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Xanax (alprazolam) belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. It works by slowing down the movement of chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. This results in a reduction in nervous tension (anxiety). Xanax is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression. Do not use Xanax if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Do not use Xanax if you are allergic to alprazolam or to other benzodiazepines, such as chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), or oxazepam (Serax). Do not drink alcohol while taking Xanax.
This medication can increase the effects of alcohol. Xanax may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed. You should not take Xanax if you have: narrow-angle glaucoma, if you are also taking itraconazole (Sporanox) or ketoconazole (Nizoral), if you are allergic to alprazolam or to other benzodiazepines, such as chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), or oxazepam (Serax). To make sure you can safely take Xanax, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions: asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or other breathing problems, glaucoma, kidney or liver disease (especially alcoholic liver disease), a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior, a history of drug or alcohol addiction. Xanax may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself, unusual risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger, confusion, hyperactivity, agitation, hostility, hallucinations, feeling like you might pass out, urinating less than usual or not at all, chest pain, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest, uncontrolled muscle movements, tremor, seizure (convulsions), jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Less serious Xanax side effects may include: drowsiness, dizziness, feeling tired or irritable, blued vision, headache, memory problems, trouble concentrating, sleep problems (insomnia), swelling in your hands or feet, muscle weakness, lack of balance or coordination, slurred speech, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, increased sweating, dry mouth, stuffy nose, appetite or weight changes, loss of interest in sex.
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