What happens when you mix Xanax and alcohol?


According to Drugs.com, using Xanax and alcohol together can increase the central nervous system side effects, including dizziness, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating and thinking, and impaired judgment. People taking Xanax need to avoid or limit alcohol and discuss any alcohol consumption with their doctors.

Drugs.com states that grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Xanax and cause potentially dangerous side effects. People who take Xanax need to discuss their intake of grapefruit products with their doctors and avoid increasing their consumption of grapefruit products while taking Xanax. Obese people also must use caution when taking Xanax as it may stay in their system for longer time periods due to increased distribution in fat cells.

Xanax, or alprazolam, is in a class of medications referred to as benzodiazepines. This medication works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. MedlinePlus reveals that Xanax treats anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax may be habit-forming, and patients must only take it as directed by a doctor. Withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures, headache, blurred vision, nervousness and irritability, may occur if a patient stops taking Xanax suddenly. Xanax may interact with prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins and herbal supplements, so people taking Xanax must ensure that their doctors and pharmacists are aware of their other medications.

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