The main uses of Alprazolam include depression and anxiety. This medication is commonly known by its brand name, Xanax. This medication helps to balance the chemicals in the brain that can lead to depression or anxiety. It is recommended for the patient to also receive behavioral therapy in conjunction with the use of this medication.
Each person has different brain chemistry. Identifying the right amount of Alprazolam to prescribe to balance the chemicals takes time. The doctor will offer a low dose to start with and monitor progress. If there isn’t significant improvement, then the dose may be increased at intervals until the best results are identified. It is important to take this medication daily, even when the patient feels better. For the best results, it should be taken at the same time each day.
The starting dose is typically 5 mg per day. Patients should never alter their dose on their own without the consent of the doctor. The use of this medication can be habit forming. When a patient no longer is going to use it, tapering off the dose is important to prevent withdrawal symptoms. This medication is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.
The higher the dose is, the more likely a person is to have side effects. Most people find the side effects to be very mild with the use of Alprazolam. It can take several weeks of use before the side effects diminish. They can include:
- Dry mouth
- Sleeping more or less than before
Don’t drive a vehicle or operate machinery until you know how your body will respond to Alprazolam.
If you experience any of these serious side effects, you need to seek medical attention immediately due to an allergic reaction.
- Trouble breathing
- Trouble urinating
- Swelling of the face
Individuals taking Alprazolam and their support system need to realize that it can initially increase the risk of suicidal thoughts. Knowing where to get help and identifying any such scenarios is very important. This medication isn’t recommended for anyone that has serious breathing problems including lung issues or COPD. It isn’t recommended for those with Glaucoma, liver problems, or kidney disease. Women who are pregnant or nursing shouldn’t use this medication. Women taking Alprazolam should take precautions to prevent pregnancy.