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Panic Disorder 14 reviews 19 medications
   
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Summary of Xanax XR reviews 38 reviews 9.1

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For Anxiety "I was originally just on the regular XANAX for year's and at first it helped and then it wore off and wasn't affective. My Doctor searched and searched for another medication that would be very effective especially because I have "LUPUS" and have been having severe anxiety and depression I really had to be on something before I stressed my "Lupus" to flair up! So XANAX XR was recommended , and OMG this XR is so amazing and very effective. I absolutely love it! It helped with anxiety, depression and sleep! I t works wonders and I totally recommend it to anyone."

   
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Bosslady Neale June 16, 2015

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For Depression "When you are depressed it's hard to want to take the effort to feel better such as exercise, walking, friends company. The XR version I feel is less for panic attack (prevention instead) and more of a mood elevator daily. Social anxiety is curbed, and being able to go outside the house and hang with friends has helped my depression so much. It helps prevent and end negative thoughts throughout the day and makes your brain to think calmly. It lasts about 12 hours or so, then I take an IR in the afternoon to relax and fall asleep. The best part is not having to carry around a controlled substance all day."

   
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Evilmage (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 31, 2015

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For Anxiety "1mg of alprazolam XR at night and sleep like a baby. No side effects, no need to increase the dose. It's a wonder medicine for me because I can't stop my mind racing. But this does."

   
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Curleyjoe (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 11, 2015

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For Panic Disorder "I've had severe panic attacks for most of my life. At first I began with 0.25mg of regular Xanax (IR) as needed, but found that I would feel it wear off. I now take 0.5mg of Xanax XR every morning, and it has been a complete life changer. I also struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Xanax XR has also helped lessen the symptoms of both of those as well, which I was not expecting. Xanax XR completely helps the racing thoughts, helps me stay in the moment, and overall helps me feel calm and at ease."

   
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Ellie01 (taken for less than 1 month) October 27, 2014

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For Panic Disorder "I used to live with severe panic attacks and overall always full of anxiety.This medication works so well that I feel very normal again.The nightmares, shaking, nausea, panicking, sweaty and restless feeling and anxiety all stopped.I highly recommend this medication for people who genuinely need a Benzodiazapene to regulate the central nervous system.Make sure you don't abruptly stop taking them though as you will feel extremely ill! Do keep your DR. informed of any side effects.They are pretty mild, however can cause weight gain and lower sex drive."

   
9.0

Alex J. October 1, 2014

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For Panic Disorder "i have been on and off Xanax since its release in the '80's. Two years I attempted to wean myself off. My reasoning was that 0.25mg twice a day was too much and I was still panicking. After 3 days I had a full panic attack. Took 1/2 of a Xanax and called my M.D. He said that he did not know what to do. I called a psych. I continued on the o.25 mg twice a day. I continued to be panicking and paranoid. He placed on Xanax 0.5mg XR in morning and 1mg XR at bedtime. I feel so much better. I continue to worry about withdrawals, but having to take two pills a day is no big deal if you have ever had an attack. I also did not try to hide the fact from people I thought who would find me flawed for taking Xanax. This was freeing."

   
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MoMa46 September 27, 2014

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For Anxiety "I have daily anxiety and was on Ativan for a while and while I loved the Ativan I was looking for something longer acting - my psychiatrist tried me on Xanax XR 0.05mg. For me, this medicine is a God send. In the beginning when I first starting taking it I did notice some slight dizziness and 'weird' feelings but I stuck with it and once it regulated in my system (about 3-4 weeks) I feel totally normal and calm on it with zero side effects. I have since upped my dose to the 1mg Xanax XR twice daily if I need it, but some days I only take one pill to get me through the day and deal with the anxiety at night since I'm home and then take a pill in the morning like normal. My advice would be to start it on the lowest dose and work your way up."

   
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Girl25 (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 16, 2014

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For Anxiety "I started this medicine about 2 months ago for severe anxiety. I tried everything they had out there for anxiety but nothing worked until now. I still get a panic attack once in a while but something I can handle. Anxiety cause me to have heart disease and other problem health issues. I recommend Xanax XR."

   
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sam ann m July 21, 2014

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For Anxiety "No side effects, effectively reduced my anxiety."

   
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CrazyBeautiful21 May 5, 2014

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For Anxiety "I was in car accident, brain damage, 10 years ago and been almost since on Xanax I love them they help me daily and nightly."

   
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Piam (taken for 10 years or more) January 20, 2014

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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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zigzag333 (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 21, 2013

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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."

   
9.0

MedScienceStudent (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 11, 2013

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For Anxiety "Worked great!"

   
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montweezy March 17, 2013

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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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DanielLJ (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 3, 2013

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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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ZZyzx_abc (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 17, 2013

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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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Bingtopper (taken for less than 1 month) January 15, 2013

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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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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 27, 2012

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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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Jojee February 9, 2012

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"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,"

   
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TimWallace December 17, 2011

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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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greygallow November 26, 2011

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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."

   
8.0

Anonymous October 17, 2011

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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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LovingLife2011 August 8, 2011

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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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donna34 June 1, 2011

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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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Greg83 May 13, 2011

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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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shawnski May 3, 2011

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