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How is Xanax Used?

Based on information provided by the U.S. Library of Medicine, Xanax is a benzodiazepine, which is a specific class of medications. This class of medication has been designed with various purposes in mind including reducing the excitement experienced in the brain. This medicine helps to reduce and relieve the symptoms of a panic attack. It can also be used for different kinds of fear including the fear of open spaces. Xanax pills can also help with depression. Some of the most commonly known uses of Xanax are panic attacks, insomnia and PMDD.

How is Xanax Used and Panic Attacks

Based on information from Pfizer, which is the manufacture of the Xanax pills, it is a prescription medicine that is used for patients that have panic disorders. With a panic disorder, an individual can experience chest pains, chills, nausea, dizziness, loss of control, numbness as well as tingling. These pills work by relaxing the patient, since it will boost the chemicals in the body that causes the body to relax. Presently, there are two types and they are available to consumers in two forms, regular Xanax and Xanax XR. The regular Xanax will allow the individual to feel the effects of the drug much quicker. However, they will have to take it several times during the day based on their doctor's directions. Xanax XR is only administered twice a day, once during the morning and once at night.

Xanax and Insomnia

In addition to treating panic disorders, Xanax can also used for people who have sleeping disorders, since this type of medication can help a person with falling and staying asleep. Even though this medicine is considered to be very effective for those who suffer from this condition, it is only recommended for short periods instead of lengthy timeframes. One of the reasons for the short-term frame recommendation is it prevents the person from being addicted. For those who have taken for a long time, it can cause withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop taking the drug. This drug is not recommended for anyone who has had previous problems with any type of drug addiction.

Xanax and PMDD

While some women may not experience any types of problems during their monthly menstrual cycle, others may experience a variety of different types of problems. One common problem for some women is PMDD, which is a disorder that has been called and referred to as premenstrual dysphonic disorder (PMDD). This is a condition that can cause women to be extremely depressed and irritability several days prior to menstruation. PMDD is considered to be much more severe than the normal premenstrual syndrome (PMS) based on information from Medline Plus. Due to the extremity of these mood swings, it may require the person to take an antidepressant in order to alleviate and control the symptoms that are involved.

Some of the symptoms involved in PMDD will include a variety of different types of mood swings including sleep disturbances, anxiety, hopelessness, disinterest in daily activities, fatigue, and feelings of sadness.

In some cases, the person will have changes in their eating habits and they may have different types of food cravings or they may start binge eating. To keep these problems at a minimum, Xanax can be used to assist with keeping these and other urges under control. Therefore, for those who need help during these times, they can take Xanax as an antidepressant. Based on information from MGH Center for Women's Health, women may take a dosage intermittently while they are in their second half of the cycle or they have the option of taking the medication continuously (increasing the dosage during the second half).

Xanax is recommended for PMDD because this medicine also controls the chemicals in the brain that naturally affect these mood swings and eating changes. These chemicals can also help the person to relax during this time of the month. Xanax can help with the depression and the hopelessness that the person feels when the body is making its hormonal changes. Similar to anxiety that is felt during a panic attack, this medicine is used to keep an individual's emotions under control. One of the main functions of this medicine is to keep the person's feeling relaxed and calm.

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