Preventing Xanax Overdose

Preventing Xanax overdoseAnother name for alprazolam, Xanax is one of the more popular medications for anxiety and other stress-related disorders. Those who use the drug face a different type of risk for dependency. While the threats of dependency, overdose and ultimately addiction are present with many prescription medications, Xanax is a little different because it belongs to a class of drugs known as the benzodiazepines.

When a person uses Xanax, the drug produces a therapeutic effect by binding to benzodiazepine receptor sites in the brain. Generally speaking, this produces a gradual calming effect upon the central nervous system. How quickly someone experiences relief varies greatly with the formulation and dosage amount. Xanax is available in instant and extended release formulations.

Xanax users face a unique risk for dependency because of how Xanax manages symptoms. While the drug is not formulated or prescribed to work in this manner, many patients use it on an ‘as needed’ basis, meaning if they feel a symptom, they take a pill. This can be dangerous because the longer an individual uses Xanax, the stronger the cravings for it. Additionally, patients may begin to feel as if no other substance can provide them with the same level of symptom management.

How to Prevent Xanax Overdose

In short, Xanax users are at an increased risk for dependency and ultimately overdose because of the drug’s high levels of effectiveness. If you are using Xanax on a consistent basis via a legitimate prescription or for recreational purposes, there are a few things you should take into consideration. Some medical professionals doubt the effectiveness of using Xanax long-term. These professionals feel that the benefits rarely outweigh the costs as it seems inevitable that users become tolerant and dependent on the drug’s therapeutic effects. If you are using Xanax as prescribed by your doctor, the following are a few questions that may be helpful to ask yourself periodically:

  • Do I have a need to increase my dosage on a consistent basis?
  • Am I beginning to believe that no other drug can manage my symptoms effectively?
  • Do I experience cravings between doses?
  • Am I receiving and fulfilling prescriptions from two or more doctors for a consistent supply?
  • Do I experience negative side effects if I miss a dose?

By asking these questions, many patients realize they are candidates for dependency and addiction only when they are taking two to three times the prescribed amount to provide them with the same level of relief. This can be a dangerous formula for overdose. If you are using Xanax for recreational purposes, the best way to prevent an overdose is to discontinue your use of the drug. In recreational drug users, the effects of tolerance and dependence happen much more rapidly as doses are often unregulated and the medication is frequently combined with other illicit substances.

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