What is Xanax XR?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Alprazolam

Xanax XR® is a long-acting version of alprazolam, a benzodiazepine. It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. It is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 57 27
Panic attacks 20 7
Panic disorder 12 9
Generalized anxiety disorder 9 5
Insomnia 8 8
Social anxiety disorder 4 6

Show all 15 reasons taken


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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
2
Moderate
8
Mild
16
None
12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Xanax XR

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 6
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 3
Anxious mood 2
Problems concentrating 2
Sedation 2
Sleepiness 2

Show all 16 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Xanax XR

Dosage Patients
2 mg daily 2
0.5mg as needed 2
0.5 mg daily 1
0.5 mg twice daily 1
4 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Xanax XR

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 10
Doctor's advice 9
Course of treatment ended 4
Did not seem to work 4
Side effects too severe 4
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 24 patients who've stopped taking Xanax XR

Duration

Currently taking Xanax XR

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Xanax XR

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 25
Usually 3
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 32
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 5
< $25 22
Not specified 9

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Xanax XR after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 1
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 1
Lorazepam (Ativan) 1

Patients stopped taking Xanax XR and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Buspirone (BuSpar) 1
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 1
Diazepam (Valium) 1
Paroxetine (Paxil) 1
Trazodone (Desyrel) 1
Last updated:

3 patient evaluations for Xanax XR

Mar 1, 2012 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (drowsiness, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: this was just too dangerous driving for my job. My Pdoc worked with me to find other strategies for anxiety and stress relief rather than taking a benzo. We are making progress on reducing my symptoms with meditation, relaxation, visualization, journal writing, breathing, etc.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

Oct 25, 2010 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: is effective if I take it everyday. If taken occasionally it causes drowsiness. Addiction danger for me. Only use occasionally as needed. Usually in anticipation of a stressful situation
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

Dec 3, 2009 (Started Oct 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Rather than take 1mg daily, I took these as needed. 1-3x's a day on severe anxiety days. Then many days I have none. That helps my concern re:addiction, as that is an issue with me. An unexpected benefit was a general feeling of well being after anxiety was diminishing. I am suspicious of depression being a reaction after several days in a row of Xanax and then none for a day...would leave me feeling down...probably a little withdrawel effect rather than Xanax triggering a depressive episode? This med worked wonders for the physical symptoms: sick stomach, shakes, inside quivers, sweating, and then I noticed a quiet feeling...didn't feel so uncomfortable in my own skin. The drowsies stopped after just a few uses.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

  • 1 helpful mark

May 5, 2011 (Started Nov 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

Dec 7, 2009 (Started Nov 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 29, 2009 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sedation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: sedation

  • 0 helpful marks
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