Xanax Pills

A healthcare provider may prescribe Xanax® (alprazolam) to treat anxiety or panic disorder. 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 pills and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).
 
Xanax comes in the form of a tablet and is typically taken two or three times a day. The tablets are available in the following strengths:
 
  • Xanax 0.25 mg
  • Xanax 0.5 mg
  • Xanax 1 mg
  • Xanax 2 mg.
     
(Click Xanax for a more in-depth look at Xanax pills, including information on potential side effects, drug interactions, and safety concerns to be aware of before starting treatment.)
 
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