America has been called "Prozac Nation" in the past, but our problem with anxiety continues to grow. Xanax is an alternative some doctors recommend.
“(Xanax is) a short-acting medication that does help in certain anxiety conditions by arresting the anxiety that's happening in the moment,” Dr. Allen says, “but it's not a great preventative medication.”
Xanax users can become addicted.
“People tend to experience panic attacks, then they take the Xanax and it provides a sense of relief,” she says. “That is something that can result in increasing usage and eventually dependence.”
That can lead to over-use and problems in the future.