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User Reviews for Alprazolam

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

MarTheophilus · Taken for 10 years or more June 12, 2021

For Panic Disorder: “This medicine is a blessing from God for panic disorder. It works immediately whereas other benzodiazepines take too long to work if you are having a bad panic attack. I have never been addicted to Xanax or suffered withdrawals because I am careful to taper off if I take it or any benzodiazepine for more than a week. I am prescribed .5mg and that’s all I need for panic disorder or insomnia. I was once prescribed 30-1mg per month and I never once got addicted or had problems with it. I do not get cravings for it Xanax really should be an OTC drug because all people should have access to it like they do to alcohol or to Ibuprofen. It is very helpful for occasional insomnia, anxiety, restlessness and it was miraculous how it remediated the panic from claustrophobia while scuba diving in Indonesia. On the down side, It can cause some short term memory issues and it isn’t all that great for insomnia.”

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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”

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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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Sherry · Taken for 10 years or more August 23, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I been on 1mg Xanax for about 26 year, lord knows I have to have them. I know they say they not good for you too be on them that long but I have anxiety so much it's the only thing that help me. I start out with the 5mg but they was not strong enough. I am really sorry for any one that struggle like I do my anxiety is worsened since this Covid 19 came out I have taken 2 test which was negative but it's so scary. I had to quit my job cause some people don't wear masks and won't have a test every time someone coughs. I get very nervous but now I began to have social anxiety I even have a to go to see a counselor. If you don't have too take them - then don't, but I have no other choice I don't abuse them at all taking them as prescribed I pray for any one that is going through this.”

10 / 10
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Worried child · Taken for 10 years or more December 28, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I have Severe Anxiety Panic Disorder started when I was a child. I have been taking Xanax For over 30 years now. Everyday 4 pills really bad days I was taking 6 pills. My doctor has retired and now I have a new doctor that is cutting me off. From Taking 4 pills everyday they only gave me enough for 1/2 of a pill everyday. I'm never able to sleep I have extreme insomnia, anxiety and extreme panic attacks that plague me everyday. I was shocked at how much they cut me off and so quickly. Right now I am in critical condition. They say I had my monthly limit. I was able to function when I was given Xanax. I was able to sleep normal and eat and live a normal life. I have taken Xanax for over 30 years-long. It is truly inhumane. My body Relies on taking a medicine everyday and cutting me OFF. My body's not being able to handle the shock of the withdrawal symptoms will be really hard on my body. Some People REALLY DO NEED Xanax”

10 / 10
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tiger January 22, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I have been on Xanax for about 20 years, 1mg for sleep. I am not addicted to it but dependent like a person with high blood pressure is dependent on meds., or diabetic dependent on insulin, or humans dependent on oxygen. I have had no side reactions and am 78 years old. It has saved my life. Try not sleeping for a week and see what happens. You will be inside your worse nightmare Why the uproar over physical dependence, I do not know. It must come from the Gov.”

10 / 10
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Tony · Taken for 10 years or more October 5, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “Do not abuse Xanax, but as for the feeling just imagine you just stepped into a toasty jacuzzi and all the stress and unwanted feelings disappear. You take a breathe and you’re at peace. A little smile shows up on your face because you finally feel ok. Yea no need to explain why it’s addicting literally has no bad side affects. Do not drink alcohol on it will make you forget! XANAX BEST DRUG IN THE WORLD FOR ANXIETY”

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Anxious Annie · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 30, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I've had GAD since a child, losing a parent early. My first panic attack was at 12, not knowing why I was suddenly unable to breathe. After repeated traumatic experiences, I developed a social aversion that rapidly turned into severe agoraphobia. Without this life-saving drug, I would have never been able to have a recording career, find my spouse, and live a normal life. The days I am using this medication are 100x more productive and filled with joy...I'm sick of seeing only negative propaganda about Xanax. If you are a responsible adult who uses it properly, it is not harmful. If you use a heart medication each day, and it keeps you healthy, are you "addicted" to that? It's the same with anxiety. Mental health is just as serious as the physical. Just because some are abusing it, doesn't mean judge those who use it correctly. I appreciate everything this med has done for me!”

10 / 10
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King Borris September 22, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I have had anxiety for many years. About 30. Not until 37 years old did it crush me. I started with Zoloft and buspurone. Then came the Xanax. The first day I took one I felt like I have missed my life all these years. I looked at my wife and said the following. “Have I been an A-hole for the last 13 years?” She said yes. “You must really love me” She said yes again. For the first time in my life I realized how much anxiety took over my life. I can literally feel the difference of me being that angry anxiety filled person. Now, I take .5 every 2 days. I actually enjoy life. Before it was just there. Like a clouded mind just floating there. Not feeling or computing. When I take a Xanax, I feel alive. Happy. I look at my kids and I can actually enjoy them and literally feel the abundance of love I have for they. And that makes life so much better to live.”

10 / 10
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Living A Normal Life July 26, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I started with Xanax for anxiety 30 years ago and have gradually increased. I used to take perhaps 0.25mg occasionally when I started, and now 30 years later, at age 71, I am up to three 0.5mg a day. I successfully fight to not take it more often and I almost always win the fight. When I don't, I take an extra 0.25mg or 0.5mg. Meanwhile without it I would not have had a successful college teaching career , traveled to Europe 28 times, produced a cable TV show, written 3 books, had hundreds of friends who love and respect me, and even worked out at the gym where I swim, walk, and work out with weights regularly. My current psychiatrist tells me frequently (I ask him every few months because I read terrible things) that I should not be concerned, that I am using it intelligently, and it helps me live a great and fantastic life filled with success, satisfaction, love and affection of so many people. My anxiety could be debilitating, but here I am living a great life.”

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Reinier · Taken for 10 years or more April 17, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I have used Xanax for 20 years. Always taken it as needed, and it works wonderfully, no side effects at all, no getting used to it as evidenced by not using it for days and no withdrawal. I tried everything else suffering severe side effects like Seroquel. I only need 1mg twice a day, maybe on real panic day three times.”

10 / 10
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Jewels411 January 13, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “Hey there I'm new to taking xanax and to this site. I'm 31 years old got married in June to a man who doesn't believe in anxiety so it makes me feel worse. I have been so scared to take it due to the fact I have taken stuff as a teen that made me feel really out of it and depressed. I have been to every dr and emergency room late at night, sick to my stomach, my chest feeling heavy and my head heavy and fuzzy, can't focus, dizzy, hot, tingling feeling numbness my face, my lips, my arms and everyone says it's anxiety or a panic attack. I feel so alone in this and I'm scared that there is something really wrong with me and the dr's are just not finding it. I feel hopeless I hope the xanax will help do something. I can't function in society and I'm tired of faking that I'm ok when I'm dying inside does anyone else feel like this or am I just crazy.”

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Todo December 23, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “Well, I do not know where to start, for 20 years crippling anxiety daily, started from nowhere, all this time life was so hard, but I live for the sake of life and family. It was so bad that only those who live with it can understand. I tried SSRI, Tricyclic, Tetracyclic Klonopin, Zyprexa, and much more, I live only because of the mercy of God! One day I asked Dr. to try Xanax, Dr. was not very pleased with this request but gave me 0.25 mg. I took my first dosage and was expecting unknown. The first thing that I noticed that I became normal- like I used to be 20 years back, I notice life, family, work, joy, etc. People are writing that will be hard to drop this med, I see why! I was able to drop all listed med with no problem as it was not helping me, but this one I see why that is a challenge. I do not abuse it taking only as needed, but if you are suffering try it! Life is too short to plan ahead, in today's world you never know which day will be your last, but if God has you to live you will live.”

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Gomez · Taken for 10 years or more January 14, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I have been taking xanax for 10 years. Through an alcohol addiction I drink while on Xanax not a good idea If used as prescribed It takes away my panic attacks. I couldn't even leave the house without. It also helped me stop drinking 3 years sober now still on xanax 1 mg 3 times daily. Some days now I don't even take it . With proper self control it saved my life. Hands down. I had a lot of stress since quitting drinking between family members dying. This last year has been hard to say the least 2019 was probably the worst year of my life and I stayed sober through It. No more alcohol”

10 / 10
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PANICATTHEDISCO · Taken for 2 to 5 years February 26, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “3yrs on and off as needed. Not sure why this is a popular recreational drug? It really just make me feel normal again when I start getting high bp spikes from anxiety and panic attack symptoms. It definitely works, no side effects that I have been aware of.”

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Nervous Ninny · Taken for 10 years or more August 15, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I have always had problems with social anxiety and depression since I was a teenager. Every antidepressant I took made me feel worse. I started taking .25mg of Xanax “if needed” in my late 30s when I was diagnosed with essential tremors of the head. It made a dramatic difference in my life! It helped immensely with my head tremors, social anxiety and even my depression! I never abused it and it never became habit forming. I was on it for about 15 years off and on. Since then, my physician has retired and I am now not able to find a doctor who will prescribe it. I don’t understand why THIS drug is being so controlled when there is a whole country of alcoholics and booze still remains for sale openly in every grocery store or liquor store on every block! Alcohol caused thousands of deaths everyday from tragic car crashes and alcoholic liver failure. Such a double standard. Xanax has helped so many responsible people who take it correctly!”

10 / 10
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Jen February 6, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: “Do not be afraid to try this medicine!! The stigma of this drug caused me to avoid it for about 15 years. If I was prescribed it I flushed it down the toilet. I FINALLY took one when I was so desperate I didn’t have any other choice. I take 0.5 most days. People take all kinds of medication for all kinds of other diseases. Anxiety and depression are a disease just the same as anything else. It’s a shame that we are made to feel like we’re doing something wrong for using Xanax. It has helped me control my anxiety and depression for about 8 years now. Without it I honestly don’t know what would have happened to me by now. It stops the terrible cycle of impending doom. It has kept me from going in to major anxiety and depression so many times I can’t count. Mental problems are the hardest thing I’ve EVER dealt with in my life. I’m almost 45 and have been fighting this since be I was 18. Whoever you are I hope wholeheartedly that you find help and hold on.”

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Elis · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 31, 2021

Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: “Listen, I ONLY take it if I feel like my breathing exercise won't help and panic attack is coming. I avoid taking it as soon as I get rapid heart beats etc. This is my security blanket, I carry it everywhere with me . It works like a magic and I always pray for the people who created this drug :) 3 years no addiction. Use as needed ! And remember those panic attacks will come and go, they wont hurt us. Welcome them with a smile, that scares them.”

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DeanoIRL · Taken for 5 to 10 years May 25, 2021

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I've C-PTSD after having an extremely violent home environment growing up. I've gone through everything to try and calm my symptoms down. 7 Years ago my doctor put me on a combination of Xanax 1.5mg per day over 3 doses and 15Mg of Mirtazepine. I went from a hermit to having a normal life. Having a career, a solid relationship.. my life did a full 180. Now I have a new doctor and went to have my long standing script renewed (I've just moved country).. he reduced the dose to Xanax two 0.5mg which isn't enough as s I get nausea and dizziness between doses if I leave it too long. So I carried on with my 0.5 three times a day and have to go back tomorrow to get him to fix the script. I'm terrified that he will try reduce or take me off them. These are literally the only thing that has work. I'm willing to accept the risks as the rewards of having a normal life far outweigh the bad effects.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 2 to 5 years April 21, 2021

Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: “Xanax has literally saved my life. After going to the hospital for a panic attack and seizure due to an overwhelming feeling of fear and worry, my psychiatrist prescribed 2mg once daily WHAT A DIFFERENCE. Listen, many people say it is an addictive drug.....which it can be if taken incorrectly.....however, if you have to take medicine for a heart condition, what is really the difference? The only people that don’t understand are the ones who have never suffered through a panic attack or had a moment of extreme anxiety - It can be very debilitating. I am grateful for this medication.”

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hardstylegenius May 26, 2008

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “This drug has changed my life. I have always had an anxiety problem since I was a child. Didn't have a good childhood, got picked on because I was fat, etc. My parents always faught and everything would just worry me. Some nights I couldn't sleep. I've been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks for so long. I feel like people are talking bad about me. I used to get paranoid and get really anxious in public and had social pobia. I can cope with everything now.”

10 / 10
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Combat veteran · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 9, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “Xanax has helped me a lot 2mg once a day or as needed. With anxiety and ptsd issues from combat I can say it’s helped with my sleep and I’m not so tight everywhere I go. A lot better than seroquil which has horrible side effects and weight gain that stuff made me feel like a zombie. Btw if you do get “cut off” be careful because Xanax withdraw can cause death and seizures.”

10 / 10
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Noel Garnet · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 10, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “This drug has saved me on a thousand occasions, from generalized anxiety to panic attacks or somatic tension, up to situations of severe insomnia where the next day I had to get up early in the morning. I have always considered it a godsend, it is an excellent anxiolytic and it is very useful also for those suffering from sleep disorders, because it does not leave heaviness or numbness the next day, due to its short duration of action in the body. My average dosage is 20 drops (0.50 mg). What can I say, to me it is the best anxiolytic!”

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Vintage · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 6, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “Suffered major depression and anxiety when my father died when I was 18 years of age. I constantly considered killing my self. Antidepressants and therapy had little effect on my outlook on life. But then I was prescribed Xanax. I learned to calm down and to actually take a look at my life. Just don’t abuse the drug and it works wonders.”

10 / 10
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Grammyto5 · Taken for 10 years or more February 4, 2019

Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: “I was first diagnosed with panic disorder and agoraphobia 40 years ago after seeing many doctors I finally found one that understood the brain's chemistry. My mother had it and never left the house due to severe agoraphobia, and both of my children developed panic disorder. I have been on Xanax .5 four times a day for 37 years and was told because of my brain chemistry that I will need to take it forever. No one would ever guess I take Xanax as it does not slow me down only make me able to function daily and travel for work. For those of us with panic disorder it is a lifesaver.”

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Brokey · Taken for 10 years or more February 25, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I have been on xanax for 30 years and it worked great for my anxiety and panic attacks. I am not addicted but it help with everything bothering me. Well my Dr. just cut me off abruptly ! The withdraw is terrible. I was willing to wean myself off of them but cut off.”

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Darling April 24, 2021

Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: “Been on Xanax 4 years 1mg a day for intense panic attacks in the evening/night. Would wake up sweaty heart palpitating impending doom and vomiting nonstop. Also have CVS. Xanax worked great, also helped my TMJ. Never had to increase my dose in the 4 years I've been on it & never took more than the one pill a day I was prescribed. So tell me why now, all of the sudden my dr has taken me off of it?! After 3 days of not taking it I was twitching, vomiting, couldn't hold down water, TMJ pain, intense migraine and tinnitus. Called dr & told him I have a 5 year old child, cannot be bedridden all day! He called in a script but only 15 pills half my normal dose & said he couldn't give me anymore. His reasoning: "You've been on it too long and you shouldn't need it anymore." Xanax helps my panic attacks, TMJ, CVS, insomnia. Had given me my life back. No quality of life now. Guessing this is because of people who abuse them, they want to take people off who legit need it & don't abuse it.”

10 / 10
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kappa kappa gamma May 31, 2020

Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety: “I’ve had benzodiazepine prescriptions (ativan, k-pin, & xanax) since 15 y/o until now (20 y/o). Over the past 5 years, it’s been rough managing physical and psychological dependency issues. I’ll blackout for a week at a time and proceed to buy fake xans from friends (usually cut with fentanyl and other bad stuff). During my attempt to wean off the drug, I ended up having a grand mal seizure at a party (Dec. 2019). Since then, managing sobriety from all benzos has lead to self medicating through other substances (cannabis, ketamine, cocaine, kratom, norcos). I was living in my sorority’s chapter house but moved into a fraternity house about 3 months ago, in which 3 brothers are active xanax users. It is really rough Basically, if you’re prone to addiction (runs in the family, other psychiatric conditions, etc) watch out dude”

3 / 10
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