Xanax (Alprazolam)


6/22/2015
05:21 | Author: Brooke Mason
Alprazolam 0.5 mg
Xanax (Alprazolam)

Alprazolam Intensol liquid is available in a bottle with a calibrated dropper with markings for various doses.

General guidelines for Xanax dosages:

Do not stop Xanax abruptly without talking to your doctor, because stopping the drug abruptly can make your condition worse.

A: I could not find any correlation between increased metabolism and the effects on Xanax. If that is the only change you have made in your daily activities, it may be considered as a possibility.

Xanax has not been proven safe or effective in children under 18.

Take the tablets with liquid (such as a glass of water). You can take them with or without food.

A: Studies have shown positive evidence of human fetal risk in mothers taking Xanax (alprazolam). This medication can cause birth defects in an unborn baby. You should check with your doctor to see if an alternative medication can be used based on your health status. The following link will provide additional information on pregnancy. /pregnancy/101.aspx.

Withdrawal from Xanax should be done under the supervision of a doctor, who will probably reduce your dosage gradually to prevent withdrawal symptoms.

Xanax may be habit-forming, so do not take higher doses of the medication or use it for a longer time than your doctor recommends. You can become tolerant, making the drug less effective.

But if you take several doses per day and miss a dose and it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule.

Always l your doctor what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements that you take, because these may interact with Xanax.

Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of your condition between doses. Do not increase the dose without talking to your doctor first, even if you think the medication doesn't work anymore.

Do not take Xanax if you are allergic to alprazolam, any of the inactive ingredients of the medication, or other benzodiazepines, like Librium, Tranxene, Valium, Ativan, or Serax and others.

A: It is not an exact science, since every person metabolizes medication differently, but each tablet lasts about 6 to 8 hours at levels to help your condition. The chemical composition of Xanax has metabolites that go into your system as the medication breaks down, and these metabolites can stick around for up to 24 hours.

A: Unfortunay, your question doesn't have a simple answer. Treatment with these types of medications is very patient-specific, and it's often based on trial and error. If you have had previous success with Xanax (alprazolam), you may want to contact your doctor and discuss this treatment option again. You should also discuss your concerns and reasons for switching treatments and decide, with your doctor, which treatment option best meets your individual needs. For additional information regarding Xanax, go to /drugs/xanax. Beth Isaac, PharmD.

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Call your doctor right away if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Xanax:

Talk to your doctor before drinking alcohol while on Xanax.

Before taking Xanax, l your doctor if you are pregnant. Medications like Xanax may cause birth defects, particularly if taken during the first trimester of pregnancy, and taking it later in pregnancy may have other harmful effects on your baby.

Before taking Xanax, l your doctor or pharmacist if you are using any of the following medications, which may interact with the drug and cause problems:

Xanax XR, extended release tablets, come in strengths of 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg, or 3 mg.

Xanax is the brand name of alprazolam, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety disorders.

A: Tramadol is in a drug class called opiate agonists. Tramadol is used for the management of moderate to moderay severe pain. Tramadol works by altering pain sensation in the body. Xanax (alprazolam) is in a drug class called benzodiazepines. Xanax is used in the treatment of anxiety disorders and panic disorders. Xanax is thought to work by affecting brain chemicals and lessening abnormal brain excitement. Derek Dore, PharmD.

l your doctor what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements that you take, because these may interact with Xanax. Also, l your doctor if you smoke.

If you think that you have used too much Xanax, or if you think someone else has, call your Poison Control Center at or call 9-1-1.

Do not drink alcohol while taking Xanax.

A: Studies have shown evidence of risk to the fetus in mothers taking Xanax (alprazolam). This medication can cause birth defects in an unborn baby. You should check with your doctor to see if an alternative medication can be used based on your health status.

Before taking Niravam, l your doctor if you are using any of the following medications:

Xanax withdrawal symptoms can include:

A: Xanax (alprazolam) ( /drugs/xanax ) is a benzodiazepine that works on chemicals in the brain that become unbalanced. Xanax is indicated for anxiety. Common side effects of Xanax include drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, muscle weakness, and blurred speech. Xanax may be habit-forming and should only be taken as the doctor prescribed. Symptoms of anxiety or restlessness may return once Xanax is stopped. If Xanax has been taken for a long period of time, withdrawal symptoms may occur. These symptoms include blurred vision, trouble concentrating, loss of appetite, muscle twitching, diarrhea, and tingling. ( /emotional-health/anxiety/index.aspx ). This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Xanax. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. When your doctor prescribes a new medication, be sure to discuss all your prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including dietary supplements, vitamins, botanicals, minerals, and herbals, as well as the foods you eat. Always keep a current list of the drugs and supplements you take and review it with your healthcare providers and your pharmacist. If possible, use one pharmacy for all your prescription medications and over-the-counter products. This allows your pharmacist to keep a complete record of all your prescription drugs and to advise you about drug interactions and side effects. l your health-care provider about any negative side effects from prescription drugs. You can also report them to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088. Kimberly Hotz, PharmD.

A: Xanax XR (alprazolam XR) is an extended-release formulation of alprazolam. It is commonly dosed once a day and indicated for patients with panic attacks. It is not indicated for anxiety disorder. For anxiety, alprazolam immediate release is often taken as needed because the onset is quick and duration is short. For frequent panic attacks, alprazolam can be taken around the clock to prevent attacks, which may be triggered by certain situation or condition. When alprazolam immediate release is taken around the clock, it may produce unwanted side effects due to fluctuation in blood concentration. The difference between the Xanax XR and immediate release is that the XR formulation has a slower rate of absorption, longer duration and has a more constant blood level. A dose of 0.5 mg every 6 hours around the clock means there is always alprazolam in the blood and the highest and lowest concentration is around every 6 hours. The Xanax XR may provide a more consistent and lower effective concentration, therefore resulting in a lower required dose with less side effects. Whether switching to Xanax XR is appropriate or not is a decision between the prescriber and the patient. Factors worth considering are dependency, tolerability of current medication and cost. For further information, please refer to the following links. /drugs/search?browse_type=m&q=xanax+xr&src=ww_ctsearch /emotional-health/anxiety/index.aspx /anxiety/how-to-handle-panic-attacks.aspx. Lori Mendoza, PharmD Mendoza, PharmD.

Swallow the tablet whole; do not chew, crush, or break it.

Niravam, alprazolam orally disintegrating tablets, comes in strengths of 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, or 2 mg.

Xanax is often abused for the fast-acting, relaxed "high" it can give to people who take it, including people without a prescription.

Most side effects with Xanax happen when first starting the medication and these usually go away.

Other uses include treatment of depression and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Long-term abuse and addiction to Xanax is associated with depression, psychotic experiences, and aggressive or impulsive behavior, according to the Coalition Against Drug Abuse.

Alprazolam orally disintegrating tablets, Niravam, are made by Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

Do not take Xanax if you have narrow-angle glaucoma.

Xanax is not safe to use while breastfeeding, either. l your doctor if you are breastfeeding your baby before taking Xanax, because taking the medication while nursing can cause harmful side effects to the nursing baby.

Xanax is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, and is available in several forms including tablets, a liquid, disintegrating tablets, and extended release tablets.

Mix the dose of the concentrated oral solution with liquid or semi-solid food such as water, juice, applesauce or pudding.

Symptoms of an overdose include extreme drowsiness, confusion, impaired coordination, diminished reflexes, or coma.

A: One tablet of either Valium or Xanax can stay in your system for up to 3 days. If you take this medication on a daily basis, it can be in your system for up to 30 days after stopping treatment. There is no one answer to this question, because it depends on how long you have taken the medication and the daily dosage.

A: Xanax (alprazolam) ( /drugs/xanax ) is a benzodiazepine that works on chemicals in the brain that become unbalanced. Xanax is indicated for anxiety. Common side effects of Xanax include drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, muscle weakness, and blurred speech. Xanax may be habit-forming and should only be taken as the doctor prescribed. ( /emotional-health/anxiety/index.aspx ). Symptoms of anxiety and restlessness may return once the Xanax is discontinued. Withdrawal symptoms may occur after using Xanax for a long period of time. Withdrawal symptoms include blurred vision, loss of appetite, diarrhea, trouble concentrating, and numbness and tingling. This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Xanax. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. When your doctor prescribes a new medication, be sure to discuss all your prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including dietary supplements, vitamins, botanicals, minerals, and herbals, as well as the foods you eat. Always keep a current list of the drugs and supplements you take and review it with your healthcare providers and your pharmacist. If possible, use one pharmacy for all your prescription medications and over-the-counter products. This allows your pharmacist to keep a complete record of all your prescription drugs and to advise you about drug interactions and side effects. l your health-care provider about any negative side effects from prescription drugs. You can also report them to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088. Kimberly Hotz, PharmD.

Alcohol can worsen Xanax side effects, such as drowsiness, confusion, and unsteadiness.

A: I wouldn't say that it is harmful. Obviously it depends on the dose and frequency the medication is taken. In many cases, taking a Xanax (alprazolam) would be preferable than having alcoholic beverage for some people. I always recommend having yearly check ups with your physician and having both kidney and liver function tests performed. However, I have yet to run into any serious consequences for people using Xanax for 20 years. Abusing the medication is a different story. Feel free to visit us here for more information: /xanax Matt Curley, PharmD.

Xanax can harm a developing fetus.

A: Xanax (alprazolam) is a highly potent, short-acting benzodiazepine primarily used to treat moderate to severe anxiety disorders (e.g., social anxiety disorder) and panic attacks. Generally speaking, drug interactions fall into three main categories: Drug-drug (i.e., prescription, over-the-counter, herbals, dietary supplements) interactions occur when two or more drugs react with each other. Drug-diet (food/drink) interactions result from drugs reacting with foods or drinks. Drug-disease interactions may occur when an existing medical condition makes certain drugs potentially harmful. Antacids (calcium) may decrease the serum concentration of benzodiazepines, however, no action is required. For more detailed information, consult with your physician or pharmacist for guidance based on your specific condition and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Shereen A. Gharbia, PharmD.

Xanax is prescribed for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), anxiety associated with depression, and panic disorder.

Do not take Xanax if you are taking the antifungal medications Sporanox or Nizoral.

A: The medication Xanax comes in the following strengths: 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg.

Xanax is made by Pfizer and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1981. It's also available as a generic drug.

The dose of Xanax you take will depend on which condition you have and your age, as well as which form of medication you use.

Discard an opened bottle within 90 days after opening.

A: According to Clinical Pharmacology, when taken at the recommended dose, an uncommon side effect of Xanax (Alprazolam) is seizures. This side effect was reported in less than 1 percent of patients taking alprazolam in clinical studies. With short-term and long-term use of alprazolam, patients may experience withdrawal symptoms including seizures. If you experience a seizure while taking alprazolam, it is considered a serious side effect and you should contact your doctor immediay. To minimize the possibilities of this serious side effect, alprazolam should be taken only as prescribed and not with any other drugs that affect brain chemicals unless they are prescribed by a doctor who is aware of all the medications a patient is taking. It is also important to not take the medication with alcohol. /drugs/xanax http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a684001.html /emotional-health/anxiety/index.aspx Leslie Ako-Mbo, PharmD.

Take the missed Xanax dose as soon as you remember.

The tablets are scored and you can split them.

A: According to the studies conducted on Xanax (alprazolam), one of the side effects reported was change in weight. If you have experienced weight gain, with no changes in diet or activity level, you may want to contact your health care provider. For additional information on Xanax (alprazolam) or weight management you may want to visit our Web site: /drugs/xanax and /weight/calories.aspx.

A: The average half life of Xanax (alprazolam) for adults is approximay 11.2 hours. The immediate release formulation has a half life range of 6.3-26.9 hours and the extended release has a range of 10.7 to 15.8 hours. Half life is defined as the amount of time it requires for approximay one half of the medication to be out of the system. Most sources state that it takes 4-5 half lives for a medication to be compley removed from the body after stopping the medication. Therefore it would take approximay 56 hours for the medication to be out of the system. This is just an estimate as there are wide ranges in the half life values for Xanax and elimination of a medication is based on many patient specific variables. Talk with your health care provider regarding questions and concerns you have about prescription medications. Jen Marsico, RPh.

The most common side effects of Xanax are:

Xanax tablets are available in strengths of 0.25 milligrams (mg), 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg.

A: According to the studies conducted on Xanax (alprazolam), one of the side effects reported was change in weight. If you have experienced weight gain, with no changes in diet or activity level, you may want to contact your health care provider. For additional information on Xanax (alprazolam) or weight management you may want to visit our Web site: /drugs/xanax and /weight/calories.aspx.

A: Xanax should not cause any type of skin reaction. If you are experiencing unexplained rash, hives, itching, or swelling, this could be a sign of an allergic reaction to the medication. You should consult with your physician if any of the above are occurring.

This is typical of many benzodiazepine drugs, including Ativan, Librium, Valium, and others.

However, you should talk to doctor about any side effects you have, particularly if they are severe or do not go away.

Xanax can make you drowsy and decrease your ability to drive safely or operate machinery. You may become particularly sleepy if Xanax is taken with other drugs that cause drowsiness, or if you are elderly or debilitated.

Do not take an extra dose to make up for a missed one.

Taking the medication with liquid is not necessary. You may take it with water if you prefer.

An overdose of Xanax can be fatal.

A: There is some information that Xanax (alprazolam) can cause either increases or decreases in weight. This is a rare side effect, but it is included in the package insert. If you are gaining unusual weight or retaining fluids, contact your health care provider. Do not stop taking any medications without consulting with your provider first.

Xanax should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

A: Xanax is used daily on a routine basis. It may be habit-forming, but some people are more prone to this than others. If you wish to stop taking this medication, first talk to your health care provider, then taper off by slowly decreasing your daily dose. For more information, go to /drugs/xanax. Gerry Levy, RPh.

Also, certain medications that decrease stomach acid can slow the rate at which Niravam (alprazolam orally disintegrating tablets) get into the body.

Xanax and other benzodiazepines are among the most widely abused drugs available today.

The liquid form of the drug, Alprazolam Intensol, is made by Roxane.

A: There are no known drug interactions found between Xanax (alprazolam) and the following over-the-counter medications: vitamin C, Caltrate, zinc, and Metamucil. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about your prescription or over-the-counter medications. Do not start or stop any medications or treatments without first talking to your doctor. I believe you will find the following links at also very helpful for your current situation. /drugs/xanax Jennifer Carey, PharmD.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), benzodiazepines such as Xanax were responsible for most of the emergency-room visits attributed to central-nervous system depressants in 2009.

A: According to the prescribing information for Xanax (alprazolam), safety and effectiveness have not been established in patients younger than 18 years of age. You may want to contact your daughter's health care provider to discuss treatment options. For additional information regarding Xanax (alprazolam), you may want to visit our website. /drugs/xanax Beth Isaac, PharmD.

Take once daily, usually in the morning with liquid (such as a glass of water).

Before taking Xanax, l your doctor if you have:

Common Conditions.

A: Xanax is a pregnancy category D. Xanax can cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Xanax should not be taken during pregnancy without the doctor.

The extended-release tablets, Xanax XR, are made by Pfizer (other drug companies make generic alprazolam extended-release tablets).

Before taking Xanax, talk to your doctor about drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit while taking this medication, because grapefruit may change the way the drug works in your body.


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