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Thursday, April 30, 2009 Darrin Ethridge, Community Member, asks

Q: I was prescribed .50 mg of xanax for panic attacks and depression.

I was prescribed .50 mg of xanax for panic attacks and depression.  It worked GREAT for one week and then it stopped working.  My doctor increased the amount of xanax to 1.0 mg and prescribed Lexapro-10 mg to take at night.  Any thoughts?

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Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
4/30/09 9:22pm


Thank you for your question and welcome to


I am not a medical professional and would not be able to advise you on medication issues.


I can tell you, however, there are many different medications available for anxiety. People react differently to different medications, so what may work for one person may not work well for another. Unfortunately, finding the correct dosage and medication can be a matter of trial and error.It is important, however, to not stop medication without first talking to your doctor and stopping only under the supervision of your doctor.


Talk with your doctor about your continued anxiety. He or she may decide to adjust your dosage or try a different medication.


Let me know how it works out.




Glen D, Community Member
8/29/09 10:45am

As a person who has taken xanax several times over the years, I have to tell you to be careful in using it and ABSOLUTELY do not take more than prescribed.  I noticed your stated your docor increased your dose from .5mg. to 1mg.  That is not unheard of because of the tolerance xanax can have, however, it makes it that much more difficult to come off the medication. I'm no medical doctor, however I suggest you cut the 1mg. tablet in half and see if that is effective.  As far as Lexapro for sleep, that is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and I think is also a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor.  For one they are not addictive, and if it helps you sleep, then I see no harm in it.  Just let me reiterate, be very CAREFUL with xanax and only take it PRN.

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By Darrin Ethridge, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/14/14, First Published: 04/30/09