All about Xanax
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How to take XanaxTaking Xanax allows escaping many unwanted mental disorders that either occur from time to time or spoil every day. The medication is getting more popular day by day and is advised for cases of anxiety, panic disorders, depression that is triggered by stress as well as sleep problems. The prescribed dosage mainly depends on the severity of the condition, yet there are many other factors that are also taken into account.

So, how to take Xanax? What doses are available today and what serious preparations must be made? Let’s learn more together.

Available Xanax (Alprazolam) Doses

Xanax medication is also widely known as Alprazolam (the generic name). It is offered in various doses and preparations. The most frequently chosen form of the remedy are tablets, yet today intravenous injections are getting popular, too.

The instant release pills are offered today in doses of 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1.0mg and 2.0 mg. As to the extended release ones, they are offered only in strengths of 0.5 mg, 1.0 mg, 2.0 and 3.0 mg. In most cases high doses are scored. This allows breaking them into parts and administering smaller prescribed ones.

  • By age

Proper doses are always properly determined. We have already mentioned that there are many factors that define the dose adjusted, and age is in their list:

  1. Children are never recommended for a single-time or regular use. Why so? The safety and efficacy of pills in children hasn’t been properly studied yet. Besides, children rarely suffer from anxiety or panic disorders that are as serious as in case with adults;
  2. Adults start with 0.25 mg doses. The usual high dosages prescribed are 3 mg. However, many things depend on tolerance to the remedy as well as the severity of mental disorder. In rare cases 5-6 mg doses are also suggested;
  3. Elderly people take the medication rather safely. Yet still, they also start with 0.25-0.5 mg doses that are increased only when needed.

Xanax usage is never a general matter. Every patient has his own dose adjusted after his medical history is taken into consideration.

  • By condition

The severity of condition is another factor that has a great impact on the dosage choice. For example, those, who suffer from the so-called situational anxiety, normally have the smallest dose available – 0.25 mg. When the anxiety cases are very extreme or panic attacks spoil every new day, the doses increase to 2 mg and are taken 3 times daily.

Those, who suffer from seizures or stress, take 0.25-0.5 mg 2-3 times a day until the seizures are controlled.

Snorting Xanax

How to use Xanax? The best way is to take prescribed pills orally, though some people ignore recommendations. They snort the medication not because they want to relieve their anxiety issues, but because they need to experience the high feeling.

So, how do they actually do that? They crush pills, make a powder out of them and snort. Actually, the sniffed powder doesn’t pass through the nasal cavity really quickly. When it does manage to pass, it is delivered not into the blood stream, but into the brain directly, which can lead to the increased effects and severe complications that must be treated medically.

Smoking Xanax

The administration of Xanax is for what condition? It is effective for anxiety and stress treatment, but it wasn’t designed for getting high. Smoking it on foil is the procedure that is never used in therapeutic needs.

Smoking leads to high effects and euphoria, relaxation and well-being, though all the feelings are temporary. The dangers of such use are in uncontrolled doses. In time a person needs more and more to achieve the same high effects. Doses increase and so do the adverse reactions.

Smoking increases risks of drug addiction more than oral administration or even snorting. At times the process gets you so high that you suffer from seizures and anxiety instead of treating them. Even coma is not the most severe outcome, but death is.

So, should I take Xanax by smoking it? You definitely should not!

Injecting Xanax

This way of use of Xanax is even more dangerous. The thing is that Alprazolam pills do not dissolve in water. They can hardly be dissolved in any other solution. When injecting the so-called dissolved substance into the vein, a person risks at having veins blocked and then ruined.

Can you shoot Xanax in hospital? Frankly speaking, the procedure may be performed by specialists only when a person has problems taking regular tablets. Doctors use a special solution with tablets properly dissolved. However, the procedure is repeated not more than two times, because it is dangerous and can result in death. Those, who shoot the medication at home, choose the use for Xanax high only.

When to take Xanax to make it effective and safe? And how should be Alprazolam administered to gain the best results? We insist on choosing pills and take them by mouth as prescribed. Make sure your treatment is no longer than 8 weeks otherwise you’ll need to get ready to severe side effects.

Dr. Andrew J. Olson

Author: Dr. Andrew J. Olson

Dr. Andrew J. Olson is a PHD in psychiatry. He is also a psychiatrist consultant at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. He also serves as a Clinical Director of the Department of Psychiatry, at Royal Marsden Hospital, in London, UK.


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Taking Xanax allows escaping many unwanted mental disorders that either occur from time to time or spoil every day. The medication is getting more popular day by day and is advised for cases of anxiety, panic disorders, depression that is triggered by stress as well as sleep problems. The prescribed dosage mainly depends on the severity of the condition, yet there are many other factors that are also taken into account. So, how to take Xanax? What doses are available today and what serious preparations must be made? Let’s learn more together. Available Xanax (Alprazolam) Doses Xanax medication is also…
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