Saturday, October 18, 2008

Before taking Xanax

It is dangerous to try and purchase Xanax on the Internet or from vendors outside of the United States. Medications distributed from Internet sales may contain dangerous ingredients, or may not be distributed by a licensed pharmacy.

Do not use this medication if you have:

* narrow-angle glaucoma;
* if you are also taking itraconazole (Sporanox) or ketoconazole (Nizoral); or
* if you are allergic to alprazolam or to other benzodiazepines, such as chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), or oxazepam (Serax).

Before taking Xanax, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

* asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or other breathing problems;
* glaucoma;
* kidney or liver disease (especially alcoholic liver disease);
* a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior; or
* a history of drug or alcohol addiction.

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take Xanax.

FDA pregnancy category D. Xanax can cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without your doctor's consent if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. Use an effective form of birth control while you are using this medication. Xanax can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. The sedative effects of this medication may last longer in older adults. Accidental falls are common in elderly patients who take benzodiazepines. Use caution to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are taking Xanax. Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old.

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