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Question: Hello doctor i have a question. back in november i had a very stressful event in my life i am 30 years old male and i decided to receive alone without prescription of doctor for 45 days xanax of 1Mg per day to relax myself. In march i got some panic attacks (i had also my first panic attacks back in 2012 but i got nothing not xanax nothing i fought for 2-3 months and the attacks left me alone and for almost 8 years had not even a single episode of panic attack i forgot what is panic attack) . and now two months after from march that attacks decided to return even i feel better, i was fighting alone and i decided to go yesterday to a psychiatrist. He gave me 2 weeks xanax to relax a bit and 2 weeks more for tapering off from xanax. Its going to have a huge impact in my Brain that getting again xanax? In all my life i never got anything i started in novemeber alone first time jn my life with xanax i cut it cold turkey. Generally i was a happy laughing person and i hope still i am i love life but now i am afraid Maybe xanax will do any damage to my brain(doctor gave me cause ten days couldn't sleep) . I should better avoid it? i already got two days xanax 0.5mg morning 0.5 night. Was my panic attacks that came in March from xanax i got in novemeber ? Last dosage was December (i quitted cold turkey back then but not withdrawal symptoms) and panic attack came end of February. Thanks in advance
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
Hello doctor i have a question. back in november i had a very stressful event in my life i am 30 years old male and i decided to receive alone without prescription of doctor for 45 days xanax of 1Mg per day to relax myself. In march i got some panic attacks (i had also my first panic attacks back in 2012 but i got nothing not xanax nothing i fought for 2-3 months and the attacks left me alone and for almost 8 years had not even a single episode of panic attack i forgot what is panic attack) . and now two months after from march that attacks decided to return even i feel better, i was fighting alone and i decided to go yesterday to a psychiatrist. He gave me 2 weeks xanax to relax a bit and 2 weeks more for tapering off from xanax. Its going to have a huge impact in my Brain that getting again xanax? In all my life i never got anything i started in novemeber alone first time jn my life with xanax i cut it cold turkey. Generally i was a happy laughing person and i hope still i am i love life but now i am afraid Maybe xanax will do any damage to my brain(doctor gave me cause ten days couldn't sleep) . I should better avoid it? i already got two days xanax 0.5mg morning 0.5 night. Was my panic attacks that came in March from xanax i got in novemeber ? Last dosage was December (i quitted cold turkey back then but not withdrawal symptoms) and panic attack came end of February. Thanks in advance
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Consultation

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ninako,
Thanks for using healthcaremagic.

I read your query and understand your concerns about various issues including panic attacks and xanax.

Please be assured that prescription medication, if taken in the spirit and need of the condition, cause little side effects or permanent problems. Since your psychiatrist have decided it to prescribe for certain duration, which definitely means that our body needs it to prevent further damage. Since you will be taking it for short duration chances of addiction, are very low if any.

Secondly stop having a guilt. I understand that it was your decision to relax yourself but I do not feel there is any value of regretting as it will not reverse anything. However it will lead to increase stress and more problems. So it is wise to call it a bad decision. After all we are humans and we have tendency to do mistakes and please understand that none is exception in this regard.

Thirdly I don,t think use of Xanax brought the panic attacks back. It could be the mix of both genetic vulnerability, stress, guilt of using xanax as well as xanax itself. I mean to say that stoppage of xanax cold turkey does not cause development of panic attacks.

I also feel that it is important to manage it properly. So avoiding medication, when it is required, will increase suffering.

I hope this helps you.
Feel free to write back to me if you have more questions.
Thanks and regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
Brief Answer:
Consultation

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ninako,
Thanks for using healthcaremagic.

I read your query and understand your concerns about various issues including panic attacks and xanax.

Please be assured that prescription medication, if taken in the spirit and need of the condition, cause little side effects or permanent problems. Since your psychiatrist have decided it to prescribe for certain duration, which definitely means that our body needs it to prevent further damage. Since you will be taking it for short duration chances of addiction, are very low if any.

Secondly stop having a guilt. I understand that it was your decision to relax yourself but I do not feel there is any value of regretting as it will not reverse anything. However it will lead to increase stress and more problems. So it is wise to call it a bad decision. After all we are humans and we have tendency to do mistakes and please understand that none is exception in this regard.

Thirdly I don,t think use of Xanax brought the panic attacks back. It could be the mix of both genetic vulnerability, stress, guilt of using xanax as well as xanax itself. I mean to say that stoppage of xanax cold turkey does not cause development of panic attacks.

I also feel that it is important to manage it properly. So avoiding medication, when it is required, will increase suffering.

I hope this helps you.
Feel free to write back to me if you have more questions.
Thanks and regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (30 minutes later)
So i got xanax in my life first time in novemeber i cut it out.and bow doctor prescribed to me for one month XXXXXXX with two weeks the recommended dosage and two weeks the tappering off. Do you think those two times in xanax 45 days ans after 6 months 30 days could damage my Brain. Can xanax cause so huge damage for so short periods in my life i don't like i don't want to use xanax but is better than fighting alone even already feel better. What are the chances that xanax will change my personality thinking and IQ from those two times using of xanax. 45 days November December and 4 weeks now. And i will never touch it again XXXXXXX dosage 1MG both times. Thank you in advance. Can xanax make me crazy or change my personality or drop my IQ or those are effects of high dosages and for long time. Doctor told me that 45 days and those 30 days now is like nothing xanax 100% would do nothing do you agree? Thank you in advance
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
So i got xanax in my life first time in novemeber i cut it out.and bow doctor prescribed to me for one month XXXXXXX with two weeks the recommended dosage and two weeks the tappering off. Do you think those two times in xanax 45 days ans after 6 months 30 days could damage my Brain. Can xanax cause so huge damage for so short periods in my life i don't like i don't want to use xanax but is better than fighting alone even already feel better. What are the chances that xanax will change my personality thinking and IQ from those two times using of xanax. 45 days November December and 4 weeks now. And i will never touch it again XXXXXXX dosage 1MG both times. Thank you in advance. Can xanax make me crazy or change my personality or drop my IQ or those are effects of high dosages and for long time. Doctor told me that 45 days and those 30 days now is like nothing xanax 100% would do nothing do you agree? Thank you in advance
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (4 minutes later)
I read also that you said can cause permanent problems. Its possible for those two times 45 days +30 days now after 6 months xanax can cause me permanent problems? 0.25mg morning 0.5 night thank you again forgot to ask it
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
I read also that you said can cause permanent problems. Its possible for those two times 45 days +30 days now after 6 months xanax can cause me permanent problems? 0.25mg morning 0.5 night thank you again forgot to ask it
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
I think there is communication gap

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for follow up.

First of all I like to assure you that I never said it can cause permanent damage. I said prescription medications cause little side effects/permanent problems. Probably my way of writing lead to misunderstanding that it causes permanent problems.

Having said this I like to assure you that this does not cause change in personality or lowering of IQ. However if used for longer period it can cause addiction and cognitive problems. These problems can be avoided by using only the permitted dosage.

Two times use is well within limits as recommended by your doctor and unlikely to cause any problem for you.

So be assured that you can take the medication as advised by your doctor but never to exceed the recommended limit without consulting your doctor.

I hope this clarifies further.
Thanks and regartds.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
Brief Answer:
I think there is communication gap

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for follow up.

First of all I like to assure you that I never said it can cause permanent damage. I said prescription medications cause little side effects/permanent problems. Probably my way of writing lead to misunderstanding that it causes permanent problems.

Having said this I like to assure you that this does not cause change in personality or lowering of IQ. However if used for longer period it can cause addiction and cognitive problems. These problems can be avoided by using only the permitted dosage.

Two times use is well within limits as recommended by your doctor and unlikely to cause any problem for you.

So be assured that you can take the medication as advised by your doctor but never to exceed the recommended limit without consulting your doctor.

I hope this clarifies further.
Thanks and regartds.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (6 hours later)
May i ask some small problem i have with thinking memory problem with 0.25Mg morning xanax and 0.5Mg xanax night its this problem thinking from xanax i am. On 3rd day thank you in advance. I feel also with 0.25MG so so calm i can't even speak
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
May i ask some small problem i have with thinking memory problem with 0.25Mg morning xanax and 0.5Mg xanax night its this problem thinking from xanax i am. On 3rd day thank you in advance. I feel also with 0.25MG so so calm i can't even speak
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (1 hour later)
Also one last question i am in third day of using xanax and i want to taper off it i got in morning my 0.25MG xanax how i can taper it off as faster as possible i can thank you in advance i feel already good and i don't like to continue using it. Thank you in advance its possible to taper it off in next 3 days?
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
Also one last question i am in third day of using xanax and i want to taper off it i got in morning my 0.25MG xanax how i can taper it off as faster as possible i can thank you in advance i feel already good and i don't like to continue using it. Thank you in advance its possible to taper it off in next 3 days?
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (50 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Follow up

Detailed Answer:
hello,
Thanks for follow up.

Regarding second part of your question i like to make it clear that xanax can be weaned off without tapering down if the use was limited for few days only, as in your case.

However to be on safer side I will recommend you to keep xanax on need basis for coming weeks as it is not a good idea to resist need. I mean to say that if you have unmanageable restlessness, anxiety or panic attacks or similar things prefer taking the xanax rather than resisting its use.


In regard to first part of your question please be informed that cognitive problems are real with use of xanax but fortunately revert back to normalcy on discontinuation of medication.

I hope this answers you further.
If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you.
If not, you may close the discussion and if possible you may rate the answer.
In future if you wish to contact me directly, you can use the below mentioned link:
http://doctor.healthcaremagic.com/doctors/dr-ashok-kumar/67386
Thanks and regards.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
Brief Answer:
Follow up

Detailed Answer:
hello,
Thanks for follow up.

Regarding second part of your question i like to make it clear that xanax can be weaned off without tapering down if the use was limited for few days only, as in your case.

However to be on safer side I will recommend you to keep xanax on need basis for coming weeks as it is not a good idea to resist need. I mean to say that if you have unmanageable restlessness, anxiety or panic attacks or similar things prefer taking the xanax rather than resisting its use.


In regard to first part of your question please be informed that cognitive problems are real with use of xanax but fortunately revert back to normalcy on discontinuation of medication.

I hope this answers you further.
If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you.
If not, you may close the discussion and if possible you may rate the answer.
In future if you wish to contact me directly, you can use the below mentioned link:
http://doctor.healthcaremagic.com/doctors/dr-ashok-kumar/67386
Thanks and regards.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (52 minutes later)
I have the feeling by reading online so many people that even a week on xanax can totaly destroyed you i hope i ll return back to my old self i missed. Thank you doctor. I think i ll continue if possible 2 days more half dosage 0.25 and after i ll cut it out.
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
I have the feeling by reading online so many people that even a week on xanax can totaly destroyed you i hope i ll return back to my old self i missed. Thank you doctor. I think i ll continue if possible 2 days more half dosage 0.25 and after i ll cut it out.
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (3 minutes later)
Forgot also to aks before i start xanax i ordered some magnesium from lamberts its ok if i use also magnesium in the day with xanax?
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
Forgot also to aks before i start xanax i ordered some magnesium from lamberts its ok if i use also magnesium in the day with xanax?
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (21 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Follow up

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks again for follow up.

Magnesium can be used along with xanax as there are no serious interactions between two of them.

Regarding online versions of people we need to understand that they are subjective experiences and not considered real to a large extent. As stated above I like to assure you again that few weeks of xanax use does not destroy anything unless it is too high/beyond the prescription range or the person is highly vulnerable due to some other pathology.

I hope this answers you further.
Thanks and regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
Brief Answer:
Follow up

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks again for follow up.

Magnesium can be used along with xanax as there are no serious interactions between two of them.

Regarding online versions of people we need to understand that they are subjective experiences and not considered real to a large extent. As stated above I like to assure you again that few weeks of xanax use does not destroy anything unless it is too high/beyond the prescription range or the person is highly vulnerable due to some other pathology.

I hope this answers you further.
Thanks and regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (9 hours later)
so doctor my last question to end this thread. i am getting 0.25 MG zanax morning and 0.5 MG at night i am in the end of first week i need one more week and after ill do 2 weeks tappering off slowly as the doctor told me. do you think this dosage is safe? for 3 weeks more?
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
so doctor my last question to end this thread. i am getting 0.25 MG zanax morning and 0.5 MG at night i am in the end of first week i need one more week and after ill do 2 weeks tappering off slowly as the doctor told me. do you think this dosage is safe? for 3 weeks more?
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (2 hours later)
Also i forgot to ask that xanax can decrease libido. I already noticed that this side effect will return to normal when i ll cut off xanax? Thank you in advance
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
Also i forgot to ask that xanax can decrease libido. I already noticed that this side effect will return to normal when i ll cut off xanax? Thank you in advance
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (6 minutes later)
And if i ll do full treatment one month how long my brain need to return to normal functionality alone
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
And if i ll do full treatment one month how long my brain need to return to normal functionality alone
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Follow up

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for follow up.

The tapering time is, the time which allows brain to return to normalcy. It means that the one month contains inbuilt time for your brain to recover to a large extent. Having said this it is important to remember that it may take one to four weeks to recover completely after the last dose.

As stated above prescription is often issued keeping the best interest of individual patient and generally safe for the intended period. Considering this please be assure that you are safe and limited use of xanax will not cause anything permanent from for you.

I hope this clarifies further.
Thanks and regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
Brief Answer:
Follow up

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for follow up.

The tapering time is, the time which allows brain to return to normalcy. It means that the one month contains inbuilt time for your brain to recover to a large extent. Having said this it is important to remember that it may take one to four weeks to recover completely after the last dose.

As stated above prescription is often issued keeping the best interest of individual patient and generally safe for the intended period. Considering this please be assure that you are safe and limited use of xanax will not cause anything permanent from for you.

I hope this clarifies further.
Thanks and regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (34 hours later)
Doctor as i told you i cut the dosage from 0.75mg per day to 0.5mg per day only st night and today i feel extremely tiredness o can't even get out from bed slept and had some small sleep paralysis and numbness in my hand and leg i am in 7 day of xanax and still 3 left to stop it due to my doctor advice he told me 4 more days 0.5mg at night and over. Its it normal that i ak having that?
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
Doctor as i told you i cut the dosage from 0.75mg per day to 0.5mg per day only st night and today i feel extremely tiredness o can't even get out from bed slept and had some small sleep paralysis and numbness in my hand and leg i am in 7 day of xanax and still 3 left to stop it due to my doctor advice he told me 4 more days 0.5mg at night and over. Its it normal that i ak having that?
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
I have zero energy like someone dying its strange thank you in advance
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
I have zero energy like someone dying its strange thank you in advance
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (14 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Follow up

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for follow up.

Loss of energy is not the effect of reducing dose of xanax but numbness and feeling of sleep paralysis can be contributed by withdrawal symptoms of xanax for couple of days or for few hours in some individuals.

Having said this it can be considered withdrawal effect of xanax itself and these are self limited. There is good possibility that by every passing day these will be reduced in intensity.

I hope this helps you.
Thanks and regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary (0 minute later)
Brief Answer:
Follow up

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for follow up.

Loss of energy is not the effect of reducing dose of xanax but numbness and feeling of sleep paralysis can be contributed by withdrawal symptoms of xanax for couple of days or for few hours in some individuals.

Having said this it can be considered withdrawal effect of xanax itself and these are self limited. There is good possibility that by every passing day these will be reduced in intensity.

I hope this helps you.
Thanks and regards.
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Hello Doctor I Have A Question. Back In November I

Hello doctor i have a question. back in november i had a very stressful event in my life i am 30 years old male and i decided to receive alone without prescription of doctor for 45 days xanax of 1Mg per day to relax myself. In march i got some panic attacks (i had also my first panic attacks back in 2012 but i got nothing not xanax nothing i fought for 2-3 months and the attacks left me alone and for almost 8 years had not even a single episode of panic attack i forgot what is panic attack) . and now two months after from march that attacks decided to return even i feel better, i was fighting alone and i decided to go yesterday to a psychiatrist. He gave me 2 weeks xanax to relax a bit and 2 weeks more for tapering off from xanax. Its going to have a huge impact in my Brain that getting again xanax? In all my life i never got anything i started in novemeber alone first time jn my life with xanax i cut it cold turkey. Generally i was a happy laughing person and i hope still i am i love life but now i am afraid Maybe xanax will do any damage to my brain(doctor gave me cause ten days couldn't sleep) . I should better avoid it? i already got two days xanax 0.5mg morning 0.5 night. Was my panic attacks that came in March from xanax i got in novemeber ? Last dosage was December (i quitted cold turkey back then but not withdrawal symptoms) and panic attack came end of February. Thanks in advance