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Xanax® (alprazolam) is a prescription drug commonly used for reducing anxiety. It is also approved for the treatment of panic disorder.
 
Xanax comes in tablet form and is available in four different strengths. It is taken by mouth, typically two or three times a day (with or without food). It is important to know that Xanax may cause serious problems if you take it at higher dosages or for a longer time than your healthcare provider recommends.
 
This medicine is a type of benzodiazepine that works by enhancing the effects of a brain chemical that is naturally calming. Benzodiazepines have several effects on the body, including:
 
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Causing sleepiness
  • Relaxing muscles
  • Stopping seizures
  • Impairing short-term memory.
     
(To learn more about this medication, click Xanax. This article offers a complete overview, including information on side effects, dosing guidelines, drug warnings, and more.)
 
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