Xanax is a drug belonging to the benzodiazepine family, and efficiently works as a central nervous depressant (CNS).
Xanax has wide range of therapeutic effects, and prominent among them is its anxiolytic muscle relaxing and anticonvulsant effects which make it a great drug for panic and anxiety disorders.
Xanax is the trade name for Alprazolam, which is a generic medication.
This drug is widely available in three major forms. All of with has to be ingested through mouth.
- Oral liquid
- Extended release capsules
- Disintegrating tablets
Xanax acts as an excellent choice of medication for the neurotic disorders such as anxiety or panic, but only for a short period of time. Additionally, Xanax can also help in bringing relief to those suffering from sleep issues or stress.
The panic disorders which are majorly result of stress or depression can be successfully treated using Xanax. But, also it has to be noted that Xanax is not advised for pharmacotherapy for certain advanced depression disorders.
The dosage for the drug differs according to the ailment and its severity. In general, it is recommended to start with small dosages and then gradually increase it upon observing its results.
In case of anxiety disorders, initial dosage is three equal dose of about 0.75 mg to 1.5 mg Xanax each day. And for panic disorders, a similar administration of 0.75 mg Xanax would do.
And according to the need to increase its anxiolytic effects on the users, you can slowly improve the dose with 1 mg not more than once in 3 days.
If even this initial dosage is not yielding required results, according to the severity of the panic symptoms, the dosage can go up to 8 mg per day. But for anxiety, not more than 4 mg of Xanax each day has to be used.
The use of Xanax has to be carefully administered, for it can cause dangerous problems if interacted with certain drugs categories such as
- opioid analgesics
- Muscle relaxants,
- some antibiotics
- antiepileptic drugs
Major drugs to be noted for interactions are:-
Any interaction of Xanax with the above mentioned categories of medicines and specific drugs will not just reduce the effects of Xanax but also increase the risk of putting your life to a highly risky position.
The use of Xanax in many treatments, are seen to bring in unwanted side effects such as drowsiness and fatigue. The most commonly observed side effects of use of Xanax are
- Dry mouth
- Unable to concentrate
Having witnessed these effects, abrupt stoppage of the drug might also end up in certain withdrawal symptoms and effects as in severe headache, constant anxiety and mood swings.
Most importantly, if Xanax is prescribed in regard to anxiety or panic issues, then the patient may get in to depression and have suicidal tendencies and hypomanic occurrences.
Pregnant women are generally not recommended to use Xanax, especially during their first trimester (13 weeks). This is because for them it can bring in more negative impact than the actual benefit of using it.
Avoid using Xanax for extended period of time to escape from drug addiction. Do not increase the dosage intervals if you do not want to experience morning anxiety.
The course must be gradually started as well as wend with about 0.5 mg once every three days to successfully come out of the treatment with no withdrawal symptoms. It is best to pair the Xanax course with a psychologist consolation, if depression prevails in the patient.