Xanax side effects – the whole story

You have probably heard a lot of different things about Xanax – some good, some bad, and some just plainly unbelievable Xanax is a drug that’s commonly used to deal with anxiety and panic attack related issues, and thousands of doctor’s think it’s safe enough to be prescribed to the patients they are responsible for. So, chances are that that thing you heard about Xanax giving you brain damage and autism isn’t true. The same goes for Xanax making you permanently addicted to it. Read on for real facts.


In this article, we will try to list some of the most common, but also less common and rare side effects of Xanax and its usage. All data presented here is the result of various published professional as well as personal research, and you should use it for information purposes only.

Let’s start with the most common side effects of Xanax. Most Xanax users will never experience even the most common of Xanax side effects. However, if they do occur, it will most probably be at the very beginning of Xanax therapy. After your body has had some time to adjust, usually no more than a couple of days, most side effects will greatly diminish or totally disappear. 

The most common side effects in Xanax clinical trials include fatigue, feelings of light-headedness and drowsiness, trouble remembering things, slight insomnia and headaches. These are the side effects that were reported by the test subjects in the clinical test trials. In the “field”, meaning since Xanax has been introduced to general public, some of the most common side effects that the users reported include tiredness, dry mouth, lowered libido, sex drive and ability, weight loss, appetite suppression and trouble urinating. There seems to be some correlation between the dosages of the medication and reported side effects. Users who took lower doses of Xanax reported light headedness and drowsiness more often, while other side effects were almost non existent. Heavy users of Xanax on the other hand reported feelings of fatigue, constipation, loss of appetite and body weight.


Statistically speaking, chances that you will experience any of the above mentioned side effects of Xanax are pretty slim. Following the more common side effects is the list of the uncommon side effects of Xanax. Some of these side effects were noticed on a very small number of users, and there is often just a handful of reported occurrences, so chances that you will experience any of these are minuscule Uncommon side effects are more serious and you should immediately get in touch with your MD if you experience them. They include seizures, hallucinations, confusion and coordination problems.


And finally, there is the odd case of strange and unexpected reactions to benzodiazepines. If you experience any of these, you should stop taking Xanax and contact your doctor. These include stimulation, trouble sleeping, hallucinations, irritability and agitation. These are the rarest of all Xanax side effects, and having such paradoxical reactions to the medication is highly unlikely.