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Xanax belongs to the group of drugs called benzodiazepines and is the brand name for the drug Alprazolam. It is used to treat psychiatric conditions like anxiety disorder and panic disorder. It is the most commonly prescribed psychotropic medication.

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Will taking Xanax regularly for longer period cause withdrawal effect?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 51 years old female and suffering from anxiety for decades. Recently it became debilitating, and I ended up in the ER and had an EKG because of heart palpitations. My doctor prescribed me 10 mg of Escitalopram and 1.5 mg of Xanax. The Xanax was supposed to be taken as needed, bu...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Escitalopram is an effective medication for managing anxiety disorder. The usual dose is between 10 to 20 mg daily. You are currently on 15 mg. Side effects can occur commonly in the first two weeks of starting the medication or increasing the dose, and then it tends t...  Read Full »

My sister has been having hallucinations after using substances. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,My sister was taking Xanax, Lyrica, Ketamine, Baclofen, and other unknown substances, and very big quantities. She was hallucinating, imagining talking to people when she was alone and not making sense, and suddenly fall asleep. She was using the substances for one year I think but I am...  Read Full »

Dr. Vipul Chelabhai Prajapati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Even after gradually tapering such a problem reoccurs then it may be relapsed. Whether she starts taking addiction again? Or any other stress or tension? Usually, relapse is secondary to substance addiction. What are the main symptoms she is g...  Read Full »

How do lowering the dose of Xanax plays a role in psychologial effects?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking 4 mg of Xanax a day to treat severe panic attack syndrome and associated high levels of general anxiety for 15 years. My doctor arrived at the 4 mg per day amount gradually and it works very well along with CBT from a therapist. Before two months, when I received the...  Read Full »

Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are a few clarifications and advice that I need to make. Reducing the dosage of Alprazolam results in Alprazolam withdrawal. A reduction by 25% is unlikely to be physically dangerous but the withdrawal symptoms are going to be highly unpleasant. The anxiety ...  Read Full »

Are my erection and orgasm issues related to cocaine or Xanax use? Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 26-year-old individual who has experienced challenges in obtaining and maintaining a strong erection, possibly due to the use of cocaine or Xanax. Furthermore, I have noticed that I reach orgasm very quickly, which might also be connected to my cocaine or Xanax usage. Please sugg...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern about the symptoms you are experiencing. Premature ejaculation can have various reasons: Stressful work, such as night duties or 24-hour jobs. Conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and thyroid issues can affect premature ejaculation. Keepin...  Read Full »

I get anxiety from morning to mid-noon and SSRI is not supporting me. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I cannot get any SSRI medicine to work anymore after 25 years. I have anxiety only from morning to mid-afternoon. Doctor put me on Oxcarbazepine 300 mg daily for anxiety but this seizure medicine is making me dizzy and very tired and off-balance. My head feels weird. I just weaned com...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth Nagda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Considering your age, it will be difficult to try a low dose of TCA (tricyclic antidepressant), but if nothing works that is always an option. Apart from an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), there is always SNRI (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibi...  Read Full »

I suddenly lost 25 lbs with abnormal high pulse rates. Is this due to thyroid problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been treated for anxiety disorder for the past eight years. They are now suspecting a thyroid problem. I have lost more than 25 lbs in the last eight weeks which has triggered the doctors to look closer into this. I have elevated anxiety, shaky and unsteady, high pulse rates e...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query and saw the results which you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and it appears to be an absolutely normal thyroid function test results. As your TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) is within the normal range, your thy...  Read Full »

Is Xanax safe to take for anxiety disorder with weight loss?

Query: Hello doctor, I spent a month with anxiety disorders, and with Xanax treatment, I lost 2 kg in a month without a diet. Is it normal? The treatment with Xanax is six days so far, and I have to do it for 15 days. I have no other symptoms.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from anxiety disorders. For many people, anxiety or stress can have a direct effect on weight. It may cause weight loss or weight gain. It can vary from person to person or situation to ...  Read Full »

Is it wise to switch to Xanax instead of Klonopin?

Query: Hello doctor I am taking Klonopin 1 mg daily, but I still have anxiety and panic attacks. I tried other medicines like Lexapro and Prozac. I do not want to be on medications at all, so I decided to keep Klonopin for now. I want to know if I can use CBD oil with Klonopin. I do not want to try any SS...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your situation. Please do not lose your hope. Everything will be fine. You will not get a withdrawal of Klonopin if you taper off properly. If you stop the medication abruptly, then you must get withdrawal. You are on 1 mg of Klonopin for the past o...  Read Full »

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