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Xanax XR for Anxiety Disorder

Healthcare providers prescribe Xanax XR® (alprazolam XR) for the treatment of panic disorder, a type of anxiety disorder. This long-acting version of Xanax® belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. It is sometimes used to treat conditions other than panic disorder; however, this is an off-label (unapproved) use.
 
Xanax XR is usually taken once a day in the morning. It comes in four strengths and can be purchased in brand-name or generic form. Though generally well tolerated, this drug is not suitable for everyone. The most commonly reported side effects include:
 
  • A sleepy or calming effect (known medically as sedation)
  • Drowsiness
  • Memory problems.
 
(To learn more about treating panic disorder with this medication, including how it works, click Xanax XR Uses.)
 

Xanax XR for Anxiety Disorder

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