Alprazolam XR Dosing

Alprazolam XR dosing guidelines typically call for a starting dose of up to 1 mg a day, usually taken in the morning. Your healthcare provider may increase this if necessary. Elderly people and those with serious medical problems may be started on the lowest possible dose. Alprazolam XR dosing guidelines take into account factors such as your age, other medical conditions you have, and other medications you are taking.

Alprazolam XR Dosing: An Introduction

The dose of alprazolam XR (Xanax XR®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Your age.
As is always the case, do not adjust your alprazolam XR dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.

Alprazolam XR Dosing for Panic Disorder

The recommended starting dose of alprazolam XR for treating panic disorder is alprazolam XR 0.5 mg to 1 mg, taken once daily in the morning. Your healthcare provider may slowly increase your dose, if necessary, to control your symptoms. Often, people do not see a significant improvement in their symptoms until they reach a dose of alprazolam XR 3 mg to 6 mg once daily.
Elderly people (as well as people with serious medical problems) may be more sensitive to the effects of alprazolam XR. They should be started at the lowest possible dose (alprazolam XR 0.5 mg once daily).

General Information on Dosing With Alprazolam XR

Considerations for people taking alprazolam XR include the following:
  • The medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once daily in the morning.
  • Alprazolam XR can be taken with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Because alprazolam XR tablets are extended-release, they should not be crushed, broken, or chewed. Be sure to swallow the tablets whole.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Alprazolam XR may cause serious problems if you take it at higher dosages or for a longer period of time than your healthcare provider recommends (see Xanax Addiction).
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