Xanax (alprazolam) belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. It works by slowing down the movement of chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. This results in a reduction in nervous tension (anxiety). Xanax is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.
Xanax may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Important information about Xanax Do not use Xanax if you are pregnant.
It could harm the unborn baby. Do not use Xanax if you are allergic to alprazolam or to other benzodiazepines, such as chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), or oxazepam (Serax).
Treatments for depression are getting better everyday and there are things you can start doing right away. Before you take Xanax, tell your doctor if you have asthma or other breathing problems, glaucoma, kidney or liver disease, a history of alcoholism, or a history of depression, suicidal thoughts, or addiction to drugs or alcohol. Do not drink alcohol while taking Xanax. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol.
Xanax may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it. Before taking Xanax It is dangerous to try and purchase Xanax on the Internet or from vendors outside of the United States. Medications distributed from Internet sales may contain dangerous ingredients, or may not be distributed by a licensed pharmacy. Samples of Xanax purchased on the Internet have been found to contain haloperidol (Haldol), a potent antipsychotic drug with dangerous side effects. For more information, contact the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
You should not take Xanax if you have: narrow-angle glaucoma; if you are also taking itraconazole (Sporanox) or ketoconazole (Nizoral); or if you are allergic to alprazolam or to other benzodiazepines, such as chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), or oxazepam (Serax). To make sure you can safely take Xanax, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions: asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or other breathing problems; glaucoma; kidney or liver disease (especially alcoholic liver disease); a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior; or a history of drug or alcohol addiction. Xanax may be habit forming and should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed.
Do not use Xanax if you are pregnant.
Never share Xanax with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use Xanax if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.
Xanax may also cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the mother takes the medication during pregnancy. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. Alprazolam can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby.
You should not breast-feed while you are using this medicine. The sedative effects of Xanax may last longer in older adults. Accidental falls are common in elderly patients who take benzodiazepines. Use caution to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are taking Xanax.
Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old. How should I take Xanax? Take Xanax exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not crush, chew, or break a Xanax extended-release tablet. Swallow the tablet whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body.
Breaking the tablet would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Contact your doctor if this medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your panic or anxiety symptoms. You may have seizures or withdrawal symptoms when you stop using Xanax. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using Xanax. Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle.
Xanax is a drug
Xanax is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription. Store Xanax at room temperature away from moisture and heat. What happens if I miss a dose? Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose.
Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose. What happens if I overdose? Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of Xanax can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, loss of balance or coordination, feeling light-headed, and fainting. What should I avoid while taking Xanax? Do not drink alcohol while taking Xanax.
This medication can increase the effects of alcohol. Xanax may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Xanax and lead to unwanted side effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.