Xanax, better known by its brand name Xanax, is a prescription drug belonging to the benzodiazepine group. It is currently the most prescribed benzodiazepine drug and primarily used for treating anxiety and panic disorders though it may also be used for other purposes as well. The way that Xanax works are by acting on GABA receptors to cause a calming effect.
Xanax is a prescription-only medication and highly regulated in most countries as a controlled substance. The medicine comes in tablets of 0.25mg, .50mg, 1mg and 2mg. The dosage amount of Xanax varies per patient depending on the condition and the patient’s specific needs. Generally, patients start out taking Xanax at a low dosage and then have their dosage gradually increased. Patients should always take the lowest necessary dosage of Xanax in order to avoid tolerance and dependence. All patients taking Xanax must regularly have their treatment reassessed by their doctors. Because of the risk of withdrawal symptoms, treatment with Xanax should not be abruptly stopped; the dosage should be gradually reduced under medical supervision.
Like with other benzodiazepine drugs, Xanax can cause some adverse side effects. In most cases, these side effects are not serious and will diminish after a short time of taking the medicine. The most common side effects include: drowsiness, feeling light-headed, feeling sad, confusion, difficulties sleeping, dry mouth, changes to bowel movements, and nausea.
Before taking Xanax, patients should talk to their doctors about the risks of serious side effects and their signs. Patients should particularly be aware of the risk of drug tolerance, dependence, and addiction to Xanax. If any symptoms of these conditions are evident, such as having cravings for Xanax, then patients should contact their doctors at once.
Xanax is not safe for everyone to take. Certain health problems could make it too dangerous for patients to use Xanax, including respiratory problems, hepatic impairment, renal disease, personal or family history of drug/alcohol abuse, or glaucoma. Patients using Xanax must also tell their doctors that they are using this medicine before having any surgical operation, including dental operations. The medicine could make the surgery more dangerous. Pregnant women should not take Xanax unless their doctors have determined it is absolutely necessary. Xanax should not be taken by breastfeeding women.
When taking Xanax, be aware that it commonly causes drowsiness, delayed reaction time, and dizziness. Until you are certain that the medicine has not caused these effects, do not perform any dangerous tasks like driving.
If Xanax is taken with certain other drugs (including over-the-counter medicines, supplements, and street drugs), it could cause an interaction in which the effects of one or both drugs are changed. Some of the possible interactions with Xanax include alcohol, kava, benzodiazepine drugs, psychological drugs such as antidepressants, HIV medicines, St. John’s Wort, anticonvulsants, antihistamine, pain medicines, or any medicine which causes drowsiness.
Well same as other products from the “benzoic” group Xanax has all the standard effects that we have talked about that include managing anxiety disorders and panic disorders, but thanks to its chemical structure that is more complicated than diazepam and oxazepam because it contains a third triazoic ring. Other than that, Xanax has a combined both anxiolytic and anti-depressive effects. It is used for special cases of neurosis where that are combined with depressing behavior. As we, all know this gives a completely new dimension to the usage of this drug because depression is a very serious issue of the 21st century and is something that should not be taken lightly.
With the development of modern technologies and faster pace, lifestyle in recent years rise in anxiety is also followed by a rise in cases of depression. I mean sure we have all been down at times; the feeling of depression is a perfect and completely standard reaction to the struggles of life, loss, or even lowered confidence. But the trouble arises when the feeling of grief also includes feeling completely loss of hope and worth, and then last for a prolonged period of time, like days or even weeks, when your depression stops you from functioning normally, from performing daily functions, then your depression might just be something a bit more than regular sadness. In cases like those, it can easily, in fact, be a real clinical depression, but don’t worry clinical depressions can be managed and treated. Nevertheless, what exactly is depression, how do we know we are depressed? One of the indicators of depression is when you possess at least five of the symptoms from this list:
Significant weight change, either expressed as weight loss or weight gain, also either a large loss of appetite due to loss of enjoyment in food, or constant overeating in an attempt to gain at least some comfort (generally when you change more than 5% of body mass per month is considered to be significant)
The constant sense of restlessness, known as psychomotor agitation or inability to calm down always being jumpy and unable to sit still for a while; or contrary constantly being slowed down or retardation.
Therefore, if you feel you are experiencing depression in combination with panic or anxiety Xanax is a much better drug for you than any other on the market. Keep that in mind and be sure to consult with your doctor before you decide to take it to help you.