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Review: could Xanax cause Anxiety?

Summary: Anxiety could be caused by Xanax, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take Ambien, and have Anxiety.

We study 54,772 people who have side effects while taking Xanax from FDA and social media. Among them, 5,562 have Anxiety. Find out below who they are, when they have Anxiety and more.

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On Apr, 10, 2014: 54,772 people reported to have side effects when taking Xanax. Among them, 6,039 people (11.03%) have Anxiety. They amount to 0.47% of all the 1,275,378 people who have Anxiety on eHealthMe.

Trend of Anxiety in Xanax reports

Time on Xanax when people have Anxiety * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Anxiety30.36%10.27%3.12%4.69%33.93%10.04%7.59%

Gender of people who have Anxiety when taking Xanax * :

FemaleMale
Anxiety70.08%29.92%

Age of people who have Anxiety when taking Xanax * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Anxiety0.05%0.05%0.87%7.39%15.78%24.91%23.99%26.97%

Severity of Anxiety when taking Xanax ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Anxiety5.17%44.83%37.93%12.07%

How people recovered from Anxiety ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Anxiety8.33%33.33%58.33%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Anxiety (1,902 people, 31.50%)
  2. Depression (1,094 people, 18.12%)
  3. Pain (910 people, 15.07%)
  4. Smoking cessation therapy (503 people, 8.33%)
  5. Sleep disorder (416 people, 6.89%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Ambien (1,105 people, 18.30%)
  2. Zoloft (1,007 people, 16.67%)
  3. Aspirin (894 people, 14.80%)
  4. Zometa (877 people, 14.52%)
  5. Neurontin (875 people, 14.49%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • Started having grand mal seizures at age 24. Have had over 50 seizures, all grand mal and all sever in length and recovery time. Severe loss of memory. Accompanied by 3 strokes. Two TIA and one causing left body from shoulder down for weeks. Cannot drive. Cannot work. Longest length in between episodes is a little over a month. Single mother concerned for my son's and my own safety. Idiopathic. Tried MANY different regiments of medications. Breakthrough severe seizures always occur. Have see. Seen many specialist, all test preformed, no solid answers at all. NO history of epilepsy or seizure disorder in family. At a loss. Please help me get my life back.

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