Xanax Side Effects

Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine which is used as an anti anxiety treatment and is typically prescribed to treat panic attacks as well as anxiety disorders. This drug is available in generic form.

Few side effects associated with xanax usage are dizziness, drowsiness, change in sex drive or ability and increased saliva production. To reduce the light headedness and dizziness you should slowly rise from a seated or lying position. Remember that the health care specialist has prescribed you this pill when he has judged that the advantages are more than the side effects. Most of the people using this drug do not have any kind of adverse effects.

Inform your doctor if you experience any of the serious side effects such as slurred speech, difficulty in talking, hallucinations, and loss of coordination, memory problems, trouble walking or thoughts of suicide. Take medical help right away if you get any serious side effects such as yellowing of skin or eyes or seizures.

Any serious allergic reaction is rare; however, take help from the doctor if you notice any serious symptoms such as allergic reaction like itching or swelling on throat, tongue or face, trouble breathing or severe dizziness. It is not the complete list of adverse effects. Hence if you get another side effects contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The treatment of the patients having anxiety should be done with initial dose of 0.25mg to 0.5mg Xanax to be given three times daily. The treatment for panic disorders requires large initial dose that is 4mg daily.

Xanax might interact with alcohol and other drugs which may make you sleepy. These drugs can be cold and allergy drugs, narcotic pain drugs, sleeping pills, drugs for depression, seizures and anxiety, dexamethasone, birth control pills, muscle relaxers, cyclosporine, ergotamine, isoniazid, antifungal, antibiotics, barbiturates, blood pressure and heart medicines and AIDS/HIV drugs.

Inform your doctor about all the supplements and drugs you are using. Benzodiazepines like xanax may cause fetal abnormalities thus should not be used in pregnancy and in nursing mothers. As xanax is excreted in human milk and it may affect nursing infants. Hence, breastfeeding while taking xanax pills is not recommended.