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I am using Xanax XR 0,5 mg and Xanax 1 mg both, as my shrink wrote these to me. I am in very hard situation with incurable situation (cancer) and I have immense depression, anxiety, fear etc.

How long do average Xanax effect lasts?
I make Xanax 1 mg to in half (in two pieces, each 0.5 mg) and take like 0,5 mg usual xanax so during the day after every 4-5 hours, one time 0,5 mg. So it makes 2 mg or so per day.
I understood Xanax effect is short-term and it is for 4-5 hours max.

Doctor also asked me to take Xanax XR 0,5 mg in the morning. But as this effect do not come so quickly I first take usual xanax 0,5 mg and 1 hour or later Xanax XR 0,5 mg.
For how long it takes Xanax XR to start to work and for how long is the effect?

Is somebody taking Xanax XR in the evening? Or Afternoon? Why should we take it in the morning?

I am also using kventiax for sleeping but when I am up 6 in the morning in my bed and shaking, I should take my first usual xanax 0,5 already then that I could be more okay when I come out of bed in the morning. That you later just could come out of bed finally and be more normal. For me xanax works better than AD. But should'nt it be the opposite?

Xanax also put me to do things. Sometimes it gives a lot of energy. I start to clean in the house and work, want to organize things.

Is anybody else taking xanax early in the morning to stop immense anxiety?

I am also under Alventa 225 mg. I anybody using it too?

Please do share your experiences and know-how.

Thanks!
 

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I am really very sorry to hear that you are struggling with cancer and suffering from anxiety as a result. My heart goes out to you and I do hope that you can find some solace in this situation.

Xanax has a fairly short half-life so it's affects don't last very long. It has a half life of about 11 hours compared to 30+ hours for Klonopin. Xanax is only active in your system for a few hours. I used to take it and I would say I felt it for maybe 4 hours total with peak affects only lasting for about 2 hours. Xanax is better for short-lasting anxiety episodes like panic attacks or for people with nighttime anxiety who just need help falling asleep. It will not keep you calm throughout the day although there may be extended release formulations available that would last longer.

You also gain a tolerance to Xanax really quickly and .5 MG is not a lot at all. I think you would gain a full tolerance to that dosage just by taking it daily for a 5 days or less. I used to take .5 MG pills and on the third day I would notice a significant decrease in effectiveness.

I think it takes about an hour to feel the Xanax start to work then another hour before you start to peak. But you may not feel anything at all if your tolerance is too high. Also, it's best to take it on an empty stomach or sublingually to maximize the absorption. Taking it sublingually will also hasten the absorption and thus the anxiolytic effects.
 
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I live in Canada and I was on Xanax for years, But Xanax is considered a dirty drug and doctors no longer prescribe it. I had to go into the psych ward to come off Xanax. I only took 0.5 mg and I couldnt wean myself off of it.
 
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