Xanax is a brand name medication with the chemical name being Alprazolam.
There are several different forms that you can generally acquire Xanax in, and these include a standard tablet, extended release tablet and a tablet that is meant to dissolve in the mouth.
Most forms of Xanax are designed to be taken anywhere between two and four times daily depending on a physician's recommendations and your own specific need. For example, Xanax XR is the form of Xanax that only needs to be taken once every day, and it is designed to keep anxiety feelings at bay all day long.
Xanax is classified as being a benzodiazepine medication. The way that benzodiazepine medications work is by lowering the amount of abnormal excitement that the brain exhibits causing anxiety and similar symptoms. All benzodiazepines are designed to treat anxiety attacks, anxiety and panic disorders in different ways. Because of the potential for abuse, Xanax is considered to be a Schedule C IV controlled substance according to the Drug Enforcement Agency. It is only available with a prescription from a physician, and absolutely must be taken according to that physician's recommendations in order to be used safely.
There are two basic ways that Xanax can be abused. The first is that it can be abused by people that divert it to the street or buy it on the street and use it for illicit or recreational purposes. These people are abusing the drug because they have acquired it illegally and are not taking it according to the prescription's instructions or instructions from a physician.
The other way that people can begin to abuse Xanax is by initially taking the medication as directed by a physician, but then at some point changing the way that they use the medication so that they are no longer following the prescription. They may, for example, start taking higher dosages or more frequent dosages of the medication in an attempt to feed a physical dependency. As they continue to abuse this medication, however, the physical dependency is only going to continue to grow until the point where they are frequently abusing the medication to get what they feel are the "desired effects."