When and How to Take Xanax XRGeneral considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
- Xanax XR comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once daily in the morning.
- You can take it with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Because the tablets are extended-release, they should not be crushed, broken, or chewed. Be sure to swallow the tablets whole.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Xanax XR may cause serious problems if you take it at higher dosages or for a longer period of time than your healthcare provider recommends (see Xanax Addiction).
Dosing InformationThe dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As with any medication, do not adjust your Xanax XR dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Xanax XR Dosage for more information.)
Side EffectsAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with Xanax XR. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some common side effects of Xanax XR include, but are not limited to:
- A sleepy or calming effect (known medically as sedation)
- Memory problems.
(Click Xanax XR Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
You can read about specific side effects in the following eMedTV articles: