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Xanax anxiety relationship:
Is Xanax effective for the treatment of anxiety??
The average result of reviews about how effective is Xanax to treat anxiety is about 81% positive effect, while 9% of reviewers reported a negative effect. Xanax anxiety treatment has changed the life of many patients who suffered for several years from anxiety and were deprived of a normal life free of worry, fatigue, and restlessness.
What is Xanax?
Xanax generic name is Alprazolam
When can we say that patient has an anxiety disorder?
Anxiety disorder patients experience symptoms for at least six months, these symptoms are:
- Excessive anxiety or worry
- Fatigue (feeling tired always, low energy)
- Difficulty in concentration
- Sleep disturbance
- Muscle tension
When can we say that patient has a panic disorder?
This happens when the patient experiences sudden or repeated intense fear episodes, these episodes are accompanied by physical symptoms like
- Chest pain
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
Panic disorder also includes fear of future episodes.
What should you know about Xanax anxiety?
- Due to the possible effect of Xanax that may cause dizziness or tiredness you should not drive a car or operate a machine or do any other hard work that requires concentration
- Anxiety or insomnia may improve rapidly after starting Xanax, however, some cases require few more days to feel improved
- Xanax or any other benzodiazepines are usually used for a short period, otherwise, it may cause addiction (physical or emotional dependence). That’s why you should refer to your healthcare provider to assess the suitable dose for you and the period required for Xanax use.
- Stopping Xanax immediately may lead to undesirable withdrawal symptoms such as tremor, dizziness, irritability, nausea, rapid heart rates, changes in blood pressure, and seizures.
- Serious side effects may occur if you use Xanax at the same time you use opioid medications (like codeine, morphine, oxycodone, heroin, and some cough syrups) leading to difficulty or slow breathing and death.
- If you are taking one of the previous drugs with Xanax and you feel dizziness, sleepiness, or slow breathing, ask for immediate assistance from caregivers.
- Avoid alcohol, or illegal drugs while taking Xanax as they may worsen your condition, or increase the side effects of the medication. Accidental overdose risk may occur while using Xanax with alcohol.
How should you take Xanax?
Xanax can be taken with or without food but if you have stomach upset take it with food
Xanax should be taken at regular times every day according to your health care provider’s advice.
Based on your response, your health care provider will determine the suitable dose for you.
Careful storage of Xanax is required.
Do not chew, split or crush Xanax tablet, it should be swallowed with water
A measuring or dosing spoon should be used for an accurate dose of liquid Xanax
Use an alarm clock, calendar or mobile alert to help you remember the time of dose, you can also ask for help from a member of your family to remind you and make sure you are taking the medication on the time.
Missing a dose of Xanax
If you miss a dose of Xanax take it once you remember unless it is the time of the next dose you, should not double the dose.
Xanax anxiety overdose
Urgent immediate medical care if an overdose of Xanax happened. Symptoms of overdose:
- Loss of or impaired coordination
- Slow reflexes
Doctors at the hospital may decide to use a drug that reverses the effect of Xanax to control the overdose symptoms, this drug is called flumazenil and must be taken IV (intravenous) at the hospital.
Xanax side effects
– Common side effects of Xanax
- Memory impairment
- Ataxia (lack of muscle control or voluntary movements abnormality)
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Blurred vision
- Skin rash
- Weight gain
- Weight loss
- Increased appetite
- Decreased libido
– Rare or serious side effects
- Feeling very tired
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble speaking
- Passing out
- Increased heart rate
- Memory impairment
- Face swelling
- Depression or low mode
- Suicidal thoughts
What other medications may interact with Xanax?
Some medications may increase the effects and levels of Xanax such as
- Ketoconazole, cimetidine, itraconazole, nefazodone, and fluvoxamine
Other medications may decrease the effect and levels of Xanax such as
- Carbamazepine, phenobarbital, and phenytoin
Xanax (Alprazolam) should not be taken with other benzodiazepines.
Xanax causes drowsiness so it should not be taken with other drugs that cause drowsiness too, these drugs like
- Antihistamines (as diphenhydramine), opioid cough drugs (as codeine), narcotic pain drugs (as morphine), sleeping drugs (as zolpidem)
Learning about medications is important for your health, so do not hesitate to ask your health care provider for further information about Xanax anxiety.