Xanax is a brand name prescription anxiety medication. It’s prescribed by doctors in the United States for panic disorder.
It causes sedation,
Xanax is classified as a benzodiazepine — a powerful class of anti-anxiety drugs.
Benzodiazepines or “benzo’s” are a large class of drugs used as tranquilizers and anti-anxiety medications.
Other benzodiazepines include:
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Flurazepam (Dalmane)
Generic vs. Brand Name Xanax
Xanax was originally manufactured and sold under the pharmaceutical company Upjohn in 1981.
Drug companies have about 20 years worth of patent protection to sell the drug exclusively before its manufacture becomes part of the public domain.
Once the patents wore out, other companies stepped up to produce their own version of the active constituent in Xanax — alprazolam.