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Xanax dosage: What is the recommended amount? 


Xanax dosage for adults: 

Anxiety Disorder 

xanax dosage .5mgThe usual starting Xanax dosage is 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg taken three times a day.  This Xanax dosage may then be increased every three to four days to a maximum daily dose of 4 mg, divided into smaller doses. 

Panic Disorder 

The usual starting Xanax dosage for panic disorder is 0.5 mg taken three times a day.  This amount can then be increased by 1 mg a day, every three to four days.  You may be given a dose from 1 mg up to total of 10 mg per day, depending upon your needs. The typical Xanax dosage is 5mg to 6 mg a day.  Your doctor will need to reassess your medication needs periodically to determine whether they are still appropriate. 

Xanax dosage for children: 

The safety and effectiveness has not been established for children under the age of 18. 


Older adults: Xanax dosage 

The usual starting Xanax dosage for older adults is 0.25 mg two to three times daily.  This dosage may then be increased if tolerated well and if it is necessary. 


Any medication taken in excess of the recommended dosage can have serious consequences.  If you suspect that yourself or another have been overdosed seek medical attention immediately. 

Symptoms of Xanax overdosage may include: 

Confusion, coma, impaired coordination, sleepiness, slowed reaction time 

Xanax overdosage alone or in combination with alcohol can be fatal.

Information provided by The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs - Sixth Edition

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Additional information By Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist 

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