Approved by the FDA in 1981, Xanax has been commonly used to treat anxiety. It has recently been approved to treat panic disorders. It is classified as a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines work by suppressing the central nervous system.
Studies have shown that Xanax is a quick acting medication. Adults have reported relief from symptoms in as little as one to two hours with an early morning dose.
As with any prescription medication, there is a risk of side affects associated with Xanax. They include, but are not limited too:
- Fatigue and drowsiness
- Headaches or light headedness
- Memory Impairment and impaired coordination
Before taking this medication, you should inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
- You are pregnant, trying to conceive or breastfeeding
- You are allergic to any benzodiazepines
- You are taking any over the counter medications
- You have any liver or kidney diseases
- You are suffering from depression or mania
- You are bipolar or have any other psychiatric condition
- You have narrow angle glaucoma
- You have asthma or any other respiratory disease
- You have any problems with alcoholism or drug abuse, past or present
Here are a few important reminders about Xanax:
- Do not drive or operate machinery before you know how this medication will affect you.
- Do not abruptly stop taking this medication, especially if you have been using it for over three weeks!
- 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 drink alcohol while using this medication, you may experience respiratory distress and lose consciousness.
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. Your doctor should gradually decrease your dosage until you can be safely weaned of the prescription.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.