Xanax Teaching 2055

SN instructed patient / caregiver on Xanax / Alprazolam Which is a medication in the class of benzodiazepines. Explained that this medication is indicated in the management of anxiety and panic attacks and that it works by acting on the CNS to decrease anxiety. Explained to patient that the side effects include: dizziness, drowsiness, lethargy, headache, rashes, nausea, vomiting. Explained that abrupt discontinuation of this medication can cause withdrawal symptoms such as: sweating, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, tremors and seizures. Instructed patient to avoid ETOH, CNS depressants, and grapefruit juice while taking Xanax. Instructed to notify Physician if experiencing unrelieved anxiety or if experiencing persistence or worsening of medication side effects