Common Issues Related to Xanax Use

Xanax belongs to a class of drugs know as benzodiazepines which includes other well known prescription drugs suchas Valium, Klonopin, and Ativan. These drugs are central nervous system depressants and are prescribed in the treatment of anxiety disorders. As one of the fastest acting benzodiazepines, Xanax very quickly produces feelings of relaxation in the user which is one of the reasons it is so addictive. Like all bezodiazapines, using Xanax with alcohol can lead to a fatal overdose.

Prolonged use of Xanax results in increased tolerance (the need for greater or more frequent doses to achieve the same effect) and the potential for withdrawal (the experience of painful and sometimes very dangerous symptoms when the drug is stopped abruptly). Some Xanax addicts end up taking enormous amounts of the drug in an attempt to recreate the feeling they experience from it and to avoid experiencing withdrawal. Because of the potential for dangerous and even lethal withdrawal symptoms - including seizures, insomnia, anxiety, and depression – the safest way for an addict to stop abusing Xanax is to undergo Xanax detox under medical supervision. After detox, the recovering addict will be involved in a rehab program that helps them restructure their lifestyle. None of these steps are possible, however, without the addict first accepting help. If you are abusing or addicted to Xanax and are ready to begin the path to recovery, please give us a call now. If have a loved one who you believe is addicted to Xanax but who has been unwilling to accept help please call us to discuss scheduling a Xanax intervention

Manufacturer: Pfizer

Generic Name: Alprazolam

Forms:  Immediate release (IR), extended release (XR)

Appearance (What does Xanax look like?):  White bars labeled “XANAX” (IR, 2.0 mg); white, blue, or orange oval pills labeled “XANAX” (IR, 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, and 1.0 mg); triangular, green pill labeled “X” and “3” (XR, 3.0 mg); circular, blue pill labeled “X” and “2” (XR, 2.0 mg); square, yellow pill labeled “X” and “1” (XR, 1.0 mg); pentagonal, white pill labeled “X” and “0.5” (XR, 0.5 mg).

Pharmacological Class: Benzodiazepine (also includes Ativan, Klonopin, and Valium)

Medical Uses: Primarily used in the treatment of panic attacks and other disorders in the anxiety spectrum.  May also be used for agoraphobia, depression, and PMS.

Mechanism: Lowers unusual levels of excitement in the brain.

Availability: Schedule IV (4).

Addiction Potential:  Lower relative to Schedule III (3) drugs.

Possible Side Effects: Appetite changes and weight loss or gain; sweating; trouble with urination (e.g., decreased frequency); feeling faint, drowsy, irritable, tired, nauseated, or light-headed; decreased libido; slurred speech; lowered inhibitions; amnesia or forgetfulness; difficulty sleeping; problems with concentration; headaches; blurred visions; muscle cramps; agitation; increased salivation; poor coordination; hallucinations; tremor or twitching; jaundice (i.e., yellow eyes or skin); agitation; constipation; joint pain; suicidality; aggression; dry mouth; garrulousness; seizures. Visit the manufacturer’s website for a more comprehensive list.

Withdrawal Symptoms: depression, insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, seizures, discomfort, nausea, headache, chills, moodiness, vivid dreams.

Warning Signs of Abuse: changing method of administration (for example, crushing and snorting instead of taking orally); increasing dose without physician approval; increasing frequency of dose without physician approval; unusual behavior; signs of overdose (see below).

Signs of Overdose: extreme weakness, confusion, coma, inability to balance, fainting, difficulty with respiration.

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How Can I Help Someone Who Is Abusing or Addicted to Xanax?

eDrugRehab.com provides comprehensive drug addiction services: from setting up interventions to supporting families and recovering addicts after being discharged from the treatment center.  If you are concerned about someone’s use of Xanax or another prescription medication or illegal substance, we encourage you to contact us now – before the situation gets any worse.  We can help you get ready to confront your friend or family member (Read Preparing for an Intervention), select a rehab facility (Read What to Ask a Rehab), and heal from the pain that addiction has caused (Read Choosing to Forgive an Addict).


Do you think that you might be addicted to Xanax?  The friendly and professional consultants at eDrugRehab.com can help you get your life back.  All it takes is a simple phone call to 1-866-902-0610. Make the call now!

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