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if my daughter is taking alprazolam (Xanax), what kind of decongestant

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if my daughter is taking alprazolam (Xanax), what kind of decongestant can she take for a bad cold?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  911Doctor replied 10 months ago.

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how old is she, how long has she been on xanax, and does she have any other medical problems?

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as long as xanax is her only medicine there is really no reason why she can not take sudafed

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the two do different things, but there is no bad interaction between them

911Doctor :

mucinex is definitely okay

Customer:

she is 19, she has been on xanax for 6 days

911Doctor :

okay

Customer:

i wanted to double check becuase my doctor said she could not take anyting with a specific ingredient, but i did not write it down. all he said is just regula mucinex.

911Doctor :

may I ask what she is taking the xanax for and in what dose?

Customer:

however my daughter wants to take sudafed

Customer:

she has been having anxiety attacks, she is taking 2 pills a day

911Doctor :

okay

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so first of all you both need to know that xanax can only be for a very short term treatment of the panic attacks

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taking two a day is okay for a VERY short period

911Doctor :

but it is highly habit forming

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and her doctor should be working with her to find a non addictive alternative

Customer:

is a week too long?

911Doctor :

and working with her to get her some counseling to help her deal with this on her own without the xanax

911Doctor :

a week is okay, but getting on to two weeks makes me nervous

Customer:

she did start counceling today

911Doctor :

the problem is that it works SO well

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and people hate giving it up

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and if they are on it for even a few weeks there will be withdrawal symptoms when she stops it

Customer:

ok, so with all that said, she can take sudafed. sudafed PE is ok, of just sudafed?

911Doctor :

she can take either

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though one of the side effects of sudafed can be some jiterriness/anxiety

911Doctor :

mucincex might be a better choice for that reason alone

Customer:

ok, that's what I wanted to hear. what is the ingredient that would make her jitery?

911Doctor :

sudafed is pseudoephedrine, this is similar to adrenaline.

Customer:

perfect. thank you

911Doctor :

no worries

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do you have anything further about this issue for me tonight?

Customer:

no that is it

911Doctor :

perfect

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