Xanax, also known by its generic name alprazolam, is an anti-anxiety medication from Pfizer. Your doctor may want to prescribe this medication for your bipolar disorder. It is a benzodiazepine sometimes used to alleviate anxiety and sleeping difficulties for bipolar patients.
Here is a list of the positives and negatives of using Xanax, alprazolam, medication for bipolar disorder.
Positives of Xanax
1. Xanax helps with anxiety. Anxiety can coexist with bipolar disorder as mentioned in this previous article: Bipolar Disorder and Panic Attacks. The biggest benefit of taking Xanax is that it is expected to greatly reduce the instances of anxiety in bipolar disorder.
2. Helps bipolar patients sleep. People with bipolar disorder may have difficulty sleeping at times. Taking Xanax as prescribed by a doctor can help a bipolar person get the sleep they need. Getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis also reduces irritability.
Negatives, Side Effects of Xanax
1. Xanax can cause clumsiness, drowiness in patients. Clumsiness, drowsiness as well as slurred speech are common symptoms of Xanax medication. You may find that you feel unsteady from taking this bipolar drug. You may also feel drowsy and experience slurred speech while taking this medication.
2. Xanax can cause depression. While it helps with anxiety, some people experience depression while taking this medication.
3. Xanax is not recommended for pregnant women. Doctors advise pregnant women not to take this anti-anxiety medication because of the high risk of birth defects to a fetus. The only way that it can be prescribed to a pregnant woman is if the risk of going without the medication is greater than using it.
Other common side effects of Xanax are dizziness, lightheartedness and slurred speech. Other less common side effects include stomach cramps, changes in sexual desire, increased thirst, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting and headache. Check with your doctor if you experience any of these negative side effects while taking this medication.