What You Need To Know About Xanax
Xanax (Alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine that acts on the nerves and brain to produce a calming effect. Xanax drug works by enhancing the brain the activity of certain neurotransmitters.
Xanax is a prescribed drug uses to treat anxiety caused and disorders by depression.
Xanax is also used to treat panic disorders without fear of situations and places that might cause helplessness, panic, or embarrassment (agoraphobia).
Xanax may be habit-forming. Misuse of this medicine can cause overdose, addiction, or death.
If you take Xanax with opioid medicine, alcohol, or other drugs that cause your breathing or drowsiness, then fatal side effects can occur.
Xanax drug is a substance (C-IV) of federal control because it can lead or abuse to dependence. To prevent abuse and misuse, keep this drug in a safe place. You have to tell your provider if you have been dependent or abused on prescription medicines, alcohol, or street drugs.
Before Taking This Medicine
You should not take Xanax if:
You also take ketoconazole or itraconazole
If you have a history of an allergic reaction to any benzodiazepine (Alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, Klonopin, Ativan, Restoril, Tranxene, Versed, Valium, Xanax, and others)
To make sure Xanax drug is safe for you, you have to tell your doctor if you have:
- Breathing problems such as COPD or sleep apnea
- Alcohol or drug addiction
- Mood problems, depression, or suicidal behavior or thoughts
- A seizure
- Liver or kidney disease (especially liver disease alcoholic)
Before having surgery, you’ve to inform your doctor about all the medicines you use (including non-prescription medications, prescription medications, and herbal products).
For some children, Xanax may have the other effect, resulting in changes within the brain/mood, like irritability, depression, restlessness, instead of a relaxing effect.
How should I take Xanax?
As prescribed by your doctor, take Xanax exactly. Read all medication guides and follow the directions on your prescription label. Occasionally your doctor may change your dose. In larger amounts, never use Xanax or for longer than prescribed. If you feel an increased urge to use more Xanax, tell your doctor.
Measure carefully liquid medicine. Use a medicine dose-measuring device or Use the dosing syringe. Extended-release tablet swallows the whole and does not chew, crush, or break it. Orally disintegrating tablet whole and do not swallow.
Xanax drug is usually taken for no longer than four months and treat panic disorder for no longer than ten weeks. Follow your doctor’s dosing instructions very carefully. If your symptoms get worse or do not improve, call your doctor. Suddenly do not stop using Xanax drug, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
Xanax drug may cause addiction sometimes, though it helps many people. If you have a substance use disorder (such as addiction or overuse of alcohol/ drugs), the risk may be higher. To lower the risk of addiction, exactly take this medication as prescribed. For more details, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
Xanax Dosing Information
Usual Adult Dose for Anxiety:
- When decreasing the daily dosage or when discontinuing therapy, the dosage should reduce gradually.
- The daily dosage every three days may decrease by no more than 0.5 mg; however, slower dosage reduction may require some patients.
Uses of Xanax
Before each time you get a refill or you start taking Alprazolam, read the medication guide provided by your pharmacist.
Takes this medication orally and the dosage of this medicine will base on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment. To reduce the risk of side effects, follow your doctor’s instructions closely.
You may have withdrawal symptoms (such as seizures) suddenly if you stop using Xanax. Your doctor may lower your dose slowly to help prevent withdrawal. If you use Alprazolam in high doses or for a long time, an exit is more likely. Share with the pharmacist right away if you have a retreat.
Main Purpose of use
- Treatment of generalized anxiety disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder of APA DSM-III-R diagnosis or management of anxiety disorder
- Symptoms of anxiety in Short-term relief
Xanax Side Effects
Dizziness or drowsiness increased saliva production, or change in sex ability/ drive may occur. If any side effect worsen or persist, you have to tell your doctor promptly.
To minimize lightheadedness and dizziness, get up slowly when rising from a lying or seated position. If you have signs of an allergic reaction to the Xanax drug-like difficult breathing, hives, swelling of your face, tongue, lips, or throat, get emergency medical help immediately.
Consult with the doctor once if you have:
- A light-headed feeling
- A seizure
- Hallucinations, risk-taking behavior
- Decreased need for sleep, increased energy.
- Racing thoughts, being talkative or agitated
- Double vision
- Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin).
In older adults, the sedative effects of Xanax may last longer. Who takes benzodiazepines and in elderly patients? Accidental falls are common. Use caution to avoid accidental or falling injury.
Xanax may cause serious side effects, including:
- Depressed mood
- Thoughts of hurting yourself
- Racing thoughts
- Increased energy
- Unusual risk-taking behavior
- Uncontrolled muscle movements
- Convulsions (seizure)
- Pounding heartbeats
You may have withdrawal symptoms (such as sleep problems, severe tiredness, mood/ mental changes such as depression) if you suddenly stop using this medication. Your doctor may lower your dose slowly to help prevent withdrawal. If you have used this medication in high doses or for a long time, escape is more likely.
At regular visits, your doctor will need to check your progress while using this medicine.
Call your doctor right away if you have: signs of chest pain- heart problems, short of breath or feeling light-headed; signs of paranoia- psychosis, new behaviour problems, aggression, hearing or seeing things that are not real; unexplained wounds on your toes or fingers- signs of circulation problems.
If you have glaucoma you may not be able to use Xanax, severe agitation, overactive thyroid, coronary artery disease or heart disease, moderate to severe high blood pressure, vascular disease, or a history of alcohol or drug addiction.
Common Xanax side effects may include:
- Feeling light-headed
What Should I Avoid While Taking Xanax?
Avoid drinking alcohol. Death or Dangerous side effects could occur.
Until you know how this medicine will affect you to avoid hazardous or driving activity, drowsiness or dizziness can cause accidents, falls, or severe injuries.
Grapefruit may lead to unwanted side effects and interact with Alprazolam. While using medicine, avoid the use of grapefruit products.
Pregnant and Breast-Feeding Women
If you are pregnant, do not use Xanax. Xanax can cause premature birth. For several weeks babies born may need medical treatment to be dependent on habit-forming medicine. Benzodiazepines drug can potentially cause harm to the fetus. For example, Xanax medicine increases the risk of congenital abnormalities during the first trimester.
Due to the potential for harm to an unborn baby during pregnancy, Alprazolam is not recommended for use.
It may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant because Xanax medicine passes into breast milk. Therefore, while using this drug, breastfeeding is not recommended.
Before taking Alprazolam, you have to tell your doctor if you are allergic (lorazepam, diazepam). Xanax medicine may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause other problems or allergic reactions.
Share your medical history before using this medication, especially severe breathing/ lung problems (such as sleep apnea, COPD), kidney disease, liver disease, family or personal history of a substance use disorder, and glaucoma.
This drug may make you drowsy or dizzy. Until you can do it safely, do not operate machinery, drive, or do anything that needs alertness. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
You have to see the labels on all of your medications as they’ll contain ingredients that cause drowsiness and dizziness. For using these products safely, you’ve to ask your pharmacist.
Medical tests and Laboratory (such as complete blood count, liver function tests) should perform periodically to see side effects or monitor your progress.
Take medicine as soon as you remember if you miss a dose. At the regular time, take your following amount. To catch up, do not double the dose.
Store at room temperature
Away from moisture and light
Do not store in the bathroom.
Keep all medications away from pets and children.