Xanax is anxiolytic. What is it? It is tranquilizer, psychotropic drug, the effect of which is manifested in the elimination of the neurotic manifestations: fear, anxiety, and emotional stress and anxiety.

Xanax enhances the inhibitory action of GABA. The drug stimulates benzodiazepine receptors, reduces the excitability of the cortex.

Anxiolytic effect is combined with moderate soporific effect. At the same time, it shortens the period of falling asleep, reduces the number of night awakenings, increasing sleep time. The mechanism of hypnotic action is associated with inhibition of the reticular formation of the brain. The drug has a medium duration of action.

Indications for use

Anxiety States, neuroses, accompanied by anxiety, danger, anxiety, tension, loss of sleep, irritability, and somatic disorders; mixed anxiety-depression; neurotic reactive depression accompanied by depressed mood, loss of interest in the surroundings, loss of sleep, loss of appetite, somatic disorders; anxiety and neurotic depression, developed on the background of somatic diseases; panic disorder in combination and without symptoms of phobia.

Method of application

  • Xanax should be used in strict accordance with the recommendations of the doctor. You should contact your doctor or pharmacist for further instructions for use.
  • Each dose should be drunk with a full glass of water.
  • Do not break, chew or crush tablets for a long term (Xanax XR). They must be swallowed as a whole. A tablet is designed for slow dissolution of drug in the body.
  • Do not exceed your prescribed dosage.
  • Xanax is highly addictive. It may cause physical and psychological dependence on the drug. Do not exceed the dose and do not take the drug for a longer time than prescribed by your doctor. In case of sudden discontinuation of the drug after several weeks of continuous use, there may be effect of withdrawal. A side effect of sudden withdrawal from the drug can be seizures. Your doctor may recommend a gradual reduction of the dose.

Drug Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to Xanax, coma, shock, myasthenia gravis, angle-closure glaucoma (acute attack or predisposition), acute alcohol poisoning (with the weakening of the vital functions), narcotic analgesics, hypnotics and psychoactive drugs; severe COPD (the progression of the degree of respiratory failure), acute respiratory failure; severe depression (there may be suicidal tendencies); pregnancy (especially I trimester), lactation, age to 18 years (safety and effectiveness are not defined).

The drug should be taken with caution in case of  hepatic failure, renal failure, cerebral and spinal ataxia, drug dependency history, the propensity to abuse psychoactive drugs, hyperkinesis, organic brain disease, psychosis (possible paradoxical reactions), hypoproteinemia, sleep apnea (established or suspected), advanced age.