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Xanax® (alprazolam) is commonly known as a central nervous system depressant (CNS depressant). It is mainly used for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder, but panic disorder can also be treated with Xanax.
 
Panic disorder is a specific type of anxiety disorder. People with panic disorder have recurrent, unexpected feelings of extreme fear and dread that strike for no apparent reason. These feelings can cause a racing heart, rapid breathing, sweating, and shakiness.
 
These "attacks" can send people to the hospital believing they are having a heart attack. A panic attack may even occur when the person is not in a situation that would normally create stress, anxiety, or fear.
 
Sometimes, people deal with panic disorder by avoiding situations and places that may lead to a panic attack. This, combined with the fear of having a panic attack in public, can lead people to avoid social interaction and can cause people to become "housebound." This problem is known as agoraphobia and often accompanies panic disorder.
 
Xanax is approved as a panic disorder treatment and can be used to treat people with or without agoraphobia.
 
(Click Xanax Uses for more information about treating panic disorder with Xanax, to find out how this medication works, and for a list of possible off-label uses for this drug.)
 
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