The documented risks of these drugs are provided so the public can make informed, educated decisions. Xanax is a benzodiazepine drug (anti-anxiety drug), also known as Alprax, Alprazolam, Alprazolam ER, Frontal, Frontal XR, Kalma, Niravam, Solanax, Tafil, Trankimazin, Xanax XR, Xanor.
To see the total figures from IQVia on the number of people taking antianxiety drugs in the U.S., click here.
Please note: No one should attempt to get off of psychiatric drugs without a doctor’s supervision. To help find medical practitioners in your area, click here.
Also, read the FDA’s Xanax Medication Guide for more information. MedGuides include “the particular serious and significant public health concern that has created the need for the Medication Guide” and notes “pediatric risks.” (Note: Unfortunately, the FDA MedGuides only work on a desktop, not on a mobile device. Please complain to the FDA to make their public advisories accessible to all. 1-888-INFO-FDA or 1-888-463-6332.)
Xanax Drug Warnings:
There have been 3 drug regulatory agency warnings from two countries (Australia and United States). These include the following (note that some warnings cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of warnings):
1 warning on Xanax causing death or increased risk of death
1 warning on Xanax causing hostility or aggression
1 warning on Xanax causing swelling
1 warning on Xanax causing drug abuse
Xanax Drug Studies:
There have been 9 studies done in six countries (Australia, Canada, France, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States). These include the following (note that some studies cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of studies):
2 studies on Xanax causing dementia
2 studies on Xanax causing violence
2 studies on Xanax causing aggression
1 study on Xanax causing death or increased risk of death
1 study on Xanax causing homicidal ideation
1 study on Xanax causing suicide risk or attempts
Adverse Reaction Reports Filed with the US FDA: There have been 6,368 adverse reactions reported to the US FDA in connection with Xanax.
The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.
- 979 cases of completed suicides
- 878 cases of cardiac arrest
- 859 cases of respiratory arrest
- 599 cases of the drug being ineffective
- 484 cases of poisoning
- 471 cases of drug abuse
- 429 cases of anxiety
- 359 cases of death
- 309 cases of insomnia
- 271 cases of somnolence (sleepiness)
Documented Side Effects of Xanax:
Source: Physicians Desk Reference, National Institutes of Health’s Medline Plus, and/or the drug label.
Irregular heart beats
Problems with coordination/balance
Problems with speech
Severe skin rash
Shortness of breath
Thinking about harming/killing yourself or trying to do so
Unusual changes in behavior or mood
Yellowing of the skin/eyes
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This brochure is a simple guide that documents the dangerous and deadly side effects of the drugs prescribed to millions of men, women and children diagnosed with bogus mental disorders.
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