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What is Xanax used for?

Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine. Alprazolam tends to affect chemicals in the brain that may be disturbed in people with anxiety. 

Xanax is used to treat anxiety complications, panic disorders, and anxiety induced by depression.

Do not use Xanax in case you are pregnant. This medication can induce congenital disabilities or life-threatening withdrawal indications in a newborn. 

Take this medication by mouth as per your doctor's instruction. Dosage is based on your medical status, age, and response to therapy.  

Your dose may be progressively increased till the drug begins working properly.

Obey your doctor's guidance exactly to lessen the prospect of side effects.

If you abruptly quit using this medication, you may have withdrawal symptoms (such as  seizures). 

To help stop withdrawal, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Withdrawal is more likely to happen if you have used alprazolam for a long time or in high dosages. 

Inform your doctor or pharmacologist right away if you have withdrawal.

Though it benefits many people, this medication may sometimes cause addiction. 

This risk might be greater if you have a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Take this medication as prescribed to lessen the prospect of addiction.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

Precautions:

You should avoid Xanax if you might have:

  • narrow-angle glaucoma;
  • if you are taking itraconazole or ketoconazole; or
  • if you are allergic to alprazolam or other benzodiazepines, such as chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clonazepam (Klonopin), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), or oxazepam (Serax).

To make certain Xanax is safe for you, notify your doctor if you might have: 

  • seizures/epilepsy;
  • kidney/liver disease (especially alcoholic liver disease);
  • asthma or another respiratory disorder;
  • open angle glaucoma;
  • a history of anxiety or suicidal thoughts or habits;
  • a history of drug or alcohol abuse; or
  • if you also use a narcotic (opioid) medication.

Side effects of Xanax:

Get emergency medical assistance if you have indications of an allergic reaction to Xanax: hives; breathing problem; swelling on your face, tongue, lips or throat.

Contact your doctor at once if you might have:

  • depressed mood, feelings of suicide or hurting yourself;
  • rushing sensation, increased energy, unusual risk-taking attitude;
  • confusion, agitation, hallucinations, hostility,
  • uncontrolled muscle movements, tremors, seizure (convulsions); or
  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest.

Common Xanax side effects may include:

  • drowsiness, feeling exhausted;
  • mumbled speech, lack of stability or coordination;
  • memory loss; or
  • feeling anxiety early in the morning.

This is not a completely thorough list of side effects and others may happen. Call your doctor for medical guidance concerning side effects.

Xanax is not authorized for use by anyone younger than 18 years old. 

How should I take Xanax?

Take Xanax precisely as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all regulations on your prescription label. Never use alprazolam in larger quantities, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if the medicine appears to stop working as well in attending your symptoms. 

Alprazolam maybe habit-forming. Never share Xanax with another person, particularly someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a designated spot where others cannot get to it. 

Misuse of the habit-forming drug can induce addiction, overdose, or death. Trading or giving away this medicine is against the law. 

Do not crush, bite or break a Xanax extended-release tablet. Swallow the tablet whole.

Call your doctor if this medicine appears to stop working as well in healing your panic or anxiety symptoms.

Do not stop using Xanax abruptly, or you could have bothersome withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to stop using this medicine cautiously. 

If you use this drug long-term, you may need regular medical tests.

Store Xanax at a room temperature away from moisture and heat. 

Keep track of the quantity of medicine used for each new bottle. Xanax is a drug of abuse; also, you should be knowledgeable if anyone is misusing your medicine or without a prescription. 

What happens if You miss a dose?

Administer the skipped dose as soon as you recollect. Skip the missed dose if it is about time for your following scheduled medication. Do not take additional dosage to make up the missed one.

What happens if I overdose?

An excess of alprazolam can lead to coma or death. Overdose indications may include extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, loss of stability or coordination, feeling light-headed, and fainting. 

What should I avoid while taking Xanax?

Xanax may weaken your thinking or coordination. Be very careful if you drive or do anything that needs you to be alert. 

Evade drinking alcohol. Dangerous side effects could occur.

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice might mix with alprazolam and lead to unwanted after-effects. Consult the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.

What other drugs will affect Xanax?

Taking this medicine with other prescriptions that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous side effects or death. Ask your doctor before taking a sleeping tablet, narcotic pain drug, prescription cough medication, a muscle relaxer, or drug for anxiety, depression, or seizures.

Notify your doctor about all your current medicines and any you begin or stop using, especially:

  • cimetidine;
  • digoxin;
  • antidepressant medications including fluvoxamine, fluoxetine, nefazodone, imipramine, desipramine, and others
  • other psychiatric medications for anxiety or bipolar disorder;
  • seizure medications including carbamazepine and others;
  • antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl);
  • birth control pills;
  • ritonavir or other medicines for the treatment of HIV or AIDS; or
  • antifungal medicine, such as fluconazole or voriconazole.

This the list is not finished. Other drugs may mix with alprazolam, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible intercommunications are listed in this medication guide.

What Does Xanax Feel Like? 

Several people who take Xanax recreationally, or without a prescription, express the feeling as sedating or calming. 

Unlike other drugs, such as cocaine, that produce a “high” or euphoric sensation, Xanax users describe feeling more calm, quiet yet tired. These feelings may further lead to falling asleep or passing out for a period of time.

Some people have also reported memory problems or blacking out and not remembering what happened for several hours. Higher doses will have more powerful effects.

What if one combines Xanax with other drug or medicine?

You should avoid combining Xanax with other drugs due to the possibility of interactions. Xanax can interact with several medications, including some:

  • oral contraceptives
  • heartburn drugs
  • antidepressants
  • antibiotics
  • antifungals
  • opioids

These drugs can stop the pathway that's responsible for eliminating Xanax effects from your body from removing it as quickly as it should happen. With the passage of time, this may lead to a toxic buildup of the drug and ultimately an overdose. 

Consult your doctor about all the medications you're currently taking to guarantee that they won't have interaction. They can evaluate the risks and discuss them with you.

Do I need a prescription for Xanax?

Due to it being so addictive, it is often quite challenging to get a Xanax prescription. Many doctors will not see medicine as a viable answer to anxiety and panic disorders and their issues. It is recommended that you get a prescription from the doctor after consultation. The doctor will prescribe you Xanax if he/she deems necessary. 

Where to Buy Xanax in Canada?

You can buy Xanax from pharmacies who sell Xanax, or you can order online. Xanax prescription costs differ vastly depending on where and how they are bought.  

When one buys prescription Xanax online after it is prescribed, it can be collected from a variety of local pharmacies. 

The cost without insurance at its lowest is $60.48 for 0.25mg, $74.37 for 0.5mg and $97.54 for 1mg. 

However, some pharmacies do charge more expensive prices with 1mg costing $137 in some places. 

Prices for Xanax may also vary if one buys lesser-known brand alternatives. Most of these alternatives purchased in pharmacies will be somewhat lower prices but not have too many additional additives in.  

However, if one buys prescription Xanax online brand alternatives, the cost maybe even more economical, but they will usually include additional harmful additives.  

If one is feeling the symptoms of anxiety or a panic disorder, then a Xanax prescription can unquestionably help in the short term. However, it should not always be the solution. 

Taking Xanax should always be the last hope when it comes to anxiety; there are many natural options to help with mental health.