Xanax is popularly known as Alprazolam. This drug is prescribed by the health care professionals for the treatment of moderate to severe disorders of anxiety and panic attacks. Xanax may become addictive drug of used for a long period and is therefore recommended only for a short-term use. It is an anti-anxiety medication that is used to treat manic disorders and depression belonging to the benzodiapine family. The drug is fund to be effective in various mental disorders.
Just as any other drug, Xanax may also have some side effects for the patients. In most cases, it has been found that the drug does not have any side effects. Side effects are usually a result of high dosage and lack of supervision by a health care professional.
Common Side Effects of Xanax
In many cases, the side effects of Xanax are temporary in nature and fade away after a few days. For some, the symptoms of side effects may persist and be a cause of concern. In case the patients experience any bothersome signs by taking Xanax, they must immediately check with their health care professional. Some of the common side effects of Xanax include uneasiness, clumsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness and slurred speech. These symptoms must not be taken lightly as they may lead to some other severe medical complications if left unattended at the initial stage.
Some patients may also experience abdominal pain or cramps in the stomach after taking Xanax. If the pain persists for a long time, the health care professional must be consulted immediately. Some other patients may experience blurred vision or some other changes in vision. The patients may also experience some changes in sexual desires or ability. For others, it may be the constipation or diarrhea, muscle spasm, or unusual tiredness along with the weakness. In some cases, the patients may feel dryness of mouth and have an increased thirst level or they may have increased watering in the mouth. Some patients may have a false sense of complete well-being. There are times when the patients feel trembling and shaking and have problems with urination. The symptoms of side effects may occur one at a time or there may be multiple problems. In all the cases, if the patient is getting too bothered with the side effects, proper advice of a health care professional may be taken to prevent any future complications.
Less Common Side Effects of Xanax
There are some symptoms that must not be ignored at all and the health care professional must be notified immediately. The symptoms such as increased rate of heartbeat, anxiety, fast pounding of heart or irregular heartbeats must be taken seriously. Some of these symptoms may be common among the patients of older age groups and can be a cause of concern. Some patients may feel loss of memory while in some cases; the patients tend to forget the events after taking some other benzodiazepine.
In still rare cases, the patients may experience delusions or may have false beliefs that cannot be changed by even telling the facts to the patient. Some patients may have some abnormal thinking or disorientation. They may experience unusual behavior changes and feel agitated over trivial matters. The patients may behave aggressively and have frequent outbursts of anger. There may be instances of bizarre behavior and the patients may experience hallucinations. The patients may see, hear and feel things that are not actually present. In rare cases, some patients are found to be feeling unusually excited or irritated. In some cases, it has been observed that the patients get skin rashes and itching after taking Xanax. They have unusual bleeding and bruising or have ulcers in the mouth. Some people may even have low blood pressure.
It is important that a health care professional be consulted immediately if the patients experience any of the symptoms.