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How Effective Is Alprazolam for Anxiety?

Physicians often prescribe Alprazolam for anxiety, as it is a drug from the benzodiazepine class of pharmaceuticals. Prescription treatment for anxiety depends on each individual’s symptoms and personality. Anxiety and depression often occur together, so it is important to treat both issues. For this reason anti-depressants are another anxiety treatment option, and some anti-depressants might be better for treating anxiety, especially since Alprazolam is addictive. Behavioral therapy, along with exercise and relaxation techniques, is also recommended for treating anxiety.

Doctors often prescribe Alprazolam for anxiety on a short-term basis because of the risks of Alprazolam, which is also known by the brand name Xanax. Alprazolam relieves the physical symptoms of anxiety by slowing brain chemicals. It is a short-acting drug, but studies have shown that this drug has a longer lasting effect in elderly patients and those with alcohol addiction. Alprazolam should never be taken with alcohol as it intensifies its effects.

Alprazolam can be used to treat generalized anxiety disorder, which is usually defined as excessively worrying for more than six months about life circumstances. This drug is also prescribed for people who suffer from panic attacks or agoraphobia — the fear of crowds, wide open areas, and public places. Panic attacks often occur without warning or knowledge about the source of the attacks. Alprazolam is not recommended for patients that hallucinate and are psychotic because it offers no benefits for these patients.

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Taking Alprazolam for anxiety can be addictive, especially when higher doses are taken over a long period of time. Rapid withdrawal from this drug can result in seizure. To withdraw from Alprazolam the dosage should be decreased over a period of time and under the direction of a doctor.

Patients who have glaucoma should also not take Alprazolam. Some patients are allergic or sensitive to benzodiazepines and should also not take it. Persons taking the drugs ketoconazole and itraconazole, which are both anti-fungal medications, should also not take Alprazolam for anxiety due to possible drug interactions.

Symptoms of anxiety disorder can include constant feelings of apprehension and restlessness, difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, and constant pessimism. Physical symptoms include chest pain, sweating, rapid heartbeat, difficulty sleeping, nausea and fatigue. Some experts claim that anxiety disorders occur over a long period of time and that earlier treatment can be more effective. There are different types of anxiety disorders: generalized anxiety, panic, phobia, obsessive-compulsive, social and post-traumatic stress. Psychotherapy and anti-depressants and are often the first line of treatment, depending on the type of anxiety disorder.

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