Alprazolam/Xanax - A Habit Forming Drug
Xanax is a Prescription Drug which is habit forming. You can become physically and psychologically dependent on the Xanax medication. Nevert take more than the prescribed amount of xanax or take it longer than is directed by your doctor. Withdrawal effects may occur if Xanax is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. As per xanax prescription, sudden discontinuation of the medication may result in seizures as its side effect that is why a doctor always recommends a gradual reduction in dose. Xanax prescription is provided for the relief of anxiety disorders and depression, and is usually is taken three times a day. The instructions on the prescription label must be followed exactly. Do not take xanax for more than four months without consulting a doctor. Alprazolam/Xanax should not be stopped without consulting your doctor, because stopping xanax drug abruptly can cause seizures, delirium, and withdrawal symptoms. A doctor only can guide you on how to decrease your dose slowly.
Take alprazolam exactly as directed by your doctor. Take each dose with a full glass of water. Do not take more than what is prescribed for you. Alprazolam is habit forming. You can become physically and psychologically dependent on the medication. Withdrawal effects which follow when alprazolam is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use can sometimes be overwhelming. Always consult a doctor on how to gradually reduce the dose.
Xanax / Alprazolam should be avoided in the following conditions: Activities requiring mental alertnessAs with other CNS depressant drugs, patients are cautioned against the use of these drugs during activities requiring mental alertness, judgment and physical coordination as well as activities like driving or operating machinery.
Anxiety/Xanax medication should be taken strictly according to xanax prescription with care particularly in the early phases of treatment of anxiety attacks, until proper adjustment to side effects has been established.
Studies have indicated that Xanax / Alprazolam and its metabolites are secreted into the milk. Therefore, nursing should not be undertaken while the mother is taking the drug.
Xanax should not be used by individuals with physiological anxiety or in the presence of disabling manifestations of an appropriate pathological anxiety disorder. Xanax prescription also says that xanax medication is not recommended for the treatment of patients with depressive or psychotic disorders.
Alprazolam should not be administered to individuals prone to drug abuse. Caution should be observed in all patients who are considered to have potential for psychological dependence.
Interactions with other drugs
Benzodiazepine may interact with effects of other CNS acting drugs such as alcohol, narcotics, barbiturates, non barbiturate hypnotics, antihistamines, phenothiazines, butyrophenones, MAO inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants and anticonvulsants. It should never be taken with alcohol. Not only does alcohol in low doses spoil the positive effects of the drug Alprazolam, but practically all benzodiazepines.
A xanax prescription warns against the simultaneous use of other CNS depressant drugs like Benzodiazepine of any other type, such as valium, tobacco, marijuana, grapefruit juice, antihistamines such as benadryl, oral contraceptives, sleeping pills etc. These drugs strongly interact with Xanax and can create serious side effects.