Xanax Withdrawal

Xanax withdrawalXanax is a prescription drug that treats patients who have anxiety, panic and stress disorders. The generic name for Xanax is alprazolam. Alprazolam is in a class of medication called benzodiazepines, or benzos. It treats anxiety, panic and stress by calming down brain excitement. This calming effect drives many to abusing Xanax. It is a very dependant drug. Often, those who become addicted to Xanax do it accidentally through doctor prescriptions. When used properly, the patient will take either the pill or liquid form three to four times a day. However, an addict has to take up 20 to 30 pills a day in order to achieve the initial feeling because they have built up a tolerance and may need Xanax addiction help.

Xanax Dependency

Xanax is a highly dependent drug. Often, Xanax addictions happen accidentally. Typically, patients who are administered more than 4 mg/day for periods of 12 months or longer are at a greater risk of developing a dependency. When used for a prolonged amount of time, the body becomes used to the amount of drugs administered. When this happens, the user has to take more to receive the initial effects. This is a dangerous thing to do because when a user does not take the medication, withdrawal symptoms will occur. It seems to be a cycle because many people who take Xanax need it for long-term use because they cannot overcome the anxiety. When taking this drug, the patient needs to do exactly as the doctor says to stay clear of addiction. It is important to talk to your doctor before getting off of Xanax to ensure that withdrawal symptoms do not occur.

Xanax Withdrawal

Like many other drugs, the effects of Xanax withdrawal are difficult to go through by yourself, but manageable. It is important to consult a professional in order to stay safe. Do not stop taking Xanax all at once; the symptoms will greatly lessen if you reduce your intake gradually. The dangerous thing about patients who become addicted to Xanax is that it worsens the symptoms the patient was trying to suppress. The brain is sedated under Xanax, so when it is taken off the drug, the brain begins to race. Couple this with the effects of withdrawal and it becomes intense anxiety. Some of the effects are:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shakiness or jitteriness
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Moodiness
  • Crying
  • Vivid dreams
  • In sever cases, the user may experience seizures because the brain goes from a medicated calm, to hyperactive. This will not typically occur if proper precautions are taken.

Xanax Treatment

In some cases, users decide to go through treatment on their own. However, it is safest to go to a Xanax rehab facility and be in the care of professionals who deal with addictions (addictionologists). They will be able to successfully step a user through the detox process with lessened withdrawal effects. It is especially important for Xanax addicts to go to a detox facility because of the risk of seizure.

After the detox process is completed, there are several addiction treatment programs. If you became addicted because Xanax really was prescribed to you, it is important to go to a specialized treatment or therapy to learn to deal with the feelings of anxiety that were probably heightened during withdrawal.

Xanax Help

If you or a loved one is addicted to Xanax, it is important to seek help. Xanax is a highly dependent drug. Once addicted, the effects are devastating. Many lose their jobs, dreams and ambitions. But, there is hope. If you are interested in receiving information on Xanax detox or rehab, please call our toll free number at (877) 571-5720.

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