Hello. Xanax is a short term medication (few hours depending upon dose) used for general anxiety or situational anxiety. it is also known as one of the benzos, a "tranquilizer" like Valium. It is habit forming when on high doses or used consistently for long periods of time.
It helps with panic attacks. Takes about 20 minutes to work and if taking situational related, like a big meeting or the in-laws, just kidding, it can calm the nervous response and help reduce panic attacks or shaking with fear.
It's use depends upon the symptoms of the individual and whether it will be long term or short term. A therapist, psychiatrist or specialist will be best to diagnose. I take it temporarily when my medication makes me hyper and life is too stressed. I started with panic attacks and this was a way to stop them. It has done so because I sought treatment right away. Also when experiencing something called free floating anxiety, suddenly tense but don't know why, it is very helpful.
It is addictive. one cannot use alcohol with it. when misused it can cause serious problems and harsh withdrawals. Any more questions?
Be very careful with the Xanax that is highly addictive. It is only meant for very short term or intermittent use as an absolute necessary for a bad panic attack. You could get addicted in as little as 2 weeks. If you take them everyday. In the big scheme of things they make your anxiety worse as they will damage your Gaba receptors in your brain and make it harder for your mind to deal with anxiety in a natural form. My advice is to please seek alternative treatment and do not take Xanax or any other benzodiazepine. I have been on and off them for 4 years and they have created nothing but problems for me making my anxiety worse and causing horrible withdrawals 2 * for me still trying to taper from clonazepam basically long-acting Xanax
I wholeheartedly agree with Proper's comments. The benzodiazepines should only be used a an ultra short term measure until an appropriate anxiolytic takes effect.
As Proper has said, the benzos are not only highly addictive, but long term can cause increased anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, memory loss, and a myriad of other mental and physical conditions.
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