XANAX is a trade name of alprazolam, which is a short-acting drug of the benzodiazepine class. Clinical research confirms that Xanax has quickly become one of the marvels of the pharmaceutical industry. It is very powerful as well as a very safe medication- research literature and information from clinical experience have concluded. Xanax has become the best-selling antianxiety drug, because of its powerful effectiveness. Xanax is used for treating panic and anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders are characterized by unrealistic worry, causing symptoms of restlessness, trembling, shortness of breath, aches, smothering sensation, sweating, cold clammy hands, flushing, exaggerated startle responses, problems concentrating. Also it may be prescribed to alleviate difficulty sleeping for patients with manic depression. Xanax acts on the brain and central nervous system to produce a calming effect.
Available forms of xanax are oral disintegrating tablets in 0.25, 0.5, 1, and 2 mg dosage. Xanax can be taken with or without food. Treatment usually begins with a dose of 0.5 mg three times a day for treating anxiety. The dose of xanax in this case may be increased at intervals of 3 to 4 days; maximum dose is 4 mg daily. For treating panic attacks the starting dose of xanax is 0.5 mg 3 times daily. Doses also can be increased every 3-4 days but no more than 1 mg daily. Panic attacks can require higher dosages of xanax: the effective dose for preventing them may be as high as 6 mg daily.
Since everyone responds differently there is no set period of how long a patient needs to take xanax. After about a week of regular use, most of the patients with generalized anxiety disorder frequently feel much better. In any case, reduction of xanax dose must be gradual and must be undertaken under close supervision of health provider.
The serious side effects are unlikely during the treatment with xanax as well as serious allergic reactions but immediate medical attention needed if it occurs.