Xanax, or Alprazolam, is a medication that is used to help people who have panic or anxiety disorders. Panic disorders include things like sudden fear or extreme worry about a perhaps nonexistent thing. The function of the medication is to help calm the brain down to a more normal level of excitement. Panic disorders generally are a result of an overly active or overly excited brain.
There are two ingestion options when taking Xanax. The first is to take a standard tablet approximately three times daily. This can vary depending on dosage amounts and frequency of panic attacks. The other option is to take an extended release capsule once in the morning with or without food to last throughout the day.
There is a strong possibility of forming a habit from taking Xanax. You should only take the medication as directed by your physician. You should not take more than the recommended amount, as this is how habits for the medication can form.
To begin, your doctor will administer Xanax in a lower dose and gradually work up to higher doses. This is to ease the transition into taking the drug regularly.
Other reasons to take Xanax include, but are not limited to:
– Treating mild to severe depression.
– Premenstrual bleeding – Xanax can help regulate your menstruation cycle if it somehow becomes irregular.
– Agoraphobia – If you have a fear of open spaces, Xanax can help treat the anxiety felt from being in a large, open space.
As with all medication, you should talk to your doctor about any existing medications that you’re taking. Because Xanax is used to treat depression, it’s wise that you avoid taking it with alcoholic beverages or other recreational drugs that act as depressants.
If you forget to take a dose of Xanax, take it as soon as you remember that you’e missed it. If it’s within an hour or two of your next dose, simply skip the original dose and continue with dosage normally.