Alprazolam, available under the trade name Xanax, is a potent, short-acting benzodiazepine anxiolytic—a minor tranquilizer.It is commonly used for the treatment of anxiety disorders, especially of panic disorder, but also in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or social anxiety disorder.In 2010 it was the 12th most prescribed medicine in the United States.Alprazolam, like other benzodiazepines, binds to specific sites on the GABAA receptor. It possesses anxiolytic, sedative, hypnotic, skeletal muscle relaxant, anticonvulsant, amnestic, and antidepressant properties.Alprazolam is available for oral administration as compressed tablets (CT), orally disintegrating tablet (ODT) and extended-release tablets (XR).
What XANAX contains
– Active substance: alprazolam. Each tablet contains 0.25 mg or 0.5 mg of alprazolam.
– Other ingredients: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, docusate sodium (85%) + sodium benzoate (E2I) (15%), silica, colloidal anhydrous, magnesium stearate, maize starch.
The 0.5 mg tablets also contain the colorant erythrosine sodium aluminum lacquer. XANAX is available in cartons containing 30 or 100 tablets. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorization Holder
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