A Beginners Guide to Xanax

    In today’s world, stress and anxiety have become common conditions that millions of people suffer from. This article is designed to help beginners get a deeper understanding of Xanax before they start to use it. We will answer questions such as what it is, how it can be obtained, proper usage guidelines, potential side effects, and alternative options. Whether you're curious about this widely prescribed anti-anxiety medication or seeking alternatives, this article will address your questions and concerns, offering valuable insights to help you make informed decisions about your mental health.

    What is Xanax?

    Xanax is a brand name for the medication alprazolam, which belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. It is primarily prescribed for the treatment of anxiety disorders and panic disorder, however, it can be used to help treat sleep disorders such as insomnia. It is classified as a controlled substance due to its potential for abuse and addiction. Xanax is available in various forms, including immediate-release tablets and extended-release tablets.

    What is the active ingredient in Xanax?

    The active ingredient in Xanax is alprazolam. Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine compound that acts as the primary therapeutic agent in Xanax. It is important to note that alprazolam is a potent substance and should only be used under the guidance and prescription of a healthcare professional due to its potential for misuse, dependence, and withdrawal symptoms.

    How does Xanax (Alprazolam) affect the body?

    Xanax (alprazolam) affects the body by targeting the central nervous system and influencing the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). GABA is responsible for inhibiting or slowing down the activity of nerve cells in the brain. Xanax enhances the effects of GABA, leading to an increase in its calming and sedative properties. This results in a reduction of excessive brain activity, which can help alleviate anxiety symptoms.

    Why is Xanax (Alprazolam) used to treat anxiety?

    Xanax (alprazolam) is used to treat anxiety because of its anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties. Anxiety disorders are characterised by excessive and persistent feelings of worry, fear, or unease that can significantly interfere with daily life.  It can provide short-term relief for acute anxiety symptoms, such as panic attacks, and can also be used as a part of an overall treatment plan that may include therapy and lifestyle modifications.

    Why is Xanax (Alprazolam) used to treat insomnia?

    The sedative and hypnotic effects of Xanax (Alprazolam) can help individuals with insomnia by promoting relaxation and inducing sleep. Insomnia and anxiety are often linked. By reducing feelings of anxiety, Xanax (Alprazolam) can assist in falling asleep faster and maintaining a more restful sleep throughout the night.

    Why has Xanax (Alprazolam) been covered in the media?

    Unlike other prescription medications, Xanax (alprazolam) has garnered some attention from media outlets, including the popular news site BBC News. The BBC reported in 2019 that there were over 200 deaths in the United Kingdom since 2015. In 2016, UK ports and airports seized more than £1m worth of counterfeit Xanax. It is incredibly important that Xanax is only used by those that need it under the supervision of a healthcare professional. You should never under any circumstances use illegally sourced medications, as BBC News also reported that counterfeit medications can be laced with other medications, such as the powerful painkiller fentanyl. 

    Does Alprazolam have other brand names?

    Yes, Alprazolam is sold under a number of different brand names all over the world. Alprazolam is the generic name for the medication. Perhaps the most well-known brand name for Alprazolam is Xanax. Xanax is known globally as it is one of the most widely recognised brand names for the medication.

    What forms is Xanax (Alprazolam) available in?

    At EU Meds, you can purchase Xanax (Alprazolam) in tablet form. You can purchase two different strengths of tablet from EU Meds, 250mcg and 500mcg. You may find Xanax (Alprazolam) available in extended-release form which is designed to release the medication gradually over an extended period.

    Purchasing and Legality

    Is Xanax (Alprazolam) legal?

    In the UK, Xanax can only be legally obtained with a prescription from a qualified healthcare professional and is classified as a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. This means that it is subject to regulations regarding its prescription, possession, and supply. Xanax is classified as a Class C drug. 

    Is it possible to buy Xanax (Alprazolam) online?

    Yes, it is possible to purchase Xanax (Alprazolam) from EU Meds. By purchasing your medication online from EU Meds you can rest assured that you are purchasing legitimate medication that will help your condition. 

    Is it possible to buy Xanax (Alprazolam) over the counter?

    No, you are not able to purchase Xanax (Alprazolam) over the counter in the United Kingdom or abroad. Xanax (Alprazolam) is a controlled medication as there is the potential for misuse and abuse. Over-the-counter medications tend to come with less of a risk and are available to purchase 

    Do you need a prescription for Xanax (Alprazolam)?

    Yes, in order to purchase Xanax (Alprazolam) for any condition you will need to have a valid prescription. Xanax (Alprazolam) is a prescription-only medication, which means you need to have a prescription in order to buy it. You can get a prescription for Xanax following a successful online consultation with EU Meds. This is fully legal and all medications are issued by European Doctors and dispensed from EU pharmacies.

    How to use Xanax

    How do you use Xanax (Alprazolam)?

    You should only ever use Xanax as it has been prescribed to you. Misuse of this medication can be dangerous and lead to dependence and other issues. The way you use Xanax will depend on a number of factors, including the condition it has been prescribed to you for, the dosage you are taking, and the amount of times you need to take the medication. Always follow the advice of a medical professional when using this medication. 

    What is the recommended dosage for Xanax (Alprazolam)?

    The recommended dosage of Xanax (Alprazolam) will vary depending on a number of factors. The main factor will be the condition it is being used to treat, as well as the severity of the condition it is being used to treat. Individual factors will also influence dosage, such as the age and medical history of the patient. 

    How often should you take Xanax (Alprazolam)?

    You should only ever use Xanax (Alprazolam) as often as it has been prescribed to you. Different factors will change the frequency of treatment and your healthcare provider will always provide you with tailored advice for your particular condition. 

    How long does Xanax (Alprazolam) take before it takes effect?

    Xanax (Alprazolam) is known for its fast-acting action. Usually, it will take around 30 minutes for Xanax to take effect. It is important to note however that different factors can alter how quickly Xanax works including individual metabolism, dosage, and whether or not it is taken with food. 


    Who is Xanax (Alprazolam) suitable for?

    Xanax (Alprazolam) is typically prescribed for individuals who experience anxiety disorders, panic disorders, anxiety associated with depression, or sleep-based conditions such as insomnia. Your healthcare provider will be able to tell you if you should not be using Xanax or not when prescribing.

    Who is Xanax (Alprazolam) not suitable for?

    Xanax may not be a suitable medication for some people to use. It should not be used by anyone who is allergic to any of the ingredients in it. You should not use Xanax (Alprazolam) if:

    • You are allergic to any of the ingredients in Xanax

    • You have respiratory problems such as COPD or sleep apnea

    • You have glaucoma

    • You have a history of substance abuse

    Can children use Xanax (Alprazolam)?

    No, Xanax (Alprazolam) is generally not recommended for use in children. Xanax is primarily indicated for the treatment of anxiety, panic disorders and insomnia in adults.

    Is it safe to take Xanax (Alprazolam) if you are pregnant?

    The use of Xanax (Alprazolam) during pregnancy is generally not recommended, especially during the first three months of pregnancy. There is some evidence linking benzodiazepine use during pregnancy to an increased risk of birth defects, such as cleft lip or palate, cardiovascular abnormalities, and developmental delays.

    Is it safe to take Xanax (Alprazolam) if you are breastfeeding?

    Xanax (Alprazolam) is not recommended for use while breastfeeding. It can pass into breast milk and potentially affect the nursing baby. In many cases, alternative treatments or adjustments to your medication regimen may be considered to ensure the safety of your baby.

    Can Xanax (Alprazolam) affect fertility?

    There is limited evidence to suggest that Xanax (Alprazolam) may have potential effects on fertility. Benzodiazepines, including Xanax, can affect the hormonal balance of the body, which could potentially impact fertility in both men and women. If you are concerned about the potential effects of Xanax on fertility, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional. 

    Can Xanax (Alprazolam) affect contraceptive effectiveness?

    There is no substantial evidence to suggest that Xanax (Alprazolam) affects the effectiveness of contraceptives such as birth control pills, patches, or intrauterine devices (IUDs). Xanax is not known to interact directly with hormonal contraceptives or interfere with their mechanisms of action.

    Side Effects

    What are the common side effects of Xanax (Alprazolam)?

    As with all other medications, Xanax (Alprazolam) may cause some users to experience side effects. The most common side effects of Xanax include:

    • Drowsiness

    • Fatigue

    • Dizziness

    • Slurred speech

    • Dry mouth

    • Nausea

    • Changes in appetite

    What serious side effects can Xanax (Alprazolam) have?

    Xanax (Alprazolam) can also cause some users to experience some serious side effects. The more serious side effects of Xanax include:

    • Severe drowsiness or sedation

    • Respiratory depression

    • Depression or suicidal thoughts

    • Memory loss or amnesia

    • Withdrawal symptoms

    How likely are you to experience side effects when taking Xanax (Alprazolam)?

    The likelihood of experiencing side effects when taking Xanax (Alprazolam) can vary from person to person. While not everyone will experience side effects, they are possible with the use of this medication. The frequency and severity of side effects can depend on factors such as individual sensitivity, dosage, duration of use, and overall health.


    Are there any alternative situational anxiety treatments to Xanax (Alprazolam)?

    Yes, there are alternative situational anxiety treatments that are available to purchase online from EU Meds. Some alternative medications include:

    Are there any alternative sleeping medications to Xanax (Alprazolam)?

    Yes, there are alternative sleeping medications that you can purchase from EU Meds. Some alternative medications include:

    Where can you buy Xanax (Alprazolam) for the cheapest prices online?

    To find the cheapest prices for Xanax (Alprazolam) you should be purchasing your medication online from EU meds. 


    Does Xanax (Alprazolam) interact with other medications?

    Xanax (Alprazolam) may interact with other medications. It is important to let your healthcare provider know about any other medications you may be using alongside Xanax. Here is a table that outlines medications Xanax may interact with.

    Can you drink alcohol when taking Xanax (Alprazolam)?

    It is generally not recommended to consume alcohol while taking Xanax (Alprazolam). Both Xanax and alcohol are central nervous system depressants, and combining them can have additive effects on sedation, drowsiness, and cognitive impairment.

    Can you smoke when taking Xanax (Alprazolam)?

    There are no known direct interactions between smoking and Xanax (Alprazolam). Smoking cigarettes or using other forms of tobacco products does not typically have a direct impact on the metabolism or effectiveness of Xanax.

    Is it safe to drive when taking Xanax (Alprazolam)?

    It is generally not recommended to drive or operate heavy machinery while taking Xanax (Alprazolam). Xanax can cause drowsiness, sedation, dizziness, and impair cognitive and motor functions. These effects can compromise your ability to safely drive a vehicle or engage in tasks that require alertness, coordination, and quick decision-making.

    Can you overdose on Xanax (Alprazolam)?

    Yes, it is possible to overdose on Xanax (Alprazolam) if it is taken in excessive amounts. An overdose can occur when a person takes a higher dosage than prescribed, takes multiple doses too closely together, or combines Xanax with other substances that enhance its effects, such as alcohol or opioids. If you suspect an overdose, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention by calling emergency services or visiting the nearest medical professional. 

    Medically Reviewed by:
    Dr. Irfan Siddique MBBS
    GMC reference no: 7694522


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