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How is Xanax Used in the Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety Treatment and Xanax


Updated June 19, 2014


Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine used primarily to treat panic disorder.

How to Take Xanax :

Xanax may be taken several times a day due to its short half-life.

Dosage Guidelines:

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.

Medication Interactions:

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.

Side Effects:

The most common side effects of taking Xanax are sedation and drowsiness.

Associated Risks:

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.

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