Xanax is a brand name for alprazolam which is a drug used for the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax was originally developed as a less addictive alternative to barbiturates. It is a central nervous system depressant which means it works by depressing brain activities or by reducing brain excitability. It affects GABA receptors of the brain and produces relaxing effects.
The drug may affect different people differently. Some people are able to feel the effects just after taking a small dose of the drug while the other may need higher doses to feel the effects. At very high doses, some people may even experience euphoric effects.
Xanax is a legal drug in United States to be used for medicinal purposes but it is only available with a valid prescription. Apart from Xanax, alprazolam is sold under a number of other brand names as well. Most of the Xanax addicts start taking it for therapeutic purposes but end up becoming addicted to it. Women are more likely to develop Xanax addiction since they are prescribed the drug more frequently.
A number of street names are given to Xanax by its abusers. If you hear a loved one saying one of these words while talking to someone, look out for the signs of Xanax addiction.
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