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Xanax (alprazolam) is popular for anxiety. However, some people do use Xanax for depression, although this usage is much less common. 

Dosage

  • Initial dose 0.25 to 0.5 mg three times daily for titration
  • Up to 4 mg per day for maintenance

Side Effects

  • drowsiness
  • light-headedness
  • depression
  • lack of enthusiasm
  • headache
  • confusion
  • sleep problems (insomnia)
  • nervousness
  • sleepiness
  • dry mouth
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • nausea and vomiting
  • palpitations
  • blurred vision
  • muscle twitching
  • weight change

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