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I have been prescribed xanax 0.25 mg three times daily every eight hours. What ware the best times to take them?

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Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
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Hello and thankyou for approaching DoctorSpring with your query.

Ideally You should take your tablet at 6am , 2pm and 10 pm. However you can ajust 1 -2 hours plus /minus to make it a more convenient timing. For example 8.00am, 2.00pm, 10.00pm. You can take other medications with this. (There are NO major interactions with Protonix ,metoprolol,Lozsartan,and Activella) Take it after a meal or after eating something.

Try and maintain the same time daily for your dose. If you have forgotten or missed taking one dose, and it is time to take the next dose, skip the previous dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time.

Do not increase, decrease or stop your dose without consultation with your doctor. Take it as long as your physician has prescribed it for.

I hope this has helped. Feel free to follow up.


Patient replied :

I am on blood pressure medication for hypertension, I am not diabetic, have no known allergies,have had several surgeries in the past,most recently in October of 2013 I had a vertebroplasty for a compression fracture of the L1 disc. I had a flare up of gastritis but am being treated by my GI doctor for that. Does the smoking lessen the effect of the xanax?


Yes I have noticed that you are taking Protonix ,metoprolol,Lozsartan,and Activella. You can take Xanax with them. Protonix the anti ulcer medication has to be taken on empty stomach (ideally before going to bed or early moring ). Rest of the medications including Xanax u can take together.

Smoking will not affect Xanax levels in any significant way. BUT you should focus on quitting as you already have a cardiovascular risk factor , that is hypertension. I assume your blood pressure levels are controlled.

Hope this helps
Feel free to ask followups
Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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