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xanax drug interactionsXanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. The generic drug affects the chemicals in the brain and the central nervous system in order to produce a calming effect that relieves people from anxiety. It is also used for various other purposes which are not mentioned in the medication guide. Before consuming the drug there are certain things which have to be known. There are certain drug interactions related with Xanax that you need to know in order to prevent any adverse effects.

Drugs that interacts with Xanax

There are a number of drugs that interact with this pill and some can cause serious side effects or even death. When you take Xanax with other drugs and if it makes you sleep or slows your breathing then you need to consult the doctor as they may have unwanted side effects which may be caused because of the interactions. Inform your doctor about all the medications that you have been taking, especially the following:

  • Cimetidine
  • Digoxin
  • Fluvoxamine
  • Nefazodone

There are various other drugs that interact with this medicine and are not mentioned above. Other medicines with prescription and the medicines bought over the counter can have interactions with this drug that can lead to side effects. Before you take sleeping pills, narcotic pain medicine, cough medicine, and a muscle relaxer you need to consult your doctor.

Xanax interaction with food

Certain fruits such as grapefruit can interact with this med and can lead to various side effects. Consult your doctor before you increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your food because it is better to know about the effects that may occur. So, before making changes in your diet you need to ask your doctor since it may interact with this med. Stay away from alcohol because, drug interaction with alcohol can increase the effects of alcohol and can make you feel dizzy, drowsy, or even tired.

How to prevent drug interactions?

Not all the interrelation with Xanax can be life threatening, it depends on the type of interaction whether it is major, moderate, or minor. Even though it can cause certain side effects, you should not be afraid to take your drug. You can learn how to manage and prevent drug interactions.

  • First thing you need to do is to have a frequent communication with your doctor and inform him or her everything that you feel is happening because of the interaction.
  • Conduct a research by yourself and get to know about the drugs that you take and how it interacts with the pill. There are a number of sources where you can get to know about the drugs and their interactions.
  • Next, try to keep all your prescriptions at one pharmacy, this way it will become convenient for you to communicate with the pharmacist because communication is the key to prevent the issue.
  • Inform your doctor about all the medications that you have been taking, to prevent the interaction.