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Generic Name: ALPRAZOLAM - ORAL Pronounced: (al-PRA-zoe-lam) Xanax Oral Interactions
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or
increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all
possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including
prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your
doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any
medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug
Other medications can affect the removal of alprazolam
from your body, which may affect how alprazolam works. Examples include azole
antifungals (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole), cimetidine, certain
anti-depressants (such as fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, nefazodone), drugs to treat
HIV (delavirdine, protease inhibitors such as indinavir), macrolide antibiotic...
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Xanax is an antianxiety drug approved by the FDA for treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. It and its generic version, alprazolam, are also often prescribed off-label for people with bipolar disorder, even if they don't have those specific anxiety disorders as well, usually to treat anxiety and insomnia.
The FDA-approved information about Xanax emphasizes the risk of emotional and physical dependence, especially at doses of 4mg/day or higher. To minimize withdrawal symptoms, the dosage should be tapered off slowly when discontinuing this drug (more below).
Some of the other most important things to know about Xanax are:
Your prescribing doctor must know about all other prescription and over-the-counter drugs you take, and about your alcohol use. Drinking alcoholic beverages can cause problems when you take Xanax.
Use of Xanax along with certain other drugs, including Prozac (fluoxetine), oral contraceptives, and certain antifungal drugs is contraindi...
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