I have been taking Xanax IR 1mg 4x daily for many years for my anxiety disorder,but i still have severe panic attacks at times.My doctor has just prescribed 2mg Xanax XR once a day,I,ve never taken Xanax XR before and wondering if it will work better,I have concerns about it any feedback would be great.
The "XR"... stands for Extended Release. It basically means that instead of getting the full dose all at once, it's spread out over the course of several hours.
I would presume that Xanax XR would work better than Xanax IR ... IR stands for Immediate Release, wherein the active med is released into the system instantly.
However, please do check it with the doc who prescribed the med for accuracy of my answer.
Take care, best wishes!
i have no idea what is better,but i know you must work out with your illness like i do. you need to realise that all the fear you feel is in your head,try to analyse everything what happens with you while you have panic attack. and it`s very important to believe that YOU do your panic attack and YOU can destroy it. it`s very easy. just try :) best of luck
I have been on Xanax XR 2 mgs for 3 years. My doctor says it the "super Klonopin". I disagree. I take 4, yes 4 of them a day. My anxiety is bad. Paranoia also. I was on tranzene prescribed by a former doctor for 3 years. 15mgs 3x a day. It was FANTABULOUS. Worked like a charm. My new doctor took me off of it because he said that it was an "old school drug". He won't put me back on it
I suffer GAD. I have been taking Xanax since I was a young adult. I am 50 years old. I have only good things to say about this drug. People abuse it. Naturally the ones who end up with testimonials that are rather harsh. If you have them prescribed to you use them as directed, That's simple enough. If you run out you will experience a withdrawal that's why you don't run out.
It's about the safest long term medication.
I take 1mg 4 x daily. Depends on your Doctor what is prescribed, either way they both work excellent
Its really a joke played on us by Big Pharma to take more of your $$$. Xanax IR is dirt cheap... Im talking maybe $10 for a months worth. Xanax XR is extremely expensive. Doctors Rx the XR to earn more revenue for themselves and try to force you to take less by hitting your wallet hard. Its very expensive. If you look up the pharmacology of the 2, they are virtually identical. Both have a half life of approx 12 hours. Most people think you get a longer half life with the XR, but that simply isn't true. XR definitely does not work as well and is virtually useless in panic attacks, even if chewed. It must have inhibitors in it that work against the Gaba mechanism. This is bizarre, and I find myself actually needing more of the XR than the IR because it simply doesn't work as well. If your not paying out of pocket for your Shrink they treat you like dirt. They don't like dealing with insurance and make you pay for that favor.
Where I live, hardly any shrinks even accept insurance anymore and the ones that do are the worst of the worst and pissed that they can't attract the out-of-pocket crowd so they make you pay by Rx'ing you expensive meds and pushing their out-of-pocket therapists on you. There is virtually no Insurance covered therapists anymore. Its really sad that these charlatans use your very serious condition to force $$ out of you towards their own personal benefit. Its a different world. When I grew up doctors had integrity and put the patient first. Now, you're just a sick bastard that they can use to get $$$. Really really sad state of affairs. I have a short list of this type that I'm considering reporting to the medical board. Problem is, it may come back to harm you. All doctors stick together and the medical board is a joke. Its so sad to be in need of help and then be abused by these crooks. Healthcare is at an all time low in America and the sick suffer endlessly because of this.
It works MUCH better, and I found this out in a painfuI way! I have been taking xanax xr (generic) for a few years. I am also on other meds. Because one of the major pharmacies doesn't stock one of the meds, I was going to two major pharmacies. Last summer I decided to start gettting them all filled at the same pharmacy. After about a week, i didn't "feel" right. About a month later when I went for a routine physical my blood pressure was high. I thought it was just because the day was stressful. Then I had my first panic attack. Long story short, I went to my psychiatrist and he immediately noticed that my anxiety was out of control (blood pressure went from normal to 200/120 sustained, sweating, clenched jaw, shaking... ) and he thought they might be giving me the wrong meds. For over 3 months (2 original scripts, 2 refills), this major pharmacy was giving me ir, not xr, KNOWINGLY.
They said they don't even carry the XR, they read the original scripts back to me and knew they said XR, yes, I looked at the label (I just didn't notice the "XR" was missing). I basically went into xanax withdrawal twice a day (I take the XR twice a day) and had no idea what was happening. I can't sue because according to the law firms, the side effects are the same for both drugs. That might be true, but I didn't have "side effects", I had withdrawal symptoms. They were obviously negligent, my blood pressure is still whacky, I need 4 crowns because of the jaw clenching and grinding, and I had to go from 2 mg XR to 3 mg XR thanks to the added anxiety. The XR is much more "stable", and helps keep the anxiety at bay all day. This is only my experience, but after experiencing the withdrawal from the ir, I would never take it again. Hope that helped!
This forum has really helped me. I was struggling on the ir because I would be up and down and I never felt relaxed. I was always waiting for the next attack. The doctor switched me over to xr and I do feel a little uncomfortable but no attacks today. This is my 3rd full day of taking the xr so I'm very hopeful I will be able to return to work
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