Learn About How Xanax is Prescribed

To legally consume Xanax in the US, one needs a prescription from a medical doctor. Why is that? It is because of how Xanax works. The active ingredient in Xanax is alprazolam which is classified as a Schedule IV drug under the US Controlled Substances Act due to its high potential for abuse and addiction.

With such harsh restrictions in place, one may wonder how to get legally prescribed Xanax. In order to get a Xanax prescription one will need to consult with a medical doctor.

Medically Prescribed Xanax

What do doctors prescribe Xanax for? It is usually prescribed for people who suffer from anxiety or panic attacks to help them manage their symptoms. Xanax alters the chemicals in the brain, which calms the body and brain. However, because Xanax can cause a high, it is often abused. A single dose of Xanax stays in the body for over a week.

Therefore, Xanax is prescribed as needed for individuals suffering from periodic panic attacks. The dosage depends on the severity of the individual’s panic attacks, and could be anywhere from 1 to 10 mg. If the individual suffers from a chronic anxiety disorder, then doses up to 4 mg per day could be prescribed.

Apart from anxiety, Xanax could be prescribed as a sleeping aid. Sometimes the medication is prescribed for those individuals who suffer from insomnia and other sleeping disorders.

Is Xanax available over the counter?

No, Xanax is not available over the counter. An individual experiencing anxiety or panic attacks needs to consult with their doctor. It may be that Xanax is not the right medication for the individual and that something else is prescribed.

How does Xanax work in the body?

The way Xanax works in the body is by decreasing abnormal brain activity which results in a calming effect. Occasionally, Xanax can trigger feelings of euphoria. The depressant qualities of Xanax can result in the following side effects:

  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Unsteady balance
  • Drowsiness
  • Changes in mood

There can also be more serious side effects such as seizures, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts. While there is no way to predict who will experience the more serious effects, it is likely that it will be individuals who are taking Xanax outside of the prescribed dose.

Does Xanax work for everyone?

No, Xanax is not the right medication for everyone. It is highly addictive and as noted above, can trigger serious side effects. Because alprazolam is habit forming, it is not recommended for individuals who have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.

Do you have questions about Xanax prescription and use? Do you want to learn more about how Xanax can be abused? Call The Villa. We have the answers.