How to take Xanax

How much to take xanax

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.

The dose of Xanax may be different for each person. Your doctor will decide the right dose for you.

If you do not understand the instructions on the label, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.


How to take xanax

Swallow the tablets with a full glass of water.

When to take

Take your xanax tablets at about the same time each day.

Your doctor will tell you how many times a day you should take your medicine, but taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember to take it.

Take Xanax immediately after food.

Side effects such as sleepiness or drowsiness may be reduced if you take it immediately after meals.

How long to take

Do not take Xanax for longer than your doctor prescribes it.

Usually Xanax should be used for short periods only (for example, 2-4 weeks).

Continuous long term use is not recommended unless advised by your doctor.

The use of benzodiazepines may lead to dependence on the medicine.

Continue taking Xanax for as long as your doctor recommends and always see your doctor before you stop taking it.

Your dose will need to be reduced gradually to prevent unwanted side effects.


If you forget to take it

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.

Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.

If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.

If you take too much (overdose xanax)

Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Xanax.

Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

You may need urgent medical attention.

Tell the doctor, nurse or pharmacist about any alcohol or other medicines which you have taken.

Symptoms of an overdose xanax may include:

  • drowsiness
  • confusion
  • tiredness
  • dizziness
  • difficulty breathing
  • feeling week
  • unconsciousness.