What to know about Xanax overdose

People take Xanax to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Taking too much Xanax can cause mild to serious side effects, and taking other drugs along with Xanax can increase the risk of overdose.

The generic name of Xanax is alprazolam. Along with its use for anxiety, some people use Xanax for sleeplessness, premenstrual disorder, and depression. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have not currently approved the drug for these uses.

Some people have used Xanax for recreational purposes because it relieves anxiety. When people use drugs without a prescription, there is an increased risk of drug misuse and possible overdose.

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How long does Xanax last?

Alprazolam (Xanax) is a useful medication for certain mental health conditions. Xanax starts to work quickly, and it stays in the body long after the effects of one dose have worn off.

Doctors often prescribe Xanax for generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder. It is one of the most widely used medications for these conditions, and it belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, or “benzos.”

Xanax works by increasing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid, a neurotransmitter in the brain that increases feelings of calmness.

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Can you take Adderall and Xanax together?

Xanax is a benzodiazepine, while Adderall is a stimulant. Under the supervision of a doctor, the drugs may be safe to use together.

Benzodiazepines slow down activity in the central nervous system and can help a person feel more relaxed and less anxious. Stimulants, on the other hand, speed up central nervous system activity, helping a person feel more awake and focused.

Since these drugs have opposite effects on the central nervous system, they may work less well if a person takes them together.

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California Doctor Warns of Counterfeit Xanax Tablets Cut With Fentanyl

At least one person died and eight more were treated in a San Francisco emergency room late last year after taking counterfeit Xanax tablets cut with fentanyl, according toHealthDay.

The tablets looked exactly the same as prescription Xanax. “The users that were exposed to these tablets had no idea it was anything other than what they thought they were buying,” said Dr. Ann Arens, who reported the cases in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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CDC: Doctors’ Prescribing Practices Play Key Role in Curbing Painkiller Abuse

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that a small number of doctors were responsible for prescribing the most narcotic painkiller prescriptions (Rx) in the U.S., HealthDay reports.

The CDC researchers analyzed 2013 data from prescription drug-monitoring programs in eight states including California, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Ohio and West Virginia, which represent about one-quarter of the U.S. population.

The data found that a small number of doctors were heavy prescribers of Rx pain medications. In all eight states narcotic painkillers were prescribed twice as often as stimulants or tranquilizers/sedatives, such as Ativan or Xanax, according to the report.

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