Xanax (Alprazolam) belongs to the class of drugs called benzodiazepines, which enhance GABA, the inhibitory transmitter.Some other drugs of the same class are: Diazepam, Clonazepam, Flunitrazepam, Lorazepam. People who are experiencing extreme anxiety may choose to take a drug such as Xanax to treat symptoms of anxiety and panic disorder.
When seeking treatment for anxiety or panic disorder, doctor usually start off with the lowest possible dosage of Xanax and increase on an as-need basis in order for it to work effectively. Once the treatment starts working and anxiety symptoms become stabilized, the doctor may gradually decrease the dosage.
Each dosage is different for each individual, and the dosage generally depends on the caliber of the anxiety or panic disorder. Xanax should be taken orally. The dosage can increase based on individual condition.
- Blurred vision
- Decreased energy
- Muscle weakness
- Thoughts of suicide
- Chest and muscle pain
- Sleep problems
- Changes in appetite
Xanax Do’s and Don’ts
It should only be taken as prescribed by a physician. Rapid increase of dosage without the doctor’s prior consent can be dangerous and can lead to issues such as drug dependency and eventual addiction.
Dosage should be gradually decreased as opposed to being stopped immediately as the latter can lead to withdrawal symptoms.
Due to the potential for mild to extreme drowsiness, people who are taking Xanax should not drive or operate heavy machinery until they know how the drug affects them.
People who experience allergic reactions while on Xanax must stop the drug immediately and contact a medical professional. Some examples of allergic reactions are:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the face, mouth, or tongue
Addiction and Overdose
Xanax has been the target for recreational use as well as medicinal. While Xanax should only be used for medical purposes to treat anxiety, I has been found to be snorted and injected, which is extremely harmful for the body. Addiction to Xanax may lead to dependency, drug cravings, and increased tolerance. People with Xanax addiction may have difficulty functioning without the drug and become reliant on its effects.
It is imperative to seek medical help immediately in the case of an accidental Xanax overdose. Too much of any drug may be poisonous and emergency medical response and hospitalization may be required. Common signs of overdose include:
- Extreme lightheadedness
- Damaged circulatory system
If you or someone you love is at risk for Xanax overdose or may have an addiction to it, they should seek the services of therapists and medical professionals offered by a drug rehabilitation facility who can treat the addiction.