About Xanax 2mg
Xanax 2mg is a medication that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines which act on the brain and nerves (central nervous system) to produce a calming effect.
Xanax 2mg is available as a generic drug and as the brand-name drug Alprazolam.
Xanax 2mg may be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Important information: Before taking this medicine
You should not use Xanax 2mg if you are allergic to alprazolam or similar medications (Valium, Ativan, Tranxene, and others), or if you have:
- narrow-angle glaucoma;
- if you also take itraconazole or ketoconazole;
- history of alcoholism or drug addiction;
- or if you are pregnant.
To make sure Xanax 2mg is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- liver disease (especially hepatitis C);
- kidney disease;
- asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or other breathing disorders;
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- mood or mental disorders such as depression, suicidal thoughts, or psychosis;
- heart disease, congestive heart failure;
- high or low blood pressure;
- a history of drug abuse or alcoholism;
- or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Alprazolam may be habit-forming. Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.
How should I take Xanax 2mg?
Take Xanax 2mg exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Never use alprazolam in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death.
Call your doctor if your anxiety symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks of treatment, or if they get worse.
Do not stop using Xanax 2mg suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using alprazolam.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Keep track of your medicine. Alprazolam is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
An overdose of alprazolam can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, loss of balance or coordination, feeling light-headed, and fainting.
What should I avoid while taking Xanax 2mg?
Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects could occur.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with alprazolam and lead to unwanted side effects. Avoid the use of grapefruit products while taking this medicine.
Alprazolam 2mg may impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you. Dizziness or severe drowsiness can cause falls, accidents, or severe injuries.
Avoid activities that require mental alertness until you know how alprazolam 2mg will affect you.
Xanax 2mg side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
- hyperactivity, agitation (restlessness, irritability);
- hostile or aggressive behavior;
- new or worsening anxiety or panic attacks;
- trouble sleeping (insomnia);
- memory problems; or
a seizure (convulsion).
Common side effects may include:
- drowsiness, tired feeling;
- headache, dizziness, lightheadedness;
- blurred vision;
- nausea, diarrhea, constipation;
- dry mouth; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect Xanax 2mg?
Taking this medicine with other drugs that make you sleepy can worsen this effect. Ask your doctor before taking alprazolam with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
- itraconazole or ketoconazole;
- St. John’s wort;
- an antibiotic–clarithromycin, erythromycin, or azithromycin;
- antifungal medicine–fluconazole, ketoconazole, itraconazole;
- birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy;
- blood pressure medicine–clonidine, guanfacine;
- heart rhythm medicine–amiodarone, quinidine;
- HIV or AIDS medicine–atazanavir, fosamp
other such drugs