Xanax is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks. It is a benzodiazepine, which means that it works by increasing the amount of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in your brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate relaxation and sleep, so when you take Xanax, it reduces anxiety levels by increasing the amount of GABA in your body.
Xanax works quickly and effectively, but can cause serious side effects and withdrawal symptoms. The most common side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, restlessness and difficulty concentrating. Less common side effects may include headache or nausea; if these occur, do not drive or operate heavy machinery until they go away. You should also be aware that alcohol can increase some of these side effects as well; avoid drinking alcohol while taking Xanax if possible.
The most dangerous side effect is respiratory depression; this occurs when the drug slows down breathing too much so that it becomes dangerously shallow or even stops altogether for a period of time. If this happens, call 911 immediately; do not wait for the symptoms to go away on their own because they could deteriorate into something worse very quickly!
Common Side Effects
Benzodiazepines are prescribed for short-term treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and panic disorder. They can also be used to help with the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. While these drugs are effective at reducing symptoms, they do come with side effects and possible withdrawal symptoms that you should be aware of before starting treatment.
The most common side effects of Xanax include:
- slurred speech
- fainting or falling asleep suddenly while doing an activity like driving or working around heavy machinery
- difficulty concentrating
- double vision or blurred vision
- headache (usually mild)
- nausea (usually mild)
- dizziness (usually mild)
- Increased risk for falling in older adults due to drowsiness or dizziness (this risk is higher among people who take other medicines that cause drowsiness).
For some people these side effects may be more serious than others; however if you experience a change in vision while taking this drug it is imperative that you contact your doctor immediately as this could indicate an optic nerve injury or retinal detachment which could result in blindness if left untreated!
What are the withdrawal symptoms of Xanax?
Withdrawal symptoms can occur when stopping or reducing your dosage of Xanax. Withdrawal symptoms are caused by the brain being deprived of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which is a neurotransmitter that helps keep your nervous system calm and relaxed. If you stop taking Xanax suddenly after taking it regularly for three days or more, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Insomnia (difficulty falling asleep)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dilated pupils
Xanax can be abused and lead to addiction. It may also cause severe withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it suddenly without tapering off—even after just a few weeks of use.
Xanax effects and withdrawal symptoms are different for everyone based on how much they take, how long they take it for, their body chemistry and genetic makeup, as well as other factors like age and gender that affect how quickly or slowly your body processes drugs.