviews 8.7 1,287 reviews

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Reviews for Alprazolam

Momnstudent32 September 9, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “This is crazy what they are currently putting me through to get off of this FANTASTIC drug. I was prescribed this drug at the age of 17 after my brother died. Everyone on my maternal side since my great grandmother had been on this drug. I have been on xanax since i was 17. I now can live a normal life, go to school, get FANTASTIC grades am a mother of 2. I love my daily life till my doctor passed away... now I can not find a doctor to prescribe it. I do not abuse this drug and they have no reason to want to take me off of this drug. I have been great success from this drug. I wish i could find a psychologist that would continue to prescribe this medication when it really works successfully for myself. It is not fare that doctors are pressured to not perscribe this medication for those who need it. I am never going to leave my house and its going to take a toll on my children as well. Its just unfair. If anyone knows a psychiatrist in Philadelphia suburbs please let me know.”

10 / 10
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Unsure · Taken for 5 to 10 years December 7, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I have panic disorder, anxiety, some OCD. I’ve been on Xanax (1mg as needed which ends up being daily but usually only at night and then I take 2) for about 7 years. I was originally prescribed it more than 20 years ago but kept it as a security blanket. I’ll never forget the first time I actually got the nerve to try it. “This is what normal people feel like???”, was my response. I would keep my review at a 10 EXCEPT, now I’m hearing LOTS of talk (and medical reviews) that it causes dementia/Alzheimer’s!!! This is the ONLY drug that works for me and I feel I need to get off of it. Scared and torn and would love a solution.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous December 9, 2008

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “Xanax is a miracle for me. I can't live without it. It is not addicting. I never experienced withdrawl symptoms either. I am usually tense, high strung and anxious. Xanax makes me happy, easy going, talkative, calm. It helps me sleep, I can't sleep without it. I take zoloft and seroquel but without xanax nothing seems to work or help me. I love xanax and I take it daily or else I really just can't get through the day. I have anger and a short fuse and bad temper and xanax calms my storms. Xanax is the only thing that works for me and makes me sane and able to face life head on.”

10 / 10
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Anna1616 · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 9, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I suffered from severe separation anxiety, depression, panic attacks, PTSD, depersonalization. After trial and error with several medications my Dr. Prescribed me .5 xanax "alprazolam". I was not driving my car for months prior I had to take 3 showers a day just to try and feel something. I felt like I was losing my mind like I was constantly afflicted by brain fog. I felt like a passenger in my own body. Now I can cope and actually get out of bed and clean and cook for my family. I don't know how or why I came about all the symptoms but if my Dr. Wouldn't have recommended this and prescribed it I would probably be dead. Alprazolam saved my life.”

10 / 10
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Vin · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 9, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I have Poliaradiculoneuropathy (when polyneuropathy and polyradiculopathy occur together). Xanax is not so great for general anxiety, but I appreciate this drug, since I discovered its off label use for my terrible neuropathy. It reduces my legs pain and stiffness by ca. 70% and set me free from being bedridden. Now I can walk several km with the help of crutches and feel more like human again. I am getting addicted to it, but I could care less.”

7 / 10
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Taco · Taken for 10 years or more August 19, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I have been taking this drug for 13 years and I can tell you without it , I would probably be a basketcase. I take it twice daily .05 mill for a total of 1 mg per day. I hear so much negative about this drug but for me it has been a lifesaver. I have acute anxiety disorder and depression. I also take 20 mg a day of Prozac and have little to no side effects accept for ED . I am almost 69 yrs old so just being able to function and continue to stay active is a big plus.”

10 / 10
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Nevasmommy · Taken for 5 to 10 years September 24, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I rated Xanax a 5 because yes at first it was a god send! I got an appetite became interested in daily activities again, gave me motivation and I once again had goals set for myself. However this drug is for short term use and that's it! I was on it for several years and when I became physically dependent on it what was prescribed to me was never enough! I not only was physically dependent but also addicted! It began to cause increased anxiety, irrational behavior, destructive actions, and really bad mood swings! I weaned myself off as soon as I realized it was causing the problems in my life! If you get on this medication don't stay on it for too long! Getting off of this medication was the hardest thing I have ever done in my whole life I am still struggling with it 2 years later!”

5 / 10
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Breezystren · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 18, 2021

Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: “Makes me very sleepy which is hard to deal with, but worth not being paralyzed from the flight or fight all day and night. Also want to say shame on the ones of you for talking about the horror stories of withdrawal, that it is so bad for you and benzos ruin your life. Your horror stories stopped me from taking the med when I got it, which made me suffer longer. Withdrawal DOES not happen to everyone. Did you ever think about the fact that some people can't take antidepressants, or other options? Some of us have to rely on therapy and benzos. Don't go scaring the people who clearly need the medicine. Please... just take the med if prescribed and get a Dr you trust. I cried and refused treatment I needed because of what some people have written. Rated lower right now because I haven't found the right dose yet.”

7 / 10
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Sam Mookhi · Taken for 2 to 5 years June 4, 2021

Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: “36 year old male. Had anxiety and panic disorder 3 years earlier back in 2018. Was prescribed Zoloft 50mg and currently taking it same dosage. But still some days in a month are bad specially in evening times. I take Xanax 0.25 when needed usually 2-3 times in a month and in 30 Minutes back to normal. Xanax is best for treating instant fear of panic attacks. You can only understand a panic attacks if you are someone that has or had them. I recommend 0.25 xanax to anyone who have anxiety and panic disorder issues. This medicine really works”

10 / 10
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Ada · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 9, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: “Xanax really helps me with my panic attacks. If normally a panic attack would last me around 3-4 hours, if I take this it will be gone in around 30 minutes and then feel extremely calm and peaceful. It really helps a lot and I don't think I'll ever stop taking it, because I just can't deal with my panic attacks on my own.”

10 / 10
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Hollis · Taken for 10 years or more July 19, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “Xanax saved my life when I suffered from anxiety and depression, figuratively and perhaps literally, too. Not only did it help me sleep and stop my restless legs at night, it helped with constant severe anxiety AND it helped my depression, too. I've been taking Xanax for 15 years. I've never taken more than the prescribed amount, because I know it can be addictive AND I know that I won't be able to get it if I abuse it. Frankly, it doesn't make me groggy, high, or anything other than "normal." It feels really great to just feel normal, and that is why it frightens and frustrates me when I have to change prescribers (of all my meds) and some object to the Xanax. I never share it, sell it, or use it other than prescribed. I don't think I should feel pressure to stop it. For me, it makes life tolerable, and I have a friend in San Diego who has the same experience with Xanax.”

10 / 10
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Responsible male Xanax patient · Taken for 10 years or more November 26, 2018

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “Alprazolam is to me what glucose is to a diabetic. I’m an educated contributing member of society but am genuinely a disabled person without this drug. My anxiety without this drug is so extreme that I spend every waking moment trying to relieve a fear state, cannot experience peace of any kind, laugh, smile, or function in any state outside of terror. CBT, meditation, positive thinking, hot showers, faith, etc. just do not work for the level of anxiety I have. I have tried many other drugs and classes of drugs because I’m aware of what Xanax is, but this drug is the treatment for anxiety like mine. I would never abuse this drug, would never drink alcohol with it, and am highly aware of how it affects me. Xanax keeps me off disability and well, period.”

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JUJU · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 23, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I was prescribed 2mg Xanax 2 times a day for severe anxiety and insomnia this drug works amazing for sleeping issues as far as anxiety I just break a piece off and let it dissolve under my tongue (nasty taste) but takes anxiety away immediately. I'm so glad my psychiatrist put me on this medication for anxiety /panic attacks/insomnia I don't abuse it sometimes I even go days without having to even take it .... Its definitely a life saver to have though!!”

10 / 10
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Missy February 28, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: “I’m a young adult & I feel like all I experience in my life is anxiety & panic. I’ve tried a number of antidepressant and anxiety medications over the years that do indeed help, because without them I would never be able to leave my house. However, I still do get extremely anxious and have panic attacks. My new psychiatrist has actually been able to figure out my particular chemistry. She prescribed xanax for the panic attacks, which has helped tremendously. I only take 2mg when I’m having an attack. At most 15 minutes later, I feel twenty times better. My attacks can easily last hours so the xanax cuts that time greatly. Afterwards, I get sleepy and my concentration isn’t very good, but I’d much rather be calm & not be able to concentrate than to be panicking & feeling like I’m losing my mind & STILL not able to concentrate. I don’t see myself using it for years like some people have to because I do take Fetzima and Prozac daily, but for now it’s helping me so much!”

9 / 10
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amv518 November 20, 2014

Xanax (alprazolam) for Depression: “This is the best medicine out there. It makes me a better person. I love it. I have anxiety and depression and this is the only thing that makes me tolerable to be around. Levels me out and makes me happy.”

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Rick · Taken for 5 to 10 years August 12, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “The withdrawal from long term Xanax and other benzos is the longest and most agonizing experience you will ever go through. This is not an opinion it’s a fact. The withdrawals can last YEARS...yes years. Don’t believe me? Take a good look online and start researching now. This drug is the absolute worst drug to get off for most people. Narcotic withdrawals pale in comparison. This is not a review...this is a warning.”

1 / 10
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sunnyrayod January 19, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I have been using this drug for several years for my anxiety attacks, and it great. But anxiety has been getting worse and worse especially during work which causes heart stress (thanks so much anxiety..), so my doctor is now letting me take it during my 5-day work week. It works excellently. I am so much more calm and present at work. I will say I am a lot more lethargic, and that is noticeable. But otherwise I have no side effects, so I will continue with this treatment and I am so glad that it is so effective. The good outweighs the bad for me, but I will say that if you tend to be more dependent on drugs like these, I don’t recommend it for you. I have no addiction to it and no withdrawal symptoms when go days without after taking it for multiple days in a row. So just be aware, and pay attention to your body. If you are struggling with learning the difference between wanting another dose and needing another dose, talk to your doctor.”

10 / 10
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Hewy · Taken for 10 years or more May 9, 2016

Xanax (alprazolam) for Depression: “I suffer from social anxiety rarely leave the house. The anxiety leaves me isolated which cause extreme depression. With xanax 1mg to 2mg takes all anxiety away and calms my depression 10 out of 10. Taking xanax for over 20 years now.”

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Bigboy · Taken for 10 years or more March 5, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: “I've taken Xanax for thirty years, and I had to only increase the dosage once! I would've lost my job if I didn't take it. In my opinion it's a miracle drug; thats why I've stayed with it all these years.!!!”

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Sunny022 May 28, 2021

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “Poison. This drug ruined my life. I was on this for 3 years 1 mg in the morning and 1mg in afternoon and 1mg at night. One day I decided to not take one and I almost had a seizure . For 5 YEARS I HAD WITHDRAWAL - bad withdrawal. I had drop attacks constantly and randomly. I stopped driving for 5 years because I would get drop attacks in the car. I stopped going outside . It completely made me a vegetable. I couldn’t swallow I could not breath. 5 years later and I finally have driven a car thanks to tramadol. Tramadol saved my life. But Xanax is the worst drug!!!! Do not take it!! Bad bad bad consequences. I promise you. I have been in Xanax groups of people going through exactly what I did . Countless suicides from it because people didn’t have resources and didn’t understand what was happening. Thank god for my husband. It’s a withdrawal unlike anything. Worse than any opioid. Opioid withdrawal is like flu symptoms for couple months. This is more like a vegetable for YEARS! All those years I LOST!”

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L1oness · Taken for 10 years or more May 18, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “Many have said that alprazolam is a life-saver. I endorse that statement fully. If you panic or become anxious you'll be unable to process thoughts properly which affects ALL your decisions, from making coffee in the morning to DRIVING your car to fulfilling your employment. Also, highly endorse taking the 0.5 mg before bed. Wake refreshed by the benefit of uninterrupted sleep. Thirdly, I read from someone up above my post, and I've experienced this awful phenomenon too, so => DON'T share what prescriptions you take with anyone that is not a health professional. You'll leave yourself open to criticism that is detrimental to you by non-doctors ! Xanax is an important, very helpful, prescription. I'm sorry that some have the "addiction gene" (my terminology, not official). They should definitely 'watch it' if they know themselves to have an addictive nature. I believe the 'script can still help them. Sometimes I go for a few days without needing it and notice no withdrawal. Prescribed patient of 30 years.”

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It's worked for me September 10, 2015

Xanax (alprazolam) for Depression: “I've been on and off Xanax for 22 years. It's the only drug that makes me feel normal after a lifetime of anxiety and depression. It's awful that people use it recreationally and that's made it difficult to get a prescription for it because of others abuse of it. It makes me feel normal. So obviously I need it. I have nothing but good things to say about this drug. It helps me not want to freak out and shake due to anxiety. If you really need to be on it, it's amazing.”

10 / 10
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Js · Taken for 5 to 10 years February 1, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I've taken xanax to help me sleep for several years. I try to take it as little as possible so I won't get addicted. It makes me tired, even at.25 so I don't take it during the day. Luckily, I don't suffer from panic attacks very often. I probably take it a few times a month just before bed. It works better than it antihistamines although I frequently wake up after 6 hours which is all it seems to last. I have heard about it leading to Alzheimer's though. I'm afraid of that.”

9 / 10
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Trudy September 16, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: “I have been on Xanax for over 30 years - I have a panic disorder of some kind. It has changed my life and allowed me to function normally. Now my psychiatrist retired and I am seeing a young resident who wants me off it. I could have seizures and terrible withdrawal. And be back to not leaving the house.”

10 / 10
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Peebles · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 24, 2021

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “Xanax has helped me immensely. It calms down these crazy, repetitive and intrusive thoughts of shame, worry and guilt that I otherwise find so hard to get rid of. I only have a quarter of a tablet on bad days as I don't want to become dependent. But that seems to be enough. I would rather not take any but it just helps me to live a calm and happier life. I recommend them if you can be careful about dependence and only take occassionally.”

10 / 10
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