Xanax is typically used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. Xanax belongs to the benzodiazepines group of drug. As with all Benzodiazepines you should not drink alcohol or mix other drugs when taking Xanax.
Pregnant women, women nursing babies and people prone to drug and alcohol abuse should not take Xanax. It has been shown in laboratory studies that the Xanax is present in the milk of lab animals. This is the primary reason nursing mother should not take the drug. Because it is potentially habit forming it is critical a patient follows the dosage directions exactly. If a dosage is missed it is always best to contact your doctor for advice prior to taking another dosage. Never double up on dosages and make sure you take your dosage with a full glass of water to help absorption into your system.
Xanax is typically taken in smaller dosages three to four times a day. Each time the patient takes a dosage they are getting their body accustom to the drug. It is also building up a small reserve in their body. Typically it takes a person seven days before the full benefits of the Xanax start. As with all drugs it is important to completely take all medication that is prescribed. At no time should a patient go off their Xanax without consultation and approval by their primary doctor. The potential withdrawal symptoms can be problematic so always check before stopping any medication.
Although Xanax is used for anxiety disorders it is not advisable to use the medicine for depression or forms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This family of drugs is known to increase excitement and at times irritability in patients you should monitor closely for any symptoms.
Xanax is used worldwide as a treatment for Anxiety disorders, and will continue to help thousands of people for many years to come.
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