Problems With Xanax

Xanax® (alprazolam) is a prescription medicine used for treating generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. It belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines.
Most people appear to respond well to this medication, but it is possible to develop problems. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with this medicine include fatigue and tiredness, coordination problems, drowsiness, and increased appetite. Xanax side effects are generally minor and do not require medical attention in most cases.
However, some Xanax problems (while occurring infrequently) are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Depression (or worsening of existing depression)
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • Problems with balance or falling down
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety, excitation, or agitation
  • Hostility, aggression, or rage
  • Hallucinations
  • Yellow eyes or skin (jaundice)
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including unexplained rash, hives, itching, and unexplained swelling.
(Click Xanax Side Effects to learn about the possible side effects of this medication, including other potentially serious problems that require immediate medical attention.)
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