How to Take Xanax :
Xanax may be taken several times a day due to its short half-life.
Typical dosages of Xanax are 2 to 4 mg per day. It is often started at lower dosages and titrated upward.
Who Shouldn’t Take Xanax :
You should not take Xanax if you have a hyper-sensitivity to benzodiazepines, have acute narrow-angle glaucoma, or are pregnant or breastfeeding. The effectiveness of Xanax for use in children under 18 has not been established.
A number of medication interactions can potentially occur with Xanax. It is important that your doctor is aware of all medications that you are currently taking. In addition, the effects of Xanax may be intensified if combined with alcohol.
The most common side effects of taking Xanax are sedation and drowsiness.
There is a risk of emotional and physical dependence when taking Xanax. Withdrawal symptoms are possible if the medication is abruptly stopped and may include risk of seizures. Be sure to follow your doctor's directions for stopping Xanax or changing dosage.
Avoid driving, operating machinery and participating in hazardous activities until you know how you react to Xanax.
Other Anxiety Medications:
Pfizer. Xanax Prescribing Information. Accessed December 18, 2008.