Xanax is a benzodiazepine prescribed primarily for anxiety and panic disorders, working by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain to calm nerve cell overactivity. However, its sedative properties make it highly susceptible to abuse and addiction, often requiring rehab intervention for those addicted. Misuse includes taking higher doses, using without prescription or combining it with substances like alcohol, posing significant risks. Professional supervision is essential for its use and individuals struggling with Xanax addiction should seek help from addiction recovery professionals to safely manage and overcome dependence.

Xanax and Xanax XR

Xanax and Xanax XR are two forms of the medication used to treat anxiety disorders with Xanax XR specifically approved for panic disorder. Xanax is an immediate-release tablet taken typically three times daily, releasing the medication quickly. In contrast, Xanax XR is an extended-release tablet that releases the drug slowly over 24 hours, usually taken once per day offering convenience and consistent symptom control.

Side effects of Xanax range from mild to serious. Mild effects include memory loss, constipation, hypotension, dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, coordination issues, concentration problems, speech difficulties, libido changes, appetite and weight changes and mild allergic reactions. These often resolve within a few days to weeks.

Serious side effects are less common but can include impaired driving ability, liver issues, seizures, hallucinations, risks of misuse and addiction, dependence and withdrawal and severe harm or death when combined with opioids, alongside severe allergic reactions. Immediate medical attention is recommended for serious side effects. For a comprehensive understanding of Xanax’s side effects and management strategies, consultation with a doctor or pharmacist is advised.

What is Xanax? Unraveling Xanax Addiction Guide

Xanax is a prescription benzodiazepine drug that primarily used for anxiety and panic disorders. Safely manage and overcome dependence to Xanax. Get help from qualified counsellors.

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