Over the past year, there has been increasing media coverage about alprazolam (typically referred to by the brand name Xanax), highlighting what is being seen as a rise in the number of young people using it. Most of the media reports have described individual cases or reports from treatment services, and there has been little discussion of the research evidence or the actual data. As with all media coverage which highlights potential changes in drug trends, there is a risk that the evidence isn’t clearly presented or even available, and that raising the profile of a particular drug can inadvertently increase interest from some drug users. PHE has been looking into the available evidence, and this blog explains what we now know, what is currently being done, and what should be done in the future. Alprazolam is a medicine in the benzodiazepine family of drugs. Benzodiazepines are most commonly prescribed for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia, and they are also prescribed to control seizures caused by epilepsy. The most frequently prescribed benzodiazepine in the UK is diazepam, known by the tradename Valium. Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peen). Alprazolam affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety. Xanax is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression. Xanax may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. You should not use Xanax if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, if you also take itraconazole or ketoconazole, or if you are allergic to Xanax or similar medicines (Valium, Ativan, Tranxene, and others). This medicine can cause birth defects or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in a newborn. Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol. Alprazolam may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it. It is dangerous to purchase Xanax on the Internet or from vendors outside the United States. does not comply with the regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the safe use of this medication. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born.
Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication that contains alprazolam. This medicine is a benzodiazepine, which is a class of drug intended for the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety and panic. In terms of assessing who should take Xanax, it’s important first to understand what’s meant by anxiety and panic disorders. Everyone feels nervousness or anxiety from time-to-time in their life, but anxiety disorders go well beyond temporary fears or worries. Someone who has an anxiety disorder feels this sense of fear constantly, and it begins to interfere with their everyday life. Someone with an anxiety disorder may have problems at school or work, and it can impact relationships as well. Below is a brief overview of some of the most common types of anxiety disorders which may be treated with Xanax. WARNING: RISKS FROM CONCOMITANT USE WITH OPIOIDS XANAX is a benzodiazepine medicine. Taking benzodiazepines with opioid medicines, alcohol, or other central nervous system depressants (including street drugs) can cause severe drowsiness, breathing problems (respiratory depression), coma, and death. Do not take XANAX if you are allergic to alprazolam, other benzodiazepines, or any of the ingredients in XANAX. Do not take XANAX if you are currently taking antifungal treatments including ketoconazole or itraconazole. XANAX is a federal controlled substance (C-IV) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep XANAX in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. XANAX can make you sleepy or dizzy, and can slow your thinking and motor skills.
Xanax is the brand name of alprazolam, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety disorders. Xanax is prescribed for generalized anxiety disorder GAD, anxiety associated with depression, and. Generalized Anxiety Disorder Another reason a person might be prescribed Xanax is because of generalized anxiety disorder, which refers to unreasonable.