Xanax Contraindications

Xanax is a powerful medication and should not be used without the knowledge of your physician.

There are numerous situations in which Xanax is not appropriate and may produce unintended harm. Please consult your doctor for alternatives to Xanax if any of the conditions listed below applies to you.

  • Pregnancy - Studies indicate an increased risk of birth defects in women using benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam (Xanax), during the first trimester of pregnancy. Women who are pregnant or who intend to become pregnant should consult a doctor before taking or continuing treatment involving Xanax.
  • Nursing - Alprazolam is excreted in breast milk. New mothers being treated with Xanax should not breastfeed their babies.
  • Age - Xanax is not to be taken by children under 18 and should be taken only in small doses by adults over 60.
  • Other Contraindications - Xanax should not be taken by patients who:
    • have myasthenia gravis or glaucoma.
    • have had a stroke.
    • have multiple sclerosis.
    • have Alzheimer's disease.
    • have a history of drug dependence.
    • are seriously depressed or have other brain disorders.
    • had negative reactions to other benzodiazepines.
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