Xanax is a tranquilizer used to treat the symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks. Xanax belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines It works by affecting and altering the chemicals in the brain that can trigger anxiety and its symptoms, which include excessive or unnecessary fear, worry, or nervousness. Xanax is not meant to be a long-term treatment for anxiety disorders or panic attacks and is frequently prescribed short-term in conjunction with therapy. Sometimes, Xanax may be prescribed to treat other medical conditions as determined by a physician.
Xanax should only be taken under the advisement and careful monitoring of a physician. It is a habit-forming drug and people with certain existing conditions should not take Xanax. You should tell your doctor if you have been diagnosed with kidney or liver disease or a psychiatric condition. Xanax can increase feelings of depression. Xanax is also part of the FDA pregnancy class D, which means the drug is known to be harmful to fetuses. Do not take Xanax if you are pregnant. Women who are breastfeeding should not take Xanax.
The side effects of Xanax can range from weakness, dizziness, light-headedness, nausea and vomiting to changes in appetite, mood, and weight. Severe side effects include rash, hives, change in vision and hallucinations. Any of these side effects should be reported to your doctor immediately. Do not take more than your prescribed daily dose of Xanax, as overdoses can be fatal. You should not attempt to drive or perform other tasks that require normal reflexes until you know exactly how the medication affects you.
When used properly, Xanax can be very effective at relieving the symptoms caused by anxiety. In some cases, Xanax can help patients who have excessive fears of crowds or other social fears that may interfere with their daily life. Because Xanax is also a commonly abused prescription drug and can be addictive, you should talk to your doctor before taking Xanax and communicate regularly about your response to the medication.
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