Alprazolam is a commonly prescribed medication for the short-term treatment of anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and moderate to severe stress. Also known by the brand name Xanax, it is the most commonly abused benzodiazepine drug.
Allergic Reaction to Alprazolam
When taken as prescribed, most people can tolerate alprazolam with few side effects. As is true with any medication the first time it is used, it is unknown whether a person may have an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the medication. A person will require immediate medical attention if he or she experiences any of these symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Yellowing of skin or eyes
Common Side Effects of Alprazolam
Common side effects of alprazolam may include:
- Change in libido
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry mouth
- Impaired coordination and balance
- Increase in appetite
- Short-term memory loss
- Skin rash
- Slurred speech
- Suicidal thoughts
- Urinary retention
Serious Side Effects of Alprazolam
A physician should be notified immediately in the case of rare but serious side effects, which may include the following:
- Aggression, rage, or hostility
- Agitation, hyperactivity, mania, or restlessness
- Muscle twitching or tremors
Alprazolam Abuse Statistics
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 1.9 million teenagers (or 7.7%) aged twelve to seventeen abused prescription drugs in 2008. In fact, the findings suggest that each day an average of two thousand teenagers aged twelve to seventeen used a prescription drug without a doctor’s guidance for the first time.
Another study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) found that benzodiazepines, the class of drugs which includes alprazolam, were the most recreationally abused pharmaceuticals. The primary reason associated with this misuse is how readily available the drugs are. The study found that 35% of drug-related visits to the emergency room were associated with the misuse of benzodiazepines.
Research studies also show that prescription drug abuse is increasing in the high school student age group, particularly in the upper and middle classes.
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