Some general considerations for when and how to take Xanax include:
- This medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth two or three times daily.
- You can take Xanax with or without food. If the drug bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Xanax may cause serious problems if you take it at higher dosages or for a longer time than your healthcare provider recommends (see Xanax Addiction).
The dose of Xanax your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- Your age
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Xanax Dosage for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Xanax. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Commonly reported side effects include but are not limited to:
- Coordination problems.
(Click Xanax Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
You can also read about specific side effects in the following eMedTV articles: