According to the U.S. Library of Medicine, Xanax is in a class of medications called benzodiazepines. This medication reduces excitement in the brain, which can relieve symptoms of panic attacks. Xanax can also be used for the fear of open spaces and depression.
According to Pfizer, the maker of Xanax pills, Xanax is a prescription medication indicated for use in patients with panic disorder. Panic disorder is a condition that causes symptoms such as chest pain, nausea, dizziness, feeling a loss of control, chills, numbness and tingling.
Xanax pills relax patients by boosting gamma-aminobutyric acid, which is a naturally occurring chemical in the body. Essentially, Xanax pills send signals to your brain telling it to relax.
Xanax is available in two forms, regular Xanax and Xanax XR. With regular Xanax, you’ll feel the effects quicker but will have to take it a few times a day (depending on your doctor’s directions). With Xanax XR, you take the medication once in the morning and it lasts all day.
According to Pfizer, side effects of Xanax can include a feeling of sedation, memory issues, changes in speech and a decrease in libido. Patients may also have issues with coordinating muscle movements, which may impair their ability to drive a car or use machinery. If you experience any side effects, talk with your doctor immediately.
If you don’t have health insurance, paying for Xanax can be costly. Check out the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, which provides free and low-cost medications to people.