Xanax is a drug used for the treatment of anxiety and panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and social anxiety disorder (SAD). Anxiety can result from different medical and environmental factors. Xanax, which is a brand version of alprazolam, is a short-acting anxiolytic, which belongs to the group of benzodiazepines. As Xanax is considered as one of the most effective medicines, doctors advise to offer Xanax for the treatment of anxiety. The medicine has sedative, hypnotic, anxiolytic, miorelaxant and anti-epileptic properties. Due to its efficiency, Xanax was approved by FDA (1981). As the safety and efficiency of the drug in people under the age of 18 is unknown, the drug must be used only by adults.
How Alprazolam acts in the treatment of anxiety
The medicine acts by affecting the brain chemicals, which can be unbalanced in patients with anxiety. The medicine performs a depressant activity in the CNS. It decreases the abnormal activity in the brain, which produces a soothing effect. It binds to the GABA found in the central nervous system, enhances the activity of the receptors and reduces the brain excitement. Even though the medicine has a half-life of about 11 hours, the maximum effect can be achieved during 2 hours after the intake.
Xanax is available in the form of a compressed pill and extended-release formulation. The pill can be divided into two if advised by the doctor. Xanax compressed pill is available in the different dosages (from 0.25 to 2mg), while the extended release tablets are available in 0.5 to 3mg dosage. Xanax is also sold in the form of oral solution (0.5mg/5ml and 1mg for 1ml of oral solution). The dosage of Xanax depends on the age, medical history and other diseases of the patients. The dosage must be reduced for older people and patients with liver dysfunction.
How to use Xanax?
Xanax must be taken strictly according to the doctor’s prescriptions.
Xanax must be taken irrespective of the mealtime.
Xanax must be taken 2-4 times a day, while the extended release pills must be taken once a day with water (better in the morning).
Avoid using Xanax longer than necessary or changing the dosage.
Read the information leaflet carefully before starting the treatment.
To achieve maximum effect, take Xanax at the same time every day.
Never use Xanax oral solution 3 months after the date you started to take it.
What are the adverse effects of Xanax?
As any other drugs, Xanax can cause some adverse effects, such as speech difficulty, feeling empty, vision impairment, hives, lack of appetite, difficulty concentrating, sleeping problems and fatigue. The adverse effects may be caused by various conditions, such as change in the drug dosage and duration of treatment. However, you can avert it by following the doctor’s instructions and taking Xanax properly.
The following medicines can interact with Xanax:
Tricyclic antidepressants (for example, Imipramine)
Antifungal drugs (such as Ketoconazole)
Antibiotics (for example, Erythromycin and Clarithromycin)
Anti-epileptic drugs (such as Carbamazepine)
HIV/AIDS drugs (including Sustiva and Atripla)
Protease inhibitors (for example, Ritonavir)
Neuroleptics (including Thorazine, Clozaril, Haldol, etc.)
Drug for the treatment of sleeplessness (for example, Ambien and Lunesta)
Other anti-anxiety pills (such as Klonopin, Valium and Ativan)
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