Xanax (Alprazolam) is the branded name for the generic medication called alprazolam. Xanax is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety disorders and anxiety that is caused by depression. It can also be used for sleeping disorders (such as insomnia). Xanax is also used to treat patients suffering from panic disorders / panic attacks induced by situations that cause panic such as embarrassment, social anxiety, and helplessness. Xanax is a drug that works by regulating abnormal excitement stimulation in the brain.
How does Xanax work?
Xanax works by regulating abnormal stimulations in the brain that are linked with excitement. The family of medications that Xanax belongs to is known as benzodiazepines, the medication works in the brain and nervous system to provide a calming effect on a patient’s mental health, which is why it is prescribed for an anxiety disorder or panic disorder. Xanax enhances the effect of the chemical Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid or GABA receptors in the body by blocking and preventing certain chemical messages. It is medicine typically taken as a 500mcg tablet dose. A higher dose or lower dose of Xanax should only be considered after consulting with your doctor or healthcare provider.
Can you use Xanax for anxiety?
Xanax for Anxiety
A healthcare provider may prescribe Xanax for anxiety (including SAD – social anxiety disorder) disorders.
Although, Xanax (alprazolam) is generally prescribed for a limited time (to avoid xanax addiction) and a doctor would typically recommend weaning you off the treatment. Xanax should only be taken if your doctor or healthcare provider recommend it as a treatment.
Can you use Xanax for sleep?
Xanax for Sleep
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have not approved Xanax as a treatment for insomnia. Xanax for sleep disorders (such as insomnia) is typically offered on an off label basis as it belongs to the benzodiapine drug class, in contrast to sedative drugs such as Zolpidem.
Use of Xanax for sleep is only applicable if anxiety is a cause of insomnia. Xanax should only be taken if advised by your doctor or healthcare provider.
What is the difference between Xanax and Xanax XR?
The key difference between Xanax and Xanax XR (Xanax Extended Release) tablets is that Xanax is a short-acting drug, compared to Xanax XR which is a long-acting drug.
What are the side effects of Xanax?
There are a few side effects that person using a Xanax pill may experience. The below list features some of the most common symptoms to be aware of before you buy alprazolam (generic Xanax):
- low energy
- breathing problems
- impaired coordination
- allergic reaction
- memory impairment
- Xanax abuse (addiction)
- withdrawal symptoms
Some other potential side effects may occur, however the above are the most common adverse effects. Mild side effects are often experienced, however, if you experience more significant side effects you should contact your doctor, healthcare provider or local pharmacy for medical advice before considering purchasing Xanax online.