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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: This was the first medication I was prescribed for anxiety, panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder, and a few other problems I had going on at the same time. I started taking 1mg once per day, then 1mg twice per day... this worked well for quite a while. Then I changed to 2mg once per day and after several months went to 2mg twice per day. I took this for about 4yrs. total and had no nightmares, seldom had racing thoughts, the panic attacks stopped pretty much all together after the first week or two, and this also kept the general anxiety at bay as well. The only problem was that if you have no insurance or discount card it's very expensive! I had to go to 10mg valium 3x daily at 1/3 the cost, but wish I could still afford the XR's because they work well!
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Review by MedScienceStudent (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Anxiety: My psychiatrist had me on 2mg Xanax IR as needed daily. I have severe anxiety and had tried Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, ect. None of them seemed to work. Finally, I found that Xanax did. Unfortunately, Xanax isn't a long-acting drug. I was finding that being on such a high dose of IR that I was having to take it even when I didn't need it for anxiety but just to keep from having withdrawals. I was miserable until I was prescribed 2mg Xanax XR twice daily. It does pretty well to control my severe anxiety, racing thoughts, and OCD! I do still take 1mg Xanax IR as needed if I'm having a hard day with my anxiety or if I have a panic attack. All in all, I recommend trying this medication for treatment of moderate to severe anxiety disorders.
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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Dysautonomia: Helps anxiety symptoms that POTS (A form of Dysautonomia) causes. Someone else who reviewed Alprazolam said it helps to keep them sane with their Dysautonomia. I have to agree; it also helps to keep me sane. I'm on Xanax XR 2 mg once-a-day. Also helps insomnia caused by POTS with the adrenaline surges. Have combined Xanax XR with Tramadol and I can function a lot better now!
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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: This has been very effective at helping me control panic disorder with agoraphobia. I am on 2mg 2 times a day and have been for 5 months or so.
I have not found it to be a panacea; I still have occasional attacks that require the intervention of regular alprazolam 0.5mg, but, in general, this medication has been helpful in evening out my feelings of anxiety throughout the course of a typical day and certainly helps to eliminate some of the rebound anxiety that comes with the use of regular alprazolam.
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Review by Bingtopper (taken for less than 1 month):
Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Anxiety: I've been taking this medicine for 2 days and all I can say is wow! Is this what normal life is supposed to feel like? I was diagnosed with a chronic pain condition that is caused by a lifetime full of anxiety and the tightening and clenching of muscles that were not intended to be in constant use. The pit in my stomach is gone and I am actually looking forward to waking up in the morning and being able to face the day anxiety free!
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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Anxiety: My anxiety didn't really cease when I was on this medication. I didn't feel the effects that others have described, but once I got on the non XR I was able to attend school, go to the grocery store, do all the normal things that people without severe anxiety can do.
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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: I started seeing a Psychiatrist about 2 weeks ago and since have been on Xanax XR 1mg everyday. Before that my primary care doc had me on 0.5 mg and only taking half to one a day. At some point I had to start asking for more and explaining that I needed to to take one at least twice a day because I was having multiple panic attacks everyday with every symptom of those you can possible have. My life was miserable until Xanax XR came along. I take it a noon as it seems I am okay until then and it wears off about 8pmish. I know I have only been taking it a couple weeks but its been a life saver for me. I feel normal again...for myself at least.
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Xanax XR (alprazolam): I am happy for all the success stories above, glad it worked for you. Myself, I found it to be a bit much. The 0.5mg did nothing, 1mg just made me dopey, but the 2mg simply conked me out. Could not function during the day. Found that Valium was better for me. (Condition: severe anxiety/paranoia) claustrophobia, got REALLY tired of having to use stairs to ascend 5,6,7 floors. Elevators were out of the question,
Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Anxiety: This has been a God send for me. It makes me feel like I'm on a more even playing field and I've had less panic attacks. With only having to take 1 every 12 hours, that is also helpful as I am on other medicines for depression and fibromyalgia. I would recommend for anyone with anxiety and/or panic disorders to definitely try this if you can get your Doctor to prescribe it for you, as it is becoming harder and harder to get the medicines that actually work for us because they think we will all become addicted. I always say give us the medicines we need for our problems that WORK and we'll worry about the rest later.
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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Anxiety: Xanax XR is very similar to Klonopin. It's slow to start up (around an hour) then it lasts a long time (8-12 hours). It has subtle effects and no big highs and lows in anxiety like regular Xanax IR does. I highly recommend Xanax XR for all-day (or most of the day) relief from anxiety and panic attacks. You might want to have regular Xanax or Ativan around for panic attacks on a when required, or as needed, basis for panic attacks only.
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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Anxiety: I have tried everything from regular Xanax to Klonopin. I was a severe crack addict and being on any medication scared the day lights out of me (as I was trying to live a life free of drugs) but my doctor prescribed me Xanax XR 1 x a day and I FEEL GREAT! My husband of a year went from walking on eggshells around me to loving every waking moment with me! It has helped with my fight of crack cocaine as well! It helps with my highs and lows of my Bi-polar disorder as well. My anxiety is very minimal now and I am so very thankful for this medication. I am also on Depakote 500mg at night for my epilepsy and my bi-polar disorder.
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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Anxiety: I started using Xanax XR about 2 yrs ago and it has been a life saver for me. I was suffering from really bad anxiety that would bring on bad panic attacks that sent me to the ER twice. My doctor started me out at 1mg once a day then she decreased it to 0.5mg about a yer ago and that's what I've been taking. I hated the way I felt for a day or two when I was brought down to 0.5mg's so that has made me too scared to even try to start weaning off of it. I can function perfectly well on this medication.
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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: I have been on 0.5mg (2x daily) of the generic form of Xanax XR for about 5 months. I still get anxiety building up in my chest here and there, but have had no side effects or panic attacks since I started. I'm a little worried about getting off of it eventually though. For now though, it is a miracle medicine. Now if only I could find the same kind of medicine for my depression!
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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: I've been taking Xanax for 7 yrs. Been taking Xanax XR for the past 2 years. It's great. Before I started taking the XR I was taking 2mg bars 2 or 3x a day and would start to have panic attacks after taking one in about 5 hrs and would always wake up around 4:30-5:00am in severe panic heart pounding, shaking uncontrollably vision distorted sweating and totally paranoid. After taking the 3mg Xanax XR once in the morning all that stopped.
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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Anxiety: My doctor put me on Xanax XR 2 mg and I have never felt better anxiety wise. I take it once a day in the morning and I am good for the entire day. Since going on Xanax XR, I have only had one panic attack and that was before my dose was increased from 1 mg to 2 mg of Xanax XR. I recommend this medication to anyone with severe anxiety and panic attacks. I am currently disabled from my anxiety. I am hoping with my new medication regimen and therapy that I will eventually be able to go to college and work again. I also take regular Xanax before bed-time if my anxiety is too severe since the Xanax XR lasts me about 12 hours and I take it in the morning. I'm also on Risperdal, Paxil CR, and Propranalol for anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, and PTSD.
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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Tinnitus: I have been taking Xanax XR for about 8 years. Prior to that, I took Xanax every 4 hours. My tinnitus is so loud it cannot be tested, and after a lifetime of living with tinnitus, I sought help. Xanax XR is better than Xanax for me because you take it once a day and it continually releases, preventing ups and downs and the autonomic functions check which increases T after sleep. Panic attacks are gone from residual nervousness tinnitus causes. Definitely my quality of life is better, although Xanax XR is not a cure.
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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Anxiety: This is an exceptional medicine. I have been on it for only a couple of weeks. I have tried Seroquel, trazodone, Ambien and none of these have worked but alprazolam is a miracle medicine.
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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: In my opinion this medicine has saved my life. It keeps me calm and relaxed. It has been my miracle drug. I never knew life could be this good again. I try not to remember the life I had before taking Xanax.
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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Panic Disorder: I had no good effects from other benzodiazepines to control my panic attacks and I was on Xanax since 15. I'm 21 now and I'm on 3mg XR and 2 x 2mg instant release a day. My dose may need to get upped now and then but now I feel good, haven't had a panic attack in a while. It doesn't make me tired or anything. I'm basically on 7mgs a day just 2 different types of it and it works great. I recommend it but I'm afraid to come off it.
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Xanax XR (alprazolam) for Anxiety: The medicine itself I didn't have an issue with, although I still prefer Klonopin, but it was the withdrawal I couldn't handle. I was on this medication for two months and since, like I previously mentioned, I decided to go back on Klonopin. I stopped taking the Xanax XR. When I did, I felt like a bus ran over me. I felt shaky, drowsy and like I'd been out drinking the night before (which I haven't done in 10 years). It really wasn't worth the withdrawal.
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