Alprazolam is a highly potent prescription drug that slows down chemicals in the brain that have become unbalanced. It is prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety associated with moderate depression. It is also known by the brand names Xanax, Xanor, Alprax, and Niravam.
Taking alprazolam over an extended period of time can lead to dependency accompanied by uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms can range from mild dysphoria and insomnia to more severe symptoms that may include abdominal and muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, tremors, and convulsions.
What Should I Discuss With My Doctor Before Taking Alprazolam?
You should tell your doctor if you have any drug allergies before taking alprazolam. Also, you may be unable to take this medication, or your doctor may need to adjust your dose, if you have any of the following conditions:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, or other breathing problems
- Kidney or liver disease
- A history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior
- A history of drug or alcohol addiction
When Should Alprazolam Not Be Taken?
Do not take alprazolam if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, because alprazolam may cause birth defects in an unborn baby. You should also not take alprazolam if you are breastfeeding, because the medication can pass into breast milk and potentially harm the baby.
You should also not use this medication if you:
- Have arrow-angle glaucoma
- Are also taking itraconazole (Sporanox) or ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- Are allergic to benzodiazepines such as Librium, Tranxene, Valium, Ativan, or Serax
Alprazolam Addiction Help
Although alprazolam can be safely used to treat anxiety conditions, it is easy to form a dependency on the drug, which can lead to many negative long-term effects.
If you have any questions about alprazolam or if you have developed an addiction to alprazolam, please call our toll free number today. We are here to help, and consultants are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have.