Xanax is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat anxiety. Xanax is also known by its drug name, Alprazolam. Xanax is sometimes prescribed to treat neurological symptoms in people with food allergies. Since the FDA has not approved Xanax specifically for this usage, it may be considered “off-label.”
Xanax is an anxiolytic (antianxiety medication) of the benzodiazepine class. Xanax is believed to work by decreasing the excitability of neurons in the brain.
How do I take it?
Xanax is generally taken as needed up to three times a day.
Xanax comes in tablet form.
The FDA-approved label for Xanax lists common side effects including sleepiness, dizziness, blurry vision, trouble remembering, poor coordination or balance, slurred speech, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Xanax include suicidal thoughts, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), and hallucinations.
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