Xanax is prescribed for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), anxiety associated with depression, and panic disorder.
Other uses include treatment of depression. alprazolam xanax.
Xanax is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, and is available in several forms, including tablets, a liquid, disintegrating tablets, and extended-release tablets.
Xanax is made by Pfizer and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1981. It’s also available as a generic drug.
The liquid form of the drug, Alprazolam Intensol, is made by West-Ward Pharmaceuticals.
Alprazolam orally disintegrating tablets, Niravam, are made by Jazz Pharmaceuticals.
Xanax XR extended-release tablets are also made by Pfizer; other drug companies make generic alprazolam extended-release tablets, too.
The FDA warns that there are serious risks associated with using Xanax or other benzodiazepines at the same time as opioid analgesics, like oxycodone and hydrocodone, among others, or with opioid-containing cough products.
Taking opioids and benzodiazepines together can result in extreme sleepiness, slowed or difficult breathing, coma, or death.
You should talk to your doctor about alternative treatments as well as the serious risks involved before taking opioids and benzodiazepines like Xanax together.
Do not take Xanax if you’re allergic to alprazolam, any of the inactive ingredients in the medication, or other benzodiazepines, like Librium, Tranxene, Valium, Ativan, Serax, and others.
Do not take Xanax if you have acute narrow-angle glaucoma.
Do not take Xanax if you’re taking the antifungal drugs Sporanox (itraconazole) or Nizoral (ketoconazole).
Xanax can make you drowsy and decrease your ability to drive safely or operate machinery. You may become particularly sleepy if Xanax is taken with other drugs that cause drowsiness, or if you’re elderly or debilitated.
Xanax may be habit-forming, so do not take higher doses of the medication or use it for a longer time than your doctor recommends.
Before taking Xanax, tell your doctor if you have:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Asthma or other breathing problems
- History of alcoholism or drug abuse
- Liver or kidney problems
- Epilepsy or a history of seizures
Tell your doctor what other prescription and nonprescription drugs, vitamins, and nutritional supplements you take, because these may interact with Xanax. Also, tell your doctor if you smoke.
Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of your condition between doses. Do not increase the dose without talking to your doctor first, even if you think the medication doesn’t work anymore.