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Generic Name: Alprazolam
Product Name: Xanax


Xanax is indicated for Anxiety, with symptoms of depression and Panic disorder.


Benzodiazepines potentiate the inhibitory effects of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA throughout the CNS, resulting in anxiolytic, sedative hypnotic, muscle relaxant and antiepileptic effects).

Dose advice


  • Initially 0.25-0.5mg 3 times daily. Range 0.5-4mg daily.

Panic disorder:

  • Initially 0.5-1mg at night, increased by 0.25-1mg every 3 days until symptoms are controlled.
  • Maximum 10mg daily.

Elderly and/or debilitated patient:

  • Initially 0.25mg 2-3 times daily.



Common side effects

  • Drowsiness
  • Over-sedation
  • Light-headedness
  • Memory loss
  • Ataxia
  • Slurred speech

Uncommon side effects

  • Headache
  • Vertigo
  • Hypotension
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
  • Paradoxical excitation
  • Euphoria
  • Aggression and hostility
  • Anxiety
  • Decreased libido
  • Anterograde amnesia
  • Pain and thrombophlebitis with IV injection
  • Respiratory arrest with IV use

For further information talk to your doctor.

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Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 1 January, 1970


Created by: myVMC