What is Xanax (alprazolam)? What is it used for? How should it be used? Are there any side effects and harms? What should be considered before use? Which drugs should not be used together? You can find the answers to all these questions and much more below.
What is Xanax, why is it used?
Xanax , the active ingredient of which is alprazolam , is a prescription drug used to relieve anxiety, anxiety and similar symptoms, including anxiety caused by depression. It is also used to treat panic disorder in some patients.
Xanax is a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines belong to a group of drugs called central nervous system (CNS) depressants, which are drugs that slow down the nervous system.
This medicine should only be used with your doctor’s prescription.
When deciding to use a drug, the risks and benefits of taking the drug should be weighed against. This is a decision for you and your doctor to make. The following considerations should be considered for this drug:
You should tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to Xanax or any other medicines. You should also tell your doctor if you have any other allergies, such as foods, dyes, preservatives or animal products.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of Xanax in the pediatric population. Therefore, it is not possible to say anything definite about this issue.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of Xanax in the elderly. However, elderly patients taking Xanax may need dose adjustment and caution, and the doctor prescribing the drug will provide the necessary information.
Studies in lactating women have shown that the drug Xanax has harmful effects on infants. Your doctor will prescribe an alternative to this medicine or ask you to stop breastfeeding while using this medicine. Your doctor will give you the necessary information about this.
Although some drugs should not be used together, two different drugs can be used together, even if there is an interaction in other situations. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose or other measures may be necessary. When you take Xanax, your doctor should know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below.
Using Xanax with any of the following medicines is not recommended. If you are taking any of the following medicines, your doctor may decide to change some of the other medicines you take and adjust the dose:
Using Xanax with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both drugs are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the drugs.
- Aripiprazole lauroxyl
- Calcium Oxybate
- Chloral hydrate
- Gabapentin enakarbil
- magnesium oxybate
- Morphine sulfate liposome
- nitrous oxide
- Opium alkaloids
- With pepper
- potassium oxybate
- every time
- sodium oxybate
- Tolonium chloride
Using Xanax with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both drugs are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the drugs.
- St. John’s Wort
Xanax should not be used while taking certain medications or eating certain types of food as interactions can occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medications can also cause interactions to occur. The interactions below have been chosen based on their potential importance and are not necessarily inclusive.
Using Xanax with any of the following is usually not recommended, but may be unavoidable in some cases. If used together, your doctor may change the dose of this medicine or how often you use it, or give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.
- grapefruit juice
Other medical problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of Xanax. Be sure to let your doctor know if you have other medical problems, especially:
- Alcohol or drug history, use or addiction
- Depression or a history of depression
- Lung and breathing problems or history
- Bipolar disorder or history
- mental health problems or history
- Seizures or history
- glaucoma or history
- Kidney disease or history
- Liver disease or history
Take Xanax only as prescribed by your doctor. Don’t take more, don’t take it more often, and don’t take it for longer than your doctor recommends. If too much of Xanax is used for a long time, it can become habit-forming (cause mental or physical dependence) or cause overdose poisoning. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and consult your doctor if you have any questions.
The dose of Xanax will be different for different patients. Therefore, you should follow your doctor’s instructions meticulously. In general, however, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical condition for which you are taking the medicine.
If you miss a dose of Xanax, take it as soon as possible. However, if the next dose is nearing, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose.
Store Xanax in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Protect from freezing. Keep out of reach of children. Do not keep old medicines or medicines you no longer need. Ask your doctor what you should do with any medicine you are not using.
It is important to see your doctor regularly to make sure that Xanax is working properly. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. If you do not want to become pregnant, you must use an effective method of contraception. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, inform your doctor immediately.
Do not take itraconazole or ketoconazole while using this medicine . Using any of these with this medicine may increase the chance of serious side effects.
This medicine will add to the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants (medicines that slow the nervous system, possibly causing drowsiness). That’s why it’s important for your doctor to know if you’re using this type of medication. If you do not have enough information about the drugs you use, you can inform your doctor about the name of the drug.
If you develop any unusual and strange thoughts or behavior while using Xanax, you should report this to your doctor. Some changes that occur in people taking this medicine are similar to those seen in people who drink alcohol and then act abnormally. Other changes may include confusion, worsening of depression, hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there), suicidal thoughts, and unusual excitement.
It may cause some people taking Xanax, especially older people, to be drowsy, dizzy, or less alert than they are normally. If you are using the drug for the first time, you should avoid things like driving and using heavy machinery. To do such things after taking the drug, you must know how Xanax will affect you.
Do not change your dose or stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor . Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the amount you use before stopping completely. This can help prevent your condition from worsening and reduce the likelihood of withdrawal symptoms such as behavior changes, discouragement, feeling sad or empty, suicidal thoughts, irritability, loss of appetite, loss of interest or pleasure, nausea or vomiting.
Xanax may be habit forming. If you think the medicine is not working, do not use more than the prescribed dose. It would be wise to consult your doctor about this.
Overdose symptoms include:
- consciousness change
- lack of coordination
- Loss of consciousness
- Sleeping state
If you notice the above symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately.
Using this medicine while pregnant may cause neonatal abstinence syndrome in your newborn babies . You should tell your doctor right away if your baby has abnormal sleep patterns, diarrhea, high-pitched crying, irritability, tremors, weight loss, vomiting, or inability to gain weight.
Do not take other medicines without consulting your doctor. This includes prescription or over-the-counter medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.
Like any drug, Xanax can cause side effects. If any of the following side effects do not go away with time or are severe, it is a good idea to consult your doctor immediately:
- difficulty concentrating
- dry mouth
- increased saliva production
- Sex drive changes
- appetite changes
- weight changes
- difficulty urinating
- Joint pain
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, it is recommended to see a doctor as soon as possible:
- Shortness of breath
- severe skin rash
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Confusion, confusion
- problems with speech
- problems with coordination or balance
Xanax may cause other side effects. You should definitely see your doctor if you have any unusual problems while using this medicine.
Other medicines containing alprazolam
Medicines containing the Xanax equivalent alprazolam include:
- ANSIOX 0,5 MG
- ANSIOX 1 MG
- AS-ALPRALAM 1 MG
- STABINA 0.25 MG
- STABINA 0.5 MG
- STABINA 1 MG