Saturday, February 25, 2012

How Long Does Xanax Work?

Xanax or Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine class of psychoactive drugs.

Alprazolam has a fast onset of action and symptomatic relief. 90% of peak benefits are achieved within the first hour of using either preparation for panic disorder, and full peak benefits are achieved in 1.5 and 1.6 hours respectively. Peak benefits achieved for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) may take up to a week. Tolerance does not appear to develop to the anxiolytic effects but may develop to the sedative effects within a couple of days. Withdrawal symptoms or rebound symptoms may occur after ceasing treatment abruptly following a few weeks or longer of steady dosing, and may necessitate a gradual dose reduction.
Alprazolam is the most prescribed, and the most misused benzodiazepine on the U.S. retail market. The potential for abuse is low and is similar to that of other benzodiazepine drugs. Compared to the large number of prescriptions, relatively few individuals increase their dose on their own initiative or engage in drug-seeking behavior.  Alprazolam is classified as a schedule C IV controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)......Wikipedia
How Long Does Xanax Work?

It depends on what type of Xanax your are taking. There is the oral xanax, immediate release and there is the extended release. You have to consult your physician for the proper dosage and frequency of taking it.

here are some response from users of Xanax....from source

usually it's rx'd 1 every 8 hours. so, just see how you feel. if this is a new med for you, it can make you sleepy. so , no alcohol or driving under the influence. it's a short acting med. but, when I take .5 mg I can sleep all night with it and it seems to have a calming effect in the day time. take only what you need. have fun. It won't dull your senses or change your personality. it just calms you to where most things don't bother or irritate you as much. in fact, most of my previous irritants became amusing to me, secretly. It's like, what's the big deal and I just smiled about them and went on my merry way. Good luck.

It starts working in about 20 minutes after you take it. Normally it calms down by acting upon the central nervous system and brain chemicals that trigger the negative moods. It cant be said till how much long it works. If you feel that the effect is running off then take another one if your condition gets serious otherwise I do believe it lasts for max 8 hours.

four-to six hours is the span. It doesn't always do as much for some people who take it, doses are too low, but others can be made really sleepy by it. It depends after four hours if you still feel like its having an effect.
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