What not to do while taking Xanax?

When taking Xanax (alprazolam), there are several things that you should avoid to prevent potential interactions and side effects. Here are some things to avoid while taking Xanax:

  1. Alcohol: Drinking alcohol while taking Xanax can increase the risk of drowsiness, dizziness, and other side effects, and can also increase the risk of accidental injury or overdose.
  2. Other medications: Xanax can interact with other medications, including other benzodiazepines, opioids, and certain antidepressants. It is important to discuss any medications or supplements with a healthcare provider before taking Xanax.
  3. Grapefruit juice: Drinking grapefruit juice while taking Xanax can increase the levels of the medication in the body, which may increase the risk of side effects.
  4. Driving or operating heavy machinery: Xanax can cause drowsiness, dizziness, and cognitive impairment, which can impair your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery safely.
  5. Abruptly stopping Xanax: Abruptly stopping Xanax can cause withdrawal symptoms, including seizures, which can be life-threatening. It is important to taper off Xanax gradually under the guidance of a healthcare provider.

It is important to follow all instructions for taking Xanax and to avoid any medications, foods, or substances that may interact with the medication. If you have any questions or concerns about taking Xanax, it is important to discuss these with a healthcare provider, who can help determine the most appropriate treatment plan based on individual needs and medical history.

There are various forms of drugs available, such as tablets or liquids, and each may have a separate patient information leaflet (PIL) for different doses. It is important to refer to the PIL for the specific form and dose of the drug that you have been prescribed.

You can search for further information and PILs on websites such as:

  • The British National Formulary (BNF)
  • Electronic medicines compendium (emc)
  • The National Library of Medicine's DailyMed
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
  • Different drug forms like tablets or liquids have specific patient information leaflets (PIL) for various doses. Refer to the PIL for your prescribed drug form and dose.

    Search for PILs on websites like:


    • ANSM (Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé): ansm.sante.fr


    • AEMPS (Agencia Española de Medicamentos y Productos Sanitarios): aemps.gob.es


    • BfArM (Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte): bfarm.de


    For questions about your medication:

    • Consult your doctor, a healthcare professional, or a pharmacist


    • Contact SOS Médecins: 3624
    • For mental health support, contact SOS Suicide: 01 45 39 40 00

    Belgium (French)

    Switzerland (French)

    • La Main Tendue: 143
    • Website: 143.ch

    Canada (French)

    • Centre de prévention du suicide du Québec: 1 866 APPELLE (1 866 277-3553)
    • Website: cpsquebec.ca


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Teléfono de la Esperanza: 717 003 717


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Telefonseelsorge: 0800 111 0 111 or 0800 111 0 222


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Telefono Amico: 199 284 284


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact 113 Zelfmoordpreventie: 0800 0113


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Sos Voz Amiga: 21 354 45 45, 91 280 26 69, or 96 352 46 60

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