Xanax is the brand name for alprazolam, a powerful benzodiazepine drug that is used medically to treat severe anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax bears the boxed warning, the most serious label of the Food and Drug Administration. Xanax comes as an oval tablet of white, peach, or light blue, with the brand name and the size of the dosage (.25, .5, or 1mg). It is a Schedule IV controlled Substance in the United States.
Xanax use has risen in popularity in the past years. The drug is one of the most commonly prescribed psychiatric medicines in the United States; many teenagers find it in their family’s medicine cabinets. The overwhelming majority of recreational Xanax users obtain the drug from a relative or friend. Xanax is often used in social settings at first, including at parties and at smaller gatherings, before becoming a personal habit.
Xanax produces a pleasant, quiet high free of worry or anxiety that can last several hours. Unlike cocaine or other stimulants, Xanax, like other benzodiazepines, makes a person feel relaxed, confident, sleepy, and generally at ease. It’s a deceptively calm drug which leads a person to feel justified in taking it more, especially since it doesn’t often produce unpleasant or jarring effects at first.
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