Xanax (alprazolam) is a type of benzodiazepine approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat panic and anxiety disorders. Clinicians also prescribe it off-label to treat depression. Like all medications, Xanax can cause side effects.
Benzodiazepines are sedatives that typically produce feelings of relaxation or sleepiness.
For people with generalized anxiety disorder, Xanax is commonly prescribed alongside an antidepressant to relieve the nervousness that antidepressants initially cause in some people. However, experts do not recommend using Xanax for an extended time.
If you’re taking Xanax, be aware of the potential side effects, and know when to contact your doctor or healthcare professional.