How Xanax works to alleviate anxiety


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the American Chemical Society’s Reactions series and features a look at how Xanax works to battle anxiety.

Xanax is a type of drug known as triazolobenzodiazepines that interact with GABA-A receptors on proteins on the outside of neurons in your brain. This disrupts the charge balance, so that electrical signals get interrupted, and your brain quiets down.

That said, Xanax can cause you to become overly sluggish or sleepy, and can also lead to dependency or addiction.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: American Chemical Society