• ltlmiss ltlmiss
    March 30, 2013
    Xanax - How long does it last?
    ltlmiss ltlmiss
    March 30, 2013

    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?

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  • Eileen Bailey
    Health Guide
    June 05, 2014
    Eileen Bailey
    Health Guide
    June 05, 2014

    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.

    For more information:

    Who Is at Risk for Developing Panic Disorder?

    Self-Help Tips for Panic Disorder

    Frequently Asked Questions About Generalized Anxiety Disorder

     

     


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  • italiangm April 02, 2013
    italiangm
    April 02, 2013

    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.

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    • ltlmiss
      April 02, 2013
      ltlmiss
      April 02, 2013

      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.

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    • italiangm
      April 02, 2013
      italiangm
      April 02, 2013
      It might be helpful to understand how benzodiazepines like xanax work.   All benzos increase GABA level, which turn down the 'volume control' of signals being transmitted through the nervous system. These signals include those involved in thought, movement, and sensation.    It is likely that xanax will reduce the impact of phobic thoughts related to trauma, but it is not a cure. It only relieves symptoms.   Insight into the trauma(s), how they trigger phobias, and the process of reframing how one thinks/feels are likely to be more helpful in the long run, even if being reexposed to the trauma(s) is triggering during the short run. A good therapist knows how to control the exposure level so the client doesn't lose therapeutic gains caused by excessive triggering. READ MORE
    • ltlmiss
      April 02, 2013
      ltlmiss
      April 02, 2013

      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.

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    • italiangm
      April 02, 2013
      italiangm
      April 02, 2013

      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. Smile

       

      p.s. I've lived w/ relapsing/remitting panic disorder for 35 years.

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    • chas
      January 18, 2014
      chas
      January 18, 2014

      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 ?????

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    • Skatnnofx
      May 28, 2014
      Skatnnofx
      May 28, 2014
      Good luck friend. I hope everything works out for you. READ MORE
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