Xanax XR


Comment from: Rick 55-64 Transgender 10 years or more Caregiver Published: June 08

use .5mg xr and take around noon. I am 62 and have anxiety from multiple issues with elderly parents and had some panic attacks. This has been much better at keeping me level all day and feeling close to what normal used to be. I have taken.25 and .50 mg imm realease prior to this. I have never taken more than .75mg in one day and have taken about 3 or 4 times a week for around 12 years. I worry about taking it. But ,50mg everyday now for 6 months has been the answer for me. I am getting older and hopefully my doctor will keep prescribing as I don't abuse the low dose and can actually go eat in a restaurant and not feel like i have to sit close to a door in case anxiety hits. I hate having anxiety but st my age I want to live happily on the years I have left. If you need this drug use what works for you but don't abuse it!

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Comment from: Dee Dee 45-54 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: September 28

I was on 0.5 mg (1/2 milligram) 2x daily of regular Xanax for 15 years for panic attacks and anxiety disorder. It worked wonderfully and I had a very good quality of life with it. I had a job, got out of the house daily and lived my life much more normally. Suddenly last month, my psychiatrist of 20 years decided he no longer likes to prescribe regular xanax anymore. Well I had a very bad anxiety relapse when he prescribed me Xanax Extended Release 1 mg one time per day instead. It was horrible!! It felt like I didn't even take my xanax and I had waves of normalcy mixed with horrendous rolling anxiety and intermittent panic attacks daily, noon and nightly. What I didn't know was that it was only giving me .25 mg at a time 4 times per day. Well I was used to the 1/2 of a milligram 2 times per day which was much stronger. People with anxiety or panic disorder notice every subtle detail and bodily change, so I started panicking when I felt like they weren't working. My anticipatory anxiety shot through the roof and I felt panicked for the past month. It was like a roller coaster ride! I told my Dr. to please keep me on the original dosage of regular xanax that I was once taking and he refused and said XR is just as effective. He wouldn't listen to me even though I was on it for 15 years and never had to raise my dose. It seems now that all the doctors are too afraid of the feds, they are cracking down and no longer prescribing regular xanax. I quit my job because I could no longer function and didn't even feel calm enough to drive my car anymore because the anxiety was so great. I guess these doctors washed their hands with people like me because they are afraid of the government. Sometimes patients know what works better than the doctors and they should listen to us. My quality of life went down the tubes until I read on the internet a few days ago, that if I cut one of these tablets in half a 1/2 milligram (my old dose) immediately is dispensed throughout the b

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Comment from: bigdeal111aol.com 65-74 Male 10 years or more Patient Published: March 05

I've taken it for about 38 years and it still works great. I only had to increase the dose once.!

Comment from: Godschild1 75 or over Female 10 years or more Patient Published: April 30

I've had Panic/Anxiety Disorder for most of my life, long before they had a name for it. I see a psychiatrist and I've only had good results with Xanax XR. I have taken Xanax XR twice a day for years. In all that time I have only gone up by one .5mg. I currently take .5 mg in morning and 1 mg around 7 p.m. according to my doctors instructions. I spent 18 years housebound with agoraphobia because I wouldn't take any meds to help me. Big mistake on my part. My best advise to anyone considering taking Xanax is if you have a psychiatrist you trust, do so and do not pay attention to any horror stories about Xanax XR that you see online. Some of us because of the circumstances of life or our biological makeup, like me, may need extra help. If you have any questions about, save them for your doctor. The only minus is you may feel a little sedated for the first 7 to 10 days. I did because I'm very sensitive to most medicines because I metabolize them quickly. Final word...Xanax XR literally saved my life.

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Comment from: Glen45 45-54 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: November 27

I will say I originally took regular Xanax, as opposed to the xr. Initially, it was very effective, but it didn't last as long as I needed. I needed a medication that was longer lasting. Xanax xr is that medication. I'm noticing many people commenting on this medication claiming they take it three times a day. That doesn't make any sense. The whole reason for this is so you don't have to dose three times a day. If you just have an occasional panic attack, you would definitely benefit more from the traditional Xanax. It works strongly and quickly. But it doesn't linger like other benzos like klonopin. I really think I'm going to go back to klonopin. I took that a few years ago and found it effective, but my doctor, for some strange reason put me on Xanax. Klonopin is a strong, long acting medication that works very well. Xanax xr works but it's very expensive as compared to klonopin. But that's just my opinion.

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Comment from: LatterDaisySaint 35-44 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: May 08

I have bipolar depression and severe anxiety. I had regular Xanax for as-needed use but I didn't feel it really helped and never understood how people get addicted to it. It got so bad recently that I constantly felt like I was having a heart attack. I felt extreme irritation, rage, panic. My Psych switched me to Xanax XR and after the very first pill I felt.....NORMAL. I could actually enjoy my children again. The chest pain/discomfort left immediately. I feel pretty tired in the afternoon but I'll take that over how badly I was feeling. I give this drug an A+ and am SO grateful for it.

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Comment from: SammyC 25-34 Female 1 to less than 2 years Caregiver Published: April 06

It stops my panic attacks immediately. It is the most effective medication I have ever taken for my anxiety and panic!

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Comment from: Working Man 45-54 Male less than 1 month Patient Published: December 19

I currently take 1 mg. XR one or two times a day. The 'classic' beneficial effects of Xanax are all there. Onset: 30 minutes after swallowing. From that moment it feels like a 0.5 mg. immediate release tab but the effects last a good 8 hours. (If you're familiar with immediate release Xanax tabs then you know the effects of those come & leave within 2 hours). Xanax XR still carries the typical side effects of immediate release Xanax: very vivid dreams, slight disinhibition and brief moments of forgetfulness during the day. Overall an A+ plus though, I prefer it over it over Valium.

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Comment from: Girl25 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: September 16

I have daily anxiety and was on ativan for a while and while I loved the ativan I was looking for something longer acting - my psychiatrist tried me on Xanax XR .05mg. For me, this drug is a God send. In the beginning when I first starting taking it I did notice some slight dizzyness and 'weird' feelings but I stuck with it and once it regulated in my system (about 3-4 weeks) I feel totally normal and calm on it with zero side effects. I have since upped my dose to the 1mg Xanax XR twice daily if I need it, but some days I only take one pill to get me through the day and deal with the anxiety at night since I'm home and then take a pill in the morning like normal. My advice would be to start it on the lowest dose and work your way up. Also be aware that Xanax XR does sometimes interact with other meds so check to see if it interferes with anything else you're taking or will take in the future.

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Comment from: diazepam 65-74 Female 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: March 15

RX four times a day at .50 mg.

Comment from: echo 65-74 Male 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: March 10

very effective

Comment from: seeing 65-74 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: February 05

I take it for Tinnitus which is ear noise from ear damage or perceived noise that they say comes for the brain. Sleep at night even with sleep machine(gives off different sounds to help one sleep)was very tough at times due to level of ear noise. Xanax generic .5 mg does help but due to the additive effect of Xanax I break it up if noise goes down after two nights of taking .5 mg I break it in half and take .25 mg till noise level gets back up to say a 8-9 on 10 scale. I fear the additive effects of Xanax so I try to keep the amount down till the noise starts to really get on my nerves before I take the .5mg only at night just before bed time. I do wake up feeling fine wish they would find some cure for Tinnitus maybe one day they will. Bad enough to be have some hearing loss but to add the Tinnitus on top of that is sure not much fun at any age.

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Panic attacks are repeated attacks of fear that can last for several minutes. See Answer
Comment from: DUoHWHAT 19-24 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: December 05

How would one taper if its a time release?????

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Comment from: mike 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: September 05


Comment from: 75 or over Female less than 1 month Patient Published: August 24

took it to have a epidural in back

Comment from: 35-44 Female 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: March 24

I had severe panic attacks and was a mess. I hate taking medication but was finally at a point where I was willing to do about anything. So, my psychiatrist prescribed me Xanax Xr 1mg 3 times per day and sublingual, very fast acting Xanax (Niravam) for use as well. It all did work to bring my anxiety down and if I took enough of it, it would finally break through the horrible panic attacks. However, and it is a BIG however, if you are deciding to take this drug or are recently on it, PLEASE look for an alternative. Seven years later and mostly anxiety free, I decided to taper off. The withdrawal is horrific. There are truly no words to describe how debilitating it is. PLEASE investigate withdrawal yourself. Do an online search for The Ashton Manual and you will understand. I have missed 2 months of work now and thankfully I own my own company so I can do this but it is not without intense symptoms and so much suffering...thousands of dollars in medical bills and most importantly a loss of being able to live a normal life. Withdrawal is not short term...some effects may last years. Please just really consider this. I hope my review will spare someone else what I am going through.

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Comment from: Flagez Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: March 17

Exit id. Arrêt du tabac

Comment from: 55-64 Male 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: March 12

it works as good as any type of fo panic attacks i have used in 25 years

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Comment from: jmytose2 55-64 Female 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: March 07

Prior to taking this medication I would awaken many times from my mind not shuting down. It was as if I was always going over the every thing all the time. I was always tired. After takeing this medication. I wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. I take 1mg At 8 pm each night


Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

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