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As with other psychotropic medications, there are precautions when giving the drug to severely depressed patients or those who may have suicidal thoughts.
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Studies of benzodiazepines other than Xanax suggest a possible drug interaction with the following drugs:
This is a drug that has caused so much grief in loved ones because so many people have committed suicide while being on it my brother just committed suicide 5 weeks ago and he had been taking Xanax This drug needs to be taken off the market don't ever be prescribed this medicine.
The following drugs may increase the effects of Xanax:
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Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. If you miss a dose of Xanax, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If this medication has regularly been used for a long time or in high doses, withdrawal symptoms (such as seizures) can occur if usage is suddenly stopped. To prevent these reactions, the doctor may reduce the dosage of Xanax gradually.
Xanax has not been studied in children.
Patients should be advised that if they become pregnant during therapy or intend to become pregnant, they should l their doctor.
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At least six of the following symptoms are often present in these patients:
To ensure safe and effective use of benzodiazepines, all patients prescribed with Xanax will be provided with the following guidance:
Without them I'm in agony and can't do anything, with them, the pain is mostly manageable. The xanax is for anxiety induced teeth grinding. I'm stuck with horrid side affects from these damned pills I need, my antidepressants gave me diabetes despite the fact that I'm a long distance runner and tend to be under a healthy weight.and the xanax makes me eat everything in sight and so dizzy I fall at least once on every run. I chew through professional made dental guards in about a month (each guard is about 300 dollars so.yeah can't afford them) I know I am addicted to the xanax, and I come off of them (tapering down) about every three to four months but I have been on this regiment for two years now and I am sick of it. I have ground my teeth so hard that I have cracked teeth and pulverized fillings. I suffer from PTSD and I am on a cocktail of antidepressants and xanax. Is there anyone out there that could make something BETTER for PTSD, anxiety and teeth grinding? Hell, just legalize pot, it can't be as bad for you as xanax is!. This was interesting to say the least.
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Benzodiazepines can potentially cause harm to the fetus. Xanax increases the risk of congenital abnormalities when given to a pregnant woman during the first trimester. Do not use Xanax if you are pregnant.
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Side effects are often observed at the beginning of therapy and usually disappear upon continued use of medication. Possible side effects of Xanax include:.
Gender does not effect the body's response to Xanax.
Xanax concentrations may be reduced up to 50 percent in smokers, compared with nonsmokers.
Benzodiazepines, including Xanax, produce extra depressant effects on the central nervous system (CNS) when taken with:
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at. If an overdose of Xanax occurs, call your doctor or 911.
It is thought that Xanax is excreted in human milk. As a general rule, mothers who must use Xanax should not breast-feed.
Xanax is used to manage anxiety disorder or the short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety or tension associated with the stress of everyday life usually does not require treatment.
Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by unrealistic or excessive anxiety and worry about two or more life circumstances, for a period of 6 months or longer, during which the person has been bothered more days than not by these concerns.
In this article, we will explain why Xanax is used, potential side effects, and relevant warnings.
l your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, OTC, vitamin, and herbal products. This list is not complete, and other drugs may interact with Xanax.
A lot of people take them "just in case" they get anxiety disorder or a panic attack that day. And i never take them again until i get into that situation again which is about maybe 4 times a year. I use these on and off for when i have terrible anxiety, i would have half a tablet, and within 15 mins im totally calm and have the best nights sleep of my life, and am totally rested the next day, with no nerves or anxiety. I know people have extreme anxiety and panic attacks but you should only take them if you are experiencing these conditions. Because then you will be addicted and cannot do without and then still left with crippling anxiety. But do not keep taking and taking for no reason at all other than just in case. I don't know how people get addicted to these. Take the stated dose and get professional advice. If i'm having a panic attack that hasn't gone away within 5 mins and keeps escalating I take a whole tablet and again within 20-30 mins im compley calm and then go to sleep. I understand there are people who have extreme anxiety/panic daily but drugs alone will not solve your problem. That's just abusing the drug.
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Xanax comes as a tablet, an extended-release tablet, an orally disintegrating tablet (tablet that dissolves quickly in the mouth), and a concentrated solution (liquid) to take by mouth.
For all users of Xanax:
Use of Xanax during the first trimester of pregnancy should usually be avoided.
You should not take Xanax if you:
It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking the tablet would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, chew, or break a Xanax extended-release tablet.
Xanax (alprazolam) is an anti-anxiety medication in the benzodiazepine family, the same family that includes diazepam (Valium), clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), flurazepam (Dalmane), and others.
Xanax works by boosting the effects of a natural chemical made in the brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Xanax slows down the movement of brain chemicals that may have become unbalanced, resulting in a reduction in nervous tension and anxiety.
Seek emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Xanax: hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Symptoms of a Xanax overdose include tiredness, confusion, impaired coordination, diminished reflexes, and coma. Death has been reported in association with overdoses of Xanax by itself, as it has with other benzodiazepines.
Xanax is a safe and effective medication when used as directed.
Xanax is also indicated for the treatment of panic disorder, with or without agoraphobia, and may reduce the number of panic attacks experienced.
Other possible negative drug interactions include:
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The number of emergency department visits involving the non-medical use of the sedative Xanax doubled from 57,419 to 124,902 during the years 2005 to 2010 and then remained stable at 123,744 in 2011.
Xanax can increase the effects of alcohol. Do not drink alcohol while taking Xanax.
Xanax is available in doses of:
Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of benzodiazepines. Accidental falls are common in elderly patients who take benzodiazepines. The sedative effects of Xanax may last longer in older adults. Use caution to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are taking Xanax.
Xanax may affect Asian populations more than white populations.
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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2011, there were over 1.2 million emergency department (ER) visits overall related to the nonmedical use of prescription drugs - Xanax was involved in 10 percent of those visits.
Do not use Xanax if you are allergic to alprazolam or other benzodiazepines such as chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), or oxazepam (Serax).
Reported withdrawal symptoms include:. To discontinue treatment of Xanax, the dosage should be reduced and tapered slowly. It is suggested that the daily dosage of Xanax be decreased by no more than 0.5 milligrams every 3 days.
Benzodiazepines act on the brain and central nervous system to produce a calming effect.
Call a doctor for medical advice about side effects. The above is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Side effects can be reported to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Do not share your medicine with other people. It may not be suitable for them and may harm them.
The instructions of a doctor should be closely followed to reduce the risk of side effects. The dosage of Xanax may be increased gradually until the drug works effectively for the patient.
Xanax is often abused for the fast-acting, relaxed "high" it can give to people who take it, including people without a prescription.
Xanax works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain and was approved by the FDA in October 1981.
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The most common drug combinations encountered in ER patients are Xanax and alcohol, and Xanax combined with prescription opiates like hydrocodone and oxycodone.
Xanax should be taken by mouth as directed by a doctor. Dosage is based on the following factors:.
Inform your doctor if you have asthma or other breathing problems, glaucoma, kidney, or liver diseases, history of alcoholism or depression, suicidal thoughts, or an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
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Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
I use a very low dosage. 25mg when needed and I have been on them for 4 years now. I have diabetes and I have tried every antidepressants on the market every thing makes my sugar readings go off the charts. I have PTSD and Xanax are the only drug that I can use. While, I know they are bad for you and you can become addictive to them, Xanax were made for a reason and some people's body and chemistry just act crazy on the other drugs, so don't just ban the drug because they are people out here that really need them !!!!.
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It is important to taper off Xanax gradually; otherwise, there is a risk of benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome.
Xanax should be stored at controlled room temperature 20-25°C.
I have a doctor you was treating me for anxiety, depression he retired I was on 3mg. Of Xanax a day now this new doctor I'm seeing started me off with only 1 and a half mg.I feel panic can't sleep much, depression worsening how can I get her to understand.
In certain individuals, the body handles Xanax differently, these include:
I have been given Alprazolam to help me withdraw from Bromazepam 6 mg. After reading other comments on here I think I need some helpful advice. I would be very grateful for helpful information as I am finding these tablets much worse, my blood pressure has increased quite substantially and I feel very irrateable. I have been told to continue the medication altough I don't think I can.
A child born of a mother who is taking benzodiazepines may be at risk of withdrawal symptoms from the drug. Also, respiratory problems have been reported in children born to mothers who have been taking benzodiazepines.
I have references and the assignment paper to show the danger of this drug in withdrawal of long term users so please don't sugar coat this. Long term use of Alprazolam cause more serious and longer side effects than mentioned in this article. Thank you. The reason a person tapers off is because of the seriousness of the side effects which can include seizure and death. The length of time of withdrawal symptoms for long term users are two weeks to a month and are just like alcohol withdrawal(which one of the drugs used to treat the alcohol withdrawal is alprazolam because of the risk of seizures). I researched this subject for an assignment in a drug and alcohol class for master degree mental health course.
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Episodes of hypomania and mania have been reported in association with the use of Xanax in patients with depression.
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Do not start a new medication without ling your doctor.
Panic disorder is characterized by regular panic attacks. Panic attacks are relatively short periods of intense fear or discomfort where four or more of the following symptoms develop all of a sudden and reach a peak within 10 minutes:.
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Long-term abuse and addiction to Xanax are associated with depression, psychotic experiences, and aggressive or impulsive behavior. According to the Treatment Episode Data Set, the number of individuals seeking treatment for benzodiazepine abuse almost tripled from.
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