Consequently, the drug is recommended as a treatment of panic disorders, anxiety problems, and anxiety triggered by depression. Besides, Xanax may be taken for other purposes not mentioned in the medication guide.
Contraindications, Warnings, and Restrictions for Use
Do not use Xanax if you are allergic to its ingredients. The drug is contraindicated for patients, who:
Are diagnosed with narrow-angle glaucoma;
Are allergic to benzodiazepines, especially Clorazepate, Lorazepam, Clonazepam, Chlordiazepoxide, Oxazepam, and others;
Are taking Ketoconazole or Itraconazole.
Individual dosage may be necessary for patients, who have any of the following health problems:
- Epilepsy or seizures;
- Open-angle glaucoma;
- Suicidal thoughts or behavior;
- Recent history of depression;
- Liver or kidney problems;
- Breathing problems;
- Alcohol or drug addiction, etc.
Xanax is contraindicated for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as its components may harm the health of both a mother and a child. Keep in mind that the sedative effect promoted by Xanax may last longer in geriatric patients. The treatment should not be used by children and adults younger than 18 years old.
Recommendations for Safe Therapy with Xanax
Xanax should be taken only following the safety instructions and directions, specified on a patient leaflet. Do not increase or decrease the dose during the treatment course, as well as the duration of the therapy. Xanax may be habit-forming, so do not share it with other patients, even if they have similar symptoms. The misuse of the drug can lead to addiction, overdose or life-threatening disorders. Never crush, chew, or break the extended-release tablet, but swallow it whole, instead. Contact your doctor immediately if you have noticed any disorders or health abnormalities caused by the use of Xanax.
A sudden stop of therapy may trigger serious withdrawal reactions, so contact your doctor if you need to stop a treatment course with Xanax. Frequent medical tests are necessary for patients, who use the drug for a long term.