Xanax (Alprazolam) is a very popular medication, and there are lots of different models of Xanax. Let’s talk about one of them, Xanax XR.
Xanax (Alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine-class drug. This means that it influences the brain and the central nervous system, thus produces a calming and relaxing effect. More detailed, Xanax (Alprazolam) increases the level of a chemical, called GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in your body and that’s why it helps those who suffer from panic disorders and anxiety.
What is Xanax XR?
XR is actually for “extended release”, and it’s like the opposite to the “immediate release” pills, which are marked as “IR”. This means that if you take the AlprazolamXR pills, the active substance will be released during a long time, it’s not like Xanax “IR” when you get the full dose of a medication all at once. Long story short, AlprazolamXR effect is prolonged and will last for 12-24 hours instead of 4-6 hours of Xanax. That’s a great choice for you if you want to get rid of anxiety, stress and feel relaxed for a long time.
The main manufacturer of XRXanax is Pfizer Inc., one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. This is the company, which produces lots of Xanax models. The patent for Xanax has expired in 1993 and now lots of companies produce both this medication and its extended version, too. The biggest of them are Pharmacia&Upjohn Company (it’s a Pfizer subsidiary), Anchen Pharms, Apotex Inc., Heritage Pharms Inc., Aurobindo Pharma USA and some others.
By the way, this model of Alprazolam is also often called “Xanax XL”, so if you see such a drug, you should know that it’s the same as Xanax XR — a drug which effects last for a long time.
Another difference of this model from Xanax is the dosage. Thus, when patients should take 3-4 pills of “simple” Xanax every day, the situation with Xanax XR is completely different. Because of the high dose of Alprazolam in extended-release tablets, you should take only one pill of it in the morning. While there are 0.25 or 0.5 mg of Alprazolam in those “simple” Xanax pills, Xanax XR (or “Xanaxer” as it’s often called) pills contain from 1 to 3mg of the active substance.
These pills can be white and five-sided (their strength is 0.5 mg of Alprazolam), yellow and four-sided (1 mg of Alprazolam), blue and round (2 mg) or green and three-sided. The last pills are the strongest ones — they contain 3 mg of Alprazolam. In the majority of cases, 3-6 mg per day are enough for those who take the extended version of Xanax. The initial dose is often not more than 0.5-1mg of Alprazolam, and this dose is also prescribed to elderly patients and to those who have problems with liver and kidneys.
XanaxXR is actually the best choice if you want to take only one pill at the beginning of the day and not to think about all these schedules. The effects of such pill will last for 12-24 hours (it depends on the dose you take), not for 2-4 hours like with immediate-release pills.