Xanax is a powerful drug. Since it is so powerful it is heavily regulated and only attainable with a prescription.
Furthermore, the drug is too strong or has harsh side effects for many people who take it.
This leaves a lot of people curious as to what alternatives to Xanax are out there.
What Alternatives Exist?
Not all of the options for Xanax will be available to you. As you probably know, you need a prescription pretty much all anxiety medication. If you currently have a prescription with a doctor for Xanax, you will have to have your doctor write a new prescription if you decide to try one of the other prescription medications.
Here are all of the prescription medications for Xanax:
The most common Xanax alternatives are other benzodiazepines. Unfortunately, pretty much all of the prescription alternatives are highly addictive and have the side side effects as Xanax.
1) Xanax ER – This is the extended release of Xanax. This means that it stays in your system longer.
2) Valium – Valium is the other major alternative to Xanax. It has very similar effects, however will stay in your system longer than Xanax will. This means you don’t get an anxious feeling after it wears off.
3) Klonopin – Klonopin isn’t as strong as Xanax and Valium. Many people use it because they are able to take the edge off of the anxiety.
4) Ativan – Not near as strong as any of the the above altnertives, ativan is used for sleeping and general anxiety. It is definitely more of a sedative medicine, however many people report not feeling high from it.
Antidepressants can also be used to help treat anxiety.
Some people find these as a good way to replace Xanax because the risk of dependency and abuse isn’t as large. However, you can’t take them “as needed” because they aren’t as fast at kicking in. These are something that you would have to take daily.
Furthermore, for the antidepressants to be effective, it usually takes 4-6 weeks (Anxiety Help Guide).
Non Prescription Legal Alternatives
As of right now, there is only one non-prescription alternative and that is Zanaprin.
Official Zanaprin website = http://lazaruslabs.com/zanaprin