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Detox from Xanax Can Be Dangerous - Don't Do It Alone

answered 07:38 PM EST, Thu November 29, 2012
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I've been taking around 4-6mg of Xanax for about 3-5weeks give or take. im trying to stop and have 10mg Valium to help counter the Xanax as well as Valerian root. supplements and vitamins. Any ideas anything else to do? I exercise an extreme amount 5 days a week at least...aerobic and anaerobic, sweating alot of toxings out as well as low body fat. I went to a detox befoer and was give valium, vitamins, and pheobarbitual. Is it possible to get prescribed that right now?

THANKS!!!

Dr. David Sack Says...

It is more dangerous to detox from alprazolam (Xanax) than from heroin.  You feel miserable with both but convulsions and death can occur in healthy people trying to come off of sedative/hypnotic/anxiolytic drugs like Xanax.  Don’t try this on your own.  At Promises we try to avoid using benzodiazepines like diazepam (Valium) and chlordiazepoxide (Librium) to detox from short acting benzodiazepines like Xanax and Ativan because clients find it very difficult to come off the treatment.  Other strategies that have been studied and recommended (although not specifically approved by the FDA) include using carbamazepine (Tegretol) or phenobarbital.  Each of these strategies has advantages and disadvantages but all should be used only under strict medical supervision.

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