Xanax is the brand name for alprazolam. It belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. Xanax is used mostly for treating anxiety and panic attacks. Xanax is habit-forming and addictive and can lead to dependence even in a few short weeks.
Most people who use Xanax find it impossible to stop taking the drug. This is driven by the intense withdrawal symptoms felt when trying to stop cold-turkey. Stopping Xanax abruptly can also cause life threatening seizures. If you need help quitting Xanax, you need to admit to a medically supervised detox center. Here, you will be safely detoxified in about 5-10 days with most clients remaining comfortable throughout the process.
What Is Xanax Withdrawal?
The National Institute of health indicates that symptoms of Xanax withdrawals typically begin one to two days after taking the last dose. Xanax withdrawal symptoms can vary by individual and how long they have taken Xanax. For example, those who used Xanax for only four weeks may have a few minor symptoms. This is in stark contrast to those who were taking Xanax in high doses for months or years.
No matter how long an individual has been taking Xanax, there is no safe way to detox and get through withdrawals on your own. It should always happen under medical supervision at an addiction treatment center.
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
Xanax withdrawal creates a wide variety of symptoms. Some people may only feel a small number of symptoms, while others may experience many. Again, Xanax use history is important. Xanax withdrawals symptoms might include:
- Intense shaking.
- Blurry vision.
- Heightened sensitivity to light or noise.
- Decreased sense of smell.
- Sleeplessness (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep).
- Difficult to focus.
- Restless legs.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Diminished appetite.
- Weight loss.
- Numbness, or tingling in the extremities.
Why Is Xanax Withdrawal Dangerous?
Seizures can cause a danger during the withdrawal period. In fact, discontinuing any benzodiazepine suddenly (after one to six months of use) can produce life-threatening seizures.
Sweating, diarrhea, and declined appetite are typical Xanax withdrawal symptoms. In addition, many people report restlessness and insomnia as the most punishing of symptoms. These symptoms can raise the risk of complications such as dehydration, malnutrition or accidents (from fatigue). Rebound anxiety and depression can also result in long-term mental illness.
BriteLife Recovery provides comprehensive medical detoxification and addiction treatment for Xanax dependence. Our comfortable treatment centers provide a sanctuary-like environment where clients can break the chains of their addiction and find recovery.
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