Xanax (alprazolam) is a medication, taken in the form of an oral tablet, that can be used in the treatment of social anxiety disorder (SAD). 1 Xanax belongs to the benzodiazepine class of medication, and it’s commonly prescribed for anxiety and panic disorder.
Why would a psychiatrist prescribe Xanax?
Psychiatric medications, including antidepressants, tranquilizers and sedatives, are used to help relieve the symptoms of anxiety. Xanax is prescribed for the following conditions: Panic disorder. Agoraphobia.
What mental disorders is Xanax prescribed for?
Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine. It is approved for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic disorder with or without agoraphobia. However, benzodiazepines are also commonly used to treat difficulty sleeping and alcohol withdrawal.
Are doctors still prescribing Xanax?
But there’s another less recognized prescription drug problem: benzodiazepines like Ativan, Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin. While doctors are prescribing fewer painkillers, prescriptions for these anti-anxiety drugs are still going up.
What is the most Xanax a doctor can prescribe?
For anxiety disorders, the dosage for adults typically starts at 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg three times per day. A doctor may incrementally increase the dosage to maximize the effect. However, the maximum dosage does not usually exceed 4 mg per day.
Will doctors prescribe Xanax long term?
Although Xanax was designed to be a short-term drug (prescriptions up to six weeks), doctors continue to prescribe Xanax long after its intended use. As a result, you may experience long term side effects of Xanax if you continue to use it.
Can you stay on Benzos for life?
Generally speaking, when used as directed under supervision from a doctor, benzodiazepines are relatively safe for short periods of time. They are not, however, meant to be taken for longer than a few weeks to a few months at most.
Can Brightside prescribe Xanax?
Brightside offers effective treatment with nonaddictive medications like SSRIs and SNRIs. We do not prescribe controlled substances like Xanax, Klonopin, or Ativan.