Alprazolam is a medication that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It is a benzodiazepine medicine, which acts on the brain and nerves (central nervous system) to generate a calming effect. It works by amplifying the effects of a natural chemical in the body.
As recommended by your doctor, take this medication by mouth. Dosage is determined by your medical condition, age, and treatment response. Your dose may be gradually increased until the medication begins to operate well. To lessen the chance of adverse effects, carefully follow your doctor’s recommendations.
If you stop using this drug abruptly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms (such as seizures). To help prevent withdrawal, your doctor may gradually reduce your dose. Withdrawal is more common if you have used alprazolam for an extended period of time or in high doses. If you experience withdrawal symptoms, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away.
Despite the fact that it benefits many people, this medication can sometimes lead to addiction. If you have a substance use issue (such as overuse or addiction to drugs/alcohol), your risk may be increased. To reduce the danger of addiction, take this medication exactly as directed. For more information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Remember that your doctor ordered this medication because he or she believes the benefit to you outweighs the risk of adverse effects. Many persons who use this drug have no major adverse effects.
Notify your doctor immediately if any of the following unlikely but significant side effects occur: mental/mood changes (such as hallucinations or suicidal thoughts), slurred speech or difficulty talking, loss of coordination, difficulties walking, memory problems.
If any of the following rare but serious adverse effects occur, get medical attention immediately: Seizures, yellowing of the eyes or skin.
This medication may cause dizziness or drowsiness. You may become dizzy or drowsy if you consume alcohol or marijuana (cannabis). Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that requires attentiveness until you are sure you can do it safely. Consume no alcoholic beverages. If you use marijuana, consult your doctor (cannabis).
Inform your doctor or dentist about all of the products you consume before undergoing surgery (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
This drug’s adverse effects, particularly loss of coordination and sleepiness, may be more severe in older persons. These side effects may increase your chances of falling.
Call 911 if someone has overdosed and exhibits symptoms such as passing out or difficulty breathing. Otherwise, contact a poison control center immediately.
Alprazolam is marketed under the brand name Xanax. It is a tranquilizer that can be given to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression. Xanax is a controlled substance, which means it cannot be obtained without a medical doctor’s prescription.
A growing number of people are purchasing Xanax online and through street dealers in order to ease stress, reduce inhibitions, ‘get high,’ and self-medicate their anxiety, which often leads to a Xanax addiction. It is critical that people are informed of the dangers of Xanax usage and comprehend the short and long term consequences of misusing the substance.