Xanax is the generic name for Alprazolam. It is a sedative for the Central Nervous System (CNS) that falls into the category of medications known as benzodiazepines. This class includes tranquilizers like lorazepam, Valium, and Libritabs. Xanax bars are prescribed by licensed doctors and are classified as a controlled category IV substance. Manufacturers recommend Xanax for the treatment of tension, nervousness, and panic attacks.
Benzodiazepines are under public investigation mainly for their highly addictive properties. When these drugs were initially developed (Xanax was patented in 1969), pharmaceutical manufacturers declared that they were not habit-forming or that they were not addictive. Still, experience has shown that these are some of the most addictive drugs on the market. It is estimated that three million people in the United States have used benzodiazepines daily for periods of at least one year.
On the street, Xanax is known by the following names:
- Stairs, and
- Yellow Trucks
The fact that an estimated three million people have been taking benzodiazepines daily for more than a year indicates that patients should be more aware and be more careful not to follow doctors’ suggestions blindly when they are recommended and prescribed. Psychoactive medications This statistic also demonstrates, as doctors ignore recommended prescribed information on drugs such as Xanax since the Federal Secretariat of Medicines recommends that Xanax be prescribed for periods of less than eight weeks for the treatment of panic attacks and anxiety.
As with many psychiatric medications (drugs), the original defense and presentation to establish its effectiveness was made by the pharmaceutical company Upjohn (now part of the Pfizer company) and was based on reports from third parties compiled by psychiatrist David Sheehan who said that Xanax bars helped his patients suffering from panic attacks, even though previous research had established that benzodiazepines had little or no effect on panic disorders. Pharmacy Upjohn paid Dr. Sheehan for her “investigation” that helped convince the government to give Xanax approval. The Xanax, and to a lesser extent the Valium, not only causes a feeling of relaxation, but initially causes a sense of euphoria and enthusiasm, or a period of much activity followed by an artificial feeling of relaxation. Many people have reported that after having been taking Xanax for one to two weeks, they began to manifest physical withdrawal symptoms, mainly headaches that only took off by taking more medication.
This potential addiction is stronger with Xanaxthan with any other benzodiazepine. However, the DEA (Agency of the United States Department of Justice that requires compliance with drug and drug regulations) under the Controlled Substances Act classifies drugs according to their potential medical benefit concerning their potential for abuse. And of addiction on a Class, I scale, considered highly addictive as heroin, up to Class V. Xanax and the other benzodiazepines are classified as Class IV, which are drugs that have a low potential for abuse, have medical therapeutic acceptance, and They have a limited risk of physical or psychological dependence. Addiction professionals report that benzodiazepines are so addictive, both physically and psychologically, as the opioid-derived painkillers (opiates) and other Class II narcotics. In some waysXanax is more problematic than opium-derived pain relievers (drugs) in which suddenly stopping it can cause seizures, requiring medical help for withdrawal. At the same time, opioid withdrawal is painful, but not medically dangerous.
The Xanax is so quickly prescribed to relieve joint stress and lack of sleep; there have been many older patients who have become addicted to their medicine “for nerves” inadvertently, and when they try to leave, they discover that their original complaints are now higher.
Everyone should read and understand the side effects of any psychoactive medication before accepting a prescription to ensure that the result of the treatment implementation is not going to be worse than the initial discomfort.
The following are documented side effects of Xanax bars:
- Respiratory problems
- Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, and throat
- Decreased inhibition (lack of fear when faced with dangerous activities)
- Hallucinations, emotional disturbances, and hostility
- Dizziness, swirling, and fainting
- Less urine than usual, or no urine
- Headaches, fatigue, joint pain, and unusual weakness (flu-like symptoms)
- Problems with speech
- Total loss of memory (amnesia), and concentration problems
- Changes in appetite (including weight gain)
- Blurred vision, instability, and clumsiness (decreased coordination and balance)
- Decreased sexual desire
- Dry mouth, or increase in saliva production
- Nervousness, restlessness, lack of sleep, and sweating
- Intense or rapid palpitations (panic attacks)
- Skin inflammation
- Muscle jump, tremor, and seizures (convulsions)
The list of side effects should stop anyone to risk thinking that Xanax could be beneficial. However, people who are addicted to benzodiazepines or who are withdrawing from other medications are going to take that risk to relieve themselves sooner, only to realize that they have now increased their addiction problems.
What other drugs will affect Xanax?
Taking this medicine with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous side effects or death. Ask your d
octor before taking a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, prescription cough medicine, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
- antidepressant medications including fluvoxamine, fluoxetine, nefazodone, imipramine, desipramine, and others
- other psychiatric medications for anxiety or bipolar disorder;
- seizure medications including carbamazepine and others;
- antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl);
- birth control pills;
- ritonavir or other medicines to treat HIV or AIDS; or
- antifungal medicine, such as fluconazole or voriconazole.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with alprazolam, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.