Benzodiazepines are that class of drug that are used to treat several medical conditions mostly anxiety, seizures, and Insomnia.
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- Alprazolam the generic name for Xanax
Xanax is mainly indicated for the management of anxiety and panic disorders.
It can also be used for sleeplessness, premenstrual syndrome, and depression, but these indications are not yet approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
Xanax symptoms are differentiated into 4 types:
- Medical effects of Xanax
- Side effects of Xanax
- Overdosage symptoms
- Withdrawal symptoms
First, either of these symptoms is affecting patients according to many factors:
- Mental status before starting taking the drug
- Metabolism (Transformation of the drug to inactive ingredients to get them out of the body)
Medical Xanax symptoms:
When using it to treat anxiety, it will help to alleviate these symptoms and producing a calming effect on anxiety and stress.
Unfortunately, some people may also use it for recreational purposes and to produce euphoria.
Dosage and administration:
Xanax should be taken exactly as your doctor prescribed.
The doctor determines the dose based on your medical condition, age, and weight of the patient.
Adults have been prescribed a relatively higher dose than elders because they can tolerate this dose better.
But also, a higher dose can cause more severe side effects.
Patients can develop tolerance to Xanax, and higher doses may be prescribed.
Xanax is only available on oral dosage forms.
Extended-release tablets must be taken without chewing, breaking, or crushing.
Orally disintegrating tablets are taken out of their cover just before taking them to prevent the dissolving of the tablet.
Oral solutions are taken with special measuring devices, or measuring syringes, regular spoons are not used to ensure the correct dose is taken.
If you have a missed dose, it is ok to take it when you remember, but it is not ok to take it if the time of the next dose had come, or else you may suffer from undesirable side effects.
Overdosed Xanax symptoms:
Overdose symptoms depend on how much Xanax have you taken, how your body reacts to this dose, and whether you are taking other medicines in combination with it.
- Mild symptoms
- Uncontrolled muscle movements
- Poor coordination
- Slurred speech
- Slow reflexes
- Fast heartbeats
- Severe symptoms
- Chest pain
- Breathing difficulties
- Abnormal heartbeats
Overdose Xanax symptoms may be extremely dangerous, go to the nearest hospital or call an ambulance if you experienced any of these symptoms.
Common side effects
- Dry mouth
- Impaired coordination
- Increased appetite
- Memory impairment
- Decreased salivation
- Cognitive disorders
- Decreased appetite
- Weight changes
Less common side effects
- Tachycardia (fast heartbeats)
- Blurred vision
- Nasal congestion
- Akathisia (Movement disorder)
And many other Xanax symptoms, talk to your health care provider if you have any undefined symptoms.
You have to stop Xanax gradually, you can’t stop them suddenly, you can have some withdrawal symptoms, which can be serious.
Withdrawal Xanax symptoms:
- Depressed mood
- Suicidal thoughts
- Racing thoughts
- Uncontrolled muscle movements
Talk to your doctor, so you can control these symptoms together.
Mixing Xanax with alcohol can increase Xanax symptoms and effects.
Extreme lethargy and prolonged memory loss are the most remarkable side effects of this combination.
Other Xanax symptoms caused by the combination of Xanax with alcohol are:
- Difficulty breathing
- Extreme drowsiness
These effects can be dangerous and fatal, seek immediate medical attention if you feel any of the following symptoms.
Combining Xanax with other drugs can cause several interactions fading the effect of the drug or synergizing them.
- Antifungals like Itraconazole and Ketoconazole are specifically dangerous and completely contraindicated to be used with Xanax.
- calcium/magnesium/potassium/sodium oxybates
- erythromycin base
- erythromycin ethylsuccinate
- erythromycin lactobionate
- erythromycin stearate
- metoclopramide intranasal
- sodium oxybate
- St John’s Wort
- sufentanil SL
These drugs are including oral contraceptives, antidepressants, antibiotics, and heartburn drugs.
Other drugs that may even lead to death are opioids such as Codeine and Hydrocodone.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has issued a black box warning about mixing Xanax with opioids.
They may cause profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death.
Unfortunately, with all of the benefits coming from Xanax, it may be misused or abused.
That’s why; we always assure that Xanax should be taken under the supervision of a doctor, with the exact dose and duration prescribed.
If you are suffering from anxiety or panic disorders, Xanax should be an excellent choice for you, but only if you used it correctly.