Due to the growth of diseases related to the mental disorders, neurosis, and anxious disorders, a great demand for the drugs providing a sedative action grows. One of the best sedative drugs is Xanax which has been approved by FDA.
Xanax is a strong sedative which effectively blocks anxiety. The drug contains an active ingredient Alprazolam.
This drug is a derivative of benzodiazepine and acts by means of binding to the benzodiazepine receptors. Xanax has a weaker soporific effect but it has a strong antianxious action. It is able to remove anxiety, fear, panic and concern.
The period of action of Xanax is short – just 8-10 hours, so that the drug should be used more than once per day. In spite of this, a prolonged use of Xanax does not cause severe side effects and the treatment is soft.
The drug helps to relax, calm down, and fall asleep faster even though Xanax does not provide a soporific effect.
Indications for the use
- somatic disorders on the background of mental disorders
- Anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
In what dose is Xanax used?
The pills of Xanax are used 2-3 times per day depending on the length of the action of a one-time therapeutic dose. Every person has a different sensitivity to Alprazolam, and therefore the treatment of the anxiety is started from the minimal dose of Xanax 0,5 mg.
Xanax 0,5 mg should be used 3 times per day, before meals, with a full glass of water. A therapeutic effect appears within 5-7 days. If the results of the treatment are absent in a week, the dose of Xanax is increased. The maximal daily dose of Xanax is 10 mg (3 times). The maximal length of the therapy is 3 months.
The treatment is gradually stopped in order to prevent the development of a withdrawal syndrome. It is necessary to lower the daily dose of Xanax by 0,5 mg every 3 days, and a minimal daily dose of Xanax should be achieved.
Peculiar signs of the overdose of Xanax are the following symptoms: consensual oscillating eye movements, reduced reflexes, the appearance of shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, low blood pressure and decreased heart rate, confusion.
Go to a doctor during the overdose as soon as possible, and maintain a respiratory and cardiovascular system.
- The therapeutic action is increased if Xanax is used with neuroleptic agents, antiepileptic drugs, and sleeping pills
- Xanax can enhance the intensity of the reduction of the blood pressure due to the use of the hypotensive medical products
- Avoid ethanol consumption in any form during the treatment
- Control the functions of liver, kidneys and cardiovascular system during the prolonged treatment
- Patients under 18 years old and pregnant women are contraindicated to take Xanax
The treatment should be terminated if unusual reactions such as highaggressiveness, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations appear.