Friday, April 18, 2014
Alcohol, Medication and Anxiety
I am now on Xanex (8 mg a day), and I am still having attacks, although not as bad. I feel lightheaded, my heart is still pounding and my palms are sweating. I noticed that if I have a beer I settle down more. Is this bad? What should I do?
Certainly, on a high dose of Xanax (and 8 mg is a fairly high dose) you should be quite cautious about using alcohol. The alcohol can interact with the Xanax and lead to serious side effects.
If you are still experiencing anxiety and panic, you should talk to your mental health professional. I certainly don`t know enough about your care to make specific recommendations, but clinical trials show good results for patients with anxiety using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor medications (prozac, zoloft and others) and also with cognitive behavioral therapy. Often a combination of therapy and medication make the most improvement.
Nancy Elder, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati