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Truth About Xanax Side Effects

Among the most efficient medicines that are used in most continents in the world usually has some consumption of Xanax pills. Xanax is used to calm down brain excitement in some patients who have anxiety or stress thus their brains fail to trigger the required amount of chemicals that calms down individuals and therefore require this medicine to allow the brain to release calm nervous so that they can be able to deal with panic. Although Xanax has many names, the most common is alprazolam. It has two types of tablets which are Xanax and Xanax XR. A patient is required to take Xanax tablets a few times in a day but with Xanax XR only once in a day. By taking Xanax, these patients are able to deal with panic attacks but it is recommended that a patient seek psychotherapy counseling which is important in helping them deal with side effects of taking the medicine as well as dealing with anxiety issues.

Most of the patients who take Xanax suffer from memory loss although it can be very minimal and sometimes even suffer from speech memory or have some bit of problems communicating. If a woman is pregnant or expecting pregnancy, they are recommended to let the doctor know before hand about their condition because the pill has some side effects to the fetus which can lead to some abnormalities before or after birth. While taking the medicine, it is good if one is careful with the dosage given because one can become dependent on it.

The most common side effects of Xanax are; drowsiness, difficulties while urinating, light-headedness, changes in weight, tiredness, changes in appetite, dizziness, a change on sex drive, irritability, increased salivation, dry mouth and talkativeness. These effects are experienced with small dosage of the drugs. If a patient is taking a bigger dosage, they will experience; constipation, memory problems, fatigue, reduction in appetite which will lead to weight loss and speech problems.

Some of the uncommon side effects which are rarely experienced but if experienced are dangerous include; seizures, coordination problems, hallucinating confusion, severe skin rushes, memory problems and yellowing of the eyes and skin. There are still some less common side effects that some patients experience which include; thrombophlebitis, amnesia, vertigo, abdominal cramps, paradoxical excitation, severe hypotension, aggression as well as hostility, arrhythmias, respiratory depression and arrest. Others include; chest pain, blurred vision, hyperventilation, nausea, dry mouth and constipation, sweating, skin irritation, racing heartbeat, severe nasal congestion, weight change, difficult urinating, tremors or twitching, fainting respiratory infection and sun sensitivity.

There are also some side effects which might appear to patient but they are very rare which include; irritability, a lot of muscle spasticity, hallucinations and sleep disturbances. Some other adverse behavioral side effects are; rage, agitation, very aggressive or hostile behavior as well as irritability. If a patient notices their skin color turning yellow, it is best to discontinue usage and get in touch with your doctor.

If you notice your eyes or skin turning a yellow color, stop taking Xanax and contact your doctor straight away. Some side effects that should stop a patient from taking Xanax include; any allergic reactions that might include rashes and anaphylaxis, any blood disorders including leucopenia or leucocytosis, yellow eyes and skin, jaundice, tingling, weakness, concentration problems, double vision, warmth, tremors, difficulty sleeping, altered taste buds, incontinence, hallucinations, spasms and cramps from the muscles, problems urinating, overstimulation, anxiety and fear, tingling, weakness, muscle tone changes, very hostile behaviors and elevated liver functions problems.

There are also some less common side effects which are experienced by some few patients which include; neurological effects like depth perception difficulties, headaches, blurred visions, seizures and slurred speech.

Muscular problems which are; weak muscles and muscle spasms. Cardiovascular effects which are; palpitations, hypotension and tachycardia while dermatological include rashes and pruritus. The psychiatric effects are; stupor, mental confusion, insomnia, depression, euphoria, irritability and lethargy. Incontinence, and change in libido are genitourinary effects. Gastrointestinal effects include; vomiting, nausea, some non specific gastrointestinal disturbances and nausea. Elevated alkaline phosphates in the body and bilirubin as well as AST and ALT are hepatic effects while hematological effects include; sometime increase or decrease of WBC and decrease in Hemoglobin and hematocrit.

If a patient using Xanax has some of these side effects it is best to let the doctor know so that the treatment can be adjusted or discontinued to avoid any more danger.