Xanax is a brand of drug that contains the active ingredient Alprazolam. Â It is a prescription drug used for the treatment of anxiety and/or panic disorders. Â As a drug, Xanax is a member of the benzodiazepine group that basically helps people achieve a sense of calmness by directly acting on the central nervous system.
Despite its known benefits to people who may have some symptoms pointing to anxiety or panic disorders, some people and experts believe that Xanax may actually be bad for people. Â One reason for this is that Xanax is a psychoactive drug and so may become highly addictive. Â The calming effect it produces gives a positive feeling to patients, and these people may develop a dependency on the drug when treated for a prolonged period of time.
Xanax is also abused as a sleeping pill by seemingly ordinary people. Â Although this drug may effectively help a person get better sleep after having panic attacks, for example, the long-term effects of the drug may also not benefit the person itself. Â Aside from possible dependency, taking Xanax may also result in several side effects including: dizziness, Â light-headedness, confusion, depression, irritability, memory problems, headache, involuntary movements, and many others. Â Experiencing any of these symptoms is already a problem in itself, but when patients experience several of these, they may need immediate medical attention. Â Some patients develop even more insomnia and agitation despite the supposed calming effects of Xanax, and this makes some people get even more worried about this drug.
Some people also think of Xanax as bad for patients because of other neurological side effects it may cause. Â Some may only have panic attacks one moment but may get seizures after taking this drug. Â Others have also experienced cognition problems making it difficult for patients to communicate properly with caregivers. Â Some patients may also experience problems in walking which is very dangerous especially for elderly patients.