Alprazolam is the generic name for Xanax, it’s an anxiety medication used to control anxiety and panic attack disorders. It is a highly addictive drug and should only be taken for short periods of time and as prescribed by your doctor.
As a sedative it is also prescribed for individuals going through a particularly difficult time such as; the death of a loved one, an individual that is terminal ill, divorce or anything that causes an individual a great deal of uncontrollable stress which may eventually turn into an anxiety disorder such as; surviving a natural disaster, a horrible accident or any thing that can cause Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
Like all prescription medications Alprazolam has side effects the most common ones; drowsiness, a feeling of “mental numbness”, napping or sleeping for longer than usual.
Usually some form of depression whether mild, moderate or severe accompanies anxiety. Alprazolam also helps with situational depression.
The starting dose for Alprazolam is 0.25 to 0.37 which is one tablet or one and a half tablets. It is taken three times a day as needed every six hours. The suggested maximum dose of Alprazolam is 4mg a day, which is a hefty dose!
It works best if you put the tablets under your tongue and allow them to dissolve. They taste terrible but the medication enters the bloodstream faster than if you simply swallow it and most people having a panic attack want instant relief!
After three to five years of continued use its possible the dose will need to be increased as you body will eventually build up a resistance to it.
My personal experience with Alprazolam; I began by taking one dose of 0.25 as needed when my son died in 1996. It worked very well, too well; I didn’t have a care in the world. Then some how I realized that I was missing my life and my young daughter and husband where suffering in silence as I went about my life as if nothing had happened. I was weaned off the medication and stopped taking it.
A few years later another even occurred and I was put back on the Alprazolam this time it didn’t have the same effect as the first I was calmer but could still “feel” my life (perhaps because I was also 30 pounds heavier the second time around.)
That was ten years ago and I am still taking it. I take 0.50 three times a day, this was just increased within the last few months from 0.37 (one and half tablets) which is still a very low dose however, I am addicted if I miss a dose I start to have a panic attack.
Alprazolam can be a life saver but take it cautiously and for the shortest period of time you can tolerate. I have come to the conclusion that I will either need to enter rehab to get of it or I will be taking it for the rest of my life.