Xanax Side Effects

Blackouts are the most common side effects of taking Xanax with alcohol, users say. "The tricky thing is the next day," says one common user. "A couple of drinks, and you really don't know what happened the night before."

While Xanax seems to be the most prescribed agent in stopping "panic attack", people should be aware of the potential problems and side effects of this medication. Xanax effects the memory of an individual, especially in verbal recall. Here is a list of the known side effects of Xanax:

drowsiness fatigue light-headedness speech problems abdominal cramps constipation dry mouth hyperventilation blurred vision nausea chest pain change in sex drive confusion headache change in appetite insomnia unusual dreams change in salivation low blood pressure racing heartbeat fainting nasal congestion difficulty urinating sweating weight change skin irritation twitching or tremors nervous or anxious state sun sensitivity respiratory infection memory impairment menstrual difficulties loss of coordination

While these side effects are more common, there are some side effects that are rare and only occur in select individuals :

difficulty concentrating slurred or unusual speech double vision fear altered senses of taste lack of inhibition muscle cramps or spasms
  • Drug Facts
  • "When people start escalating dosages and self-medicating, they can very quickly become addicted and it can be a very dangerous addiction," said drug expert and author Rod Colvin.
  • Xanax, or Alprazolam, is a drug in pill form which is prescribed to patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
  • Xanax comes in two forms: 1-mg lavender-colored tablets referred to as "footballs" or "blues" which sell for around $2 and 2-mg white rectangular-shaped pills (nicknamed "bars," "coffins" or "french fries") which go for $5 to $10.
  • Illegal possesion of Xanax is a felony and carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and a $5,000 fine.
  • Washinton D.C. Mayor Marion Barry has said Xanax was among the drugs he was addicted to a decade ago.