Anxiety associated with depression is also responsive to Xanax.
Anxiety disorder is marked by unrealistic worry or excessive fears and concerns.
Xanax is prescribed in the short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety or the treatment of anxiety disorders.
Xanax is prescribed in the treatment of panic disorder, which appears as unexpected panic attacks and may be accompanied by a fear of open or public places called agoraphobia.
Xanax is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- if you are allergic to other tranquilizers;
- if you are allergic to Xana;
- if you have alcoholic liver disease;
- if you have any disorder that could hinder the elimination of the drug;
- if you have been diagnosed with the eye condition called narrow-angle glaucoma;
Do not take Xanax with any of the following drugs:
- Sertraline (Zoloft);
- Propoxyphene (Darvon);
- Paroxetine (Paxil);
- Other Central nervous system depressants such as Valium and Demerol;
- Oral Contraceptives;
- Nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia);
- Nicardipine (Cardene);
- Nefazodone (Serzone);
- Major Tranquilizers such as Mellaril and Thorazine;
- Isoniazid (Rifamate);
- Grapefruit juice;
- Fluvoxamine (Luvox);
- Fluoxetine (Prozac);
- Disulfiram (Antabuse);
- Diltiazem (Cardizem);
- Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune);
- Cimetidine (Tagamet);
- Certainantidepressant drugs, including Elavil, Norpramin, and Tofranil;
- Certainantibiotics such as Biaxin and erythromycin;
- Carbamazepine (Tegretol);
- Antihistamines such as Benadryl and Tavist;
- Amiodarone (Cordarone);
Xanax side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Abdominal discomfort;
- Abnormal involuntary movement;
- Abnormal muscle tone;
- Arm or leg pain;
- Blurred vision;
- Chest pain;
- Concentration difficulties;
- Decreased or increased sex drive;
- Difficult urination;
- Double vision;
- Dream abnormalities;
- Dry mouth;
- Fluid retention;
- Hot flushes;
- Hyperventilation (too frequent or too deep breathing);
- Impaired memory;
- Inability to control urination or bowel movements;
- Inability to fall asleep;
- Increase or decrease in appetite;
- Increased or decreased salivation;
- Lack of or decreased coordination;
- Low blood pressure;
- Menstrual problems;
- Muscular twitching;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Painful menstruation;
- Rapid heartbeat;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Sexual dysfunction;
- Skin inflammation;
- Speech difficulties;
- Stuffy nose;
- Upper respiratory infections;
- Weight gain or loss;
Reported Xanax overdose symptoms are:
- Impaired coordination;
- Slowed reaction time;
Safety and effectiveness have not been established in children under 18 years of age.
The usual starting dose of Xanax is 0.25 to 0.5 milligram taken 3 times a day. The dose may be increased every 3 to 4 days to a maximum daily dose of 4 milligrams, divided into smaller doses.
If you're taking Xanax XR, the usual starting dose is 0.5 to 1 milligram once a day taken in the morning. Depending on your response, the dose may be gradually increased by no more than 1 milligram every 3 or 4 days. The usual effective dose is 3 to 6 milligrams a day. Some people may need a larger dose to relieve their symptoms. Others, including older adults and those with liver disease or other serious illnesses, may need to use lower doses.
The usual starting dose of regular Xanax is 0.5 milligram 3 times a day. This dose can be increased by 1 milligram a day every 3 or 4 days. You may be given a dose from 1 up to a total of 10 milligrams, according to your needs. The typical dose is 5 to 6 milligrams a day.
Your doctor will reassess your treatment periodically to be sure you're getting the right amount of medication.
PATIENTS SWITCHING FROM XANAX TO XANAX XR
If you're taking divided doses of Xanax, the doctor will switch you to a once-daily dose of Xanax XR that equals the current amount you're taking. If your symptoms return after switching, the dose can be increased as needed.
The usual starting dose for an anxiety disorder is 0.25 milligram, 2 or 3 times daily. The starting dose of Xanax XR is 0.5 milligrams once a day. This dose may be gradually increased if needed and tolerated.