About the Drug
Xanax (Alprazolam) is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It has also been used to treat depression, agoraphobia, and premenstrual syndrome. Xanax works by decreasing abnormal brain excitement.
Use of Information
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Xanax comes in both tablet and liquid form and is taken 2-4 times per day. Your doctor will start you on a low dose and then slowly increase the dosage. When taking the liquid form only use the dropper that comes with the medication. Use the dropper to draw up the dose then squeeze into juice, soda, pudding or applesauce and gently stir. The medication will blend with the food or drink. Drink or eat immediately and do not save for later use.
What If I Missed a Dose?
In the case that you miss taking your medicine, It is recommended that you take it when you remember. It is NOT advised to “double dose” (taking both your missed dose and your next one). What’s most important is you get back to your medication regime and avoid missing doses without professional consult.
How Can I Store this Medicine?
Keep the medication in the container it came in, tightly closed and away from extreme heat, cold and moisture.
Possible Side Effects
Side effects of Xanax can include the following:
- light headedness
- dry mouth
- increased salivation
- changes in sex drive/ability
- change in appetite
- weight change
- difficulty urinating
The following symptoms should be addressed immediately by calling your physician.
- severe rash
- yellowing of skin/eyes
- memory problems
- coordination problems
Xanax can be habit forming so take medication exactly as the doctor ordered. Do not suddenly stop taking Xanax. This can cause withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, sleeplessness and irritability.
Took an Overdose?
If you or someone you know took an overdose of this medication, then you need to IMMEDIATELY seek medical attention.
Hotline: U.S. National Poison Control 1800-222-1222
Other Drug Interactions
Xanax can have adverse reactions with other medications so tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
- Desipramine, Imipramine, Nefazodone
- Cimetidine, Clarithromycin, Cyclosporine
- Nicardipine, Nifedipine
- Fluoxetine, Fluvoxamine, Paroxetine, Sertraline