What is Xanax (Alprazolam)?

by | Jul 11, 2022 | Addiction | 0 comments

Xanax or Alprazolam is a class of medications called benzodiazepines.

Benzos are central nervous system depressants and work on the brain’s GABA Receptors (gamma-aminobutyric acid) and can assist in helping to reduce anxiety, excitability, and foster calm. Xanax is the most popular and well-known of all  Benzo variants. It is the most prescribed in the U.S.

Ongoing use of Xanax and other benzos can lead to physical addiction. It does not always have to be long-term misuse. 

Xanax addiction can be experienced by some within days of first use. Alcohol taken with Xanax can lead to memory loss and blackouts even when consumed in small quantities. The risk of overdose greatly increases when using Xanax with Heroin, fentanyl, and other opiates.

When was Xanax invented?

Xanax was created in the United States by Upjohn pharmaceutical in the early 1980s. It gained popularity because of its ability to quickly relieve anxiety. The Michigan-based pharma company was purchased years later and is now a Pfizer-held company.

Xanax abuse numbers

In 2019 approximately 92 million prescriptions for Benzos were written in the United States. These include Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan.

F.D.A. Requires Stronger Warning Label for Xanax and Similar Drugs – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

In recent years Xanax and benzo misuse have been glorified in pop culture and music. Many Xanax dosages are .25mg and 2mg in size. People concerned with Xanax abuse should focus on how benzos impact their life, not just on the amount of Xanax they use. Benzos are found upwards of 30% of all opiate overdose deaths in the U.S.

Xanax side effects

Persons prescribed Xanax may experience one or more of the following side effects: allergic reactions, poor coordination, drowsiness, forgetfulness, depression, loss of appetite, stomach aches, blurry vision, dry mouth, nasal congestion, chills, or chronic restlessness. Some have suffered hallucinations, significant memory loss, or bursts of uncontrollable emotion. Anyone who experiences such problems while taking Xanax should seek medical help immediately from a qualified provider.

Xanax and alcohol

Benzodiazepines and alcohol are dangerous combinations and should never be mixed. Even with limited use of either substance together, blackouts, overdose, and death can result. 

Xanax withdrawal

Within 24 hours of last use, sometimes sooner, many persons begin experiencing persistent withdrawal symptoms. A medical withdrawal is often the best and fastest route for those looking to stop the abuse of Xanax. It’s important to find a medical detox with 24/7 nursing and medical staff if you’re looking for Benzo detox. Xanax detoxification can be dangerous and should not be done at home. Xanax withdrawal should be done in an inpatient medical detox under the care of a provider.

Sobriety Centers of New Hampshire can help you or your loved one with Xanax abuse. We have inpatient and outpatient programs that are welcoming and accommodative for persons struggling with addiction to Xanax and other benzodiazepines.

Please call one of our treatment specialists to discuss options today. Most major insurances are accepted.

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If you are looking for a way to start a better life, Sobriety Centers of New Hampshire is here for you. We are one of the best rehab centers in NH. We aim to save lives by repairing the communities damaged by the dangerous obsession of substance abuse. We provide an array of counseling and treatment services in an interim residential setting. Our inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility is a perfect place for recovery because of its soothing surroundings. To know more, contact us at (603) 808-0185 or write to us at info@sobrietycentersofnh.com.