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Re: Xanax

Posted by Elizabeth on July 30, 1999, at 22:55:09

In reply to Xanax, posted by Lou on July 30, 1999, at 12:45:05

> CCan anyone comment on if/how Xanax is more addictive tthan the SSRI's? Also, does anyone know if Xanax helps with suicidal ruminations?

Hi there. Xanax is considered to have low addiction potential. Occasionally, some people who use it and find that it makes them feel euphoric (rare at normally prescribed doses) may abuse it frequently and get addicted. Some people abuse it in combination with other drugs (alcohol, cocaine), which can be dangerous too. As I said, this is rare, and pretty much unheard of in people who have legitimate prescriptions for Xanax for anxiety.

People who impulsively self-injure may be at risk for increased impulsivity if they take Xanax, which can be dangerous in this population for obvious reasons.

I'm not sure if it would help with suicidal thoughts or not. It can help reduce the initial anxiety many people get on antidepressants while waiting for the antidepressants to kick in (some people think this anxiety may increase the risk for suicide in the first few weeks on antidepressants).




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