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Updated January 31, 2011

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Xanax -- generic alprazolam -- is a benzodiazepine anti-anxiety medication also used to treat panic attacks. It may also be used as a hypnotic to induce sleep. Xanax is generally recommended for short-term use. As in all benzodiazepins, it can be addictive, and withdrawal effects may be severe. Other uses include:
  • To relieve or reduce muscle spasms
  • For alcohol withdrawal symptoms
  • Panic disorders
  • Epilepsy and other convulsive disorders
For more about Xanax, see:
Pronunciation: ZAN-ax
Common Misspellings: Zanax
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