Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Mental health

Xanax

(alprazolam)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Mental health
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5.35Xanax

Helps you relax.

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Our bottom line

Xanax (Alprazolam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety, and longer-term for panic attacks. More likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.

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Upsides

  • Effective at relieving short-term anxiety.
  • Effective longer-term for panic attacks.
  • Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in (it can take several weeks).
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Downsides

  • Processed by the liver, so might not be the best choice if you have liver problems.
  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Compared to other benzodiazepines, more likely to cause withdrawal if you take it for a long time and then stop suddenly.
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How it works

Xanax (Alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects neurotransmitters in the brain and calms the nervous system. This reduces anxiety and can cause sleepiness.

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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid

What to expect when you take Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety

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Side effect rates for Xanax (alprazolam)

1070 From clinical trials of Xanax / Anxiety
  • Drowsiness
  • Light-headedness
  • Dry mouth
  • Depression
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia

Risks and Warnings for Xanax (alprazolam)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of drug abuse
    • Taking with alcohol or drugs
    • Taking more than 4 mg/day or longer than 12 weeks
    • Stopping Xanax (Alprazolam) suddenly

    Xanax (Alprazolam) has a risk of physical and psychological dependence. The risk is greater if you take more than 4 mg per day or use it longer than 12 weeks. Decreasing the dose or stopping the medication can make panic attacks and anxiety come back just as bad or worse than before starting treatment, or cause withdrawal symptoms including seizures, confusion, muscle cramps and twitching, diarrhea, and blurred vision. The risk of seizures is greatest 24 to 72 hours after the last dose. Get help from a doctor to increase your dose or discontinue treatment; it's dangerous to do so on your own. Don't use alcohol or drugs while taking Xanax (Alprazolam).

Common concerns from people taking Xanax (alprazolam)

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Alcohol
  • Not safe to use with alcohol.
  • Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Do not drink alcohol with this medication. You will most likely black out and will not remember what you did. Similar to the effects of Ambien when mixed with alcohol
  • Don't take it with alcohol!!! I refuse many anti depressants to treat anxiety because you cannot take them with alcohol and I like to drink. I only drink once a week but I do not take xanax before or when I drink. I actually had to go impatient to detox from xanax because I was blacking out from drinking. I didn't know it was the xanax because I have been on it for years and this was never an issue. Nevertheless, I still take xanax but I never touch it w/alcohol.
  • They are more addictive than Adderall, loratabs, or even alcohol. Be careful
Kidneys and liver
  • Processed by the liver, so might not be the best choice if you have liver problems.
Sleep
  • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • drowsiness