FDA Approves Pharmacia and UpJohn's Xanax

Xanax is a tranquilizer used in the short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety or the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Anxiety disorder is marked by unrealistic worry or excessive fears and concerns. Anxiety associated with depression is also responsive to Xanax.

Xanax and the extended-release formulation, Xanax XR, are also used in the treatment of panic disorder, which appears as unexpected panic attacks and may be accompanied by a fear of open or public places called agoraphobia. Only your doctor can diagnose panic disorder and best advise you about treatment.

Xanax is a medicine known as a benzodiazepine; it works by slowing down the movement of chemicals in the brain. Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.

lprazolam was first synthesized by The Upjohn Company (now a member of Pfizer) during the 1960's, in hopes of creating a superior sleep aid with muscle relaxant qualities. It wasn't until Dr. David Sheehan became involved that representatives of The Upjohn Company realized the effectiveness Alprazolam had on treating anxiety, panic, and mood disorders.

The Upjohn Company filed for a United States Patent in 1969, which was granted in 1976. Alprazolam was then released to the American drug market in 1981.

Xanax and other Alprazolam drugs are currently classified as Schedule VI narcotics within the United States.

Xanax is a medication prescribed to treat patients with anxiety and panic disorders and depression caused by anxiety. Xanax belongs to a group of medications known as benzodiazepines which are psychoactive drugs used to treat anxiety, insomnia, agitation and seizures, among other conditions.

The medication works by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical in the body that affects chemicals in the brain. Xanax targets GABA, causing the chemical to signal the brain, allowing the patient to feel calm and less anxious.