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Side Effects of Xanax

If the patient is suffering from any anxiety disorder like insomnia, generalized disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, as well as other psychiatric disorders, the doctor will most likely prescribe anxiety medication. One of the most common anxiety medications is Xanax, also known as alprazolam. Xanax is an addictive drug that decelerates the central nervous system, stimulating clam and relaxation. The drug works by affecting part of the brain that controls the emotions, thus slowing down the central nervous system.

Xanax side effects

Xanax is very effective medicine at fighting anxiety. As such, it makes sense to use the drug in the short term for insomnia inflicted by worrying, as well as for the short term management of anxiety. Indeed, Xanax can help treat anxiety disorders. Although the benefits of using this medication are promising, your physician may have not explained the possibility of Xanax side effects. There are a number of Xanax side effects that the patient may experience.

Common Xanax side effects

Side effects, if they manifest, are generally experience at the very beginning of therapy and typically disappear upon continued use. Some of the most commonly reported Xanax side effects include: Drowsiness, Dizziness, Talkativeness, Irritability, Light-headedness, Tiredness, Changes in appetite, Increased salivation, Dry mouth, Weight changes, Changes in sex drive, Difficulty urinating.

The most common side effects of Xanax used at lower doses are lightheadedness or drowsiness, which possibly reflect the action of this medicine. Higher dosage side effects (those that taken for panic attacks) encompass: Memory problems, Fatigue, Constipation, Speech problems, Changes in appetite.

Unintentional daytime sedation, 'groggy' feelings, hangover effects as well as rebound insomnia might also occur.

Uncommon Xanax side effects

At times, there can be more serious Xanax side effects. Treatment for more serious side effects of alprazolam requires the doctor's advice or emergency attention based upon the earnestness of the effect. Some of the uncommon side effects include: Memory problems,Thrombophlebitis Seizures, Vertigo, Arrhythmias, Severe skin rash, Paradoxical excitation, Hallucination,Nausea, Blurred vision, Headache, Chest pain, Unusual dreams Fainting and yellowing of the skin.

While these symptoms are uncommon, you need to call the doctor immediately you experience any of them.

Rare Xanax side effects

As with all benzodiazepines (BZD), paradoxical reactions like increased muscle spasticity, stimulation, hallucinations, insomnia, and other adverse behavioral effects like agitation, irritability, rage, as well as aggressive behavior have rarely been reported. Should you notice that your skin or eyes are turning yellow, stop the medication and contact your physician at once. Rare Xanax side effects that suggest discontinuation of the treatment include: Jaundice, Hyperexcitement or overstimulation, Allergic reactions, Change in muscle tone, Blood disorders, Hallucinations, Slurred or unusual speech,Tingling, Difficulty concentrating, Lack of inhibition,Tremors, Yellow eyes and skin, Muscle cramps or spasms,Weakness, Double vision, Altered sense of taste, Fear or anxiety, Urination problems, Incontinence, Warmth, Insomnia

Xanax Addiction and Withdrawal

Xanax is an addictive drug although it is not clear on how long dependence takes. Using Xanax over an extended period might lead to more serious problems upon stopping. Some of the milder problems include unpleasant thoughts, anxiety, as well as disorientation. Rarer but serious discontinuation side effects include extreme sense-sensitivity, psychosis and seizures. To prevent these withdrawal side effects or to at least minimize them, discontinuance of Xanax medication must be under the doctor's supervision so that you can stop using the drug safely without any problem.

Important information about Xanax

Expectant mothers should not use the drug as it could harm the unborn child. Also people who are allergic to alprazolam or to any other benzodiazepines like clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), oxazepam (Serax) or lorazepam (Ativan). Prior to taking Xanax, it is vitally important to tell your doctor if you have any breathing conditions, liver or kidney disease, glaucoma, or a history of suicidal thoughts, depression, or addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Avoid taking alcohol while under Xanax medication as it can maximize the effects of alcohol. Xanax can be habit-forming and it should only be used by the person that it was prescribed for. Keep it in a secure place where other people can hardly get to it.

If you experience any of these side effects when you are using Xanax, it is vitally important to speak to your physician first before making any decision. The doctor may might adjust your dosage or even discontinue your treatment.

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