XANAX Reviews

Average Rating: 3.9 (925 Ratings)

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 1  When Flying or anxiety Very addictive. Ran out before prescription refill and started having horrible withdrawal symptoms. So I decided to quit. This was in April 2021. 30 days free finally. Doctor never mentioned it was addictive and would always increase my dosage whenever I asked. Benzos are terrible to get off of them. 65 20 years
 4  Anxiety Drowsiness Xanax (Alprazolam) has worked phenomenally well for me to help bring down my anxiety. If I know I'm going to be in an anxiety provoking situation, I'll take my 2-3 pills 1-2 hours in advance and I know I'll be ready to deal with whatever is coming. I'm not someone who has ever experienced dependency on a medicine, but I make sure to limit my intake to around 2 times a week at most and I've gone years without using it. I'm giving it a 4/5 despite being 5/5 in efficacy at temporarily removing my anxiety, just because it's a medication that does hold the risk of dependency/withdrawal and that limits how often I take it. Never use it just to fall sleep or feel good and take the smallest working dose as infrequently as possible. M 29 10 years
1X D
 3  GAD ,PTSD Calmed the anxiety to a point I could work and interact with people. Tinnitus, pins and needles sensation, tingling lips The last few months the ringing in my ears is almost intolerable. My hands, feet and lips are like pins and needles , horrible crawling sensations. I keep telling my doctors about this and they send me to more doctors. Just read on the drug insert that with these side effects you should go right to ER. Do the docs not know this? And how do I stop after all these years ? F 72 17 years
.5 MG 2X D
 5   0 days
1X D
 5  DEBILITATING ANXIETY + depression None bad, only positive calmness, and good sleep! I suffered from ANXIETY for 20 years that causes my depression. Dr. for 5 years was killing me with SSRI and other antidepressants, none of them help with ANXIETY or depression, So told that I am very sick and can't function I need something ASAP to save me, so dr prescribed 0.5x2 times a day but I only took 0.25 in the morning in about 45 min my ANXIETY went from 10 to 0 my depression was gone at the same time. After 6 months I decided to see if I can get off it, so I quit cold turkey, first 3 days were a choppy sleeping pattern, but that was it, Currently, I am not taking anything at all for a month + now and I am feeling normal. I strongly suggest you force your Dr. to give you a sample and see how you respond. Ask for XANAX only, NOT any other benzo like Klonopin etc. my last 5 years were hell on earth. Ty GOD that he gives wisdom for someone to create this med. M 47 6 months
0.25 1X D
 5  Panic disorder None It's great for anxiety, it literally saved my life F 51 0 months
0.5 a day 1X D
 5  Anxiety None This drug worked perfectly for my GAD and anxiety attacks. Improved the quality of my life 100 percent. Now doctors refuse to prescribe it. (Because of opioid epidemic). I never had any problem with it. Have not found anything that works half as well. 68 6 years
.50 1X D
 3  panic attacks no side effects Not a wonder drug for me, stops working after awhile, i went thru a bad time last year my father died suddenly of cancer ,it helped a lot when i took it for the 1 st 6 months, now i take it with Lamictal, F 43 1 years
.5 1X D
 5  Anxiety, insomnia due to stress Memory loss, lack of sexual desire It's been a life saver for my anxiety. Some days I get away with only 0.5 mg other days I need 2 mg. After all these years it still works and with less side effects then Klonopin. F 44 8 years
1 mg 1X D
 4  Anxiety Some grogginess when I wake up. I take Gabapentin also. A little slow to get moving. As long as I've been taking this, the low dosage still works. I recommend it for anxiety. F 70 10 years
.25 mg. 2X D
 5  Anxiety sleepiness I think its an effective drug for many people. Use the lower dosage necessary. M 66 5 weeks
0,25 mg 3X D
 3  GAD Weight gain,Dizziness,Body aches,dependency...Not sure if the anxiety causes the side effects or the medication. I take this for my pretty severe anxiety. I am worried about more severe side effects if I get off the meds. I was taking 1 mg four times a day; then in 10/2019, I asked for it to be decreased, been at .5 since, thinking of going lower to eventually wean off. 1 mg/.5 mg seem to have same effect on me. F 49 3 years
.5 mg 4X D
 4  GAD, Insomnia, Tremors Inability to concentrate for long periods of time, slight memory loss, slurred speech, decreased sex drive, decreased creativity, occasional nightmares The side effects of xanax can sound off-putting, but my state of mind/body prior to taking this drug was no great thing either so I decided to try it. The prescribed .25mg was far too powerful and would sometimes cause slurred speech, shortness of breath and excessive production of saliva. These effects would subside after an hour or so and then I was able to get on with my life. My real concern was the inability to concentrate for long periods of time and experiencing some memory loss. I also had a couple of intense nightmares that ranked somewhere on my top 10 list. I reduced the dosage by half and then a quarter and this has allowed me to focus again on family/work and I still get to sleep at night without the bad dreams. The good: Able to relax/sleep Anxiety reduced Generally happier The Bad: Highly addictive/Habit forming Lack of concentration Decrease in sex drive Possible night terrors In many ways Xanax (in very small doses) has made my quality of life better, but this can't be a long term solution. M 44 2 months
 4  Panic attacks,GAD, Night Terrors Memory loss, rebound anxiety Most effective at doses of at least 2mg F 32 1 months
1 mg; 1-2x
 1  Mum took Xanax for her insomnia Mum became suicidal. The pills did not help her to calm down and sleep - instead, she experienced edginess, high anxiety and became like a person possessed. Her voice changed, she wanted to die - she began trying to bite herself...she pulled out her IV drip. She became feral! Because she couldn't sleep, she started yelling through the night - 6 hours of non-stop yelling. It was really traumatising.Fortunately, the doctors convened and changed her meds. She's back to normal now. At one stage, the heart specialist even made us sign a DNR form - to cover himself no doubt. F 91 60 days
.25 2X D
 1  Anxiety and sleep Extreme addiction. It will destroy you life if you ever stop taking it. Works great ,BUT after a very short time you will not be able to come off of it. Itís more addictive than almost any drug. Avoid at all costs. M 49 25 years
 4  Anxiety, Insomnia Drowzy, Tired, but more at peace and happy. It is fantastic for quick relief of anxiety, but it is addictive. physically and psychologically addictive. M 56 2 years
0.25 MG 1X D
 3  Anxiety Energy when needed and helps me sleep!! (Yes power in the mind) prevents anxiety attacks but also when I don't have them I have seziures , sweats hallucinations depression and more. very addictive Do not get on this unless you desperately need it!!!! I'm addicted and will die without it literally !! But it does help F 29 14 years
4 mg
 1  Anxiety Heightened anxiety between doses In the beginning, Xanax was a godsend. Primary Care put me on Xanax for mild anxiety. Took it for a few months and then stopped. Felt awful upon stopping, incredible anxiety. Thought my anxiety had just gotten worse. Wrong. It was the withdrawal symptoms from stopping Xanax. Unfortunately, I went on to take Xanax for another 3 years, until my body had a massive breakdown and I ended up in the ER. I then weened off of it for 8 months. It's almost 2 years since my last Xanax and I am almost back to normal. This stuff robbed me of a lot of time. Turned an outgoing person into a paranoid mess for years. I wish I had never taken it. My anxiety wasn't that bad. M 42 3 years
.5 3X D
 4  Anxiety and to help with flying Makes me very sleepy. When going thru a lot of stress I will take .25 in the afternoon and .5 at night for a week or two then switch to .5 only once a day until my situation gets better. Definitely helps with flying long distance. I have tripped and fallen three times on this medicine and really banged up my knees. The drug helps but I am very careful not to take it More than a few weeks at a time because of a fear of dependence. F 39 1 years

XANAX  (ALPRAZOLAM):  Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines which act on the brain and nerves (central nervous system) to produce a calming effect. It works by enhancing the effects of a certain natural chemical in the body (GABA).   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)