Xanax, also known as alprazolam, is a prescription medication used to treat the symptoms associated with anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder . Xanax belongs to a group of anti-anxiety medications called benzodiazepines which work by inhibiting the chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety.

Xanax is available in tablet form to be taken three or four times day and extended release tablet form which is taken once daily with a full glass of water. Common side effects that may occur when using Xanax include drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, vomiting, clumsiness, depression, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, difficulty or pain when urinating, headache, vivid dreams, decreased sex drive or changes in behavior.

If you have difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue, hives or sores in the throat or mouth, rash, yellowing of the eyes or skin, confusion, hallucinations or a change in vision, contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention immediately:

Xanax may also be used to treat agoraphobia or other disorders as prescribed by your doctor.

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