What is Xanax?

Xanax belongs to the benzodiazepines family drugs.

panic disorderWhy should I visit my doctor before taking Xanax?

Xanax belongs to the class of benzodiazepines. Xanax affects unbalanced chemicals in the brain that can cause anxiety. Xanax reduces anxiety, nervousness and tension associated with anxiety disorders. Xanax is also used to treat panic disorders. It can be used for other purposes not listed here.

Do not take Xanax if you have narrow-angle glaucoma. Xanax may aggravate your condition. Before taking this medication tell your doctor if you have: kidney disease; liver disease; Alcohol or drug addiction; asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or another respiratory disease; depression or have thoughts about suicide; or mania, bipolar disorder or other psychiatric illness (other than anxiety or panic disorder).

If you suffer from one or more of the conditions listed above you can not take Xanax, or you may require a special dosage and monitoring during its application.

Xanax belongs to the category D in the pregnancy classification FDA. This means that it can have harmful effects to an unborn baby. Do not take Xanax if you are pregnant or you want to become pregnant without talking to your doctor first. If you are over 65 years of age, the likelihood of side effects of the drug is very high. The doctor may prescribe you a lower dose of Xanax.

How to take Xanax

Xanax should be used in a strict accordance to the doctor's recommendations. To understand and read these instructions ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take each dose with a full glass of water. Do not crush, chew, or crush tablets of Xanax long-acting. They should be swallowed whole. These tablets are designed to slow the dissolution of the drug in the body.

Do not exceed your prescribed dosage. Xanax is addictive. It may have physical and psychological dependence on the drug. Do not exceed the dose and do not take the drug longer than prescribed by your doctor. In case of sudden discontinuation of drug taking after several weeks of continuous usage, it may occur the withdrawal effects. A side effect of sudden drug termination may be convulsions. Your doctor may recommend you a gradual dosage reduction. Store Xanax at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss taking Xanax?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However if it is close to the next dose taking, - do not take the missed dose. You should wait for the next dose. Do not take a double dose. It may be dangerous.

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What happens if I overdose?

Contact your doctor immediately. Symptoms of overdose include drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, slow heartbeat, shortness of breath, difficulty in walking and talking, symptoms similar to being drunk and unconsciousness.

Precautionary measures

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Xanax may cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.

When taking Xanax you should abstain from alcohol. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by Xanax. Xanax may increase the effects of other drugs that cause dizziness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety disorders drugs, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking, and do not use other drugs without consulting your doctor first.

What are the possible side effects of Xanax?

Stop taking the drug and call emergency in case of one of the cases below: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; narrowing of the airways, swelling of the lips, face, tongue or convulsions); appearance of sores in the mouth or throat; skin yellowing or whites of the eyes; rash; hallucinations or severe confusion; or blurred vision.

Continue taking this drug and tell your doctor if you experience: drowsiness, dizziness, or clumsiness; depression; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation; difficulty urinating; vivid dreams; headache; dry mouth; decreased sex drive; or changes in behavior.

There may be other side effects not listed here. Having any unusual side effects especially causing your anxiety, you should call your doctor.

Xanax Interactions with other drugs

Do not take ketoconazole (Nizoral) or itraconazole (Sporanox) during treatment Xanax without consulting your doctor first. Xanax may increase the effects of other drugs that cause dizziness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, drugs for the treatment of anxiety disorders, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Tell your doctor about all the drugs you are taking, and do not use other drugs without consulting your doctor first. Xanax may interact with other drugs not listed here. When taking other prescribed drugs including herbs, you should consult your doctor.