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Pharmachologic Effect

Xanax is an anxiolytic drug with some antidepressant, hypnotic and anticonvulsant effect.

Taking Xanax, the patients experience muscles relaxation. The drug also has some anticonvulsant activity.

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Xanax produces a mild drowsy effect, in particular, facilitates the process of falling asleep, increases the duration of sleep, and leads to a decrease in the number of night awakenings. The mechanism of the Xanax’s hypnotic effect is based on its ability to depress the cells of the reticular formation in the brainstem, and also the ability to reduce the effects of vegetative, motor and emotional stimuli that negatively affect the process of falling asleep.

Taking the drug Xanax, the patients observe a decrease of the symptoms of anxiety and fear, as well as a decrease in emotional tension.

The drug Xanax, practically, has not any influence on the cardiovascular system, as well as respiratory system within healthy patients.


The drug Xanax can be prescribed for the treatment of the patients suffering from neurotic and neurosis-like disorders, which are followed by a sense of anxiety and distress.

Xanax may be prescribed to the patients with reactive depressive conditions, including the conditions developed against somatic diseases.

The drug Xanax can be taken for the treatment of the patients with panic disorders, insomnia and withdrawal syndrome (including alcohol and narcotic withdrawal syndrome).

Application Method And The Dosage

Xanax is intended for oral administration. It is taken regardless of food intake. As a rule, it is recommended to divide the daily dose into 2-3 doses. The duration of the therapy and the dosage of Xanax are determined individually. When choosing the dosage, it is necessary to monitor the patient's health condition and the tolerability of Xanax. The dose can be adjusted, taking into consideration the achieved effect.

Xanax is prescribed to the adult patients suffering from panic disorders and depressive states in the usual initial dosage of 0.1-0.2 mg twice or three times a day. If it’s necessary, the dose of Xanax is gradually increased after1-2 weeks after starting the therapy (it is recommended to start increasing the dose from the evening taking the drug, and after that the morning dose can be increased). The recommended therapeutic dose is 3-6 mg of the drug Xanax per day.

Side Effects

Mainly at the beginning of the therapy, using the drug Xanax, the patients may feel an increased fatigue, drowsiness, attention deficit, dizziness, the development of drug addiction, and the slowing down of psychomotor reactions. The risk of these side effects is higher among elderly patients.

Regardless of the age and the duration of the treatment using Xanax, due to the drug effect, the patients may experience the following side effects from the nervous system: limb tremor, depression, insomnia, headache, memory and movement coordination disorders and confusion. In addition, speech disorders, outbreaks of aggression, hallucinations and anxiety are also possible.

Taking Xanax with Weed

Mixing weed and Xanax is not very dangerous. For example, mixing Xanax with opioids is much more dangerous, but you should do this with care.

If you mix weed with Xanax, it can heighten the side effects of these medications. For example, you may suffer from concentration problems. It’s also possible to experience problems with coordination and making decisions if you combine Xanax and weed.


Xanax is not prescribed to the patients, who have the information about the hypersensitivity reactions to the active or additional components of the drug in their medical histories.

Xanax tablets are not prescribed to the patients with lactose intolerance.

Xanax is not used for the treatment of the patients, suffering from respiratory failure, severe impairment of kidney and liver function, myasthenia gravis, acute attack of glaucoma, also acute alcohol, psychotropic, narcotic or hypnotic drugs intoxication.

The drug Xanax is not used in the pediatric practice.

The drug should not be prescribed to alcohol addicted patients (It is forbidden to drink alcohol and take the drugs, which contain ethanol during the therapy).

During the therapy with the drug Xanax the patients should not carry out the activities that require increased concentration and speed of psychomotor reactions.


When taking the drug Xanax in the dosage much higher than recommended (more than 500 mg in one drug intake), the patients may experience the development of such symptoms as confusion, drowsiness, impaired coordination of movements, nystagmus, reduced reflexes, speech disorders, hypertension, and coma.