Xanax and Prozac are two very common drugs in the U.S., but what happens if you take them together? Can you take Xanax and Prozac together, or would this lead to side effects and possible interactions?
Below is more information about Xanax and Prozac separately, and answers to the question “can you take Xanax and Prozac together.”
Xanax is known by the generic name alprazolam as well, and it’s classified as a benzodiazepine. Benzos like Xanax are prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders, as well as anxiety caused by depression. Xanax is one of the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S., but it’s also highly abused, and it is considered habit-forming.
When you take Xanax, it’s intended to calm to the neuron activity in your brain, which then helps you feel calmer and more relaxed. However, sometimes when it’s taken, particularly in high doses, it may cause the person to feel euphoric and high. That’s one of the reasons doctors should advise patients to be cautious with their use of Xanax.
Xanax can also lead to the development of a physical dependence. What this means is that if you take it for a period of time and then stop suddenly, you will experience withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal from Xanax can be severe in some cases and can include seizures.
This medication is intended to be a short-term treatment option, because the longer you take it, the higher the risk of abuse and dependence.
Prozac is also known by the generic name fluoxetine, and it’s classified as a selection serotonin reuptake inhibitor or an SSRI. It’s an antidepressant, and it works to balance certain chemicals in the brain. Prozac can also be used to treat panic, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Doctors are careful when prescribing Prozac in younger people because it can lead to suicidal thoughts or tendencies, and anyone who starts taking it is advised to monitor their mood and other possible side effects.
It’s also important for people to tell their doctor about any other medicines, over-the-counter or prescription, as well as supplements or vitamins they may be taking. The reason is because Prozac may interact with other medicines. One example of this is what would happen if you took Prozac with another medicine that increases serotonin levels in the brain. This can lead to a very serious condition called serotonin syndrome.
It wouldn’t be uncommon for someone to be prescribed Xanax and Prozac, because both are used to treat various symptoms of anxiety or depression, indirectly. Despite the frequency at which both Xanax and Prozac are prescribed together, are there risks of combining them?
You may be able to, but you should do so with caution and only when following the instructions of your doctor.
First, both Xanax and Prozac treat similar symptoms including symptoms of anxiety. If you’re taking them both for anxiety, you should be aware that Xanax is a short-term treatment, while Prozac is a long-term medication. This means that if you’re taking Prozac, you can probably discontinue your use of Xanax because over time Prozac should be effective at treating your symptoms that you previously might have used Xanax for.
For some people, it may be that taking Xanax and Prozac together, at least for a period of time, does give them better outcomes than taking one of those medicines alone. The decision as to whether a combination treatment approach using Xanax and Prozac is right for you should be left up to your doctor. In some cases research has shown that taking Xanax and Prozac together helps people respond to their treatment protocol more quickly than they might if they just used one or the other.
While it may be okay to use Xanax and Prozac together, there is the potential that combining the two substances could cause the Xanax to stay in your system longer, or have higher concentrations in your blood. When this happens, symptoms can include excessive drowsiness.
Both Xanax and Prozac are serious medications that impact chemicals and functionality in your brain and doing anything without following your doctor’s instructions can be dangerous.
You should also be careful when you first start using Xanax and Prozac and carefully monitor any symptoms you might be experiencing so you can let your physician know.
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