Understanding Xanax and other anti-anxiety meds…


For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd. http://tossingitout.blogspot.com








Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a list of all of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Today’s letter and the most difficult letter

thus far in the challenge is the Letter X

A-Z Challenge X







Xanax and other benzodiazepines

If you or someone you love is experiencing some sort of mental health issue, chances are your doctor will prescribe a medication. Anti-anxiety, anti- depressant and anti-psychotic medications have changed or saved the lives of many thousands of people. They can also have minor to severe side effects. Some people have to try a number of medications or several combinations of medications before they find the one that is right for them.

It may be difficult for someone who is experiencing mental health problems to recognize whether a medication is working, not working or if they are experiencing serious side effects. It is so important to have a trusted family member or friend that can help monitor your behavior and to offer support.

Mom-Mom and Allyson

If you are experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression or going through withdrawals from alcohol, your doctor may prescribe a Benzodaizepine. Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that affect the chemical that allows our nerves to communicate with each other. Researchers believe excessive nerve activity causes anxiety and other psychological disorders. Benzodiazepines reduce the nerve activity.

Xanax is the most popular Benzodiazepines prescribed for anxiety and several other disorders. It works much quicker than, an anti-depressants so it can be used just prior to an incident that may bring on anxiety or a panic attack.

Xanax pills photo

If you experience any of these side effects while taking Xanax or any other Benzodiazepine [ Librium, Tranxene, Valium, Ativan or Serax] do not think about it, call your doctor immediately.

  • depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself, unusual risk-taking behavior, no fear of danger
  • confusion, hostility, hallucinations
  • feeling like you might pass out, dizziness
  • urinating less than usual or not at all
  • chest pain, pounding heartbeat or fluttering in your chest
  • uncontrolled muscle movements, tremor, seizure (convulsions)
  • Yellowing of your skin or eyes

Xanax may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.

You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Xanax (alprazolam) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects


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10 Responses to “Understanding Xanax and other anti-anxiety meds…”

  • Johnd444:

    I do agree with all the ideas you have introduced for your post. They are really convincing and can certainly work. Still, the posts are very brief for newbies. May you please extend them a bit from subsequent time? Thank you for the post. begedaeedaga

  • I love that you are using the A to Z challenge as a way to increase awareness and knowledge of mental illness. After my second daughter I was diagnosed with PPD, but I had been suffering with anxiety issues my whole life. I was put on an anti-depressant which has been very helpful, but I was also given an prescription for Ativan. I use it only when things are really crazy and I need relief quickly. It usually takes me about two years to go through a bottle, but I appreciate the option and know it’s there. Thank you!

  • I have taken Xanax for anxiety for nearly 30 years, when needed. It is a lifesaver for me.

  • I love the benzos. But not too much. 😉

  • Mental health issues have become an increasing issue in recent years. Sadly, I have just lost a second cousin in the past month from drinking alcohol while taking an anti-depressant prescribed by his doctor. Micheal was only 27 and was found on the floor unconscious by his dad, my cousins husband.

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