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Xanax belongs to the group of benzodiazepine drugs and it affects the chemicals present in the brain which may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. Xanax is extensively used in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression and panic disorders.

Some important facts about this medicine:

Xanax should not be prescribed for patients who are allergic to this drug or to any other benzodiazepine drugs such as clorazepate, chlordiazepoxide, oxazepam or diazepam. This drug can even cause birth defects and deformities in an unborn baby during pregnancy. This medicine should also be avoided if you have narrow angle glaucoma, liver disease, kidney disease, depression, history of drug abuse or alcohol addiction, suicidal thoughts or any breathing problems. Avoid consuming alcohol during the course of treatment as Xanax increases the effect of alcohol. Xanax is a habit-forming medicine and should not be prescribed for patients who have a history of drug abuse or alcohol addiction. The medicine should be kept in a safe and secured place where others cannot reach. Xanax is not prescribed for patients who are taking medicines such as ketoconazole or itraconazole. Administration of this medicine is strictly avoided in the following diseases: –

• Asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder or other breathing problems;
• Kidney or liver disease;
• Glaucoma;
• Depression or suicidal tendency.

Xanax falls under FDA pregnancy category D which signifies that this drug has the potential to cause birth defects in an unborn baby during pregnancy. Xanax can even pass into breast milk and harm the new born baby. It is extremely important to consult the doctor before taking this medicine in case you are breast feeding your baby. The medicine should not be recommended for patients below the age of eighteen years.

What are the possible side effects associated with this medicine?

Xanax may exhibit lot of side effects which includes the following: –
• Allergic reactions leading to hives, swelling of mouth and breathing troubles;
• Depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harming tendencies;
• Decreased inhibition, fearlessness, tendency to take unusual risks;
• Hostility, hyperactivity, hallucinations, agitation;
• Seizure, light-headedness, fainting;
• Tremor, muscle twitching, jaundice;
• Nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea.


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