Xanax – yes or no?

A lot of people today are buying into the  “natural herbal remedies” trend or hype, and downright reject the very notion of using even the mildest and least dangerous sedatives to treat anxiety and similar psychological disorders. While sedatives, just like all other effective medications used in psychotherapy can have adverse effects in some cases, completely refusing to use them as therapeutic tools is just as wrong as abusing them. No one should suffer needlessly, and health and well-being is one of the basic human needs and rights. Therefore, people should seriously consider every cure and the course of treatment that’s available today. Doctors are of course well aware of just how effective and beneficial sedatives like Xanax can be, and they regularly prescribe it to people who entrusted them with their health.

Even so, the topic of sedatives and its potential for both use and misuse is a hotly discussed topic, although much more in the general population than it’s the case in the medical community. There’s a lot of misinformation and misconceptions about these drugs, and there are solid and reasonable arguments both against and for Xanax. This article will try to address many of them, and hopefully it will be able to provide you with enough information. Ultimately, the choice is yours and your doctors, and every little bit of info can help you to make that decision.

We can all agree that doctors are fully qualified to make these types of decisions, and the fact remains that a vast majority of them prescribe Xanax as an effective immediate cure in moderate to severe cases of anxiety disorders. They are well aware of just how serious panic attacks and anxiety can be, and Xanax is often the best way to treat them. A single low dose of the medication can often be enough to make a patient who’s been unable to sleep and rest for days to finally get some relief – so it’s pretty obvious that Xanax indeed has it’s uses. On the other hand, it’s not so simple to decide if Xanax can be viewed as a viable option for long term treatment of anxiety, and most doctors play it on the safe side, not allowing their patients to use Xanax regularly for longer than a few weeks. The reason for this is really simple – like most, if not all other more potent tranquilizers and relaxants, Xanax can be habit forming and even addictive. The human body naturally builds a resistance to the effects of this drug, and this process is more noticeable if Xanax is being used for longer periods of time. Some users try to counter this by increasing the dosage over and over, since the tolerance that the body develops during the treatment makes Xanax less effective, so more is needed in order to achieve the same initial effects. This can lead to the development of a dependency to the drug, and in rare cases, users can take toxic amounts of the drug. However, this is easy to avoid – just make sure that you never take more Xanax than prescribed.

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