Xanax® (alprazolam) is a prescription drug often used for treating anxiety. It is also approved for the treatment of panic disorder.
There are a number of potential dangers that you should be aware of before starting this medication. It is important to know that as a controlled substance, Xanax has the potential to be abused. The medicine can cause psychological and physical dependence and is generally not recommended for people with a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
Since Xanax could worsen certain existing conditions, you should talk to your healthcare provider before using this drug if you have depression, lung problems, or liver or kidney disease.
As with any medication, side effects are possible with Xanax. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with this medication include memory problems, increased appetite, drowsiness, and coordination problems.
(Click Xanax Side Effects and Xanax Warnings and Precautions to learn about other possible dangers of Xanax and to find out which side effects of the medicine are potentially serious.)