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Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepines medication used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs called central nervous system (CNS) depressants, sometimes referred to as sedatives and tranquilizers.

When Xanax is taken for extended periods of time, users often develop tolerance, dependence and are at risk for developing addiction. Individuals who are physically dependent upon Xanax often experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when they are without the drug. The withdrawal symptoms experienced often drive the individual to continue seeking out the drug. Overdose with Alprazolam (Xanax) can cause symptoms of sedation including drowsiness or confusion, but life-threatening symptoms are rare when this drug is taken alone. However, when Xanax is combined with other drugs – such as alcohol or cocaine – to enhance the drugs’ effects; such combinations can be deadly if large doses are taken.

How Do People Abuse Xanax:

Xanax abuse comes in many forms, including taking more than directed, taking higher dosages than directed, taking the drug more often than directed or taking it for a longer period of time than is directed. Some people abuse Xanax by crushing the tablets and snorting the powder, or dissolving the crushed powder in water to inject it intravenously. Unfortunately, actions such as these can cause an overdose of the drug, and can cause harmful side effects.

Signs and Symptoms of Xanax Abuse, Addiction and Dependence?

Individuals who abuse Xanax may exhibit a number of signs and symptoms. However, not all abusers will react to the drug in the same way. While signs and symptoms of abuse may vary from person to person, most people exhibit certain symptoms and behavior indicative of an abuse problem. Signs of Xanax abuse include:

  • Lack of Coordination
  • Slurred Speech
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Memory Impairment
  • Use In Large Doses Will Cause Severe Sedation
  • Aggression
  • Hostility
  • Agitation
  • Mania
  • Rage
  • Vertigo

Alprazolam Brand Names:

  • Alprazolam Intensol
  • Niravam®
  • Xanax®
  • Xanax® XR

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Information provided above is courtesy of: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Xanax Addiction Treatment in Florida

Xanax use and abuse can rapidly manifest into addiction. Florida Center for Recovery offers addiction treatment programs for individuals struggling with Xanax addiction. Our mental health professionals are experienced in developing addiction treatment plans to address the client’s substance abuse and the underlying issues associated with the development of the addiction. If you would like more information about Xanax detox and long term recovery, connect with someone who can help you now by calling Florida Center for Recovery at our toll free number: 844-989-4036. Our recovery advisors are available 24/7 to provide you with information regarding treatment, admissions, insurance and private pay options.

Last Updated on 02/27/19