The history of Xanax
Dating back to the 1960s psychiatrists saw the need for developing drugs that assisted with mental disorders that manifested themselves through psychological issues. Patients who were experiencing insomnia because they were too stressed or anxious about something where what the doctor had in mind. Initially, Xanax was supposed to be a drug that help bring sleep by relaxing the muscles and easing the mind. There was a need to deal with these issues and this is when Xanax was brought into play. However one doctor realized that there is more to this drug and it can help with mental disorders such as anxiety, depression and anything that affects the state of mind of a person. Xanax is the trade name of the drug. Its scientific name is Alprazolam. It comes from the class of benzodiazepine. It is a drug designed to target specific points in the brain. The main points that are targeted are the GABA receptors. The drug has a combination of amnestic, anticonvulsants, muscle and skeletal relaxer, a hypnotic, a sedative and an anxiolytic. Xanax comes in pill form that can be taken orally as a tablet or as a slow release capsule. Compared to other benzodiazepine drugs that were tried on the market, Xanax proved to be less harsh on the body and on the central nervous system. It took a while for the drug to be approved, almost twelve years went by trying to get the drug approved on the market and changing it from an anti-depressant to an anti-anxiety drug. The approval and opening the drug up to the market only came through in 1981. It could not have come at the perfect time because at this point, stress and anxiety was becoming an epidemic throughout the United States. This was now being deemed a disorder and not just a state of mind. Xanax became a very popular drug and its popularity has grown since then. It was recorded to have made it to number twelve on the most prescribed drug in America in the year 2010. The drug was now being prescribed not just for those with serious mental issues but those that even remotely showed signs of extended anxiety and stress due to difficult situations in their lives. However the drug is only meant to be taken for a short period of time to relieve the symptoms of anxiety disorders however this is not the case. It is a drug that one can easily become dependent on. Due to the rising pressures of life in our societies today Xanax has become a crutch to many people. It develops a quick tolerance and people then feel they need to increase their dosages just to get that feeling of relief. Xanax has since been deemed a drug to be very cautious with because of it is of it highly addictive nature. Many have taken to overdosing themselves just to get by. It is not a drug that has obvious signs of addiction like others but once one addicted there are signs that people around them can pick to know that addiction has set in. Xanax does not interact well with other drugs and with alcohol, in some cases it can lead to very adverse reactions and in the worst cases can be fatal. Recovering from Xanax addiction can take a while and sometimes symptoms can manifest themselves for years to come but it can be done. It is highly recommended that withdrawal be done in an inpatient facility with the right kind of medical support.