Is Xanax an MAOI?

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   Posted 6/26/2007 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
The reason I ask is because my DR prescribed me with Lexapro, and inside the pamplet I have, it says that this drug shouldn't be used within 15 days of using an MAOI.  I have been using Xanax daily for like a week now.  Not sure if it's an MAOI.
I will call him tomorrow to verify, but if anyone knows and can tell me now, that would  be great too!  I appriciate your help guys!!!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
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   Posted 6/26/2007 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   

I don't even have to look, no Xanax is not an MAO drug.

Alprazolam (XANAX) is a member of the benzodiazepine family. Benzodiazepines are sedatives.

You can double check that with your Dr. if you choose.  yeah

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   Posted 6/26/2007 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure what MAOI's are, but they must be pretty hardcore because you can't even take advil if you're on them. I think every drug I've ever seen says no to MAOI's.

You can call a pharmacist to confirm, too. That would be quicker and easier than waiting until tomorrow.
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   Posted 6/26/2007 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
the main maoi type meds are nardil and parnate
they have very dangerous possible side effects
xanax is a valium type med
lexapro is a prozac type med
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   Posted 6/26/2007 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
An Maoi like parnate and nardil are anti-depressants.
They are ofter referred as the anti-depressant of last resort because of their many interactions with foods and other medications. Interactions include: aged cheese, processed lunch meat, sausages, red wine and beer to name but a few.
Medication interactions with MAOI's are too numerous to list. They include: any other antidepressant, cough medications, antihistimines, most surgical anesthia,
trazadone...and countless other meds.

As mentioned, xanax is not an interaction.

All Good Thoughts.


Post Edited (veteran1) : 6/26/2007 8:21:57 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/27/2007 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Nope it is not
so no worries k
let us know how the meds are working for you

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