Xanax is a classical anti-anxiety medicine which contain Alprazolam, a derived benzodiazepine.
This is a strong tranquilizer which provides a prolonged action and arrests all symptoms of the anxious states.
Using Xanax lowers anxiety, concern, fear, and tension. Due to the mild sedative effect, a sleep quality is improved. A patients easier falls asleep and does not feel tired the next morning.
Due to the mild sedative action, using Xanax in the recommended doses does not cause a daily sleepiness and lack of energy.
The advantage of the medicine is a prolonged action even after the end of the therapy, and the therapeutic effect is kept about 6-12 months.
The mechanism of the pharmacological action of Xanax is directed at the arresting of the basic cause of the anxiety.
As a result of the stimulation of the benzodiazepine receptors in the spinal cord and central nervous system, there is a reduction of the excitement of the subcortical structures of the brain and slowing down of the spinal reflexes.
Besides anti-anxiety and sedative effect, Xanax also provides a myorelaxing action which is conditioned by the same relaxing of the receptors of the central nervous system.
Directions for the use
- mixed anxiety-depressive states
- The feeling of anxiety and psychological stress
- Sleep disturbance
- Anorexia nervosa
- Panic disorder
- Somatic disorders on the background of anxiety
Contraindications for the use
- Acute respiratory failure
- Sleep apnea
- myasthenia gravis
- Severe depression with no signs of anxiety
- Children and teens under 18 years old
Who should take Xanax carefully?
The active ingredients of Xanax can penetrate though the breast mild and cause an inhibition of the functions of the central nervous system of a child. The breast-feeding should be stopped during the use of the medicine.
Xanax is used carefully during the dysfunctions of liver and kidneys, and suicidal thoughts.
If you take any products which provide an inhibiting action to the functions of the CNS, it is necessary to take Xanax carefully or temporarily stop the treatment.
These products include alcohol, psychotropic and anticonvulsive drugs.
Instructions for the use
Xanax is used for a short period, 3-4 months because the prolonged use of the medicine can develop a resistance. If your prescribed you to prolong the treatment after 3-4 months of using Xanax, find out if the daily dose should be lowered.
- The standard dose of Xanax for most adult patients is 1 mg 3 times per day
- In case of the panic disorders of severe anxious disorders, the dose of Xanax is 2 mg 3 times per day
- The pills of Xanax are used regardless of the meals, with equal interval of 7-8 hours.
After the end of the medical course, the dose of Xanax is lowered up to the minimal one (1,5 mg per day), and then the use can be completely stopped. In case of the sudden stop of the use, the side effects can appear.
The peculiar sign of the overdose is a severe inhibition of the functions of the central nervous system.
The human feels apathy, regular sleepiness, difficult breathing, tremor, pain in the heart, bradycardia, sudden reduction of the blood pressure. In case of the overdose symptoms, the stomach lavage should be made, and a doctor is visited.
Side effects of Xanax
If you have just taken Xanax, you should be ready for the side effects such as drowsiness, fatigue, decreased ability to concentrate, dry mouth, thirst, and nausea.
These side effects occur in the first days of the treatment and then gradually pass.