Xanax For Heart Attacks

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Bob Says:

Bad heart. Few yrs back had the normal 4-5 stints and then a 4way bypass. About 6 months later they put in a pacemaker defibrillator. Nothing abnormal for almost 2 yrs and then running late for a plane, behind packing, suitcase broke, etc I was driving to airport and bam took a defib shock. Thought I had been hit by another car. Then took a second shock about 3 minutes later. Well the 50K defib had saved my life.

But a new problem took hold. I was basically dying and being shocked back about every other month from then on. Trust me it's not fun. You get where you can tell about 14 seconds before you are going to pass out (forever) if the defib unit doesn't work. It's also painful. Like getting kicked in the chest by a donkey.

My heart doctor put me on .25 Xanax 1 in am and 1 at bedtime. Also suggested I carry some with my Nitro pills and if I took a shock put a nitro and xanax under toung it may help avoid a second. Never had a second shock after that and shocks disappeared all together after about 2 months. Been three yrs defib event free.

Now the problem. I moved to East Texas, mid sized town. Difficult to find a GP with Humana but finally got a young guy I liked. Had him for 2 yrs now. Also have a heart doctor. I get 3 months of all the ordinary old peoples pills but he has quietly only been prescribing only 30 days at a time for Xanax and Ambien. So I find myself having to go see him every thirty days.

It makes it difficult to schedule spur of the moment travel and just gets you worried all the time about running out. I'm uneasy on how to bring it up to him. My son thinks that's his practice. Whole waiting room is ton of old people. Grinds them all through once a month?

Advice on how to handle him? Thanks

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EDDY Says:

I'm pretty sure even with your history the whole idea is to generate a new visit especially when prescribing certain medicine. My Doctor actually said something about this keeps him busy and he makes more money.

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EDDY Says:

With that said I have no problem getting 5 month supplies of Xanax from the Doctor. He just would like to see me every few months which I have no problem with

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VerFree Says:

Unfortunately, it is entirely up to the doctor, and they are encouraged to undertake more frequent monitoring of those with chronic health conditions, and/or those who are taking a medication with a high potential for abuse... both of which apply to you.

Xanax/Alprazolam is considered a controlled substance, the FDA warns about its risk of being habit forming, and it is very frequently abused by many people. Other side effects may include nausea, dizziness, headache, irritability, and mood changes.

However, if you want to travel, make sure to discuss that with him. He may be willing to work with you, so you can still do so.

I am, however, very glad that this combination of medications is working for you. I had congestive heart failure, years ago, before I was even 40, and heart issues are terrifying.

Does your cardiologist prescribe anything?

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