Post Edited (Green Grove) : 1/13/2009 5:11:42 PM (GMT-7)
Welcome to HealingWell. We are not medical professionals but we seek to support through common experience. Xanax is quite a strong anti-anxiety drug, but it works extremely well for the short term. How long has this dosage been prescribed for?
If he is uncomfortable taking 1mg as his first does he could try taking half the pill .5 and see how he feels.
I wouldn't let him drive on this med..and certainly no alcohol! Let us know how things go.
Post Edited (peacesoul) : 1/13/2009 8:35:52 AM (GMT-7)
I am glad you are concerned about the dosing of your husbands Xanax.
First of all is he to use the med for high anxiety or a panic attack or is it ordered on a daily schedule to be taken twice a day every day?
The 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.
As with most of the benzos this med is to be for short term therapy. However I do not know what other issues or illnesses your husband may have.
I agree he needs to be seeing a therapist to learn ways to deal with his anxiety .
On HealingWell we strive to seek a balance between alternative and traditional approaches. I feel strongly, both approaches have value for anyone seeking healing.