Xanax For Those Over 70

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Marty Says:


Does anyone over 70 take xanax for a long period of time? I'm just concerned from reading it can affect the liver or you can become imune to it. I take 0.5 at bedtome and another 1/2 during the day for anxiety for 1 year now. My email is {edited for privacy} for responses.



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Verwon Says:

Hello, Marty! How are you?

Almost all medications can have an affect on the liver, there are very few that aren't processed by it, so that would be a possible risk with almost anything.

As to Xanax at your age, you may be more sensitive to its effects, so the side effects may be more pronounced, you may feel more dizzy, drowsy and nauseous than usual.

However, if you're doing well with it, things are most likely fine, as long as you are seeing your doctor regularly so they can keep an eye on you.

This medication can also be habit forming.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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Eddy Says:

If anything as we age we can be more sensitive to medicine like Xanax. I cut down 33% after some head trauma, and have plenty on hand if my needs would change. After suffering near death from the medicine, I am extra careful with dosing. You and your Liver should be fine!

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Marty Says:

Hi Vernon,Well, I'm increasing from 0.5 Xanax at bedtime because I'm getting only 3 hours sleep the last 2 nights. So, I'm increasing it to 1.0 in hopes I get a full night sleep. Might you think I'm heading to trouble by doing this? It's been from Feb 7 until July 15, and no sleep problems. Think I should try another sleeping aid? The natural meds like Metetonin don't work, and I tried over the counter Benedryl which worked some before I started Xanax. I read on Benzobuddies where they all say I should withdraw from Xanax now. Maybe because I'm 71, but my neurologist at Kaiser didn't feel I needed to. Any opinion?

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