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Xanax is a short-term treatment for generalized anxiety disorders, panic disorder, and depression. It can also act as a sedative and muscle relaxant and is known to help with issues related to muscle tension and spasms. The tablet focuses on producing GABA, blocks specific brain signals, and decreases activity in the nervous system.

Xanax dosage instructions

Xanax (Alprazolam) is an orally administered tablet. Take the tablet without crushing, chewing, or breaking it. Swallow the tablet with water, and can be taken with or without food. However, it is best to take Xanax with food to prevent an upset stomach. Your doctor may check your personal or family history and start the treatment at the lowest dosage for the first time to avoid severe side effects and make the body used to the medication.

It is better to taper the drug rather than stopping it immediately. Stopping the drug immediately may bring withdrawal symptoms and unwanted complications.

Xanax can be given to patients who experience general anxiety or panic disorder. The dosage of Xanax depends upon the severity of the condition and the patient's medical history. The doctor may also check family history for any drug abuse. The following are the average dosages that can be given for a specific condition:

  • Xanax should be started with a low dose of 0.25-0.5mg thrice a day for an average adult suffering from generalized anxiety disorders.
  • For an average elderly adult suffering from generalized anxiety disorders, Xanax should be started with a low dose of 0.25mg twice or thrice a day.
  • Xanax should be started with a low dose of 0.5-1mg in the morning for an average adult suffering from panic disorders.
  • For an average elderly adult suffering from panic disorders, Xanax should be started with a low dose of 0.5mg once in the morning.

The maximum dose recommended for general anxiety is 4mg a day.

The maximum dose recommended for panic disorders is 3-6mg daily. However, medical experts may advise up to 10mg daily for severe conditions.

Side effects

Most people who take Xanax do not experience any side effects. However, a small percentage of users do experience mild to moderate symptoms

Common side effects:

  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Memory problems
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Headaches
  • Coordination problems
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Weight changes

Rare side effects:

  • Breathing problems
  • Experiencing hallucinations
  • Double vision
  • Severe drowsiness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Jaundice
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Insomnia
  • Allergic reactions

Xanax may cause liver disease if taken more than the prescribed dosage. Xanax usually doesn't cause any kidney disease. Unusual side effects may require immediate medical help or advice from your healthcare provider to prevent serious complications. Do not increase the tablet strength of Xanax or other other drugs without the approval of your doctor.

When should I take Xanax?

Xanax may be administered orally once in the morning for a single dose or thrice at well-distributed time intervals for 24 hours. You can take the tablet with a meal or without it depending on what suits you more. However, taking the medication after food is advisable to prevent an upset stomach or mild side effects.

How long does it take Xanax to work?

Xanax takes around an hour to start working for every user. However, the medicine starts working within 5 to 10 minutes for some users since it is a fast-acting drug. The peak time for Xanax is between 1 to 2 hours since the medicine quickly enters the bloodstream to bring a calming or tranquilizing effect.

Can I take Xanax during pregnancy?

Strictly avoid Xanax during your pregnancy. The drug can harm your pregnancy with serious complications. Xanax is not recommended in all three trimesters of the pregnancy as the drug is labelled as a category D medication which means its severe side effects are known, and the drug is labelled unsafe. You should not take the medication even if you are planning to get pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Can I drive after taking Xanax?

Driving after taking Xanax is dangerous. One of the most common or usual side effects of taking Xanax is feeling drowsy and dizzy. If Xanax makes you sleepy or tired, driving after taking the medication is not recommended. You should prevent any activity requiring mental alertness or concentration after taking Xanax, such as driving or operating heavy machinery. If you do not know how the drug will react to your body driving can be dangerous.

How long can I take Xanax?

Xanax is mainly prescribed as an 'as-needed' medication. However, it is a short-term treatment for managing anxiety and panic attacks. The maximum period for which the drug can be taken is 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the severity of the condition and your body reactivity.

Does long-term use of Xanax have adverse effects on my health?

If taken beyond the prescribed period, your body might get used to Xanax and react negatively to withdrawal. Long-term users of Xanax can have adverse effects on health. They might suffer from long, endless depression and make irrational decisions. It is also possible that your body might adapt to Xanax over time, and in such a case, it will not be effective, and you will have to increase the dosage. Due to the increased dosage, it will be difficult to stop taking Xanax because of increased withdrawal side effects.