My husband's anxiety kicks in whenever he has to wait for something. He takes .5 mg of Xanax for those occasions. It's not helping much. Should he take it regularly or should he up the dosage for anxiety causing occasions? Thanks!
Many people take half that dosage, some people need more. When I was taking it, my instructions (I took the .25 dose) were to "take 1/2 to 1 pill as needed, for anxiety, up to three times per day." That truthfully gave me the flexibility to take .75mg if needed, but that wouldn't be following the instructions of my physician; therefore, I wouldn't do it.
If he is having to take anxiety medication regularly, as in every single day, it may be warranted for him to take something more like an anxiety "preventative" rather than Xanax, which is an anxiety "rescue." An example of a preventative would be Klonopin. This is usually prescribed for short-term use (15 days or so) but can also be used long-term when prescribed in low doses. I have been taking Klonopin for five years, with no harm. Xanax is something that hits fast and burns off fast. Klonopin, on the other hand, hits slow and has a slow burn, so it's means to stay in your body longer and *prevent* anxiety attacks. Just something to think about. :)
I couldn't have answered the post any better then MeggieGirl... I use to take xanax and imo the klonopin or clonazepam which is generic works better for daily panic attacks/ anxiety... when I was on the xanax they kicked in quick but wore off and I found myself having rebound anxiety and wanting to take more/ didn't want to abuse my meds so I took to psych about it and he put me on clonazepam and there half life is like 8 hrs versus 4 that xanax gives you... so if you hubby got .5 2x's a day or three what ever the dr suggest it would work around the clock @ least it does for me/ for a lot of others that I have talked to... also is good for seizures... if I were you I would google it and read up on it and then talk to the dr... GOD BLESS..angel1662
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