- Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets: A Comprehensive Guide
- Uses of Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets
- What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets?
- What are some things I need to know or do while I take Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets?
- How is this medicine best taken?
- What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
- What are some other side effects of Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets?
- If OVERDOSE is suspected
- How do I store and/or throw out Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets?
- Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets: A Comprehensive Guide
Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets, also known as Xanax XR, is a benzodiazepine drug that belongs to the drug class of benzodiazepines. This article provides a comprehensive guide on the uses, precautions, and side effects of this medicine.
This medicine is a benzodiazepine drug. The use of a benzodiazepine drug along with opioid drugs has led to very bad side effects, including slowed or trouble breathing and death. Opioid drugs include drugs like codeine, oxycodone, and morphine. Talk with your doctor before taking this medicine with an opioid drug. If you experience symptoms like feeling very sleepy or dizzy, slow, shallow or trouble breathing, or passing out, seek medical help immediately.
Uses of Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets
This medicine is used to treat anxiety disorders and panic disorder. It works by enhancing the effects of a natural chemical in the body called GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid).
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets?
You should inform your doctor if you are allergic to this medicine or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Also, let your doctor know if you have glaucoma, are taking any of these drugs: Itraconazole or ketoconazole, or are breastfeeding. This is not a complete list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets?
It is important to inform all of your healthcare providers that you are taking this medicine. This medicine may be habit-forming with long-term use. If you have been taking this medicine for a long time or at high doses, it may not work as well and you may need higher doses to get the same effect. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that require alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine. Talk with your doctor before using other drugs and natural products that slow your actions. Have your blood work checked if you are on this medicine for a long time. If you are 65 or older, use this medicine with care. Do not stop taking this medicine all of a sudden without calling your doctor.
How is this medicine best taken?
Take this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you and follow all instructions closely. Take with or without food, and swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
If you experience signs of an allergic reaction, depression, suicidal thoughts, emotional ups and downs, abnormal thinking, anxiety, lack of interest in life, change in balance, shortness of breath, very bad dizziness or passing out, feeling confused, memory problems or loss, trouble speaking, trouble passing urine, or period (menstrual) changes, seek medical help immediately.
What are some other side effects of Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets?
Common side effects include feeling dizzy, sleepy, tired, or weak, dry mouth, feeling more or less hungry, upset stomach, constipation, change in sex interest, sex problems, weight gain or loss. These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor.
If OVERDOSE is suspected
If you suspect an overdose, call your poison control center or seek medical care immediately. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Alprazolam Extended-Release Tablets?
Store at room temperature in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom. Keep all drugs in a safe place, out of the reach of children and pets. Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
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