Alprazolam also called as Xanax, is used in the treatment of anxiety disorders, panic attacks, depression and nausea due to chemotherapy. It comes under the group of benzodiazepine drugs, such as diazepam, oxazepam and lorazepam, which are all used in the treatment of central nervous system.
It is a FDA approved medicine. It is used all over the world and produced under several brand names.
Panic disorder is a type of an anxiety disorder, in which a patient is going through severe panic attacks. Panic attacks are unpredicted and can attack suddenly. During attacks a person may experience rapid heart beat, breathing problems, dizziness, trembling or uncontrollable fear.
There is no single cause for panic attacks; it can be genetic, stressful life events, working environment, family or financial problems. No matter what the reason might be, a panic attack could prove dangerous to one’s health. On the other hand, anxiety disorder is a term used for different types of mental illnesses.
Anxiety is occurred because of low levels of GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) in the brain. GABA is the major neurotransmitter of the central nervous system, it slows down the speed of the brain, and if it is defected the anxiety level of the brain will rise to a level where it is uncontrollable leaving harmful effects on the brain.
Alprazolam To Treat Anxiety (Xanax) Disorders
Alprazolam is specifically designed to treat these anxiety disorders; it works as a chemical reaction to balance the low levels of GABA. It is absorbed quickly in the body to relieve anxiety, nervousness and tension. It is also used in the treatment of severe depression.
However you should first consult with your doctor before getting treated with alprazolam. Only use it for medical reason and follow your doctors guide lines. Do not take more than what is prescribed by your doctor.
Only use it for the recommended period, do not miss your daily dose, withdrawal effects may occur if you stop taking alprazolam after long-term use. Do not over dose, as it is dangerous for your health. Avoid drug interactions, tell your doctor about the drugs you are consuming, so it may not conflict with alprazolam. Avoid taking alcoholic drinks or any other harmful drugs, as it can increase the amount of drug in your blood stream.
Alprazolam (Xanax) Side Effects
Alprazolam may include some side effects, such as drowsiness, vomiting, nausea, difficulty urinating, blurred vision, vivid dreams, sexual dysfunction, mood changes, dry mouth and hyper salivation.
These effects are not so serious however it may also cause more complicated side effects, such as allergies, breathing difficulty, pale skin and eyes, irritability or swelling of your face, throat or lips, you should immediately seek your doctor.
People who have breathing problems, liver or kidney disease, depressed or alcohol addiction should consult with a doctor before consuming it. Pregnant women should avoid taking alprazolam, as it can harm the unborn baby, it may cause respiratory problems, liver or kidney disease or even dysfunction in withdrawal symptoms.
It can also pass in to the breast milk of a mother and can cause harm to the baby. Elderly people are more like to experience the side effects of Alprazolam, therefore they should use in a small quantity. It is also approved for children under 18 years old.