Friday April 18th 2014

How much Xanax is too much?

In general, it is difficult to take too much Xanax. In fact, minor toxicity occurs at 1000 times the normal dose. Plus, because the Xanax high does not occur for many people, Xanax abuse and accompanying dangers is relatively low. In this article, we’ll look at the safe amounts of Xanax and how much Xanax it takes to overdose. Your questions about Xanax use and too much Xanax are welcomed at the end.

Xanax strengths

Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication used to treat panic and mood disorders. Xanax is available as both an immediate release and extended release tablet. Xanax comes in 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg doses.

How much Xanax is safe?

The recommended daily dose of Xanax is 0.75 to 1.5 mg throughout the day. It’s hard to overdose on Xanax, but Xanax overdose is possible, usually in combination with other drugs. People have been reported taking doses of up to 2000 mg and experiencing only minor toxicity. That’s about 1333 times the typical recommended daily dose. So Xanax is incredibly safe and very difficult to overdose on if taken by itself.

Note here that you can develop a tolerance to Xanax and eventual dependence or addiction, but doctors usually don’t prescribe Xanax for more than a couple of months due to its habit-forming properties. Xanax use shouldn’t be a problem if it’s used only as-needed for panic attacks or at a low daily dose for a short periods of time.  Plus, snorting Xanax bars is not safe.  Furthermore,  mixing Xanax and alcohol is not safe and can cause alcohol poisoning.

How much Xanax can you take at once?

Only up to 2mg of Xanax should be taken at one time, and that’s only in someone with a tolerance for the medication. Taking Xanax in large quantities to “get high” can cause adverse side effects even if it’s not medically dangerous. Snorting Xanax or taking Xanax to get high can also impair your balance, judgment, and alertness, putting you at risk for accidents. Additionally, taking high doses of Xanax puts you at risk of withdrawal seizures as well.

How much Xanax to overdose?

Again, at over 1000 times the normal dose, Xanax usually only causes minor symptoms. It’s very difficult to overdose just by taking Xanax pills. However, when combined with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants, it becomes much easier to overdose on Xanax, and can even be fatal. In fact, it’s dangerous to mix Xanax and alcohol at all, even in small amounts.

Toxic levels of Xanax in the system

You can overdose on Xanax by taking Xanax bars orally. But it’s much easier to overdose on Xanax by taking it in ways other than prescribed. Crushing the Xanax and snorting it, or dissolving it in water and injecting it, significantly increases your risk of overdose.

How much Xanax is fatal?

How much Xanax is fatal depends on the situation. Again, relatively low doses of Xanax can be fatal if combined with alcohol, narcotics, or other CNS depressing medications. But Xanax very rarely causes death in otherwise health individuals when it’s taken alone, even at enormous doses. But the side effects of Xanax abuse can include terrible withdrawal symptoms and addiction, so it’s still a bad idea to take high doses of Xanax recreationally.

How much Xanax should I take?

You should take the amount of Xanax prescribed to you by your doctor. Never take more than recommended by a medical professional, and only take this oral medication as directed.

Too much Xanax questions

Do you have questions about taking too much Xanax? Please leave your questions, comments, or experiences here. We try to respond to all comments with a personal and prompt reply. And if we can’t answer your Xanax questions, we will refer you to someone who can.

Reference Sources: Medline Plus: Alprazolam
PubChem: Alprazolam

ToxNet: Alprazolam

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25 Responses to “How much Xanax is too much?
2:53 pm September 5th, 2012

I have to have a breast MRI I experience extreme panic in closed spaces. Therefore, my doctor prescribed xanax 0.5mg the night before and 0.5mg an hour before the proceedure. My prceedure time change to 6:00 p.m. would it be ok to take a pill and a half of o.5mg at once. I am afraid just one 0.5mg will not be enough to calm me down to get through the proceedure. Please advise. thank you

3:28 pm September 5th, 2012

Hello Mills. You will have to consult with your prescribing doctor or a pharmacist to answer your question. However, it does seem logical to stick with the dosing regimen and instead of taking 0.5 mg Xanax the night before, take it in the AM, and then another 0.5 mg right before the procedure.

5:46 am November 24th, 2012

I just want some help coming dow from this bender. only have xanax or muscle relaxer cyclobenzaprineWill they help?

10:17 am January 28th, 2013

Hi yorgo. Xanax is best taken under prescription supervision. If you need a prescription, you can seek help from an ER, medical clinic or from your family doctor.

4:52 pm March 9th, 2013

I take 0.5mg of Xannax. what medications should I avoid while taking the benzo?

Natasha Morris
2:44 am March 25th, 2013

I took about 4 xanax pills at one time. 2 mg’s each. I was 12 years old and never took it before. I was just wondering if it was all in my head because I remember things being slow and I look back and it was all a blur. Just curious however.

valerie g
11:57 pm April 11th, 2013

I am having a terrible time wth anxiety right now because of things beyond my control. I hate feeling scared so I took 1.5 mg xanax to try to get rid of this feeling . My uaual dose is.5 3 times a day. Have I taken too much. I just want to get to where I don!

8:35 am April 15th, 2013

Hello Valerie. Check in with a doctor or pharmacist. Also, I’d suggest that you speak with a psychologist about underlying anxiety, as you can learn coping mechanisms that do not involve chemically numbing the brain in order to deal with these thoughts.

Gabby B.
8:51 am April 27th, 2013

I took 12 ,50 xanax, is that too much?

11:19 pm May 5th, 2013

is it safe if you take xanax 1 a day then take it 2 times a day the next day and then take it 3 times a day the next and from the 3rd day on take it 3 times daily ?

7:46 am May 7th, 2013

Hello Julio. Check with your prescribing doctor about frequency of dosing. However, the increased dosing schedule that you outline does not seem standard (from my non-professional understanding).

1:04 am May 31st, 2013


I have been taking different doses of alphrazolam (xanax) for over 10 years now. Currently I am taking 1.5mg a day which is working even though I am very stressed out. I am concern about the addiction issue with xanax and I am planning on lowering the doses to 1mg/day to avoid any addiction or dependency. I do suffer of anxiety from time to time and depression. Is my current dose too much? Any advise, suggestion or recommendation?

9:11 am June 3rd, 2013

Hello Francisco. Hmmm. This question would be best addressed by a pharmacist. See if you can schedule a walk in consultation or speak by phone with a pharmacist, or two, in your area. They generally have more time to spend with patients than doctors and can give you some good insight into dosing amounts and frequencies, as well as alternative options both over-the-counter and lifestyle choices that can help you manage anxiety.

11:47 pm July 22nd, 2013

my boyfriend just took at least 6 0.5 Xanax shuld I call 911~

11:11 am July 23rd, 2013

Hi Lisa. You can call 9-1-1 or you can first call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 to report systems and get advice on next steps.

6:08 am September 28th, 2013

I take a one time dose before sleep of 5 mg every night for about 5 years now.
I know its very high but im constantly worried that its a dangerous dose and i might be hurting my brain too much.
Ive tried tapering down so many times but always fail to do so.

Would apreciate any insights.

Thank you.

9:41 pm October 8th, 2013

I was prescribed a 0.05 dose but feel it has no affect and think about taking two at a time
Yes? No?

11:03 am October 9th, 2013

Hello Felipe. I’d suggest that you consult with your prescribing doctor. You’ll need to have a plan in order to treat underling problems with sleep before attempting to taper.

Hello Connie. You’ll need an OK from your doctor before upping the dose.

SAsha binns
7:50 pm November 4th, 2013

I am prescribed 0.25 mg. of xanax four times a day it a not working can I take two mg and be ok

2:27 pm November 6th, 2013

Hello Sasha. You’ll need medical supervision and a doctor’s OK before increasing doses of Xanax.

10:48 pm November 14th, 2013

Hi I’ve been using 0.5 mg 2 a day for a month an half and was wondering if I’ve build a tolerance. I’m kinda nervous reading a lot of horror stories from benzo withdrawals. I see my dr monday to see if I can get another anxiety med

9:13 pm November 22nd, 2013

Hi. I was prescribed 0.25mg of Xanax every 8 hours as needed, but I feel like it isn’t doing anything. I have severe panic disorder and it’s gotten to the point that I can’t leave my bed! Is it ok to take two of the tablets to see if that helps? I can’t get a hold of my doctor.

2:28 pm November 26th, 2013

Hi Emily. No, it’s not OK to increase Xanax doses without doctor permission. Seek medical help, and look into lifestyle alternatives so that you can mitigate the symptoms as they occur.

6:19 am November 28th, 2013

Can Xanax be taken with Remeron and Zoloft?

Justin Snyder
7:51 pm April 9th, 2014

Last night I took 5 mg, and smoked pot and felt great. Went back home munched down not too hard and when I woke up I started hurling everywhere. Is there an explanation for this?

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