Have you spoken with your physician about this? Recommended dose is 0.25 to 0.5 mg, and you are asking if you can take 100 times the recommended dose. If you are treating panic disorder, then treatment of some panic disorder patients has required the use of Xanax at doses greater than 4 mg daily. When they were doing research they were testing up to 10 mg a day, but that was very rare. You are asking about 5 times the highest doses tried in research in very controlled situations. You can read more about Xanax here.
You really need to call your doctor about this. Benzodiazepines are dangerous, very addictive, and should be respected.
Best of luck,
Dr. Diana Walcutt
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Chris - Dr. Walcutt gave you all the important information and hopefully you understand that the answer is NO! However, please check your prescription bottle because it may actually read .50mg and not 50mg. There's a really big difference and .50 is a fairly typical dose. If you have any doubts always consult your physician and/or pharmacist!
Rick Wirtz is a Psychologist, not a Psychiatrist. Although the majority of Psychologists are not authorized to prescribe medications or give you specific advice about them, they typically have experience working with patients who take a variety of medications. The response above is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or mental disorder. Any information given in a post about medication is for educational purposes only and primarily to aid you in having an informed discussion with your own physician.
You SHOULDN'T, but you CAN.
Benzodiazepines alone will never kill you. The lethal dose is so high you would fall unconscious from the effects of the drug long before you die of respiratory depression.
If you took 50mg of Xanax, and then any amount of alcohol, you're probably done. Tolerance has an effect but two substances that affect the GABAa neurotransmitter is very dangerous.
However, if the Xanax is taken (it can even be mixed with other benzos like valium and kpins) without any other substances, you will never die from taking it. Bad things will happen, you might forget a week or two, but you will NOT die, and any "doctor" on here who tells you otherwise needs to go back to medical school. I'm 19 and even I know how to research drugs effectively and not just say "10x the rec. dose will always kill you".
John is correct, benzodiazepines such as Xanax, when taken ALONE, do not cause death through respiratory depression; when mixed with other medications, the chance of hypoxia and death is very real.
There is no valid reason to take 50mg of alprazolam; you will simply pass out and remain unconscious for multiple days, to say nothing of the anterograde amnesia (you will remember nothing of the time the chemical was present after crossing the BBB).
I myself take 20mg of phenazepam a day, but it is an addiction I have been fighting for over eight years now, one so severe that if I miss a day I will literally have a seizure and die.
I cannot in good faith reccomend a dosage any higher than 4mg.
You should only take the dosage your doctor has prescribed you. If the dosage prescribed by your doctor is not helping your symptoms, then talk with your doctor to determine if a higher dosage is needed before exceeding your doctor's recommended dosage. 50mg of Xanax is quite a lot. I take 1mg 3 times a day, but only if needed.
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