30 Jan 2012
Xanax works very quickly... like in 30 minutes or less. You should still feel its effects at 3:00 albeit it is probably wearing off slightly at that point. Your anxiety must be fairly high or perhaps you have a higher tolerance. I agree with Laurie that you need to talk to your physician about a dosage adjustment. Or you might try the extended release as Maso suggested.
Good luck. So sorry you are having high anxiety. I hope you feel better soon... pup
30 Jan 2012
Yup, that's right, you may need to talk to your doc about this. Xanax is considered to be a classic short acting benzo, ideal for situational anxiety. An example of this would be giving a speech. You'll be on the spot light for an hour, but then that's it, and you really don't have the need for any additional benzo action.
On the other end of the spectrum there is Klonopin, a benzo that I personally take for spontaneous panic attacks and general anxiety. Due to the fact that my anxiety is more of a constant in addition to panic that doesn't have any clear triggers, Klonopin has a very very long half life, keeping me under the effect of the benzo around the clock.
There are of course many many other benzos on the market that fall in between these two, for example ativan is a medium acting benzo, and I'd really have to look up the others, but there are tons of options out there, and they all more or less act in an identical sort of way, with only very minor differences (klonopin is also good for epilepsy where as xanax isn't, but the anti anxiety effect is the same). Best of luck, and I hope that you can get this issue resolved quickly!
29 Jan 2012
Xanax is a relatively short acting antianxiety medication. You may need a dosage adjustment, but you'll need to talk to the doctor before doing so. There are longer acting meds in the same category as xanax which might work better for you. Have to investigate that with the doc.
- Xanax Information for Consumers
- Xanax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Xanax (detailed)
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