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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