Xanax is the brand name of alprazolam. It belongs to the benzodiazepine family of drugs and is used extensively to treat those who suffer from panic disorders as well as anxiety and depression. The pill works upon the chemicals in the brain and thus the anxiety and nervous tension are reduced. It does not take weeks or months to act but the effect can be seen in a very short period of time and hence it is prescribed especially for panic attacks.
How long does Xanax take to work?
The pill is quick acting and in a few minutes the person starts to feel calmer and finds a reduction in their anxiety levels. When the pill is taken the person tends to feel drowsy after some time. However, immediately, if upon taking Xanax, you do fall asleep then you need to question as to what combination you have taken Xanax with. As that is not a normal effect. Drowsiness is normal but not immediately upon consumption.
The effect that the drug has is that the person will feel dizzy, drowsy and will have difficulty in concentrating. There are headaches that can come up or the person may feel irritable or nauseous. Some may complain of joint pain or others may get more talkative when they take Xanax.
How long does Xanax effect stay?
The drug starts acting in minutes, in fact, the effects are seen in less than an hour and the peak is reached between an hour and two hours. The effect of this though lasts for around 5 hours but even after the effects are no longer felt it still remains in the bloodstream as it has a half-life of 11 hours.
What factors do you have to consider when taking the drug?
When you are taking Xanax, the action of the drug as well as how long it lasts depends on a lot of factors such as the age of the person, their weight, the working and functioning of the liver, so on and so forth.
Precautions while taking Xanax
Xanax is fast acting and the calming effect is seen almost minutes after taking it. However, the calming depends on the dosage taken and the symptoms such as the racing thoughts, rapid heartbeats as well as the shaking are reduced almost immediately but the effect does not last very long and so the user may be tempted to take another pill or increase his or her dosage and that is dangerous as that increases the risk of not only dependence but also abuse. Medication such as Xanax should never be taken in larger doses or with more frequency than that was suggested by the medical practitioner.
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Also when the medication is taken, the user should avoid alcohol as the thinking as well as reactions can be impaired. This also means that the user should not drive or operate heavy machinery or do any activity that requires alertness. Grapefruit juice also should not be consumed if you are taking Xanax as it could lead to undesirable consequences.