Xanax, the brand name for alprazolam, is a short-acting anxiolytic belonging to the benzodiazepine class.
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In 1981, Upjohn first released alprazolam; Upjohn was subsequently acquired by Pfizer. Such was the potency of the drug that within two years of its release as Xanax, it became one of the bestselling drugs in the United States. Today, it’s among the most abused and misused benzodiazepine, as well as the most prescribed of its class, in the country.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies Xanax as a Schedule IV controlled substance.
Xanax is primarily used as an adjunct treatment of the following conditions:
- Generalized anxiety disorders and depression with anxiety. Doctors are advised to periodically reassess the impact of the drug on each patient.
- Panic disorder particularly in relieving moderate to severe panic and anxiety attacks. But emphasis must be made that Xanax is a second-line treatment since selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are considered as the first-line treatment. The FDA approved its use in panic disorders with and without a co-morbid diagnosis of agoraphobia.
- Nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy in combination with other drugs.
Xanax works by binding to the GABAA receptor’s specific sites. This possesses several properties including sedative, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, anxiolytic, hypnotic, amnestic, and skeletal muscle relaxant.
Don’t take Xanax when you’re taking other contraindicated medications including itraconazole and ketoconazole, as well as when you’re allergic to alprazolam and its similar medicines. Don’t take it, too, if you have been diagnosed with narrow-angle glaucoma. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are on these medications, among other aspects of your medical history.
Take Xanax according to your doctor’s prescription – misuse can result in addiction and overdose, even in death. Read the label for more safety information.