I am trying new medicines to help me sleep. I took 2mg Xanax tonight per order and it has been 2 hours. He decreased the Klonopin and I am going off 2 hrs. Can I go up in dosage or does it take time to get in your system?
What is the average dose of Xanax for sleep?
Question posted by Anonymous on 2 March 2011
Last updated on 6 November 2022
2mg seems like the recommended dose. I take Latuda for Bi polar depression. Also I an prescribed 2mg xanax to take at nighttime to help me sleep due to my mild anxiety. I'm a healthy, fit 38 year old Male and 2 mg works fine once at nighttime. Give it a good hour or so.
If it hasn't hit in 2hrs it isn't. Xanax can make you sleep but taking it to sleep is a horrible idea regularly. The more often you use it for sleep the more you tolerate it. If you are overly anxious or restless take no more than you absolutely need and DO NOT MAKE IT HABITUAL. It is fast acting and short lived. Getting lowered on klonopin is going to cause an increase in anxiety, restlessness and all sorts of fun things. Look more into withdrawal off klonopin. Many doctors do it way too fast worsening original problem. Talk to your prescriber and be honest about your use. At 3mg/ day, I would go days or weeks without it but if I was anxious it would take 5-6 to just calm me. (That is rare and around triggers are usually can avoid). The biggest thing is take no more than you need. If you really need to sleep, cut in halves or quarters and take THE ONE OF THE PIECES every 15-30.
You'll notice what is takes without unnecessarily taking more! If sleep is your problem regularly I strongly suggest talking to your doc about another rx. Seroquel is common but can cause sleep paralysis and vivid nightmares. There are great natural methods that work. Limit stimuli like light, noise, screen time, exercise more through the day, watch diet, etc.
In short, 2 hrs after 2mg hasnt hit you it probably wont and you'll start getting more restless. There is no average.
My MD recommended 1/2 of a .50mg pill alternating nights. I take it when I get in bed about 10:30,
it kicks in while I am a sleep. It allows me to sleep longer before the nightly john trip and lets me fall back to sleep quickly instead of laying awake. With a 1/2 life of 12 hours, at midmorning its at .125 strength. I haven't had any craving on the non-pill nights but occasionally lay awake for an hour or two, but I resist the urge to take a pill. Been doing this for 4 months.
The 1 mg xanax for me personally, takes about an hour. I wish you the best. All my doctors are refusing to continue giving me Xanax. It's the only med that works. They say they don't like to give a 67 year old xanax. Duh. I've been on it for 15 years. My previous Dr. gave me 120 per month. 2 a day for panic disorder. 2 at night for sleep. New Doctor this year, cut me down to 30 a month. When I have a panic attack, I have to try self healing. Last night I had to take .5, due to SEVERE panic attack
I took the other half hours later. No sleep. I'm happy you have a Dr. who understands your need. Take Care...
Try 3mg Xanax XR. They're kind of like super Klonopin. They are slow release so they keep you asleep all night. From what I understand 1/2 of the med is released right away and the rest is slowly feleazed over the next 10-12 hours.
I'm a 19 year old female and I weigh under 100 pounds, I take 20 mg of adderall in the am and CAN'T sleep at nigh I took 1mg of Xanax at 11pm and 1 more mg at 230am and it's 5 am and still can't sleep, anyone else use anything that workes better for them then Xanax ?
I take Wellbutrin 300mg for depression and Strattera 25mg for ADD in the a.m., plus .125 Xanax in the a.m. to counteract the anxiety the Wellbutrin and Strattera can sometimes trigger (especially without eating breakfast!). At night, I take .5 Xanax to sleep. By that time, the Wellbutrin and Strattera, which have given me motivation, energy and concentration during the day, have worn off pretty much, but I still need a little Xanax to get me sleepy enough. This has worked great for 4 years. I may need to increase the Xanax by .125 again (which means three .25mg pills) - I'll talk to my shrink about it next time, I still wake up during the night sometimes, like I'm not sleeping deeply enough.
Everyone's body chemistry is different - and please please please give the meds several weeks unless you're having life-threatening side effects - even several days isn't enough for your body to start effectively balancing itself out with the new chemistry. I can't tell you how many people in my AA meetings have gone off their meds after a few days or weeks because "they're not working" or "I'm fine now" - and end up using and sometimes dead!!!
I take 1 and half mg and that puts me to sleep. I can't sleep with less. I would let your doctor know before going up. It takes me about 20 minutes to fall asleep but this me and you may need more or some thing added to it check with your doctor before you do anything.
Thanks for all the responses! I slept like a baby. I took one around 730 and when I was not asleep in 2 hours I became Nervous so I did take the other one and was asleep in no time. I dont know if it was because I was sleep deprived or what. I will try the one tonight. I just thought if 2 did not work I might need to call the d. I dont smoke, I just dont sleep! Thank you again for all your help. I will keep you updated.~Sharon
The xanax will take upto two hours after taking it to reach maximum blood level. By the way, do not know if you smoke but smoking will decrease the absorption of xanax. If two mgs is what the doctor prescribed, I don't recommend you take more. The more you take the greater the chance of physical and emotional dependency.
There is no recommended dose for sleep in the literature. Again, it is done by individual and what your doctor prescribes.
I wish you sweet dreams sc333 and hope that you can find a quiet, peaceful place to try and sleep,
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