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What is Xanax?

Benzodiazepine or better known as “Xanax” is a type of medication that is used to help balance out the chemicals in the brain and treat anxiety or depression. It is used to treat anxiety disorders, anxiety caused by depression or panic disorders. Xanax belongs to a group of drugs in the category, benzodiazepines. Currently, it is the single most prescribed medication for anxiety in the United States.

Xanax works by increasing the number of neurotransmitters in the brain that will promote a relaxed, calm feeling. When taken correctly, it can be very safe and effective. It slows down the number of the movement of your brain chemicals which could be unbalanced, which can help resolve the symptoms of tension and anxiety.

Side Effects

With any drug comes some side effects as a result of using it. Some of the most common side effects of Xanax include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue

Other side effects that some people experience include:

  • Speech problems
  • Constipation
  • Memory problems
  • Headache
  • Addiction
  • Weight changes
  • Dry mouth

Withdrawal Symptoms

When stopping the use of Xanax there can be some negative side effects or withdrawal symptoms. These can include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fatigue

Severe cases of withdrawal can experience seizures, which means it’s important to slowly decrease the dose of drug with a doctor’s assistance rather than quitting cold turkey.

Ingredients

The main ingredient in Xanax is alprazolam which is part of the 1,4 benzodiazepine class of compounds for the central nervous system. It consists of a white crystalline powder, which can be soluble in both methanol and ethanol.

Inactive ingredients: Cellulose, corn starch, docusate sodium, lactose, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide and sodium benzoate. In addition, the 0.5 mg tablet contains FD&C Yellow No. 6 and the 1 mg tablet contains FD&C Blue No. 2.

Getting Prescribed Xanax

“Xanax is a medication that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat anxiety and panic disorders.” Although, it is possible to get Xanax over the counter, without a prescription, it can be much more expensive than if you go through your doctor or insurance. It is not recommended to get Xanax without a prescription because of the risk of added ingredients as well as getting the wrong dosage.

Going to a doctor to determine if Xanax is right for you is the first step. If you have symptoms of anxiety, panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder or phobias then it might be right for you. Talking to your doctor about your symptoms and letting them perform an evaluation will help them determine whether Xanax is right for you. If you feel that your anxiety or panic disorders are affecting your life and you cannot cope with the symptoms, then there is probably a good chance you can get prescribed Xanax.

Sometimes anxiety can be caused by another source or medical condition. Therefore, it’s important to have an exam with your doctor or physician to determine if Xanax is the right treatment option for you. It’s crucial to mention all the aspects of your anxiety and how it’s making you feel. This allows the doctor to determine the best course of treatment.

Dependency Problems with Xanax

Xanax can become extremely addictive it is used long-term. It is the number one prescribed medication to treat anxiety and a high percentage of teens (70%) who have an addiction to Xanax get it from a family member’s medicine cabinet.

Because the tolerance to Xanax develops so quickly, people need more and more to feel the same effects of the drug. People who suffer from addiction to Xanax may take anywhere from 20 to 30 pills per day. If they decide to stop taking it, they could suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, tremors or restlessness. When withdrawal symptoms occur, there is a dependency problem.

Signs of Abuse

Once someone becomes addicted to Xanax then all other responsibilities and interests in life usually start to dissipate such as school life, employment, family, relationships etc.

  • Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Engaging in risky behaviors such as driving under the influence
  • Obsessing about getting Xanax and planning out getting more
  • Legal problems that arise from using the drug
  • Inability to stop using the drug
  • Continuing to use the drug despite the negative consequences associated with it

Xanax can be abused if the following occur:

  • Taking multiple pills
  • Injecting it
  • Snorting it
  • Taking it via blotter paper
  • Taking it with other drugs or alcohol

If a person decides to quit using the drug it is not recommended to quit cold turkey. The severity of withdrawal symptoms will vary depending on the person, but they are similar to a barbiturate or alcohol withdrawal. If severe enough and convulsions happen, then the withdrawal from Xanax could be deadly.

Detox is the Foundation for Recovery

One person’s treatment plan will look different from another person’s because each plan is individualized. When your plans are developed, both you and your case manager will sign them in agreement. A copy will go into your chart and you will be offered a copy to keep. You may also work with a therapist to develop plans for you and your family.

Those who struggle with addiction will find that the detox process can be difficult and can be accompanied by potentially serious withdrawal symptoms such as aches, fever, nausea, and fatigue. Because detox leaves the body and mind vulnerable, it also raises the risk of overdose, which can sometimes prove fatal. This is why home-based detox is not recommended; instead, those with addiction are encouraged to pursue medically supervised detox through Experience Recovery.

We use science-based, clinically proven models that provide a safe, expedient, and fully effective detox process, preparing the client for ongoing treatment and recovery.

Detox at Experience Recovery

Detox is the first step in the recovery journey. Our team wishes to make it as seamless, comfortable, and effective as possible. Along with providing medically assisted detox we begin to introduce our clients to the concept of change. Learn more about detox by contacting Experience Recovery today.