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Xanax overdose: How much amount of Xanax to OD?

Xanax overdose: How much amount of Xanax to OD?

Can you prevent an unintentional Xanax overdose?  Although Xanax narcotic class of drugs is not illegal, this does not mean that the drug is always safe for you.  In this article, we’ll explore that question in more depth, along with the risk factors for Xanax overdose. At the end, we invite your questions about Xanax and overdose.

How does Xanax overdose happen?

What is a Xanax overdose? Simply put, it’s when you take too much Xanax and the main ingredient, alprazolam, becomes toxic to the body. How much you need to take to overdose varies from drug to drug. Some drugs can be taken in higher doses as directed without injuring a person, while others are not safe to take in higher doses.

You might accidentally take too much Xanax for a variety of reasons. If you suffer from anxiety, you make feel the need to take it more often or in higher doses than recommended by your doctor in order to control your symptoms.You may develop a tolerance after long-term use and increase your dosage in order to get the same therapeutic effects. Getting “high” on Xanax by snorting, injecting, or mixing Xanax and alcohol (or other drugs) is another way that accidental overdose occurs, particularly since this takes larger amounts of the drug than are normally prescribed.  Plus, snorting Xanax vs oral administration increases your risk of OD’ing.  Finally, some people even intentionally attempt to overdose either to injure themselves or attempt to commit suicide.

Xanax overdose – How much is too much?

The amount of Xanax you need to take to overdose depends on your body weight, previous exposure to alprazolam (the main ingredient in Xanax), and individual factors. But there are some basic guidelines you can follow.

1. How much Xanax to take at a time?

Doctors never recommend more that 2 mg of Xanax be taken at one time – and that’s only in cases where someone has developed a tolerance for the medication. Starting doses are as low at 0.75 mg per day.

2. Do not mix Xanax with other drugs or alcohol.

It is much easier to overdose on Xanax when it’s combined with other central nervous system depressants, such as opiates or alcohol.

3. Do not try to take a lot of Xanax.

Xanax abuse does increase the risk of death and overdose. Some people have reported taking up to 2000 mg of Xanax and have experienced only minor toxicity. At more than 1000 times the normal daily dose, this medication is incredibly safe and very difficult to overdose on when taken alone.

4. Do not take Xanax other than prescribed.

Alprazolam should only be taken swallowed as a whole pill, and only in the doses recommended by your doctor.You’re much more likely to overdose or experience adverse effects when you chew, crush, snort or inject Xanax pills.

Xanax overdose complications

The main complication related to Xanax overdose is central nervous system depression and associated risks. At high doses, or when mixed with other medications, Xanax can cause a slowed heartbeat or breathing problems. And taking more Xanax than recommended can cause drowsiness and impairment of judgment that can put you in danger. Excessive tiredness and dizziness may put you at risk of accidents.

Xanax overdose prognosis

The prognosis for Xanax overdose is usually good. It takes a very high amount of Xanax to overdose, and even more doses of Xanax to experience long-term health effects or death. While taking more Xanax than directed can be unpleasant and dangerous, medically it’s unlikely to seriously harm you if taken alone. Taking high doses of Xanax habitually can cause withdrawal symptoms, which can be serious, including seizures.

Xanax overdose amount questions

If you have any questions about safe amounts of Xanax in your system, please leave them here. We are happy to try to help answer your questions about Xanax, and will try to respond with a personal and prompt reply for all legitimate queries.

Reference Sources: Medline Plus: Alprazolam
PubChem: Alprazolam
ToxNet: Alprazolam

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134 Responses to “Xanax overdose: How much amount of Xanax to OD?
3:20 am November 23rd, 2012

my friend took 15 1mg zanex about 8 hours ago and just in the last hour took 5 more… plus 5 or so muscle relaxers. Not eaten all day. Should we take her to er?

12:40 pm November 25th, 2012

Hi Sherrie. I’d suggest that yes, you seek medical consultation for your friend. At the least, the anxiety must be pretty bad to cause her to take so many Xanax. Call the Poison Control Center to know what to do in terms of first aid at 1-800-222-1222.

Michael Phillips
6:22 pm February 13th, 2013

Hi, My mom 81 years old is on .25 mg when needed. She is currently going fir radiation treatments. She has a compression fracture of the T-12 and makes her laying down for het treatments very differcult. We are giving her 4 tablets per day 2 1.5 hrs prior and 2 about 30 min before. This relaxes her enough to get throught the treatment. Should I worry about long term, since we have to go for 37 treatments.

Thank you

8:24 am February 14th, 2013

Hello Michael. This is a great question, and one that can be best answered by a pharmacist or your mother’s prescribing doctor. Basically, if she’s taking fairly regular doses of Xanax weekly, will she develop physical dependency on Xanax? Seek medical advice for this so that you can know what to expect.

6:56 am February 21st, 2013 sister has taken 10 pills of alprazolam 0.5mg in the morning and I have found out now.she is in deep sleep now and I don’t know what to do.Should I call the emergency?

2:15 pm February 21st, 2013

Hello liliana. I’d suggest that you seek help from the Poison Control Center to know what to do. Call 1-800-222-1222 for more information.

11:04 pm March 10th, 2013


I am concerned about my older brother. I know he takes Xanax, sometimes adderal and that he also drinks excessively. Last weekend he locked himself in a bathroom and can only imagine what he was doing in there. He turns into an entirely different person and doesn’t even seem to remember the awful things he does. He also seems like he’s in denial and has started lying about other things that I know he’s done. I also know that he does cocaine. This has been going for years. I have no idea what to do. What happens to people after this long?

1:48 pm March 11th, 2013

Hi Sarah. Physical dependence on the drugs can happen. Or damage to the liver or kidneys. Plus, lots of negative social, work, or family consequences. I’d suggest that you plan an informal or formal intervention with your family. The goal would be to get him to realize the need for help, and to accept going to seek help. Also, look into family therapy. Often, there’s something dysfunctional in a family system which causes compulsive drug use in the first place. Does that help?

Zaatrix Angel
5:53 am March 12th, 2013

my doctor gave me a 1mg prescription, taken three times a day as needed.
But I have to take it to sleep, because i’ve tried every sleeping pill there is and they don’t work,
But the real problem is that I have to take about 10mg of xanax to actually go to sleep because I have insomnia.
what are your opinions.
please and thank you

7:42 am April 1st, 2013

Hi Zaatrix, Talk to a psychologist about your anxiety! While a normal part of our modern human life, anxiety should not hold you hostage while you try to sleep. Lifestyle changes can help, as can meditation. But taking so much Xanax is not good for you, either!

7:53 pm April 2nd, 2013

Ok so I was really stupid and drank 9 beers and took 6mg of Klonopin and maybe 20mg of flexeril(muscle relaxer). I woke up and was fine but I’m worried that if I had respiratory depression if that may have caused brain damage that is not noticeable. Is this likely?

7:13 am April 4th, 2013

Hi BJ. The only way to diagnose possible brain injury is to seek the counsel of a neurologist and to undergo diagnostic procedures, such as an MRI or CT-scan. These brain imaging procedures can help pin point possible injury…but they are expensive and may not be necessary. Consult with a family doctor first and then seek a referral to a neurologist, if necessary.

12:51 pm May 4th, 2013


My friend has taken 10mg of alprazolam with 300ml of Vodka followed by another 10mg of alprazolam. He is in unconscious and under observation now. Is there any risk for his life?

7:53 am May 7th, 2013

Hi Rani. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. What do the doctors say? They should know best about the prognosis.

8:27 pm May 27th, 2013

I have been in terrible emotional pain for about two weeks and two days. I lost my nephew to an overdose. I have not been sleeping very well. I woke up this morning at five and only had a couple of hours of sleep. I took 8 2mg bars of xanax. It’s been ten hours since I did this. I am really shakey and my heart is beating realy fast. Could this be a panic attack? Or over dose symptoms

5:18 am May 28th, 2013

Hello Kristen. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Death from overdose just doesn’t seem to make sense. I hope that you experience peace in knowing that you nephew is in a better place.

For the symptoms that you describe, I’d suggest that you call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. You’ll need medical advice from professionals to take the best course of action. Please let us know if we can help further.

12:28 pm August 14th, 2013

hi my friend has taken 6 alprazolam 0.5mg tablets. is there any risk?????????
her weigh is 75 kg and height is 5.3 and age 29 years

6:58 pm August 15th, 2013

it killed my sister in law they say she died of an unintentional overdose….she aspirated on her own vomit her jaw locked up . They need to take this drug off of the market it is very dangerous if it had not been for Xanax she would still be here. all she did was take it just like the doctor said..

4:50 pm August 27th, 2013

xanax has basicly saved my life like is said sry for ur lss but mabey the meadcicine wasnt taken as prescibed if prescribed at all,,,,!!!!!!!

4:54 pm August 27th, 2013

Zaatrix Angel have u tried any real sleep meds ambien wich has worked for me in thepastbut i is a narcotic. i found that eliva amitritylive is amazin and none narcotic hope that will help ive always had extreme sleep issues

Nikki Ryan
1:28 am September 12th, 2013

My son is 22 and took 5 1mg of xanax and has been sleeping all day and is out of it. He is prescribed Gabapentin, escitalopram and quetiapine, I’m not sure if I should still give him those that the dr. gave him since he took xanax that was not prescribed to him? Please let me know. Thank you

6:36 am September 12th, 2013

Hello Nikki. Call 1-800-222-1222 to contact the Poison Control Center.

8:21 am September 12th, 2013

For about 3 years, I have had to take Xanax when I fly, which is about 2-4 times a year, to deal with severe claustrophobia in air planes. I do not take Xanax, or anything like it aside from that at all. Over time the amount I have had to take has increased. The first time I took 5 or 6 0.25 mg pills in an 8 hour period, now I have to take about 8 0.25 mg pills: 5-6 pills in the 3 hrs before the flight, and then another 1-2 pills when I am about to board.

In a few days I need to travel for about 18 hrs, which includes 2 flights, the second one being the more claustrophobic one. I still have my pills left over, but I need to find out how many mgs I can take in an 8 hr period, in a 16 hr period, and 24 hr period in the worst case scenario, and my doctor is on vacation.

I think I need 2 grams (8 pills) for the first 11.5 hr flight, and another 2 mgs (8 pills) for the second flight of 3 hrs (this one is short, but ten times more claustrophobic). Could this hurt me, or is this an acceptable dose? I am 31 years old, 5’11” and about 130 lbs. I’m traveling with my husband so drowsiness is not a worry.

11:08 am September 13th, 2013

Hello Annie. You’ll need to seek professional medical advice from your prescribing doctor or a pharmacist for an accurate answer to your very specific questions. Best of luck!

3:36 am October 6th, 2013

I took 1-5mg ambien, 1-0.5 xanax and 2 beers am I ok

12:21 pm November 18th, 2013

if any body take 30 tablets of 0.5 mg…..then what will happen….

11:10 am December 4th, 2013

Please provide me with some useful information regarding patient brain dead after overdose. My cousin has been “ASLEEP” for about 4 days. We are not sure what’s going to happen, what can be expected or what can be done…. Please let me know ANY AND EVERYTHING that may be able to educate us on the situation

9:19 am December 12th, 2013

Hello Miranimal. Do a Google search using these keywords: drug overdose alprazolam coma

All my best to you and your family.

Janiqua Fig
3:15 am December 15th, 2013

I took a bar and a half of green Xanax bars last night and half a bar this afternoon. im throwing up do I need to go to the er.

12:21 pm January 27th, 2014

can 10mg of xanas would kill you my weight is 82kg age 41years tell me please

christy rhykerd
11:36 pm February 1st, 2014

my son recently was arrested and had toxicology work done on his blood. The following drugs and amounts were detected…Buprenorphine-3.4ng/mL, Clonazepam-18 ng/mL,
Norbuprenorphine-2ng/mL, 7-AminoClonazepam11ng/mL
Alprazolam-210ng/mL, Alpha-Hydroxyalprazolam-10ng/mL, D Delta-9CarboxyTHC-29ng/mL. could you please interpret this in laymans terms and also explain what the various amounts indicate as far as any amounts that appear over dose possibilities. While some of these meds were prescribed for him he obviously wasn’t taking them properly and has no memory of that day nor the following, and is quite confused concerning this whole episode. Any information you could give us will be very helpful. Thank you.

sonia c
8:04 am February 2nd, 2014

About 10 hrs ago I took one .25mg of xanax and I just took 50mg an over the counter sleep aid (diphenhydramine). I didn’t know if it was I started googling. I should of done it before I took it. I am a little freak out now. Will I be ok since it’s been 10 hrs?

12:33 am February 26th, 2014


11:38 pm March 23rd, 2014

Its literally impossible to OD on Xanax. Literally. I have tried multiple times. In fact, just last night, I took 4 800mg Metaxalone, I took 12 Xanax, I took 8 Benadryls to keep it all down, and on top of that I took 4 Aldactone (to srop my blood pressure), and then a Pristiq. I had 5 Ibuprofens AND 70% proof liqour (half a bottle)…. Its almost impossible to OD. Trust me. Ive tried 4 times.

10:59 pm March 30th, 2014

Hello, recently, I was prescribed 0.5mg of Xanax as needed but not to exceed 6 within 4 hours. I believe I built a tolerance (often having anxiety attacks) so I took 4 pills. I was a bit “high,” but not for longer than 10 minutes and only because the effects hit me very late. By then, I was exhausted from the attack and I believe the exhaustion plus the sudden effect overwhelmed me a little.

However, my friend believes this counts as an overdose, even though I only followed my prescription.

Was this an overdose?

10:15 am April 14th, 2014

I weigh 370, I stupidly thought this about xanax, that it would take lots of mg to overdose. I took a total of 40 mg on my prescription. The fire department and ambulance had to come and get me. I was in intensive care, I was apparently acting weird saying random things. I had to have a catheter put in. I couldn’t walk, I was hospitalized for two days. I don’t remember a thing. The doctor thought my mom was mistaken that I had taken 40 mg because that would have arrested the breathing in a normal person. To give you an idea, A friend of my ex was addicted to benzos took at the most 10 mg a day, and he was an extreme case. It is a urban legend about Xanax being hard to overdose on!!!

1:48 pm April 14th, 2014

Hi my girlfriend died on March1 2014 from over dose on xanax she choked on her throw up wen she was sleeping can that really happened

1:48 pm April 15th, 2014

Hello Dan. Was she drinking at the same time? Alcohol poisoning can cause the gag reflex to shut down…

10:47 pm April 18th, 2014

No alch found in her only anax and percent I just found out she choked

7:05 am April 21st, 2014

I keep reading that it is impossible to overdose on Xanex. I take .5 mg as needed with no more than 3 pills daily. This weekend my boyfriend came over and without my knowledge got into my xanex. He is 185 lbs and doesn’t drink. He told me a few min later he took 4 pills totaling 2mg. Within 10 min he was stumbling around, incoherent, and then fell over face first and was completely limp and unresponsive. ..still breathing though. He was out cold for 6 hours doesn’t remember much. If you supposedly can’t overdose, what the hell possibly happened?

9:40 am April 23rd, 2014

Hello Heidi. Was he mixing any other drugs with Xanax? Your description sounds as if other CNS depressants (Benzos, opiates/opioids, alcohol) could have been in his system at the same time.

Rajesh Patel
10:31 am June 19th, 2014

Dear Sir/Mam,
I Rajesh From India Gujarat.Now I take Alprazilam 0.5 10 pills/Day.If I Take Some Time Late my Mind Cant Work And I fiil Difrent(Not Positive)Other Problem Is It’s Very Ifact To Intercourse .
I Can Not Reguller Intercourse or Can’t Fill About Intimacy..If I Not Take 8 to 10 pills /day. My hall Boddy Can’t work.
Dear Sir I Very Afaraid I sure going to coma Or may be kiil. So please I want to leave It Fast Please Help Me.What I do.
Your Regard
Rajesh Patel.

8:19 pm June 19th, 2014

Been on 2 mg qid for long time. Want to stop but I know it jas to decrease slowly. Question is how long does that usually take to minimize withdrawal effect?

1:05 pm June 30th, 2014

I wish everyone would stop taking Xanax. It is over prescribed, highly addictive, and dangerous. I have seen so many people detox off of Xanax, have seen people overdose, and have seen this drug take over people’s lives. COPING SKILLS are what people need to learn, develop, and practice to deal with anxiety. Counseling also needs to play a major role if not the primary role. Drugs will only mask what is causing your anxiety. A lot of these questions need to be answered by physicians. Do not play pharmacist! Seek help from health care professionals, and seek help if you are having any abnormal effect from the drug or call poison control.

6:55 am July 8th, 2014

Gina U have no idea what you’re talking about…

2:56 am July 20th, 2014

Please, don’t think that you can’t overdose on Xanax. It cost my 20 year old son his life. Nothing else was in his system, only Xanax. His tolerance was low because he was 54 days clean. The only time in his life I actually wish his tolerance had been greater. He left a 7 month old son that will never know his Daddy and a brokenhearted momma. Just so sad…

9:33 pm July 30th, 2014

Debbie,Please its not worth it. Just take a couple, take a deep breath and go to sleep. I like to imagine that even in death there are still problems. I too have had that thought many times and acted once. I just wound up making myself extremely I’ll. And I know there is someone out there who would LOVE for you to be around. I know that the millisecond I read your post I knew, without a doubt, that I still wanted Debbie around and how I bet shes a pretty cool person! Deep breath.

8:42 pm August 3rd, 2014

I have .5 and 2mg .5 don’t work my 2mg says twice a day if I take three can I OD

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
10:45 am August 4th, 2014

Hi Ronnie. Taking your Xanax in any way other than prescribed is considered abuse. Your prescribing doctor or pharmacist at your local pharmacy can help you figure out if it stopped working because you’re building up tolerance, and figure out a safe way to get the wanted effect. I wouldn’t suggest playing around with Xanax.

2:17 am August 5th, 2014

I’m on methadone about 75mg and have been for three years. I stopped doing Xanax, then started again. I’m “prescribed” 2mg daily at the most. I’m an addict, of course, I don’t follow instruction very well and normally never worry…but my best friend died march 12 this year and it messed me up and scared me at the same time. Now I’m mixing the 75mg methadone and from 6mg-14mg of Xanax. Am I gonna be OK? Plz respond anyone that can

8:02 pm August 5th, 2014

I took 0.5mg 8 tablets what will happen

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
9:44 am August 6th, 2014

Hello Saran. 4mg is a very high dose for someone with no tolerance. You are probably fealing really relaxed and loose, but Xanax is notorious for memory loss. People have reported blacking out and doing some things they won’t remember doing. Most likely it won’t stop you from breathing as higher doses can, but may make you sedated to the point where you become a danger to yourself and others, especially when driving or taking other substances (like alcohol or narcotic pain medicines).

You can Call The Poison Control Center on 1-800-222-1222 for a free over-the-phone asesment of the risk of overdose and advise on what to do next. If you’re experiencing worse symptoms Call 911.

2:17 am August 14th, 2014

I can’t remember taking my 1mg of xanx and I took another. Will this hurt me? I also wear a fentoyl patch

Thank you.

2:29 am August 14th, 2014

MY husband just said that he took a handleful of 1mg xanax can he overdose on it. What should I do?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
9:17 am August 19th, 2014

Hello Judy. The sedative effects of these drugs can be potentially harmful, especially if your organism hasn’t built up tolerance. If they are taken in combination, it should be under a doctor’s supervision. Users can also overdose on these drugs by accident, and there is a potential for “suffocating” due to severely depressed breathing. Get professional medical assistance ASAP.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
9:28 am August 19th, 2014

Tina, Call The Poison Control Center on 1-800-222-1222 to talk to a poison expert. Or if you see he’s getting worse don’t hesitate to Call 911.

3:20 am August 22nd, 2014

I’ve been on Xanax for ten years or so. I keep taking more and more to try to keep the anxiety at a tolerable level. Tonight I took 8 or 10mg, I can’t remember. What is the best thing to do?

3:33 am August 22nd, 2014

I’m feeling very tired, I’m going on to bed. I think I’ve learned a good lesson tonight, and plan to seek help tomorrow. Thanks

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
3:48 pm August 23rd, 2014

Hello Janet. Call The Poison Control Center on 1-800-222-1222 for a free over-the-phone assessment of the risk of overdose and instructions on what to do next.

2:31 pm September 12th, 2014

I was rushed to ER unconscious. They determined that I had pneumonia and sepsis. I was going into kidney failure. The night before I had taken my prescribed dose of Xanax, two 1 mg XR. The ER physician also told my family that I had overdosed. I am in the process of obtaining my medical records, and wanted to know what the range was for an overdose to be determined ( family was told that I had to have taken at least 10 ). They also blamed kidney failure on this. This has caused me a great deal of stress, family blaming me, friends looking at me differently, rumors being started and it is untrue. I also researched Xanax and kidney failure and what I have determined is that respiratory system would be affected before kidneys. Can you also address this for me? I would greatly appreciate any help in proving myself. I really believe that once it is determined that patient has a controlled substance in their system that they are labeled a junkie. They didn’t know anything about me or why I was taking medication.

6:46 pm September 14th, 2014

My friend just took 18 pills and a half bottle of johnny walker red. He’s in the military and suffers from PTSD from active duty and does not want his record tarnished . We are telling him to go to the hospital but he is refusing. Should we be worried? The pills are 2mg each.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
12:05 pm September 15th, 2014

Hi, Michael. Call The Poison Control Center on 1-800-222-1222 to talk to a poison expert. They offer a free over-the-phone assessment of the risk of overdose. But, if things get worse, Call 911 EMEDIATLEY.

5:13 pm September 16th, 2014

hello…I need some advice/help here. My brother has been prescribed Zanax by his Dr., but at this point and time, he ‘definitely’ is abusing them! He comes here looking like a Zombie, nods out while eating to the point where he is almost perpendicular to the floor, denies he has a problem, and if he tries to get off of them, he gets seizures.
His excuse is that it is prescribed by his Dr., and he ‘has-to’ take them, so it is ok with him. He can’t have a normal conversation with people because he begins to cry. Not because he knows he’s addicted, but because his mind has turned into ‘mush’ and his mind turns on the waterworks.
In addition to Zanax addiction, his ‘other Dr.’ has him on Soboxone. Sobo 8mg x3 a day & Zanies x3 a day. If you were to see him, you would swear he is a walking dead person. One night he went to my sisters house, locked himself in her bathroom for ‘over’ 2hrs., and I had to go there to coax him out. “He was howling at the moon like a wolf” for over an hour!
He has a high paying job, wife, 5 kids. What can I do? How can I get him help? I don’t want him losing everything. Already he has had 4-5 car accidents. He’s gonna kill himself or worse…some innocent pedestrian or person. Help me! How do I convince him that he has a problem and that he needs help?

9:25 pm September 17th, 2014

IS 2 X 0.5 MG xanax too much to take at 46pounds

5:57 am September 22nd, 2014

I have bad anxiety and a recovering drug addict I injected 10 to 11 xanax alprazolam about 20 moms ago I’m.scared of overdose what should I do someone please help

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
6:11 am September 22nd, 2014

Hi Haley. I’d suggest that you seek help from the Poison Control Center to know what to do. Call 1-800-222-1222 for more information.

scared in orange county
8:01 am September 25th, 2014

My fiancé is in the hospital right now unconscious from taking 60 2mg xanax bars. I had to rush her to the ER and the whole experience has been horrible. She has been unconscious and on a breathing machine for two days. I hight suggest you hide this drug from anyone who is depressed or has addiction problems. This drug can kill you depending on the person. Even worse it can render you unconscious and you will be stuck on a breathing machine in a coma with potential brain damage. I’d rather die. We are certinley hoping she comes out of the coma soon. She is a healthy 31 year old women and this was the method she chose to play with death. If you have them, be careful.

12:18 am September 26th, 2014

I take 300 mg of effexor 150 bid…and 2 xanax 1 mg qpm along with up 300 mg of benadryl to go to sleep…i esp. have thoughts of suicide when on xanax..but i feel im at at the end of my in esp. bad shape right now but am ashamed to tell anyone.

1:42 am September 26th, 2014

Xanax was the most helpful drug I have ever been on for panic attacks. to overdose to me would require about seven . Ive taken four NP! NO PROBLEM…FOR TRAUMA. then six later in the day. TRY NOT TO MIX IT WITH OTHER MEDS THAT HAVE A SEDATIVE EFFECT. most overdoses are from needles.

11:06 pm October 4th, 2014

I have been prescribed 2mg xanax 3 times a day. this was not working for my anxiety, so i started taking 10mg every morning. I feel like that is not enough to last me through the work day. I have tried to make another appoitment with my psychologist, but havent been able to set one up. is more than 10mg safe to take? I am already increasing my dose and wont have enough to last me for my nexy refill. I try to save them on the weekends so that i can have more for the work week or when i get out of the house. Even at home I need it, but force myself not to take it because i dont want to run out for the work week. Is 10mg too much to take at once to feel normal. I feel like i need to up my dosage because the 10mg i take now is not lasting me all day.

11:06 pm October 5th, 2014

Please help I took .25 of xanax at 12 pm and then another .25 at 4pm I started drinking at 7pm I drank like 6 drinks and i stopped at 9:15 pm it’s 1:05 am and im very anxious and im feeling like I will have a panic attack my doctor won’t answer can I take my .25 xanax pill to calm down and make me sleep ? I NEED HELP

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
12:10 pm October 6th, 2014

Hi Mo. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222, or have someone drive you to the ER. If things get worse Call 911.

7:04 pm October 8th, 2014

I’m 14 years old and have severe anxiety and panic disorder. I am supposed to take one tablet (1 mg) at night (school is a trigger for me). I noticed it wSnt doing anything and added half a pill more. Since then I’m at two. Occasionally three. It doesn’t seem to be much of a problem but I also take other prescribed medications so should I cut back? Is this dangerous? (I know this isn’t a smart thing to do, I’ve built up a tolerance and now one just doesn’t stop a panic attack)

9:52 am October 10th, 2014

I just had 8 2mg Xanax and don’t feel amazing yet. How many more should I take?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
12:01 pm October 13th, 2014

Hello Megan. The body bulds tolerance to Xanax fast, this makes doses that used to give effects before, not produce the wanted effects any more. Talk to your doctor about this. If you continue taking more pills and you have less prescribed, you’ll run out of Xanax and go through withdrawal.

9:49 am October 15th, 2014

I was taking .5mg of xanax 4x daily due to severe panic attacks. My doc bumped it up to 1mg, 4x daily. I’m scared it’s to much. I don’t want to overdose myself or get so disfunctional that I can’t drive or take care of my daughter. What do you think?

7:16 am October 17th, 2014

my friend has taken 50 mg ox xanax and 500 ml of alcohol almost six hours back and now he is unconscious…
is it dangerous??

8:27 am October 17th, 2014

my friend has taken about 75 mg of xanax
he has also taken about 500ml of alcohol around six hours back…
is it dangerous?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
4:16 pm October 17th, 2014

Karthik, Call 911 or get your friend to the ER as soon as possible.

6:08 pm October 17th, 2014

I take 20 mg or more of adderall every day cause i have a lot to study.. is it ok to mix it with xanax 1mg for my anxiety..?

3:40 am October 19th, 2014

I took 6..25 xanaxs and one 325 hydrodone she a igo to er im 6 5 and have to 1 zan bar before

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
2:53 pm October 21st, 2014

Hi John. If you are feeling unwanted side-effects, then Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. They will give you guidence and advise you if you need further medical assistance.

6:03 pm October 21st, 2014

Hello Ivana,
A week ago I stopped taking vicodin. I had been taking at least 12+pills daily for over a year. I knew that I was addicted from taking them too long post surgery. I kept taking them because I was so afraid of the withdrawals. I took 1 Xanex each evening for the past week and 1 adderoll for the last 4 days to function in the morning. Well today I am not feeling great, but I am functional. My fear is that I didn’t take the adderoll today and I don’t plan to take the Xanex tonight or any drug ever again. My question is do you think I might start to suffer W/D symptoms from the Adderoll and Xanex after using small amounts for 1 week? I am not craving them.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
4:40 pm October 22nd, 2014

Hi Toby. Everyone has different brain chemistry, so the time it takes for people to become dependent to a medication isn’t a general thing. I believe you won’t be getting any withdrawal symptoms from the Xanax or from the Adderall. One week is just not enough time and you say it was in small dosages.

4:19 am October 23rd, 2014

I just had a engagement broken off by my girl friend because she is convinced I am addicted to hydrocodone! Yes, I have taken hydrocodone for the past 2 or 3 years for chronic knee pain from arthritis, but generally it only bothers me when playing golf or walking a good bit. I have never taken over 2, 7.5MG in one day that I can ever remember! I do not get up in the morning and grab a hydrocodone to prevent any future pain. I don’t walk around with a bottle of it, just in case I have pain. I have found that Aleve actually does a good job, by taking 2 each morning and the knee doesn’t bother me.
How many 7.5MG hydrocodone would you have to take to become addicted?

4:01 pm October 23rd, 2014

Hi Ivana. I’m taking xanax, like 1mg or 2,5mg per day + zoloft + haldol (antidepressants, anti psychotic) and i became addicted to Codeine Promethazine, (lean).
I’m taking lean and all my treatment everyday. Is it dangerous? Mixing xanax with codeine?
Everything is so blurry right now, i feel like I’m about to fall asleep 24/7.
Thank you

6:21 pm October 23rd, 2014

Thank you. I am feeling better everyday. Totally drug free. I appreciate your help.

3:11 pm October 24th, 2014

Hello I was reading your story about your husbands addiction and the way it also affected you. I broke down after reading that, Me and my husband have been together for 7 years and i love him so much that it hurts at times, Your story sounds like my life right now. I am struggling with him to get past this addiction. I feel like i have failed him and i just don’t know what i can do anymore, It’s almost like i have giving up before even started. I have gone into such a deep depression and feel like i have lost myself.. I try to get him to go to rehab, AA meetings and even tried reaching out to his family but none of that seems to help. He is aware of his addiction and says he wants help but when i have my hand out for him to grab he walks away… I just feel as if it would be better to move on with my life, But it would be so hard for me to walk away. Love isn’t just a light you can switch off. And I want nothing more in this world than My Family. They are all i have…..

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
2:21 pm October 27th, 2014

Hello Anthony. Mixing these two medication is not very safe. Has a doctor given you a percsription for both? They both act as central nervous system depressants and when taken together, each med enhances the other one’s effects.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
2:24 pm October 27th, 2014

That’s great, Toby! You should be proud. I wish you all the best in your addiction free life.

1:10 am October 31st, 2014

my first rx for xanax ive taken 60 o.5 tabs in25 days im 63

2:58 am November 4th, 2014

I have a prescription for .25 mg of alprazolam I just took 4 of them I weigh 124 pounds will I die if I take 2-4 more?

9:35 pm November 9th, 2014

I took 2 (2mg) pills that had been prescribed to my dog for separation anxiety last year. Since the bottle was for 1 pill and she is 50 lbs. I took 2 pills since i’m 136lne. Can’t get to of the fog and can’t think straight even though it has been over 12 hours since I took the pills. Husband hartp dress me this morning. As you can still see I can’t type to eve myself. What should I do to wake nysef up and functopj tpau.

7:40 pm November 13th, 2014

One of my friend had eaten 40 tablet of alphrazolam I don’t kw wat to do.

12:21 am November 15th, 2014

After reading this article i got the understanding that you can not over dose on xanax by itself. So unless she mixes it with something else then she should be ok? How many mg of xanax is lethal?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
10:59 am November 17th, 2014

Hi Sara. It’s difficult to overdose on Xanax (alprazolam), but at really high doses it is possible. Otherwise, Xanax is know to be a relatively safe drug. How much exactly? This depends on many factors, including your body weight, previous exposure to Xanax, metabolism, etc. and it varies from person to person.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
3:03 pm November 17th, 2014

Pravi, get your friend to the ER as soon as possible or Call 911.

12:21 pm November 20th, 2014

my son took 5 – 2mg xanax within a two hr period.. can he o.d. on. that dosage? Unfortunately he has built up a tolerance and Im very upset and frustrated.. his.weight is 155lbs and he was not drinking alcohol or using other drugs with the xanax intake. Please respond back with helpful jnformation and treatment options. My son is 18 with no insurance

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
4:03 pm November 20th, 2014

Hi Ease. 10mg of Xanax is a lot. The thing that your son has built up a tolerance can help, but it won’t be enough. He needs medical help ASAP.

2:44 pm November 21st, 2014

Taken 1 0.5 yesterday and 1 0.5 today in the morn for anxiety am drinking alcohol this afternoon and evening I’m not going crazy will I feel ok x

5:48 am November 23rd, 2014

hi . my 51 year old dad drank supposedly .50 mg of xanax , after a while his face looked differently and he looked drowsy , confused …. is he gonna be okay? ive asked him if he feels okay and he says he does , he wont tell me if he feels bad or anything .

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
2:01 pm November 25th, 2014

Hi Vanessa. He should be ok if he took 0.5 mg of Xanax. Has he taken Xanax before? If he’s not feeling well you can take him to the doctor’s.

5:23 pm November 25th, 2014

My friend has taken 15 aprazolam tablet of .25 it dangerous to her life

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
12:23 pm November 26th, 2014

Hi friend. If you don’t have any tolerance to the medication, and are displaying symptoms of overdose, seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

7:42 pm December 6th, 2014

my boyfriend took 3 pills and he was falling all over the place not talking or responding correctly! was he in danger by doin that if he doesn’t have a reason for taken them at all ?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
5:42 pm December 11th, 2014

Hi Darcel. What dosage were the 3 pills? How many milligrams?

8:26 am December 29th, 2014

I took 6 2mg xanax is that ok

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
2:45 pm December 29th, 2014

Hello Kristina. Although not potentially life-threatening, it is not ok. If you feel severe side effects from the Xanax, if you mixed it with another drug or medication or alcohol, you need immediate medical help.

11:31 am January 5th, 2015

A loved one of mine took 3 bars at seperate Times…..Will she die ?

11:53 pm January 6th, 2015

I think my 27 month old son I injested a 1 mg xanax what should I do? I made him vomit and he seems fine. What do I do?

4:01 pm January 7th, 2015

Hello Amber. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an over the phone assessment and suggestions on what to do.

12:42 am January 12th, 2015

my brother took 2 pills i dont know the dosage and he has been sleeping since 5ish this morning, we took him to the er at 730 bc we didnt know what he had taken, brought him home and he has been sleeping since 1030 and it is now 540. i am getting worried. to my knowledge this is the first time he has taken pills like this and i have never had any experience with taking these pills or seen anyone take them. should i be concerned now? the er dr said it would take a few hours for the effects to pass, but how long is too long and should i be worried?

2:54 am January 13th, 2015

Is it normal for someone to experience extreme fatigue three days after having a Xanax/alcohol/benzo overdose with a blackout period? This individual was seen at the hospital less than 48 hours after the overdose and given a good report through EKG and bloodtests. Why does the fatigue last so long? He has memory loss from the time he blacked out until he went to the hospital.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
4:44 pm January 13th, 2015

Hi Dede. It’s possible that the brain and body are just trying to heal and get back to normal after the overdose, and the process itself can cause effects. It should be over soon, as the brain chemicals return to homeostasis.

6:43 pm January 13th, 2015

I took (4) 1 mg Xanax, double what I am supposed to take. I also take 40mg Paxil daily and 1mg Klonopin 3 times a day, I took the Xaxnax this morning and the other 2 last night.

12:17 pm January 15th, 2015

Hi I had a call from a friend about 2 hours ago and he said he has taken 100 Tablets of 2mg xanax some crushed and some whole. He’s also was drinking but had run out when I talked with him. He refuses to go to hospital and has said that if anyone tries to help him he will kill them. I don’t know what to do and I also know he has more medications what are different and I am unsure of whether he has taken them. he said that he spewed a few times though so would that help? He did say that he could still see almost whole tablets when he spewed. what are his chances if he’s only taken the xanax of ODing?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
1:47 pm January 15th, 2015

Hello Ling. You can call the police and an ambulance. Your friend needs help and I believe these are the professionals that can take care off the situation without anyone getting hurt.

2:23 am January 20th, 2015

my friend took 6mg of xanax and a glass of 48 proof whiskey, will he be okay? I think he’s probably going to try to take more if he doesn’t knock out with this

3:57 am January 20th, 2015

I took 45 mg of hydrcodone in a days time,I took my last one at 5 pm this evening then at 7 pm I took 1 1/2 mg of xanax,will that be ok…I get very nervous bout mixing drugs together

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
5:43 pm January 20th, 2015

Hi Betty. Please convince your friend to stop taking more pills or alcohol. And get her to the hospital, she needs medical supervision if she has suicidal intentions.

12:03 am January 25th, 2015

I took 30 0.5 mg of xanax last night what will happen

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
12:10 pm January 26th, 2015

Hi Mike. 15 mg of xanax is way too much for an entire day, not to mention taking this whole amount at once. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for an over the phone assessment and suggestions on what to do. Don’t hesitate to Call 911 if it starts to knock you out.

10:13 pm January 27th, 2015

My friend doesn’t want help, their extremely depressed and is just waiting for the day when they no longer live

8:54 pm January 28th, 2015

my uncle took 25 1 mg of xanax at once and pain meds what should i do?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
12:12 pm January 29th, 2015

Hi Jessie. You should take him to the ER. If the reactions become severe and you are unable to move him, Call 911.

8:34 pm February 5th, 2015

My girlfriend’s daughter is addicted to xanax. She was arrested for a car accident in which her level was 120ng/ml. How can anyone determine a person’s ability to drive when she has such a high tolerance (takes 5-8 2mg at a time)? Thank you

7:56 pm February 6th, 2015

My son weighs 220. Took a zany bar last night around 10pm. He is not able to walk or talk or have any motor control. It’s now 8am. Do I take him to the er?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
12:10 pm February 9th, 2015

Hi Cat. Yes, he should be seen by a doctor. It’s an unusual reaction that should be brought to a medical expert’s attention.

2:03 am February 15th, 2015

I’ve taken 20 mg of xanax should I be worried.. can I OD on that

5:03 am February 18th, 2015

I think Bobbi Kristina Brown took an overdose of xanax’s because if you take to many it can slowdown your heart and stop your breathing my opinion May God Bless You All In this timing.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
2:10 pm February 18th, 2015

Hi quest5. You may experience bad reactions if you take that big of amount for the first time, or if your organism is not used to Xanax. You won’t overdose, although it way above the recommended doses. Just be careful and don’t hesitate to ask for help if you are not feeling well.

9:53 am February 23rd, 2015

My friend consumed 14 alprazolam of a .5 dosage of each pill what is the best thing i can do if something goes wrong?

9:17 pm February 23rd, 2015

Can 2-.5mg cause a 32 hour unconscious state. No other drugs, 71 & 160 lbs.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
4:24 pm February 27th, 2015

Hi Mac. You can drive him to the ER, they may have his stomach pumped and can give him medications. Or if he starts getting bad reactions, Call 911. You can also Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 to talk to a poison expert.

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