If you are taking Xanax, you may experience any of these common side effects:
May 28, 2021
Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorders and panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Alprazolam is in a class of medications called benzodiazepines. It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain.
Recent studies evaluating the effectivity of Xanax for anxiety have shown that after just 8 weeks, those that were on a Xanax prescription had worse anxiety than those who took a placebo. Despite these results, doctors continue to prescribe these benzos for anxiety disorders at an alarming rate.
Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants. One of the most common side effects of Xanax is depression, including feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest. If you're already depressed or have a history of depression, Xanax can actually make your depression worse.
Although alprazolam, the active ingredient in Xanax, will probably make you feel tired, it isn't a good medication for treating insomnia. Not only does it reduce the amount of time you'll spend in deep sleep (causing you to function poorly the next day), but it's also potentially addictive.
How long does Xanax last? Most people notice that Xanax will start to work within 1 to 2 hours. For healthy younger adults, half the dose of Xanax has left the body somewhere between 6.3 to 26.9 hours. The average is around 11 hours.