Xanax Side Effect

Generic Name:
Alprazolam

Brand Names:
Xanax, Niravam

Xanax Description:
Xanax Uses:
Patients who experience panic attacks or extreme anxiety may take Xanax to treat symptoms of the condition.

Panic attacks can seriously impact a patient’s life and symptoms typically include four or more of the following symptoms:

Numbness
Hot flashes
Trembling
Tingling sensation
Fainting
Dizziness
Chest pain
Nausea
Fear of losing control or going crazy
Fear of dying
Unrealistic feelings
Racing heart
Sweating
Shortness of breath
Chills

Xanax Interactions:
Prior to beginning treatment with Xanax, inform your doctor of the use of the following medications as dose adjustments or specific recommendations may be made:

Anti-fungal medications
Antidepressants
Seizure medications
Contraceptive medications
cimetidine (such as Tagamet)
diltiazem (such as Cartia, Cardizem, or Tiazac)
isoniazid (such as IsonaRif, Rifamate)
propoxyphene (such as Darvon, Darvocet)
Additionally, patients should inform a doctor of the use of sleeping aids or medications that cause sleepiness.

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Xanax Dosage Information:
Typical Dosage Recommendations

Patients should follow the dosing instructions provided by their doctor as Xanax dosages may be different for different patients. Dosage recommendations may vary according to the condition treated by Xanax.

Anxiety disorders: Patients typically begin by taking .25 to .5 mg of Xanax three times every day. The dose may be increased over time every three to four days to reach 4 mg (maximum). Patients take the drug in two doses.

Panic disorder: Patients taking Xanax for panic disorder typically take more than 4 mg of the drug daily. Dosages may range from 1 mg to 10 mg daily. Follow dosing instructions provided by your doctor.

When ceasing the use of Xanax, gradual reduction of the medication is important to avoid withdrawal and other adverse reactions. Patients are advised to decrease doses by no more than .5 mg every three days.

Missing a Dose

When you miss a dose of Xanax, take the missed dose immediately. If you realize you missed your dose and it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed one and take the next dose to resume your regular dosing schedule. Do not take multiple doses of Xanax.

Overdosing

If a Xanax overdose occurs, seek immediate medical attention as an overdose on Xanax may be fatal. Symptoms of a Xanax overdose include:

Confusion
Fainting
Coma
Loss of coordination
Lightheadedness
Muscle weakness
Xanax FDA Approval:
October 16, 1981

Xanax Recall/Black Box Warning Information:
No recalls, or black box warnings exist for Xanax.

Other Warnings:

Patients who are allergic to benzodiazepines should not use Xanax.

Patients with acute narrow glaucoma or those taking ketoconazole or itraconazole and-fungal medications should refrain from use of Xanax.

Pregnant women should not the use Xanax. If you become pregnant while taking Xanax, discontinue use of the medication and consult a doctor immediately.

Sources:
http://www.xanax.com/
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm152978.htm
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR602769
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/generalized-anxiety-disorder/DS00502
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/depression/DS00175
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Risperdal Lawsuits

Generic Name:
Risperidone

Brand Names:
Risperdal Consta

Risperdal Consta Description:
Risperdal Consta belongs to a class of drugs known as selective monoaminergic antagonists and is used in the treatment of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. While the exact mechanisms of Risperdal Consta are unknown, many experts believe the antipsychotic medication works by acting on certain neurotransmitter receptors in the brain and blocking the chemicals serotonin and dopamine, which are considered key elements in attention and memory and may exist in imbalanced amounts in patients with psychotic disorders.

Risperdal Consta Side Effects:
The most common side effects associated with Risperdal Consta include:

Constipation
Dizziness
Drowsiness
Dry mouth
Fatigue
Headache
Indigestion
Pain in the arms or legs
Restlessness
Rigid muscles
Tremor
Weight gain
This medication may be associated with other, more serious side effects.

For more information, see our Risperdal Consta side effects page.

Risperdal Consta Uses:
Risperdal Consta is used to treat schizophrenia, a chronic psychotic disorder characterized by symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, emotional unresponsiveness and social withdrawal.

Risperdal Consta is also used alone or alongside other medications such as lithium in the treatment of bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a condition in which patients experience intense mood swings, which oscillate between episodes of severe mania and episodes of severe depression. You may want to contact one of your Risperdal lawsuit lawyers if you are having any of these issues.

Risperdal Consta Interactions:
Patients should speak with their doctor about the use of any medications, vitamins or supplements before taking Risperdal Consta.

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The following medications may interact with Risperdal Consta:

Adrenergic inhibitors
Alpha blockers
Antacids
Beta blockers
Diuretics
Epilepsy medications
Other antipsychotic medications
Parkinson’s disease medications
Viagra
Risperdal Consta Dosage Information:
Typical Dosage Recommendations

Risperdal Consta is a long-acting injection and is generally administered by a health care professional. The typical dosage for patients with schizophrenia is 25 mg administered once every two weeks. Your doctor may increase this dosage if necessary; however, it should never exceed 50 mg. The typical dosage for patients with bipolar disorder is also 25 mg administered every two weeks. This dosage may be increased by your doctor if needed; however, it also should never exceed 50 mg. There several lawsuits in 2016 that paid out over  1 million dollars payout per person.

A lower dosage of 12.5 mg, administered every two weeks, may be arranged for patients with a history of liver and/or kidney problems.

Patients who have not previously taken an oral version of Risperdal may be required to do so before beginning treatment with Risperdal Consta to establish tolerability of the drug.

Missing a Dose of Risperdal Consta

Risperdal should be administered by a health care provider. It is very important to keep all doctor appointments and ensure you return to receive an injection of Risperdal Consta every two weeks. Talk to your doctor if you are unable to do so.

Risperdal Consta Overdose

Because Risperdal Consta is administered by a health care professional, the risk of experiencing an overdose is relatively small. However, if you have received an overdose of this medication, immediate medical attention should be obtained to prevent the possibility of complications.

Risperdal Consta FDA Approval:
October 29, 2003

Risperdal Consta Recall/Black Box Warning Information:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2009/020272s056,020588s044,021346s033,021444s03lbl.pdf

Risperdal Consta, like other antipsychotic medications, carries a black box warning relating the dangers the medication poses to elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis. Patients are at an increased risk of fatality if treated with Risperdal Consta. Consequently, Risperdal Consta is not approved for use in elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis.

Other Warnings

Risperdal Consta also carries the risk of other serious complications such as neuroleptic malignant syndrome and tardive dyskinesia. Patients or caregivers should discuss these risks before beginning treatment.