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Monday, May 05, 2008 lori, Community Member, asks

Q: What is the difference between Xanax and Xanax XR? Does Xanex XR work better for chronic anxiety?

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Vicki M, Health Guide
5/ 7/08 9:40pm

Hi Lori,

 

You can read about Xanax here. The XR means extended release. You can read about the interactions and side effects here.


There is a sharepost here between several users discussing the benefits of Xanax and how it works for them.

 

I am assuming you are working with your doctor on this. Although Online information is great for helping you ask all the right questions, nothing can take the place of your doctor's sound medical advice.


Take care and stay in touch. Let us know how you are doing!

Vicki M 

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NayNay, Community Member
6/28/08 11:41am

I have had anxietyand panic attacks for the last 3 yrs.  I have been on many meds and am on a combo of meds right now, Buspar 60mg, Wellbutrin 300mg, Xanex XR,

I was on regular xanex for a long time and after 3 hrs felt it was time for another pill, with Xanex XR I take 1 in the morning and forget about it for the day, it Very happy with Xanex XR would recomend to family, friend or sranger reading my story.  Good Luck!Kiss

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TITI, Community Member
11/12/10 8:52am

HI,

 

I HAVE JUST READ YOUR STORY ON AXNIETY MEDICATION. I HAVE BEEN ON XANAX .05 FOR FIFTEEN YEARS. I, LIKE YOU HAVE BEEN ON BUSPAR 10MG., AND ATIVAN 1MG. BEFORE THAT TIME.  I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO GET OFF THE XANAX .05 SLOWLY, BUT AM SCARED BECAUSE OF PANIC ATTACKS.  THE DR. PUT ME ON XANAX XR .O5 LAST WEEK, BUT I AM A BIT ANXIOUS. WERE YOU EVER SCARED DURING THE CHANGE OF MEDICATION?  ALSO, I HAVE LOST ABOUT 2-3 LBS. THIS WEEK.  DID YOU EVER NOTICE ANY WEIGHT CHANGES?

I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY ADVICE!

 

 

TITI

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SteveSDixon, Community Member
4/ 7/09 4:20pm

Xanax last up to 6 hours. Xanax Xr depending on strength last up to 12 sustained hours if pill is not crushed or broken.

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scarlet26, Community Member
1/22/10 4:50pm

I am finding it not to work at all, I actually feel more edgy and anxious.  The doctor didn't tell me he was switching me to the XR, giving the office a call now, just curious if anyone else had the same experience.

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keri h, Community Member
3/29/10 11:13pm

i have been on 2mg of xanax 3 times daily for severe sever anxiety over 3 and more years i know a great deal and study about other medications but confused about the xr or er i know they say it lasts longer but feel i have gotten more anxiety and maybe even wd from it. the doc says its easier to come off of but it just dosent seem to work like my reg xanax and was curios myself if people had similar problems i understand it can last longer but i was noticing a change and actually whet in to a straight on severe anxiety attack along with hyproventalation and almost a ceazure and was sent to the hospital twice i dont understand whats up the only weird thing is when my doc said it was easier to get off of it raised questions in my head if it really wasnt as helpful as the reg xanax

 

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NRJC, Community Member
8/26/11 11:27pm

Xanax is not easy to get off of.  Xanax is addicting.  But that should not be your worry when you're taking it to treat your anxiety attacks.  I have been on Xanax for a few years now.  I was on Xanax 0.5 mg three times/day.  I still would notice some breakthru panic attacks.  My doctor then put me on Xanax XR 1mg.  I noticed taht when I take it at the same time everyday I feel normal, less anxious.  Just recently, I had some episodes of breakthru panic attacks, so my doctor ordered me Xanax 0.5 mg as needed along with my Xanax XR1mg.  I feel great.  I don't feel drowsy, anxious.  I trust Xanax as opposed to other antianxiety meds because of less side effecs.  Xanax has been around longer and I trust it.  I feel that a person's dosage amount may have to be changed from time to time, depending on his/her anxiety levels.

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papote53, Community Member
5/19/14 2:34pm

Hi,

 

Just today my doctor put me on xanax 0.5 XR whcih I'm supose to take one in the morning and one at night-  For the last 2 months I been taking xanax 0.5 once daily but it will only help me for a few hours.  In my case I have light headed all day long and short of air real bad once daily which at that time I would take the once a day 0.5.   But he said that people with light headed all day long are threated first with xanax XR so threating the light headed first will probably help with my over all anxiety and maybe it will go away. I have a pretty good live and this all started over 2 months ago when I stopped taking Gabapentin and Lyrika because my nerver pain desapeared.  Yes, I have no idea why. ;-)  Even my allergiest said the same, you should target the light headed first because that could be the reason your anxiety is not getting better- She said I don't recall one case a person had light headed 24/7 and didn't get anxiety from this. ;-) Btw, he also said the XR version is not as additve as the short term xanax. Maybe because you don't feel the boost or 30 minute miiracle that creates addiction.

 

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keri h, Community Member
3/29/10 11:03pm

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babyblue, Community Member
11/23/10 1:29pm

Get off caffeine and the anxiety and panic attacks will either stop or be a whole lot less.  Caffeine is a major contributor to both panic and anxiety attacks.

 

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julie14, Community Member
8/31/11 1:41pm

If getting off caffeine were the answer to anxiety we'd have no problems at all.  I have been on xanax for more than 25 years for GAD.  I also have a neurological disorder, Trigeminal Neuralgia, a truly painful disease in which xanax help relieve the pain.  After reading more about xanax XR, I think I won't ask to be put on an extended release, but possibly another benzo like a klonopin patch, which I have taken before.

 

I became addicted by a psychiatrist long time ago and subsequently got this TN disease (which they do not know what causes it, possibly dental related).  So now, I have no choice but to stay on it.  I had a lot of problems with anxiety attacks, panic.  I was leading a very exciting life and I can't help but wonder if my adventurous nature helped with it.

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Bananas, Community Member
10/27/11 10:52pm
The fact that caffeine makes people more jittery is common sense.... Panic attacks are not always triggered by one thing in particular.... They can happen with no warning... If this was the case, things like cigarettes should calm a panic attack... I have been smoke free for one year but from personal past experience.... One of the worst panic attacks I ever experienced began while I was smoking. Reply
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By lori, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/20/14, First Published: 05/05/08