Patients who experience panic attacks or extreme anxiety may take Xanax to treat symptoms of the condition.
Panic attacks can seriously impact a patient’s life and symptoms typically include four or more of the following symptoms:
Fear of losing control or going crazy
Fear of dying
Shortness of breath
Prior to beginning treatment with Xanax, inform your doctor of the use of the following medications as dose adjustments or specific recommendations may be made:
cimetidine (such as Tagamet)
diltiazem (such as Cartia, Cardizem, or Tiazac)
isoniazid (such as IsonaRif, Rifamate)
propoxyphene (such as Darvon, Darvocet)
Additionally, patients should inform a doctor of the use of sleeping aids or medications that cause sleepiness.
Xanax Dosage Information:
Typical Dosage Recommendations
Patients should follow the dosing instructions provided by their doctor as Xanax dosages may be different for different patients. Dosage recommendations may vary according to the condition treated by Xanax.
Anxiety disorders: Patients typically begin by taking .25 to .5 mg of Xanax three times every day. The dose may be increased over time every three to four days to reach 4 mg (maximum). Patients take the drug in two doses.
Panic disorder: Patients taking Xanax for panic disorder typically take more than 4 mg of the drug daily. Dosages may range from 1 mg to 10 mg daily. Follow dosing instructions provided by your doctor.
When ceasing the use of Xanax, gradual reduction of the medication is important to avoid withdrawal and other adverse reactions. Patients are advised to decrease doses by no more than .5 mg every three days.
Missing a Dose
When you miss a dose of Xanax, take the missed dose immediately. If you realize you missed your dose and it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed one and take the next dose to resume your regular dosing schedule. Do not take multiple doses of Xanax.
If a Xanax overdose occurs, seek immediate medical attention as an overdose on Xanax may be fatal. Symptoms of a Xanax overdose include:
Loss of coordination
Xanax FDA Approval:
October 16, 1981
Xanax Recall/Black Box Warning Information:
No recalls, or black box warnings exist for Xanax.
Patients who are allergic to benzodiazepines should not use Xanax.
Patients with acute narrow glaucoma or those taking ketoconazole or itraconazole and-fungal medications should refrain from use of Xanax.
Pregnant women should not the use Xanax. If you become pregnant while taking Xanax, discontinue use of the medication and consult a doctor immediately.