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Common Brand Name: Xanax - Drug Group: benzodiazepines


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What is Alprazolam (Xanax)
Alprazolam is a type of benzodiazephine, it decreases abnormal excitement in the brain.


Common uses of Alprazolam (Xanax)
Alprazolam is primarily for treating anxiety disorders and panic attacks, it decreases abnormal
excitement in the brain. Other conditions for which alprazolam may be prescribed include
pre-menstrual tension, depression and agoraphobia (fear of open spaces).
Your doctor will advise you if it is a suitable treatment for your condition.


How To Take Alprazolam (Xanax)
Alprazolam is taken orally in the form of a tablet or liquid. It should only be taken exactly as
advised, normally 2-4 times a day, and any doubts should be referred to your doctor.
A dose of alprazolam liquid should be mixed with liquid or semi-solid food using the supplied
dropper and consumed immediately. A missed dose can be taken within about an hour but
otherwise skip it, a double dosage should never be taken, as an overdose can be fatal.
The tablets should be kept in their own sealed container away from heat and moisture
(not a bathroom cabinet). Extended release (XR) tablets should not be broken up or crushed.


Side effects of Alprazolam (Xanax) including Alprazolam Addiction
Alprazolam can be addictive, as such it is normal to be started on a low dose (once every 3-4
days) and gradually increase it, the dosage should only be taken as your doctor advises.
Similarly medical advice should be sought before stopping taking alprazolam as it can be
dangerous and there may be withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, irritability or
seizures if it is not gradually decreased. Drowsiness is a possible side effect and therefore
driving and operating machinery could be dangerous. Alcohol can increase this and should not
be combined with alprazolam. Other side effects may occur, usually at the beginning of
treatment or when increasing the dosage, and any unusual symptoms should be reported to
your doctor to assess continued use. These may range in severity and type from dizziness or
bowel problems to hallucinations or seizures.


Contraindications and Drug Interactions with Alprazolam (Xanax)
A full explanation should be given to your doctor of any medical conditions, allergies, imminent
surgery (including dental), other medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements or herbal
products you may be on before taking alprazolam. These include pregnancy, breast feeding,
glaucoma, previous depression, lung, kidney or liver problems. Alprazolam should not be
combined with the anti-fungal drugs Sporanox or Nizoral. Changes in dosages may need to be
made or monitoring for possible side effects in combination with many medications including
oral contraceptives, and there are dietary considerations too (grapefruit juice).


This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice which should
always be sought before and during treatment.


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