Xanax is the trade name of the prescription medication alprazolam, and is in a category of drugs known asbenzodiazepines. Typically, doctors prescribe Xanax to treat patients suffering from anxiety and panic disorders.
The medication works by interacting with a receptor in the brain that in turn increases inhibitory brain activity, thus tempering any problematic excitement related to anxiety.
As a fast-acting drug, the majority of the benefits are established within an hour after use, with the total duration of effect being at least 6 hours. Xanax is commonly abused by those seeking it for its sedative effects.
Xanax is especially addictive when misused (taken recreationally or other than as directed). Anyone can become addicted to Xanax. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Xanax use can result in tolerance, addiction, and dependence if taken in large quantities or used for a prolonged period.
Even people who take the medication exactly as prescribed can become addicted to it without realizing it.