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From: Jay Cobalt (
Subject:         Safety of Long-Term Use of Xanax
Date: August 16, 2009 at 3:30 pm PST

Xanax is used to treat anxiety with or without depressive symptoms and social disorders. Xanax is usually prescribed on a short-term basis.
Time Frame
Xanax is typically prescribed over several months to a few years, but is not recommended for long-term use.
Xanax can be taken sporadically or on an as-needed basis. If Xanax is taken every day, it can cause drug dependency. Because Xanax is in the benzodiazepine class of drugs, it is considered addictive.
Long-Term Effects
Long-term use of Xanax can cause the drug to stop working. After taking Xanax for 10 years or more, the body may form a resistance to the drug and require more medication to get the same effect.
Xanax is considered a controlled substance by the FDA because of its highly addictive nature.

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