Xanax medication is a commonly prescribed medicine used to treat a variety of psychiatric conditions. It is usually prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders, but will occasionally be prescribed to treat other conditions. Xanax medication s grouped as a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants and work by slowing the central nervous system down.
This medication comes in various doses. Work with your doctor to find the best dose for you. If you miss a dose of this medication, take it immediately if it is within one hour. If the hour has passed, skip it and take your next dose on time. Never take a double dose of this prescription.
Talk With Your Doctor
You should immediately inform your doctor if you have or experience any of these conditions prior to taking Xanax medication:
- You are allergic to any benzodiazepines
- You are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding
- You have any problems with alcoholism or drug abuse, past or present
- You are taking any over the counter medications
- You have any liver or kidney diseases
- You have asthma or any other respiratory disease
- You are suffering from depression or mania
- You are bipolar or have any other psychiatric condition
- You have narrow angle glaucoma
Important Things to Remember about Xanax:
- Do not abruptly stop taking this medication, especially if you have been using it for over three weeks!
- Do not drink alcohol while using this medication, you may experience respiratory distress and lose consciousness.
- This medication carries a high risk of habit formation, use only as directed by your doctor. There is still a risk of dependence even with recommended use of this medicine.
- Do not drive or operate machinery before you know how this medication will affect you.
Possible Side Effects:
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Light headedness
- Memory Impairment
This condition occurs when the symptoms that were relieved with the medication return upon cessation. This most often occurs when you abruptly stop taking Xanax medication. Your doctor should gradually decrease your dosage until you can be safely weaned of the prescription.
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