I am also on prozac but just curious to know the dosage of xanax. I am aware it starts at 0.25 but what is the usual recommended safe dose daily?
Hi Puckiemull! Well I had my surgery last week and I am recovering now. The reccomended daily dosing of Zanax is : 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg. Have you just started Zanax? My daughter takes it and says it is the only medication that helps her anxiety. It does, however, have some uncomfortable ,withdrawal symptoms. It is so important that you strickly follow your doctor's treatment on this medication. I hope you are doing well! Sweetie Pie
it depends on the doctor prescribing. usually they start out at 0.25mg 1 three to four times a day, then the next dose is 0.5mg 1 tablet taken 3 to 4 times a day, then the 1mg, is taken 3 to four times a day. they have a 2mg tablet it is white and I am not sure how it is prescribed. then I know they have an extended release in 2 mg. but it depends on what you take with the Xanax, they like to use the least effective dose in order to control symptoms. I had a cousin and a friend who really had a rough time because they took far more than prescribed. it's best to double check with the doctor,
According to the studies done, doses of greater than 4 mg a day, common in panic disorder patients, greatly increases the difficulty of coming off this drug. So I would recommend not taking more than 4 mgs a day and always take as little as possible so to avoid the possibility of addiction and difficulty when coming off this med.
You are probably not taking anywhere near 4 mgs a day, so follow the doctor's orders and you should be ok.
Hope all is well,
doctors like to stay at the lowest possible dose that will be effective, if the 0.25mg dose does not work (taking it 3 or 4 times daily) then be sure and talk with him before increasing it, the next increase would probably be o.5mg one tablet 3 to 4 times a day. Xanax isa good medication and it usually works well I did have a friend who decided to increase the medication on his own, he ran out of medication too soon and the doctor had fear of addiction once it was out of his system then he suffered severe withdrawl he had increase it to 1mg--4 times a day, he went through the kind of time that is described as like being in (hades) so before making any increase just always be sure that this is OK with you prescribing physician... hope you feel better
we have doctor out there that just will not prescribe Xanax, it in my opinion is a good drug and when taken as it is witten by the doctor it can be safe and yet effective. usually doctors will start at the lowest effective dose of 0.25mg and give it 3-4 times a day, I have been given 0.5mg 1 tablet 3-4 times daily and my current doctor says that short acting Xanax lasts about 4 hours and then you see anxiety come again she prescribes Xanax 2mg. Extended release tablets 1 tablet in the morning and one tablet before bedtime. as far as the literature say these drugs are safe with the drugs like Lexapro, Prozac, and the other SSRI's if you have any questions far better safe than sorry be sure and ask the doctor when you go in and see him
I have been taking .5 mgs of Xanax for 12 years. Never more-never less
it has been a lifesaver for me . Until then I stayed home most of the time. Now I am able to golf, bowl shop , in short live an almost normal life. Also, after taking numerous anti-depressants I have found effexor xr to be the best. I only wish this had been given to me when my children were young. perhaps I shld write 0.5 mgs of Xanax Maryann 3
The daily recommended dose of Xanax is 3 times daily. The reason is that the half life of the drug is 4 hours but taking it around the clock every eight hours keeps it in your bloodstream.
The dose depends on you and your tolerance for the drug and the doctors try to give you the smallest amount possible. They will usually prescribe another anti anxiety non narcotic
the highest dose one person should take for long term use is 1 mg 3 times daily. 2mg doses are available and prescribed to some people. A few years ago the most abused drug in America was oxycodone. Now the most abused drug is Xanax. They are trying to solve this problem, so unless you have been on them for some time you probably won't get them prescribed to you now.
I suffer from terrible PTSD and various random things can trigger me causing a snowball of horrible, overwhelming distress. I am prescribed 2mg TID PRN. The xanax comes in little bar like dosages that are usually green or yellow and scored so I can break it into 4 pieces for minor issues if needed. I believe I've also had a few times the bars were white. I usually use a whole one to fall asleep to stop involuntary thoughts that keep me from sleeping. Then, throughout the day I usually break it in half (or smaller) if I'm having a trigger that hasn't gotten too far. Dosaging is based off of what is being treated and the severity of it. In my case, we've found the risks are much greater if I've taken my xanax all day then stick an ambien xr on top of it to sleep, so they keep me on the xanax for medical reasoning. It can also be used temporarily before surgery to reduce anxiety and for traveling if you might be afraid to fly for sedation purposes.
There are many reasons to use this drug and different dosages. It acts much, much faster than clonazepam or Valium and has a shorter life span but hits you hard as hell. Just putting it in your mouth to swallow it is horrible because it disintegrates so quickly. I hope this helped!
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