Xanax XR is an extended-release formulation of the medication alprazolam, which is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Like all benzodiazepines, Xanax XR can be habit-forming if taken for a long period of time or in high doses.
The safety and effectiveness of long-term use of Xanax XR have not been established, and its use should be limited to the shortest possible duration and lowest effective dose. Long-term use of benzodiazepines like Xanax XR can lead to dependence, tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation.
Therefore, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of taking Xanax XR long-term and to follow their instructions for use closely. You should not take more than the prescribed dose or take it for longer than recommended by your healthcare provider.