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What does Xanax actually do to people?

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by Kappys, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. thepieeatingjay

    thepieeatingjay Senior Contributor

    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).

    This drug is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.

    Because this drug can easily be addictive, people tend to get hooked on it. Where going off of it becomes extremely hard for many patients. Xanax is not made to make you feel good, but it completes it's job by relaxing you altogether, which is why people abuses it.
  2. blastguardgear

    blastguardgear Senior Contributor

    People get high off it because it makes them feel calm, serene, tired, etc.
    It is a downer
    Many people take downers after they get high off uppers, like when you get high off harder drugs or Adderral because it makes them come back down.
    It is VERY addictive even to people who are actually prescribed it.
    Usually someone fakes anxiety to a doctor to get it then sells them.
  3. tarverten

    tarverten Senior Contributor

    Xanax can be 'habit forming'/addictive. Xanax may also cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the mother takes the medication during pregnancy..

    Re: Side affects, here they are- in order of severity:

    Most severe, and hence require immediate emergency medical help: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

    A little less severe: 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); or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

    Least severe: drowsiness, dizziness, feeling tired or irritable; blurred 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; or appetite or weight changes, loss of interest in sex.
  4. Totalarmordestine

    Totalarmordestine Senior Contributor

    Alprazolam, also known under the trade names Xanax, Xanor, Alprax, and Niravam, is a highly potent short-acting drug of the benzodiazepine class. It is primarily used to treat moderate to severe anxiety disorders (e.g., social anxiety disorder) and panic attacks, and is used as an adjunctive treatment for anxiety associated with moderate depression.

    Although the side-effect profile of alprazolam is, in general, benign, side-effects may occur in some patients and are more likely the higher the dosage taken. Some side-effects may disappear with continued treatment. If signs of an allergic reaction occur - such as hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat - medical attention should be sought immediately. Medical attention should also be sought immediately if signs of jaundice appear: yellowing of the skin or eyes. Other side-effects that may occur are as follows:

    drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, unsteadiness and impaired coordination, vertigo
    skin rash, respiratory depression, constipation
    disinhibition
    suicidal ideation (rare)
    urinary retention (infrequent)
    hallucinations (rare)
    ataxia, slurred speech
    short-term memory loss and impairment of memory functions
    anterograde amnesia nd concentration problems
    Change in libido
    dry mouth (infrequent)
    increase in appetite
    jaundice (very rare)
  5. MsLucy

    MsLucy Active Contributor

    It helps people to relax. I don't feel that addiction to it like others. However whenever I feel like hyperventilating, really tense & stressed, or extremely scared I grab one.
  6. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion