Over the Counter Xanax
Xanax® (alprazolam) is a medication commonly used to treat anxiety and panic disorder. This medication is only available with a prescription; there is no version of it available over the counter. Xanax is part of a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. These drugs have several effects on the body, including:
- Reducing anxiety
- Causing sleepiness
- Relaxing muscles
- Stopping seizures
- Impairing short-term memory.
All medicines in this category can have these effects to some degree, depending on the specific benzodiazepine that is being taken. They work in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical that is naturally calming. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why Xanax and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).
Although most people do not experience problems with this medication, Xanax can cause side effects. Some of the common side effects include drowsiness and coordination problems. Xanax comes in the form of a tablet and is typically taken two or three times a day.
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