We may have come across the concerns expressed over Xanax and its long term effects such as withdrawal and the onset of panic attacks due to the medication wearing off long before the next dose is due. Well the people at Upjohn have been working hard to produce an effective alternative that provides the same effective relief in an extended release formula.
Xanax is a Benzodiazepine and like others within that family it has the propensity to wear off quickly even before the next recommended dosage leaving the user feeling the effects of withdrawal. Prescription drug Xanax XR is also a part of the Benzo family but has been designed with a once daily delivery system that is time released to provide relief from symptoms all day long. It can be taken in the morning without fear of withdrawal or relapse throughout the entire day. Gone are the days of watching the clock and waiting for your next dose or fearing that you’ve missed a dose because you just don’t remember.
Xanax XR like its predecessor Xanax is also used to effectively treat panic disorder and anxiety symptoms by controlling the neurotransmitters in the brain and creating a calming effect. The major differences lie in the delivery system and the overall effects that it has on your system. Xanax XR is available as an oral solution to be taken by mouth, once daily, in the morning or a time-released tablet. It is important to note that if you opt for the time-released tablet you should never crush or chew the tablet as this could result in all of the medication being released at once.
There is a decreased occurrence of dependence as well with Xanax XR. As long as the doctor’s expressed instructions regarding dosing are followed a very small percentage of addition is reported. Withdrawal symptoms also appear to be milder as there are no significant gaps in between doses. However caution should still be exercised especially in patients that will be using the drug for extended periods of time at high doses. Withdrawal symptoms such as seizures could develop so you are encouraged to communicate all out of the ordinary symptoms to your doctor.
As your symptoms of anxiety lesson, condition improves and you feel more in control of your life you may desire to stop your treatment plan. This is a mistake. Even though there is less reported occurrence of withdrawal the possibility still exists. You should never stop your treatments abruptly but instead consult with your doctor on the best way to gradually step down your dosage until you are completely free of Xanax 1mg.