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Help with grandmother please

My Grandmother is 83 years old and suffers of severe anxiety disorders. For the last years she has been taking daily 0,5mg + 0,25mg doses of Alprazolam. (In Spain "Tafil", but I believe its commercially available in the US as "Xanax") which seems to help, but not eliminate her condition.

Last week she fell and broke her leg (her bones are extremely weak due to her severe Osteoporosis) and keeping her in bed has become a challenge for the entire family. She cannot sleep, and suffer of continuous severe panic attacks.

Any suggestions?
What is your position on the use of medical Marihuana to treat anxiety? How would it interfere with other medications?

Many thanks in advance

A very concerned grandson
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349780 tn?1309637558
I'm sure at 83, she would look a right picture smoking the weed. If it was my gran I would be concerned about her age going near anything not prescribed by a doctor. The body doesn't get stronger with age. So if it is really for gran I would be asking a doctor not a crowd of forum users. Because at her fine age it has to spot on.
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299912 tn?1341626700
As far as I know marijuana is not usually prescribed for anxiety. In fact, especially for folks who have never done it before it can cause severe panic and anxiety like one has never experience before and I am not sure that someone of her age could handle it very well. It may (and to be honest) probably would only compound the problem.

Has she been to a differnent doctor to get a second opinion? There are many medical condiditons that can cause anxiety/panic that can be relieved with the right treatment. I only ask because, while it is not unheard of, in all the research that I have done on the subject, I have found that at that age anxiety usually lessens for the simple fact that the chemistry that causes it is less active.

Also, are you (or is she anyway)  religious at all? I would imagine that mortality anxiety would be significant at that age. It is not fun to talk about, but a reality all the same. There is much that can be said about the peace of mind and theraputic benefits of going to church. If she does not, I would suggest that as an option as well. Good luck.

Mike
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