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Xanax as a CNS (Central Nervous System) Depressant Alprazolam is a medication used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Its trade name is Xanax. It belongs to the medication class of benzodiazepines.
Alprazolam affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people suffering from an anxiety disorder, panic disorders and anxiety caused by depression.
Benzodiazepines act on the brain and nerves (central nervous system) to create a calming effect. It affects some natural chemicals in the body called GABA, enhancing its effect.
Xanax may also be used for the purpose which is not listed in medication guides.
Alprazolam can be ingested by mouth as directed by the doctor. And the doses depend upon the medical condition, age and response to the treatment. The dose of this medication may be gradually increased until it starts working well for your body. Make sure to follow your doctor's instructions closely to reduce the side effects.
In case there is a sudden stop of usage of this medication, the user (of medication) may suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as seizures. So, to avoid this scene, consult your doctor who would lower the doses slowly.
Often used as medication, in many cases it can cause addictions. The risk of addiction is higher if you have a substance use disorder as in the case of overuse of or addiction to alcohol or drugs.
If you have narrow-angle glaucoma or is allergic to similar medications like chlordiazepoxide, Clonazepam, clorazepate, diazepam, lorazepam, or oxazepam, avoid using Xanax.
Also, in the case of pregnancy, Xanax can cause birth defects or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn. So, it should not be used. If you are planning to become pregnant then avoid using Xanax. Make sure to use effective birth control measures to prevent pregnancy while you are taking Xanax.
Also, while breastfeeding you should avoid taking Xanax as it passes into breast milk and harms the nursing baby.
Moreover, if you are all ready taking itraconazole or ketoconazole, then you should not be taking Xanax medication as it contains dangerous ingredients that interact with these medicines causing severe side effects.
• Seizures or epilepsy
• Alprazolam is habit-forming and therefore it is advised never to share the same with another person especially with someone having a history of drug abuse or addiction.
• Pounding heartbeat or fluttering in your chest
If you are consuming any of the below-listed medicines currently, make sure to tell your doctor about the same before starting with Xanax. You may feel sleepy or slow down in your breathing rate. These are the dangerous side effects of this medication.
Xanax is the number one prescribed psychiatric medication in the United States. According to the survey conducted, most surprisingly, 70% of teens with a Xanax addiction get the drug from their family’s medicine cabinet. Tolerance to it develops quickly within users. And often they are lured into consuming more of the drug to achieve the desired effects. In some cases, addiction may reach the limit of 20 to 30 pills per day.
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