Xanax (alprazolam) is a commonly prescribed medication. It is used to treat a number of different conditions. If you experience any of these various conditions, your doctor may suggest Xanax. Here is some more information on the uses of this medication.
Xanax for anxiety
First, let's consider the use of Xanax for anxiety, which is the primary use of the drug. If a person has a panic disorder, Xanax can relieve the symptoms by changing the speed at which certain chemicals move through the brain. Slowing this process can help to relieve the symptoms of a chemical imbalance. Xanax works quickly and begin to alleviate symptoms within just 15 minutes.
Xanax for sleep
Some have been prescribed Xanax for sleep disorders. This is because one of the major side effects of the medication (as well as other benzodiazepines) is drowsiness. Therefore, if a person suffers from insomnia, Xanax may be prescribed to help the individual fall asleep. Anxiety can also cause a person to have difficulty falling asleep, which means the medication can assist the person in two ways. The primary purpose is to alleviate anxiety, but trouble sleeping should hopefully be resolved as well. The reduced anxiety should keep the patient from having their worries keep them awake.
Xanax for depression
It is also possible to obtain a prescription for Xanax for depression. This is because depression can often also cause anxiety. Again, Xanax is primarily an anti anxiety medication. In this case, the medication is primarily used to treat a specific symptom of the depression.
Whether Xanax is prescribed for anxiety, sleep issues, or depression, it needs to be used properly to maximize the benefits and minimize side effects. Always take Xanax according to the way that your doctor has prescribed it. Taking Xanax for something other than what it is prescribed for can be dangerous. Also, be sure not to mix this drug with other medications unless your doctor has prescribed those as well. Alcohol can increase the effects of Xanax and should be avoided when taking this medication, regardless of the purpose.
One concern that some have is that a potential side effect of the drug is a paradoxical reaction. This means that whatever you were prescribed Xanax for, whether it be anxiety, sleeping problems, or depression, could potentially become worse instead of better. If this rare side effect occurs, tell your doctor immediately so that you can receive an alternate form of treatment.