Xanax

(alprazolam)

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Xanax (alprazolam) effectively treats occasional or short-term anxiety and panic attacks. Compared to similar drugs, it is more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms and can have more interactions with some medicines.

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Quick facts about Xanax
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (alprazolam)

Upsides

  • Xanax (alprazolam) can be used to manage anxiety associated with depression.
  • Works very quickly - in hours.
  • Available in generic.
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Downsides

  • Use of Xanax (alprazolam) can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Xanax (alprazolam) can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment.
  • Compared to other similar drugs, Xanax (alprazolam) is more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms if you take it for a long time and then stop suddenly.
  • If you have liver problems, Xanax (alprazolam) may not be the best choice since it is processed by the liver. Several drugs can also interfere with how Xanax (alprazolam) works. Talk to your doctor to see if Xanax (alprazolam) is right for you.
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How it works

Xanax (alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects chemicals in the brain to reduce anxiety.

Quick facts about Xanax
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (alprazolam)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic disorder

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  • Possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Impaired coordination
  • Irritability
  • Memory problems
  • Physical dependence
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Side effect rates for Xanax (alprazolam)

From 1070 clinical trials of Xanax when taken for anxiety
  • Drowsiness
    41%41%
    22%22%
  • Lightheadedness
    21%21%
    19%19%
  • Dry mouth
    15%15%
    13%13%
  • Depression
    14%14%
    18%18%
  • Headache
    13%13%
    20%20%
  • Confusion
    10%10%
    10%10%
  • Constipation
    10%10%
    11%11%
  • Diarrhea
    10%10%
    10%10%
  • Nausea/vomiting
    10%10%
    13%13%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    9%9%
    18%18%
  • Fast heartbeat
    8%8%
    16%16%
  • Nasal congestion
    7%7%
    9%9%
  • Blurry vision
    6%6%
    6%6%
  • Low blood pressure
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Nervousness
    4%4%
    10%10%
  • Increased salivation
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Muscle rigidity
    4%4%
    5%5%
  • Tremor
    4%4%
    9%9%
  • Skin irritation/allergy
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Fainting
    3%3%
    4%4%
  • Weight gain
    3%3%
    3%3%
  • Dizziness
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Restlessness
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Weight loss
    2%2%
    3%3%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Xanax.

Xanax (alprazolam)
Placebo

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Risks and Warnings for Xanax (alprazolam)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking Xanax (alprazolam) with opioids, drugs or alcohol
    • Using Xanax (alprazolam) for a longer duration and at high doses

    Using Xanax (alprazolam) in combination with opioids (a type of pain medicine) may cause severe drowsiness, slowed breathing, and potentially even coma or death. This combination should be avoided. If you experience excessive drowsiness or slowed breathing, notify your doctor right away and seek medical care.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Pharmacist Q&A

Xanax (alprazolam) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats anxiety disorder and symptoms of anxiety.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats anxiety disorder and symptoms of anxiety.

Common concerns from people taking Xanax (alprazolam)

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Alcohol
  • Not safe to use with alcohol.
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Xanaxon 8/15/2017They are more addictive than Adderall, loratabs, or even alcohol. Be careful
    22
    Man
    Just as needed
    Anxiety
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Xanaxon 7/17/2017Don'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.
    38
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Panic disorder
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Xanaxon 6/22/2015Do 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
    24
    Man
    A year or so
Kidneys and liver
  • If you have liver problems, Xanax (alprazolam) may not be the best choice since it is processed by the liver. Several drugs can also interfere with how Xanax (alprazolam) works. Talk to your doctor to see if Xanax (alprazolam) is right for you.
Pain
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Alprazolamon 10/4/2017It's mild enough to take before you deal with a stressful event, like going to the dentist. It will make pain meds work better for things like dental work.
    53
    Woman
    Just as needed
    Anxiety
Sleep
  • Using Xanax (alprazolam) in combination with opioids (a type of pain medicine) may cause severe drowsiness, slowed breathing, and potentially even coma or death. This combination should be avoided. If you experience excessive drowsiness or slowed breathing, notify your doctor right away and seek medical care.
  • Xanax (alprazolam) can cause dizziness and drowsiness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
  • Use of Xanax (alprazolam) can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Xanaxon 5/11/2015drowsiness
    27
    A few months
    Anxiety