The number of tablets for treatment depends on the dosage, age, condition of the patient and the sensitivity of the body to the components of the drug. Tablets are taken orally three times a day, regardless of food. The capsule is not chewed, but swallowed as a whole, washed down with plenty of non-carbonated water. In order to drink the medicine, you will need at least half a glass of water.
The daily dosage of Xanax (Alprazolam) is not taken at a time, it is divided into three doses. By the way, most of it is recommended to take before bedtime, as this will contribute to the hypnotic effect on the body. For example, the daily dose of tablets is 2 milligrams: in this case, the patient takes 0.5 milligrams in the morning and at lunch, and immediately before bedtime, the dosage is 1 milligram.
The maximum daily dose of the drug should not exceed 10 milligrams. For elderly patients after sixty-five years, the maximum rate is 1.5 milligrams per day. You can not start treatment without the prescribed dosing. Therapy should begin with a minimum dose of 0.25 milligrams per day and gradually increase. Thus, in three weeks, it is brought to normal.
Depending on the existing diagnosis, the patient is assigned the following amount of the active ingredient:
- In the presence of anxiety, it is necessary to take 1.5 milligrams three times.
- As part of the treatment of depression, take 3 milligrams three times.
- In the presence of phobias or panic attacks, the dosage is 3 milligrams three times.
The course of taking Xanax (Alprazolam) is long or, conversely, short:
- Long-term treatment with Xanax is rarely prescribed due to the many side effects that this drug can cause. Similar treatment is prescribed for chronic depression and anxiety.
- A short course of therapy is carried out when it is necessary to stop an acute and at the same time, sudden attack of fear and also when it is necessary to relieve a nervous state.
- A short treatment course lasts, as a rule, no more than seven days. In this case, the dosage is 0.5 milligrams three times a day.