If I take 0.5mg of Xanax, I've been told that it will take effect within 30 minutes, but I can't find information about when the effects wear off. Anyone have any experience with it that can comment?
Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication in a class of medications calledbenzodiazepines. It is often prescribed forpanic disorder andgeneralized anxiety disorder. These are considered “short-acting” medications because, similar to taking Tylenol, they are only effective for a certain amount of time – they do not build up in your body over time asantidepressant medications do. Because everyone metabolizes medication at different rates, there is no exact time Xanax will be effective, however, the average is between four and six hours. Remember, this is an average, you might notice the effects of Xanax wearing off much sooner or you could find that after five hours you still feel less anxious.
Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed for anxiety because they work quickly and can be taken on an as-needed basis. They help reduce symptoms of anxiety, but medications do not cure anxiety. When taking Xanax, or other benzodiazepines, you may want to also consider therapy, such ascognitive behavioral therapy, which teaches you skills to manage anxiety symptoms.
Also, keep in mind that while Xanax is considered safe and effective when used as prescribed, it can be addictive and it is dangerous to mix it with alcohol. You might also experience some side effects, such as drowsiness, dizziness, stomach upset, slow reflexes or impaired thinking. It is important to not drive or operate machinery until you know how Xanax affects you. You should also not stop taking this medication abruptly as it can cause withdrawal. If you want to stop taking Xanax, talk with your doctor about tapering it down slowly.
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The rate at which an individual's body metabolizes (eliminates) xanax varies. It has an average half-life (time required for the body to metabolize half the drug) of 11 hrs. Most people report xanax loses its effectiveness between 8 and 14 hrs after it is taken.
My experience: On low anxiety days, it felt like 0.25mg xanax lasted about 12 hrs. On high anxiety days, I was ready for my next dose after about 8 hrs.
Thanks. That is helpful.
I'm starting to wonder if Xanax works for Phobias as I tried the .5 mg and experienced no effects until 2 hours later. Of course, it was a dry run and I wasn't overly anxious at the time. I'll be trying 1mg now, but I'm wondering if it's the best medication for trauma based phobias.
For now the medication isn't for every day - just to get me through a medical procedure that I can't easily avoid. So, I just need something that will work long enough for that. Then I can address it in therapy.
Ah. Good luck with your procedure.
I've been through several uncomfortable procedures this year, none of them life-threatening.
Fortunately, my anxiety has been well controlled so it hasn't been much of a deterrent to my recovery.
p.s. I've lived w/ relapsing/remitting panic disorder for 35 years.
I feel the same i have bad panic attacs an im on 1mg xanax it dont seem to work doc today puy me on klonopin 1mg havent tried it yet i have afib an panic alot so i dont know what to do i have alot of meds so dont know whitch is working or not but doc said my heart good just electric part dont want to work like the rest ?????