This is a picture of what the prescription medication, Xanax, looks like.

Xanax is used to treat mild to moderate anxiety and panic disorders in adults.

Valium is one of the many medications that treat the same thing as Xanax.  Other medications are Klonopin and Ativan.

Xanax belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines, which on the brain and nerves to produce a calming effect.  It works by enhancing the effects of a certain natural chemical in the body.

Side Effects: Drowsiness and dizziness, difficulty concentrating, increased saliva, change in sex drive or ability, difficult urination, changes in appetite or weight, nausea or constipation, headache, irritability, and talkativeness.

The typical dosage is 0.5 mg to 1.5 mg throughout the day.  If 4 mg or more is taken per day there is a risk of having extreme physical or mental dependence.

Xanax decrease abnormal brain activity and results in a calming effect on the body.  It sometimes triggers euphoria, which helps relieve anxiety and relaxes the body.

Xanax has 845 interactions with other drugs.  Some of them are acetaminophen, aspirin, balacet, inapsine, rescriptor, xyrem, etc..

The Dangers of Xanax:

  • nausea or vomiting
  • blurred vision
  • amnesia or forgetfulness
  • muscle control problems
  • short-term memory problems
  • addiction

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