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Experience:  MBBS, MD, MCCM. Currently working in Critical Care Medicine with 10 year experience in Medicine
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 11 months ago.


Can i ask what is your medical question, would you mind specifying it? Also what medical conditions do you have? what has xanax been prescribed for?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
disabled vet PTSD, ANXIEXTY
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 11 months ago.

Thank you for the additional information.

Well since you have already used a number of benzodiazepines for management of PTSD it is possible that this time xanax may be able to work as it is one of the strongest benzos which is available. In most cases where other drugs dont work, xanax usually works and improves the symptoms. But xanax alone would not be enough to counter all the symptoms. In most cases in addition to xanax, other drugs need to be started to control the PTSD. This would include drugs like zoloft and paxil which will provide long term control. In addition to the drugs , psychotherapy is ESSENTIAL in management of these symptoms. You would need to undergo therapies like,

Cognitive therapy. This type of talk therapy helps you recognize the ways of thinking (cognitive patterns) that are keeping you stuck — for example, negative or inaccurate ways of perceiving normal situations

Exposure therapy. This behavioral therapy helps you safely face what you find frightening so that you can learn to cope with it effectively. One approach to exposure therapy uses "virtual reality" programs that allow you to re-enter the setting in which you experienced trauma.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).EMDR combines exposure therapy with a series of guided eye movements that help you process traumatic memories and change how you react to traumatic memories.

All these approaches can help you gain control of lasting fear after a traumatic event. So the combination of xanax, paxil or zoloft along with these therapies should be able to help you overcome the PTSD effectively.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 11 months ago.

Unfortunately i am not set up for a phone call at the moment but we can continue here if you want?

Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 11 months ago.

Youre welcome, do remember to leave a POSITIVE rating by clicking on the stars above as that is how we are compensated for helping you today.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
call back
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 11 months ago.

I am currently in the hospital and cant call back while in the hospital, that is why i mentioned we can continue here.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I can adf
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 11 months ago.

Im sorry what do you mean by adf?