XANAX (alprazolam) BENZODIAZEPINES
What is it: Xanax is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peens). It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety.
Use:. Xanax is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.
Side Effects: May include decreased libido (lowered sex drive), drowsiness, fatigue, impaired coordination, memory impairment, speech difficulties, weight changes.
Side effects due to a rapid decrease in dose or abrupt withdrawal from Xanax or Xanax XR:
Anxiety, blurred vision, decreased concentration, decreased mental clarity, depression, diarrhea, headache, heightened awareness of noise or bright lights, hot flushes, impaired sense of smell, insomnia, loss of appetite, loss of reality, muscle cramps, nervousness, rapid breathing, seizures, tingling sensation, tremor, twitching, weight loss
Precautions: Tolerance and dependence can occur with the use of Xanax. You may experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop using the drug or reduce the dosage too quickly. Withdrawal symptoms are listed under “What side effects may occur?” The drug dosage should be gradually reduced and only your doctor should advise you on how to discontinue or change your dose.
An overdose of Xanax, alone or after combining it with alcohol can be fatal. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of Xanax overdose may include:
Confusion, coma, impaired coordination, sleepiness, slowed reaction time
Directions: Xanax may be taken with or without food. Take it exactly as prescribed. Do not chew, crush, or break the Xanax XR tablets.
Missed Doses: If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Storage: Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children. Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.