I was on xanax 1mg twice a day as needed and my docter changed my script to xanax xr 3mg once a day. I have horrible anxiety problems and panic attacks and I have been taking xanax for so long I have a really high tolerance. Is the 3mg extended release going to help me better?
12 Apr 2011
I apologize for the length of time that it has taken to get an answer to you, It is my sincere hope that you have found medication that works and helps decrease the horrible panic attacks, At one time in my life I was given 3mg of extended release Xanax but I could not take the medication because it was too strong for me, but then people vary in what they can take, I was able to tolerate the 2mg Xanax Extended release to me it didn't seem to wear off as quickly as the 1mg. again I wish you the very best!
29 Aug 2011
I'm so sorry for what you are going through, I have been there myself. Let me get to your answer however. Yes, most definately the extended release is better. I have tried both, am currently on the Xanax XR and love it. Let me explain why. The great thing about the immediate release is ... well the fact that it seems to start working a little sooner. However, in my experience and in conversations with psychiatrists I have learned that the regular Xanax only lasts at the very most 4-6 hours and in my opinion that quote is being generous. So with that drug you are getting the effects of 1mg of xanax in your system for 12 hours tops. Now the Xanax XR, according to the manufacturer in supposed to deliver that 3 mg for an entire 24 hrs. In my personal experience it didn't seem to last quite that long for me. but I was also on only 1 mg. However, even on that one mg it was so much better than the immediate release. I completely believe your doctor did you a huge favor. Good luck, I was just officially diagnosed with Panic Disorder myself.
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