Xanax is the brand name of Alprazolam, which is a type of medication called a benzodiazepine.. It is commonly used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, and is classified as a sedative.
Xanax works by increasing the activity of a neurotransmitter in the brain called GABA, which helps to slow down nerve impulses and reduce anxiety.
Some examples of conditions that Xanax may be used to treat include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and agoraphobia. It may also be used to manage symptoms of depression or insomnia.
Xanax can be habit-forming and has a high potential for abuse and addiction, especially when used improperly or taken in larger doses than prescribed. It can also cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, impaired coordination, memory problems, and difficulty concentrating. Because of these risks, Xanax should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare provider and according to the prescribed dosage.