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Does Xanax Cause Weight Gain or Loss?

Xanax (alprazolam) is a medication utilized primarily for the acute management of anxiety disorders – particularly panic disorder.  When administered, Xanax crosses the blood-brain-barrier and modulates the activation of GABAA receptor alpha-1 subunits.  This GABAergic modulation hyperpolarizes neurons via chloride ion influx and induces negative membrane potentials. The induction of negative membrane potentials makes neurons …

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How Long Does It Take For Xanax To “Kick In”?

Xanax (Alprazolam) is a medication [of the benzodiazepine classification] commonly prescribed as a treatment for neuropsychiatric conditions such as: panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder.  On occasion, Xanax is also prescribed off-label for the management of nausea due to chemotherapy.  Furthermore, Xanax is frequently pursued illicitly for the sake of recreational intoxication. …

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Dementia Linked To Benzodiazepines, Sleeping Pills, Anticholinergics

In recent years, increasing evidence has suggested that certain types of commonly prescribed medications may cause increased risk of developing dementia. This ranges from drugs used to treat anxiety (e.g. Xanax) to over-the-counter drugs (e.g. Benadryl). A majority of these medications tend to depress activity in the CNS and help minimize arousal and/or anxiety. Dementia …

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