Xanax is a prescription-only drug used to treat anxiety disorders and panic disorder. It normally possesses anxiolytic, sedative, anticonvulsant and antidepressant properties. It is the 12th most prescribed drug in the United States. This drug was approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1981. The potential misuse of the drug is being controversial so the prescription is must to procure it.
How Xanax works for treating anxiety disorders?
Xanax which has the alprazolam as its active ingredient, alter the natural chemicals present in the central nervous system. So these chemicals would be inducing the imbalanced states which are the responsible for the person is suffering from the anxiety and panic disorders. So the active ingredient alprazolam acts on these chemicals and makes the changes. In the imbalanced state condition would be converted to balanced one thus causes the person to feel relaxed and would be relieved from anxiety symptoms.
What are the available Xanax dosages?
The Xanax dosage would be normally prescribed depends on your body condition. Xanax medications are available in strengths of 0.25 milligrams (mg), 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg. Since this medication is available in different dosage strengths, and it be would opt for different patients to get treated for the medical disorders.
How to take Xanax medication?
This medication is available in the form of capsules and tablets. Consume the medication orally by mouth as per the doctor advice. This drug would be prescribed to be taken for two to three times per day at regular intervals. It is better to be sticking up with the prescribed dosage to avoid health consequences. Your doctor may increase your dosage level occasionally to make sure you get the best results from this medication.
Xanax will create the habit-forming. So never share this medicine with another person, especially when someone has a history of addiction or abuse. Keep the medication away from others in the place where one cannot afford it. It is not recommended to crush or chew or even breaking this drug. Swallowing it whole is the recommended way.
Do reach your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working in treating your panic or anxiety symptoms. Do not hold using this drug, if doing so you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
What happens if someone missed the overdose?
If you missed your regular dose take it as soon as you remember. Do not take the missed dose along with the regular dose, by doing so this can make severe side effects.
Signs of Xanax overdose can include:
– Blurred vision.
– Respiratory depression.
– Slurred speech.
Xanax side effects
Every medication has side effects if using more than the prescribed dosage level. Some of Xanax based adverse effects are listed below.
– Swelling of your face, throat, lips etc.
Some of the common side effects are
– Dry mouth.
– Reduced in sex drive.
– Increased in salivation.
– Weight changes in the body.
– Unusual changes in your mood.
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
When using this drug for a long time there is a chance of getting severe withdrawal symptoms so it is better to stop taking medication abruptly. The extreme symptoms are psychosis or seizures can be result in coma or sometimes death if not managed properly by the healthcare professional. Some of the negative effects of Xanax withdrawal are
– Paresthesia or numbness
– Digestive upset.
Xanax drug interactions
Before taking the anxiety medication tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs since this could cause problems:
– Antidepressant substances includes Elavil, Norpramin, Lexapro, Prozac, Zoloft, and others
– Benadryl, Chlor-Trimeton, or Atarax
Xanax drug would have interact with the other antifungals substances, such as Diflucan (fluconazole), Oravig, Noxafil, and Vfend