What is Xanax ?
Xanax is the brand name for generic alprazolam. It comes under the benzodiazepine class of drugs and a central nervous system active compound.
Xanax is a Schedule 4 controlled substance under the CSA (Controlled Substance Act) and thus have a high-risk factor of addiction, abuse, and misuse.
The benzodiazepine medications like Xanax works between the brain and the central nervous system (nerves). Xanax acts on the neurotransmitters that are responsible for maintaining primary body functions. It boosts the levels of GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) receptors to impart the effects of relaxation and calmness in the body.
What is the use of Xanax pills ?
Xanax is mainly useful in the treatment of:
- Anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Short term symptoms of anxiety
- Anxiety associated with depression
All of the conditions mentioned above are responsive to Xanax.
What Xanax 0.5mg pill look like ?
Xanax 0.5mg pills are peach or orange in color, oval-shaped, having an imprint “XANAX 0.5mg”. They come pre-scored for ease of use. Apart from active ingredient alprazolam, Xanax 0.5mg pills also contain inactive ingredients sodium benzoate, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, lactose, docusate sodium, corn starch, cellulose, and an FDA approved color additive FD & C Yellow No. 6.
Dosage of Xanax 0.5mg :
A doctor must individualize the dosage regime for each patient to achieve maximum benefit according to the severeness of the condition and other factors related to each patient.
Anxiety Disorder: Initial dose for the patients of anxiety disorder and transient symptoms of anxiety is half or one tablet of Xanax 0.5mg given three times a day. Increase the doses at an interval of three to four days for complete relief. The maximum dosage for the anxiety disorder patients is four tablets of Xanax 0.5mg per day.
Panic Disorder: The initial dose for the patients of panic disorder is one tablet of Xanax 0.5mg given three times a day. Doctor titrate this dose at an interval of three to four days as required by a patient. An average daily dose is five to seven milligrams for most of the patients. The maximum daily dosage if 10 milligrams per day.
Side effects of Xanax :
Frequently recurring side effects of Xanax include:
- Increased saliva production
- Changes in sex drive