Depending on the severity of the anxiety disorder suffered by a patient, the Xanax dosage required to help treat them can vary from 1mg all the way up to 10mgs daily. Xanax can also be used to help treat people suffering from panic disorders and their dosages are typically increased, compared to people suffering from anxiety disorders. In order for the medication to have maximum effect, the required dosages must be customized to each patient's needs as each patient will react differently to the medication.
When first prescribed with Xanax, patients will usually begin on roughly 0.25 mg to 0.5mg a day which should be taken three times a day. Doctors will need to closely monitor their patient's reactions to the medication at that level to determine if they are in need of a higher dosage.
For people suffering from anxiety disorders, the amount of medication taken will be steadily increased over time according to the patient's reaction to the medication, as well as the severity of the anxiety disorder. Every couple of days the Xanax dosage will be increased by about 0.25 to 0.5mg and then tested for several following days. If the effects of the drug are either still not present, or too strong, then it should be adjusted accordingly by your medical professional. As a general rule of thumb, doctors stick to the lowest amount of Xanax possible that still has some effect on the patient. This helps prevent any ill side effects that can be suffered from taking Xanax.
The Xanax dosage for people suffering from panic disorders tends to be slightly increased compared to that of patients suffering from anxiety disorders. The general range needed to help successfully treat panic disorders ranges from 1mg up to 10mg over the course of three administrations throughout the day. The average level of Xanax needed to help treat those who suffer from panic disorders can be anywhere from 1mg to 7mg or more per day, but varies widely depending on individual circumstances.
Patients who are taking more than a very minimal amount of Xanax each day are at a higher risk of suffering side effects associated with taking the medication. Their treatment needs to be monitored more closely and it is generally advised that their Xanax dosage is decreased as soon as possible for their own safety. Clinical trials have shown that the majority of patients taking more than 4mg of Xanax a day may not suffer from any ill effects of reducing their dosage by 50% and that their current need for a higher dosage is more of a psychological issue than it is a medical or chemical problem.
The elderly and people with previous medical problems, especially liver disease, who are in need of the medication, should have their Alprazolam dosage measured and monitored extremely closely. This is because they are much more sensitive to the medication and run a much higher risk of suffering from the side effects that are associated with taking the drug; the average dosage of Xanax for the elderly and those with liver disease is lower than others. Often they start on 0.25mg of Xanax a day and will only have their dosages increased by 0.25mg every couple of days thereafter depending on their reaction to the medication.
To help prevent their patients from suffering from withdrawal symptoms as well as other side effects, doctors will wean their patients off Xanax by slowly decreasing the dosage over a period of a couple of weeks. It is generally advised that the dosage amount is decreased in increments of 0.5mg every several days. Any more than that and the patient runs the risk of suffering from withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, any less than that and the patient may not be successfully weaned off of the drug, though individual cases may vary depending on the severity of the disorder suffered as well as the medical health of the patient.
Any patient who begins to show signs of withdrawal symptoms while their dosage is being steadily decreased is often immediately placed back onto the last dosage level where their health was not at risk. From there on, it is advised that they stay on that dosage level for a slightly longer period and then have the level of medication needed reduced at a slower rate by either changing the dosage levels to something lower or by leaving them on the individual dosage levels for a slightly extended period of time.
All dosages need to be closely monitored by a doctor in order to not only get the most out of the medication but to also ensure that their patients stay healthy and do not suffer from possible side effects. Abusing the prescribed medication can lead to severe physical and psychological damage.