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February 13, 2012
Side Effects of Xanax
Xanax (Alprazolam) is a benzodiazapene anti-anxiety medication marketed by Pfizer with generic forms manufactured by various drug companies. It is not fully understood how benzodiazepines such as Xanax function in the brain but it is thought to achieve its effect by changing the action of the neurotransmitter chemical GABA in the brain and spinal cord.
Typically administered in .25, .5, 1 and 2 mg oral tablets, Xanax is commonly used for treating anxiety, seizures and insomnia though many doctors use the drug for other purposes such as dental surgery.
There are many drugs and other substances (such as grapefruit and St. John's wort) which interact with Xanax so it is very important to read your pharmacist's insert on drug facts and take care to avoid contraindicated substances.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take Xanax and patients should make sure their doctors are aware of any preexisting health issues before they are prescribed a new drug.
Xanax is potentially habit-forming and side effects of Xanax may include behavioral changes such as risk taking, fearlessness, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts, hostility, hyperactivity, trouble concentrating or changes in sex drive. Other physical and mental side effects may include memory peoblems, lightheaded feelings, fainting, hallucinations, chest pain, seizure, increased sweating, dry mouth, nausea, bowel issues, weakness, swollen extremities, insomnia, and headache.
This space is provided for you to share your side effects experiences (or lack thereof) with Xanax by posting a comment below.