When anxiety and gloominess spoil your days, there can’t be a better treatment than Xanax. Its generic name is Alprazolam – after the main chemical ingredient that affects the brain to some extent to relieve symptoms of panic and anxiety disorder and get back to normal life.
When taking Alprazolam pills, keeping to your doctor’s prescription is of top importance. Taking too much Xanax can lead to health damage dealing with which is hard and often impossible. But is there any rule what TOO MUCH is?
About Regular Xanax Doses
There are different doses that the medication is available in. Most users choose the tablet form (extended and instant release), others turn to injections performed in hospitals. The instant release pills that are offered today are available in strengths of 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1.0 mg and 2.0 mg. Those of extended release pills are 0.5 mg, 1.0 mg, 2.0 mg and 3.0 mg.
The remedy is also offered in very high dosages in the form of bars. All bars are differently colored (depending on the dose and scored). As long as there are scores, breaking a bar into quarters and halves for smaller doses is easy. As to the intravenous Alprazolam, it is prescribed to patients with severe seizures in titrated doses. The treatment lasts till the symptoms and signs are under control.
The consumed dose amount normally depends on the severity of condition a patient has as well as on weight and age. Here are some general recommendations that can prevent you from having too much Xanax:
- The remedy is taken up to 4 times daily in low doses;
- Only a healthcare specialist can increase or decrease the dose to avoid side effects or boost the benefits;
- Debilitated, elderly people and those with liver/kidney issues take the lowest dose possible.
Make sure the medication is stored at room temperature and out of the reach of kids.
How Much Xanax Is Safe to Take at Once?
- Anxiety disorder cases
Adult dosage (18-64 years): it is suggested to choose oral immediate-release pills that are available in strengths of 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1.0 mg and 2.0 mg. The typical starting dose is 0.25-0.5 mg. It is typically consumed up to three times daily. Later the dose can be increased by 0.25 mg every three or four days. However, the decision to increase the daily amount administered is taken by a healthcare provider. The maximum dose is 4 mg taken in divided doses only. Is it possible to reduce the dose? It surely is. It is done in two cases: when the adverse reactions are getting severer OR when you need to quit.
Child dosage (0-17 years): the remedy isn’t studied in children, which is why it is not recommended for people younger than 18. Note that there may be exceptions.
Senior dosage (over 65 years): senior people get immediate-release pills prescribed. The starting dose is always 0.25 mg. It is consumed two or three times every day. If a person suffers from some serious liver/kidney conditions, he is not allowed to get doses higher than 0.25 mg.
- Panic disorder cases
Adult dosage (18-64 years): adults are usually prescribed both immediate- and extended-release tablets. The starting dose of immediate-release pills is 0.5 mg taken up to three times every day. It can be increased to 1.0-2.0 mg per day. The increase is done regularly once in four days and never more than by a milligram. The maximum dose for panic disorder issues in adults is 10 mg, though the doses must be divided. If there’s the need to reduce the dosage, the reduction is done by 0.5 mg once in three days.
Speaking of the starting dosage in case of extended-release pills, it varies from 0.5 to 1.0 mg a day. As in the case before, 10 mg is the highest dose possible.
Child dosage (0-17 years): Xanax is never prescribed to treat panic disorders in children, thus there are no recommended doses.
Senior dosage (over 65 years): immediate-release pills are taken up to three times daily and 0.25 mg is the typical starting dose. Prescribed doses of extended-release pills are 0.5 mg a day. If a person suffers from some serious liver/kidney conditions, she is not allowed to get doses higher than 0.25 mg.
Cases of Xanax Overdose
How much Xanax is too much? When you take the dose that is higher than prescribed for your condition, you already take too much and may suffer from overdose and its severe symptoms. Though much is said about the dangers of Alprazolam OD, it is unlikely that a person takes enough to die. The only exception is when the medication is taken with any strong drink.
In case overdose affects your body, get ready to suffer from the following conditions:
- Lack of coordination, clumsiness, inability to walk or stand;
- Extreme sleepiness and inability to wake up on your own;
- Confusion that gets really severe;
- Slow reaction time;
At times Alprazolam relaxes so much that it is hard to see any difference between the effects that are expected and he first signs of overdose.
How can you treat the overdose? Treatment options vary. In case the dose was taken recently, it is allowed to take special medications or pump the stomach with a tube. Flumazenil is regarded as Xanax OD antidote that treats the symptoms that are relatively minor.
Knowing how much is too much Xanax allows you escape basic problems. If you haven’t succeeded, always seek medical help and appropriate supportive treatment.