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Alprazolam (Xanax): How Long It Stays in Your System

What Is Alprazolam (Xanax)?

Alprazolam is the active ingredient in the brand-name medication called Xanax. It belongs to a group of medications called benzodiazepines. The drug works by improving the release of several neurotransmitters in the brain. Doctors typically prescribe alprazolam for treating depression, anxiety disorder, or panic disorder in adults. The effectiveness and safety in children are still unclear. It is available in tablet form and should be taken orally. [1]

Side Effects of Alprazolam

Depending on the dose, the effects of alprazolam may appear within one hour after taking the pill. This medication is highly misused as it can bring a feeling of euphoria. Some common side effects include sleepiness, dry mouth, drowsiness, light-headedness, dizziness, and clumsiness. These symptoms tend to disappear after the body is used to alprazolam. Though serious side effects are rare, they may occur. These include a severe rash, seizures, memory or speech issues, hallucinations, trouble breathing, and suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Consuming illicit substances or drinking alcohol may increase the risks of these side effects and make them become worse. [2]