The medication Zanax has been attracting a lot of attention for its use in treating a variety of anxiety related conditions. It is being used to treat a range of conditions from anxiety to insomnia. So this is a medication with some serious side effects it is important for you to learn as much as you can about it. If you do it can help you stay as healthy and healthy as possible.
Zanax is more commonly known as Xanax. Its generic name is alprazolam. There is a range of conditions that this medication may be prescribed to treat. They can include anxiety disorders or anxiety that is related to depression, insomnia or panic disorders. Some of these uses are what the drug was designed for, others are “off-label” uses. An off-label use is the use of a medication to treat a medical condition which the medication was not originally designated to treat. Often a drug has been approved for use in one situation and doctors realise that it has a therapeutic effect on an unrelated condition.
Zanax is related to other drugs such as Ativan, Valium and Loricet. All of these medications belong to the benzodiazepine family. All of the medications in this drug family act very much alike. So they work in a very similar way they also share many of the same side effects. If you are familiar with what these side effects are you may be better prepared to handle them if it becomes an issue. You may be surprised by how strongly these medications affect you.
Benzodiazepines like Zanax affect the central nervous system (CNS). They are classified as CNS depressants, meaning they make it workless strongly. Although it is not totally clear how this medication affects the CNS, it is believed that it acts on several different levels including the limbic, thalamic and hypothalamic levels. So it works on the CNS it can also affect systems such as the respiratory system. Using substances such as alcohol at the same time as Zanax can be a problem since it can also cause breathing problems and increased CNS effects.
Side effects of Zanax can include drowsiness and fatigue. Weight gain is also a possibility with this drug since some people’s report an increased appetite and lower activity levels. If you are using Zanax you may also be dizzy, experience co-ordination problems and have memory issues. Things like dizziness and co-ordination problems can be made worse if you are also drinking alcohol.
Other reported side effects include speech problems, changes in sex drive, confusion, talkativeness, unusual dreams, a feeling of warmth, constipation, increased salivation, nasal congestion, difficulty urinating, menstrual problems and dry mouth. One thing you should be most aware of is the fact that Zanex can be extremely habit forming.
Other medical conditions can alter how your body uses this medication or what the dose you require is. These can include liver and kidney damage. Other medical conditions that may make you unable to take Zanax include asthma or breathing problems, depression, drug or alcohol dependency or glaucoma.
A final condition which can make you ineligible to take Zanax is pregnancy. If you are pregnant it is critical that you tell your doctor before using Zanax. This is because the medication can be passed to the foetus and cause problems such as dependency and symptoms of withdrawal in the baby after birth. If you are breastfeeding you also should not use this medication since it can be passed to the baby through the breast milk.
Zanax has proven itself as a safe and effective treatment for anxiety disorders and insomnia. If you have been prescribed this medication, you should read all the available information to learn how to use it properly and reduce the possibility of negative side effects.