Can food affect the efficacy of Xanax

Discussion in 'Anxiety, Sleep and Hypnotic Meds' started by ColdRx, Dec 9, 2019.


Is xanax better taken on a empty stomach?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Doesn't really matter

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  1. ColdRx

    ColdRx Level 2 active citizen

    I'm aware that xanax works better on an empty stomach , but could certain foods interfere with the efficacy of xanax even if the meal was consumed several hours prior to dosing. I ask this because I have never taken an xanax and not fallen asleep even IF I thought I wasn't tired. But last night I could not fall asleep. I tossed and turned and finally began to slip off to sleep around 5:30am (my alarm goes off at 6:30am) only to be abruptly disturbed by my "sleep paralysis" that usually happens when I'm sleep deprived. I have had episodes like this when I have been completely out of xanax, but never while taking xanax. Needless to say, I'm exhausted this evening and looking forward to 9pm to take my dose of alprazolam. Tonight was just my own bland spicy Chicken Wings , cooked potatoes and a Salad. Last night was Chinese take-out Fried Rice , dumplings and 7 Shrimp Egg Rolls. Does anyone have any ideas?
  2. willyCk

    willyCk Level 1 citizen active citizen

    I have heard many people say that they feel like they cannot breath if they too fast and then take xanax with a glass of water at the same time, but thankfully, I have never felt that way. I try with all my might to make some kind of active meditation before I go to bed and eat, not a long session or anything but I try to mentally prepare myself for sleep. I can't imagine how a xanax/food attack would feel like! Bless all of you!
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2019
  3. ColdRx

    ColdRx Level 2 active citizen

    Well, Chinese shaolin monks have some interesting takes on this kind of "issues" your talking about. they often eat their dinner while on the toilet for better flexibility, in a squat position, or with a jug of water on their heads. Smoking cigs and pot as well as taking some other things that increase dopamine can also inhibit the effects of xanax. (Conversely some people find raising their dopamine can help them get to,and stay asleep). Fatty foods are definitely the worse for absorption of hypnotics and benzos.
  4. 168HP

    168HP Level 1 citizen active citizen

    Sleep related disorders I know very well.
    I believe that it could be made much worse when you run out of regular medications. Once sleep onset paralysis begins, I find that it will keep up throughout the night unless I get out of bed, move a bit, and try again a short while later. Fatty foods tend to slow digestion down the most.

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