The benefits of Xanax are many. This prescription-only medication is designed for the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders. Among the most notable benefits of Xanax including reducing anxiety levels, helping one fall asleep, the relaxation of muscles, improvement in short-term memory and in stopping seizure activity.
Xanax works by enhancing the effects of GABA, a chemical in the brain that is responsible for providing the mind with a calming effect. GABA can prohibit the brain from receiving signals that tell it you to remain calm and relaxed. Xanax is a mild tranquilizer and a sedative in one and it has helped millions of people around the world who suffer from anxiety or panic attacks.
Along with the benefits of Xanax come a few negative side effects. The most serious of these include mood changes, thoughts of suicide, slurred speech, loss of coordination, memory problems and rash. If you are taking Xanax and experience even one of these side effects, stop taking the medication and contact the prescribing doctor immediately.
Some benefits of Xanax are not so well-known. For instance, Xanax is often prescribed to patients receiving chemotherapy as it can be very helpful in preventing nausea and vomiting associated with chemo. Xanax has been used in this capacity for many long years and many chemotherapy patient of all ages have found relief from the drug.
As with many medications which are used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, no one taking this Xanax should abruptly stop taking it. It is necessary to gradually reduce the Xanax dose so that withdrawal effects are minimized or completely eliminated. If one were to simply stop taking Xanax after taking this drug for an extended period of time, he or she could see his or her anxiety levels rise very quickly and/or a continuation of his or panic attacks.