What is Xanax?
Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peen). It is thought that alprazolam works by enhancing the activity of certain neurotransmitters in the brain.
Xanax is used to treat anxiety disorders and anxiety caused by depression.
Xanax is also used to treat panic disorders with or without a fear of places and situations that might cause panic, helplessness, or embarrassment (agoraphobia).
It is dangerous to purchase Xanax on the Internet or outside the United States. The sale and distribution of medicines outside the U.S. does not comply with safe-use regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These medications may contain dangerous ingredients, or may not be distributed by a licensed pharmacy.
What Is Xanax Used For?
Many people use Xanax to manage the symptoms of anxiety disorders or panic disorders. Usually, anxiety caused by the stress of everyday life doesn’t need to be treated with Xanax.
Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive or unrealistic worry about two or more life circumstances for longer than six months. During this time, a person spends more days bothered by these concerns than not.
Panic disorder is characterized by regular unexpected panic attacks. A panic attack is a short period of intense fear or discomfort where someone may experience certain symptoms (e.g., pounding heart, trembling or shaking, chest pain, or sweating) that come on suddenly
Addiction To Xanax (Alprazolam)
Xanax is a powerful Benzodiazepine that is often prescribed to treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), panic disorders, and insomnia. It is extremely addictive when used long-term, making Xanax addiction and abuse a serious concern. Xanax is the number one prescribed psychiatric medication in the United States. 70% of teens with a Xanax addiction get the drug from their family’s medicine cabinet.
Tolerance to Xanax develops quickly, requiring the user to take more of the drug to achieve the desired effects. Someone with a Xanax addiction may take up to 20 or 30 pills per day. If the user decides to stop taking Xanax, they may experience withdrawal effects such as anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and tremors. The onset of withdrawal symptoms is a sign that a physical dependence has developed. The development of tolerance and withdrawal are indications of addiction.
Once a Xanax addiction has taken hold, daily responsibilities such as school, work, or family are ignored as energy is redirected toward drug-seeking behavior.
Other behavioral signs of Xanax addiction include:
Continued use of Xanax even though it is contributing to personal difficulties.
Inability to stop using Xanax despite the desire to.
Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.
Obsessing about obtaining and using Xanax online.
Loss of control over the amount of Xanax being consumed.
Legal problems that are the result of using Xanax.
Risk-taking behaviors, such as driving while under the influence of Xanax.
If a user wishes to stop taking Xanax after dependence on the drug has formed, it is not recommended to quit “cold turkey” or without medical supervision. The symptoms of Xanax withdrawal are similar to those of alcohol or Barbiturate withdrawal, and the severity of the symptoms can vary. If convulsions occur, withdrawal from Xanax can be deadly.
Normally, the withdrawal process involves slowly reducing the dosage of Xanax and eventually switching the user to a long-acting form of the drug for a period of time. The gradual taper of this drug helps to reduce withdrawal symptoms.
How Should I Take Alprazolam?
Alprazolam may be taken with or without food. Take with food if you experience an upset stomach.
Alprazolam may be taken every day at regular times or on an as needed (“PRN”) basis. Typically, your healthcare provider will limit the number of doses you should take in one day.
Your healthcare provider will determine the dose and method of taking the medication that is right for you based upon your response.
Alprazolam orally disintegrating tablets must remain in their original packaging. Open the package with clean dry hands before each dose. Do not try to put tablets in a pillbox if you take the orally disintegrating tablets. Take the tablets right away, do not store them for later use.
Alprazolam orally disintegrating tablets will dissolve in your mouth within seconds and can be swallowed with or without liquid.
Extended release tablets: Swallow whole. Do not chew, crush or split the tablet.