Xanax is one of the fastest growing drugs since its inception in the late 1960’s as a sleep aid. It’s current use ranges along the lines of mental illness especially with anxiety and panic disorders.
Xanax was FDA approved in 1981 and has become one of the most popularized anti-depressants. But a problem of its popularity is the serious addiction possibility when taking Xanax.
Xanax is classified as a benzodiazepine and is connected to the central nervous system. Benzodiazepines increase neurotransmitters in the brain to cause a calming effect. Doses range from .25 to .5 mg tablets, usually taken three times daily.
When deciding to no longer take the drug, be careful. As the drug dependency increases so does the addictive potential. After taking Xanax for a short while, withdraws and side effects are possible.
Some side effects that could happen include:
- trouble sleeping
- rebound anxiety
- blurred vision
- panic attacks
If the decision to stop the treatment is met than it usually is best to slowly reduce the prescription dose with the aid of your psychiatrist.