The recommended dose of Xanax for treating anxiety is 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg three times a day. If side effects occur, or if symptoms cannot be controlled, your healthcare provider may adjust your dosage as needed. When treating panic disorder, higher doses are often needed. A few of the factors that can affect your dose include your age, other drugs you may be taking, and other medical conditions you may have.
The dose of Xanax® (alprazolam) 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
- The medical condition being treated
- Your age.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The recommended starting dose for treating anxiety is Xanax 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg three times daily. Your healthcare provider may increase your dosage slowly, if necessary, to control your anxiety symptoms or decrease your dose if you experience bothersome Xanax side effects.
Elderly people and people with other health problems may be more sensitive to the effects of Xanax. For elderly people or those with liver disease or other serious health problems, the recommended starting Xanax dose for anxiety is 0.25 mg two or three times daily.
Higher 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 of Xanax helps prevent bothersome side effects.