Even people who take the medication exactly as prescribed can become addicted to it without realizing it.

 

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Xanax is the trade name of the prescription medication alprazolam, and is in a category of drugs known asbenzodiazepines. Typically, doctors prescribe Xanax to treat patients suffering from anxiety and panic disorders.

The medication works by interacting with a receptor in the brain that in turn increases inhibitory brain activity, thus tempering any problematic excitement related to anxiety.

As a fast-acting drug, the majority of the benefits are established within an hour after use, with the total duration of effect being at least 6 hours. Xanax is commonly abused by those seeking it for its sedative effects.

Xanax is especially addictive when misused (taken recreationally or other than as directed). Anyone can become addicted to Xanax. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Xanax use can result in tolerance, addiction, and dependence if taken in large quantities or used for a prolonged period.

Even people who take the medication exactly as prescribed can become addicted to it without realizing it.

Signs and Symptoms

Other Names for Xanax

  • Alprazolam – The chemical name for the drug.
  • Niravam – A variation of alprazolam that dissolves on the tongue rather than needing to be swallowed with water.

Street names include:

  • Xannies/Zannies.
  • Handlebars/Bars.
  • Blue footballs.
  • Benzos.

Symptoms and signs of Xanax abuse can be both physical and mental.

Physical Signs and Symptoms

Physical symptoms may include:

  • Feelings of elation.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Sleeping for extended periods of time.
  • Light-headedness.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Problems with memory.
  • Sluggishness.
  • Nausea.
  • Headache.

Mental and Social Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of Xanax abuse typically can infiltrate nearly all aspects of a person’s life. It is common for people with Xanax problems to have strained relationships with close friends and family, as well as marital problems.

Professional issues are also common, as those struggling with a Xanax dependence will often miss work due to them not feeling well, especially if they are unable to take Xanax and experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

Other common signs of a Xanax addiction include financial problems. Finances can suffer due to spending increased amounts of money on the substance, or dedicating time to obtaining more drug that would otherwise be spent more productively.

Additionally, someone that is overusing Xanax will appear excessively tired and lethargic while lacking the motivation to engage in normal activities of daily life. They will show signs of lower interest in tasks that require sustained attention.

Benzodiazepine drugs can have an amnestic effect, making it quite easy for individuals abusing them to forget the fine details of important conversations or tasks that need to be performed.

You might find yourself thinking about how you are going to get more Xanax when you have finished what you have. You could develop cognitive problems that make it difficult for you to articulate your words.

Addicts also tend to build up a tolerance to Xanax. This means that more of the substance is required to achieve a similar effect to when it was first used. In addition, those people dependent on the drug will experience withdrawal symptoms when they are not taking the medication. An addict’s life begins to revolve around drug use, and it is common for users to start taking other drugs when they do not have access to Xanax.


Effects of Xanax Abuse

Woman agitated

Using Xanax, especially for a prolonged period, can have numerous negative effects on your body. The medication is a central nervous system depressant, which means that it slows down aspects of your mental and physical health. The most common effects of Xanax use include:

  • Lack of coordination.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Confusion.
  • Disorientation.

Xanax is known to slow down respiratory rates of people that abuse the substance. Alone, this can be dangerous as your breathing slows, but the situation becomes more troubling when the substance is mixed with alcohol. Since they are both depressants, their combined effect could lead to serious injury, coma, or death.

Some people develop memory impairment, which typically only affects the short-term memory.

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