What You Need to Know About Xanax
Alprazolam, Xanax brand name, pronounced (al PRAY zoe lam) is a powerful benzodiazepine medication that is used to help certain medical conditions that include panic disorder with or without agoraphobia, insomnia, or generalized anxiety disorder. When people use Xanax (alprazolam) for long periods of time, it can become addictive and can cause misuse.
Taking Xanax works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. Alprazolam was approved in 1981 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and can be prescribed by a doctor. It is used to treat panic disorders, insomnia, and other anxiety disorders. Benzodiazepines act on the central nervous system in the brain that produces a calming effect.
Xanax (alprazolam) is available in the following doses that include: 0.25 mg 0.5 mg 1 mg 2 mg.
This will be a 0.25 mg pill that is oval, white, scored, and imprinted with “XANAX 0.25”
This will be a 0.5 mg pill that is oval, peach, scored, and imprinted with “XANAX 0.5”
This will be a 1 mg pill that is oval, blue, scored, and imprinted with “XANAX 1”
This will be a pill that is oblong, white, multi scored, and imprinted with “XANAX” on one side and “2” on the reverse side.
A person should never chew, break, or crush Xanax extended-release tablets. They should always swallow the extended-release tablets whole. It is specially made to release the drug slowly into the body with each dose. Breaking the tablet would cause too much of the drug to be released at once.
Many people take Xanax to treat anxiety or to provide some short-term relief help for the symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety or tension associated with the stress of everyday life usually does not require treatment.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction when you use Xanax. Signs of an allergic reaction include swelling of your face, tongue, throat or lips, hives or difficulty breathing.
Call your doctor at once for help and advice about side effects from medications like Xanax medication if you experience:
When someone stops using Xanax (alprazolam) abruptly after taking it frequently, they may experience withdrawal symptoms. Some of the withdrawal symptoms that people experience after missing a dose include:
Tell your doctor if you are currently pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Your doctor can discuss helpful information to determine the effects of the drug. The side effects of Xanax (alprazolam) may harm an unborn baby. Avoid taking Xanax medicine during the first trimester of pregnancy.
If you take Xanax (alprazolam) frequently, you may wonder if it is possible to experience life threatening side effects of (alprazolam), such as an overdose. In some cases, Xanax (alprazolam) may cause adverse reactions that require a person to seek emergency medical attention.
Xanax overdose symptoms and side effects include:
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above side effects of an overdose to Xanax, you should contact your doctor for medical advice right away to determine if you need to seek emergency medical attention from a serious side effect. Call your doctor so that you can be medically reviewed and they can provide medical advice about these side effects.
It is important to be aware of the dangers of taking other drugs in combination with Xanax medication. Drinking alcohol or using street drugs or another controlled substance during your treatment with alprazolam can result in severe side effects.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications, including over the counter drugs that could interfere with Xanax (alprazolam). There can be interactions to drugs, including over the counter, that you may not realize are dangerous, so it is important to discuss any information with your doctor before taking a dose. They can help you understand what is safe or not.
When someone uses Xanax often, they will begin to develop a physical dependence to the drug increasing the likelihood of addiction to occur. When someone stops using Xanax medication, even after one dose and they are addicted, it will result in uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. When you miss a dose, it can also trigger certain withdrawal symptoms.
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Like other drugs, Xanax may become addictive if it is used inappropriately. When someone takes Xanax medically from a doctor, and according to the prescription, it is unlikely to be misused. Often, when someone is addicted, they will experience withdrawal symptoms when they skip the missed dose.
Other behavioral signs of Xanax (alprazolam) addiction, misuse and drug abuse include:
To make sure Xanax (alprazolam) medications are safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
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