A drug typically recommended or prescribed by therapists to treat anxiety issues. It's probably over prescribed and the professionals who do prescribe it seem to believe it's pretty harmless and about as addictive as alcohol; sometimes referred to as a wonderdrug with effects similar to valium but without the repercussions. Of course, these professional opinions are questionable as many medical professionals are in the pockets of large drug companies and it's hard to say which drugs, 20 years down the road, will be determined to be very harmful.

Furthermore, there seem to be plenty of addiction/overdose horror stories regarding the drug. But, judging from personal experience, if you don't have an addictive personality (particularly with drugs), you probably won't think Xanax is anything special (I hardly notice the effects aside from occasional sleepiness, will take it rarely, and won't have any problems. With the high number of commonplace issues for which this drug is prescribed (stress, anxiety, menstrual issues and sleeping problems to name a few), this drug is pretty easy to attain through a doctor and more people than you might think have a prescription. This drug is basically as benign or as dangerous as the person who uses it.
"I thought I felt different the first time I took a Xanax, but to be honest I can't really tell what it does... sometimes it makes me sleepy though."
by guy with a prescription December 11, 2007
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Mild benzodiazepine (Alprazolam). Tablets are available from 0.25 to 2 milligrams in strength. Assists with anxiety and sleeping disorders.
Due to its short half-life (3 hours) it is one of the more addictive benzos. Addicts can consume up to 14 mg per day. Withdrawal effects include psychosis and epileptic-type seizures.
She spends so much time doctor-shopping for Xanax,she can't hold down a job any longer!
by Googles October 29, 2004
A favorite of Jeb Bush's daughter.
The governor's daughter got caught trying to buy Xanax once again.
by John Felder December 10, 2003
A very potent benzodiazepine. Often referred to as a "minor" tranquilizer , it is really anything but. Typically prescribed for anxiety and panic disorder. Dependence ensues quickly even at therapeutic doses , resulting in what is considered to be one of the worst withdrawal syndromes by the medical community when abruptly discontinued.

The relatively low dose , when compared to the other benzodiazepines , is actually quite deceptive. The general concensus on therapeutic doseage equivalency among benzodiazepines is as follows:

.5mg xanax
1 mg Ativan
.5 mg klonopin
10 mg diazepam , Valium
25 mg. Librium , Chlordiazepoxide

As you can see , 2mgs of xanax is really not a small dose at all. It is equal to 4 10mg valium! Despite the fact that most doctors would never prescribe that much Valium , patients are far too often put on corresponding doses of xanax , and unknowingly become extremely dependent on the drug.

The benzodiazepines are habit forming. W/D can be quite serious ,is of the alcohol type , and can lead to seizures and death if not managed medically.
She didnt know she was dependent on xanax until she stopped taking it , and woke up in the emergency room.
by Chris G 11963. January 05, 2006
Pretty dope benzo. It is mainly used as a anti-anxiety medication but its affects make it commonly abused. It will relax you and make you not care about the little things in life that stress you out, for example your house could be burning down, wife is cheating on you, and a bear is chewing on your leg and while on xanax you are at peace. You don't feel depressed or stressed and thus it allows you to sleep. Greatest sleep aid ever but continued use will get you dependent on it and the effects tend to be less dramatic as continued use rises. Think Office Space
Bob: *House is burning down around him* Ah life is good I'm so relaxed I think Ill go for a walk with the dog.

Basically xanax is like being the main character in the movie Office space after the hypnosis session, you will feel great.
by relaxandbreath1236 May 23, 2010
often referred to as "god's gift". basically, god got bored one day and decided to hook humans up with heaven on earth. i'm pretty positive that's how we got xanax.
"you know, i didn't USED to care about going to church, but i might reconsider... god really hooked us up with that xanax."

"bro, semester abroad was insane... i just walked around the whole time looking at cathedrals, twerped up on xans and listening to hella."
by dr. tounge October 23, 2008
Another word for chill pill. If its said to you, watch out!
Girl: Take a Xanax!
Boy: Again with that?!
by Anonymous675 July 13, 2011
a safe medication when used under a psychiatrist's care. i take it daily, and never feel any of the effects described in any of these entries.

i've had a history of panic attacks since childhood, and this drug allows me to function at a high level - and basically do things normal people can do. without it i was a social recluse and could barely leave the house.

i'm an alcoholic (sober) and you cannot compare .25 milligrams of this to whiskey. whiskey made me insane, this simple allows me to live and function.

additive - yes! stop under a doctor's care.
the drug xanax is a huge part of pop culture, largely because it's misunderstood and abused in outrageous doses.
by real perspective January 30, 2011

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