Most people experience some amount of stress, whether it is caused by work, money, family conflicts, relationship issues, or insecure feelings about themselves. Stress, worry, and nervousness are unpleasant sensations but are generally considered indicators of an issue in your life that needs to be addressed and resolved. It is when stress, worry, or nervousness prevent you from functioning normally or make you feel out of control that you have probably developed an anxiety disorder.
What is GAD?
People who have Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) often have a hard time relaxing or concentrating. To further complicate their condition, most people have trouble falling or staying asleep, which results in restlessness, fatigue, and irritability. In addition, many people also experience physical symptoms, including:
- Muscle tension
- Gastrointestinal problems
The main symptom of GAD is an exaggerated state of worry that persists for many months. Most people experience stress and worry at some point in their lives, but most people don’t suffer from GAD. Research suggests that the following factors contribute to GAD:
- Genetics—a family history of anxiety
- Biochemical makeup—an imbalance in the neurotransmitters in the brain
- Psychological factors
Alprazolam is commonly prescribed for the short-term treatment of anxiety disorders. Since it provides relatively quick relief of anxiety symptoms, alprazolam (trade name Xanax) is unfortunately the most commonly abused benzodiazepine.
As with all benzodiazepines, it is necessary to be cautious of using alprazolam under certain conditions or with other drugs. People who are considering using alprazolam should tell their medical professional if any of the following applies to them:
- Alcohol or drug dependency
- Myasthenia gravis (an autoimmune disorder)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or other breathing problems
- Pulmonary insufficiency
- Acute narrow-angle glaucoma
- Severe liver deficiencies
- Kidney disease
- Sleep apnea
- Allergic reaction to any other benzodiazepines
- Pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
- Thoughts of suicide
In addition, children, teens, and the elderly should be extremely cautious about using alprazolam because they are all at an increased risk of side effects.
Further, if a medical professional determines that you are a good candidate for alprazolam, you should not purchase the medication from the Internet or from vendors outside the United States. Since these sources are not regulated, medications may contain dangerous ingredients, or may not be distributed by a licensed pharmacy.
If you or a loved one is addicted to alprazolam, please call our toll free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about alprazolam addiction treatment. We are here to help.
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