Xanax is a tranquilizer used in the short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety or the treatment of anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorder is marked by unrealistic worry or excessive fears and concerns. Anxiety associated with depression is also responsive to Xanax.
Xanax and the extended-release formulation, Xanax XR, are also used in the treatment of panic disorder, which appears as unexpected panic attacks and may be accompanied by a fear of open or public places called agoraphobia. Only your doctor can diagnose panic disorder and best advise you about treatment.
Some doctors prescribe Xanax to treat alcohol withdrawal, fear of open spaces and strangers, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, and premenstrual syndrome.
Xanax may be taken with or without food. Take it exactly as prescribed. Do not chew, crush, or break the Xanax tablets.
Tolerance and dependence can occur with the use of Xanax. You may experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the drug abruptly. The drug dosage should be gradually reduced and only your doctor should advise you on how to discontinue or change your dose
|Dosage||Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Alprazolam (Xanax) may be taken with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation. Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while you are being treated with Alprazolam.|
|Side effects||Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Xanax: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Xanax and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as: Depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself, unusual risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger; Confusion, hyperactivity, agitation, hostility, hallucinations; Feeling like you might pass out; Urinating less than usual or not at all; Chest pain, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest; Uncontrolled muscle movements, tremor, seizure (convulsions); or Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes). Less serious Xanax side effects may include: Drowsiness, dizziness, feeling tired or irritable; Blurred vision, headache, memory problems, trouble concentrating; Sleep problems (insomnia); Swelling in your hands or feet; Muscle weakness, lack of balance or coordination, slurred speech; Upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea; Increased sweating, dry mouth, stuffy nose; or Appetite or weight changes, loss of interest in sex. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.|
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