Alprazolam is prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety associated with moderate depression. It works to slow down chemicals in the brain that have become unbalanced and produces a calming effect.
Alprazolam for Treating Panic Disorder
Alprazolam is FDA-approved for the short-term treatment (up to eight weeks) of panic disorder. Panic disorder is characterized by severe, recurring panic attacks. Common symptoms of an attack can include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Uncontrollable fear
Some individuals experience these attacks on a regular basis, sometimes daily or weekly, and they typically range from one to twenty minutes. In the most severe cases, the attack will not stop until medical intervention occurs. Physicians generally do not prescribe alprazolam to treat panic disorders for longer than eight weeks because the medication will gradually lose its efficiency.
Alprazolam for Treating Anxiety Disorders
Alprazolam is also prescribed for the management of anxiety disorders or the short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety. It can be used for the short-term treatment (two to four weeks) of severe acute anxiety and for anxiety associated with depression. Alprazolam is the only benzodiazepine drug that has an antidepressant effect, although studies show that the antidepressant qualities of alprazolam are weak in comparison to antidepressant medications.
Other Uses of Alprazolam
Although alprazolam is mainly prescribed to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks, it may also be prescribed to treat pre-menstrual tension, depression, and agoraphobia (fear of public places and open spaces).
Alprazolam Addiction Help
Although alprazolam can be safely used when taken as prescribed, it has a high potential for abuse and it is easy to form a dependency on the drug, which can lead to addiction.
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