Xanax Addiction and Malnutrition

Xanax Addiction and MalnutritionXanax is the brand name of a medication known as alprazolam. It is a benzodiazepine drug which is often prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Like other benzodiazepines, it is also often abused.

Xanax Addiction Changes Users’ Priorities

Any drug of abuse may cause users to develop malnutrition because of a change in priorities. As a drug habit develops, people find themselves focusing more of their energy on acquiring and using the drug and less on other important things, like eating nutritiously. A drug habit also diverts money which might otherwise be used for food.

Xanax Nutrition-Related Side Effects

Xanax has some side effects that may also affect users’ nutritional status, including the following:

  • Changes in appetite – Some people find that their appetite increases while on Xanax, but others find they have less of an appetite than normal. A lack of appetite can lead to malnutrition.
  • Constipation – This may also lead to a lack of appetite and interfere with normal healthy eating habits.
  • Diarrhea – Diarrhea can lead to a loss of vitamins and an imbalance of electrolytes. It can also impact overall caloric and nutritional status.
  • Nausea – People who suffer from frequent nausea often limit or change their food intake to manage it, which can contribute to a malnourished state.
  • Vomiting – When individuals are not retaining the food they eat, malnutrition can occur.
  • Tiredness – When people are excessively fatigued, preparing or acquiring healthy food can seem like too much effort and can easily be neglected, which can lead to malnutrition.
  • Dry mouth – People with chronic dry mouth often drink a lot of water, which can fill the stomach and lead to a lower food consumption.
  • Mania – A degree of mania has been noted in some Xanax users. People in a manic state often fail to eat properly.

Reclaim Your Health and Your Life

In addition to malnutrition-related concerns, Xanax abuse can cause many other physical problems. It can also affect users emotionally, socially and financially. If you have developed an addiction to Xanax and are ready to reclaim your life, please call our toll-free helpline now. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about treatment. We can also check your insurance coverage, if you wish, to help you better understand your options. Addiction is a serious but treatable disease, so call today.

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