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Xanax® (alprazolam) is a medication used for the treatment of panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Before your healthcare provider prescribes you this drug, maximum dosage and starting dosage guidelines will be reviewed with you. Your healthcare provider will make a dosing recommendation for your situation based on your age, the specific condition being treated, and other drugs you are taking.
For most people, the recommended starting dose for the treatment of anxiety is 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg three times a day. Elderly people or those with liver disease (or other serious health problems) may need to start with a lower dosage, such as 0.25 mg two or three times daily.
Higher Xanax dosages are often necessary to control the symptoms of panic disorder. However, it is recommended that you start with a low dose, such as 0.5 mg three times daily. Your healthcare provider can slowly increase your dose if necessary. Starting with a low dose and slowly increasing to an effective dosage helps prevent bothersome Xanax side effects.
(Click Xanax Dosage for more information about the maximum dosage for Xanax and for important tips and precautions for using this medication.)
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