Millions of people all around the world suffer from various types of anxiety disorders. Luckily with counseling and medication, these anxieties can be brought under control. One of the most popular drugs for anxiety disorders is called Xanax.
Xanax is often prescribed to treat people with panic disorders as well as generalized anxiety disorder and sometimes a combination of anxiety and depression. Over-worrying, consistent vague unease and sudden panicking are all under the anxiety disorder umbrella.
There is a class of drugs that Xanax belongs to called benxodiazepines and has been around for over twenty years. Xanax is quite effective at treating anxiety and often starts to work for many adults within the first few doses. No one quite knows how Xanax works but it is thought to lower the levels of some chemicals in the brain that cause the anxiety.
There are a several different dosages that come in different milligram doses of the drug. From 0.5 milligrams to the new extended release once a day dosage, doctors can easily alter a person’s prescription as they make progress with their anxiety condition. Xanax has not been tested on teenagers so adults over the age of 18 can be prescribed the medication.
As with many other drugs, Xanax should not be taken in certain conditions such as when a woman is pregnant or nursing. Alcohol should not be consumed while taking Xanax and of course, a doctor should be told if other medications are being taken at the same time. In addition, you should always take the prescribed dose, not more nor less. The chance of dependency can be high if the prescription directions are not followed properly.
Finally, Xanax is not for everyone. Sometimes, the elderly may be more susceptible to the effects of Xanax and should therefore either be given a low dose or be prescribed something altogether different. However, for the general population, Xanax is an effective way to control anxiety disorders and help people lead a normal, enjoyable life.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.