What is Xanax?
Xanax is the name brand version of the drug alprazolam. It is a brain-altering medication often prescribed to help with mild to severe anxiety and panic disorders. It is generally agreed to be the most prescribed psychotropic medication in the United States.
‘This drug can also be used to lessen the effects of depression and some sleeping disorders. It does this by fixing chemical imbalances in the brain of the patient.
Xanax brand medication is most often offered in two-milligram bar form, having a white color and scored so that it may be broken into smaller parts for smaller dosages.
Generic alprazolam is most often green, but it can be any color. Pills are most almost always taken the whole. Effects of Xanax or its generic form are usually noticeable within one (1) hour of ingestion, with results lasting up to six (6) hours.
Xanax interacts a lot with many other drugs and medications and is especially dangerous when taken at the same time as alcohol or high doses of narcotic pain medicine. Drugs such as this are highly addictive, with reports suggesting nearly 40% of Xanax users will struggle with addiction to the pills.
Withdraw symptoms can be severe. Drugs within this family are also known to cause damage to the fetus when taken in the first three months of pregnancy. It is also believed that the medication can be given to infants via breast milk. Xanax is rated as a Schedule IV controlled substance due to the higher chances of abuse. It is not meant for use by children.
What Are the Effects of Xanax?
Benzodiazepines like Xanax create feelings of calmness and relaxation. They do this by chemically increasing the amount of GABA (a neurotransmitter) in the brain.
The GABA, in turn, causes dopamine to enter the brain, increasing the user’s mood. The nature of the drug means that if it is abused or used in the wrong way, emotional or physical dependence may follow. Xanax is also extremely addictive when used long-term.
Usual side-effects include tiredness, dizziness, and trouble concentrating. Insomnia and irritability are also common. For a full list of side effects, please contact your doctor. Side effects can appear as early as the first dose, or they may not begin to take effect until later on.
Regular Xanax users often experience memory loss and weakened motor skills. Tolerance to Xanax builds quickly, which is the reason it can so quickly become addictive (even when used correctly). It is suggested that this drug should not be taken for more than three months (you should consult your physician for medical advice).
Anyone who believes they may be addicted to Xanax should reach out to explore possible treatments and therapies.
If you believe you may be addicted to Xanax or generic Alprazolam, help is within reach. The Center for Combating Xanax Abuse works to create a treatment plan that works for you and helps you to live the life you want, without addiction.