Xanax is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia. Xanax is a benzodiazepine tranquilizer that can be habit-forming if taken for more than two weeks.
Xanax may be used as an adjunct to therapy with antidepressant medications (SSRIs) in the treatment of anxiety disorders. It can also be used as a substitute for tranquilizers, such as Valium, when someone needs to take a drug on an ongoing basis to control acute anxiety symptoms. Xanax is not addictive in the sense that it does not produce compulsive drug-seeking behavior and does not cause withdrawal symptoms when discontinued abruptly or taken at doses outside its prescribed range. However, it does produce tolerance to its effects and therefore requires careful titration over time in order to prevent withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation.
How do I take Xanax?
Xanax should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take this medication with a full glass of water with or without food as directed by your physician. Do not crush or chew it unless directed by your doctor; doing so could increase the risk of side effects. The dosage will vary depending on what condition you are being treated for and how severe it is; always follow your doctor’s directions when taking this drug.
Xanax Dosage Information
The dosage of Xanax prescribed by doctors depends on the patient’s age, weight, and medical condition. It also depends on whether the patient has any other health problems or takes other medications. The recommended daily dosage is between 0.25 mg and 0.5 mg taken twice daily (morning and night). If you are trying to quit using alcohol or drugs, consult a doctor before taking Xanax because it can help with withdrawal symptoms but should not be mixed with alcohol or drugs like opioids or barbiturates in order to prevent overdose deaths.
The dosage of Xanax depends on several factors, including your age and severity of symptoms. Your doctor will prescribe the lowest effective dose for you based on your individual needs.
For Immediate Release:
- Adults: 2 mg three times per day, or 1 mg two times per day if preferred by the patient; not more than 4 mg in 24 hours unless directed by a physician; maximum daily dose should not exceed 8 mg total (either immediate release or extended release).
- Elderly or debilitated patients may require lower initial doses; elderly or debilitated patients have an increased risk of developing oversedation and confusion when treated with benzodiazepines.
- Xanax is available in tablet form and can be taken orally. The recommended dosage for Xanax varies depending on your age and weight. If you have liver or kidney problems, you should not take Xanax unless directed by your doctor.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Xanax, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take two doses at once.
If it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and take your next dose when you are supposed to. Do not take two doses at once.