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Xanax Use

Xanax Reduces Tension And Eliminates Stress

Xanax is a benzodiazepine and a brand name for the psychoactive drug “alprazolam”. Alprazolam affects the central nervous system in a very efficient way by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. Used widely in medicine, Xanax is mostly prescribed for treating panic disorders and anxiety.

However, Xanax can easily become a drug of abuse since it triggers calming effects. Because Xanax has an addictive potential, regular use of more than a few weeks can lead to Xanax dependence and even addiction.

In the article below, we explore the medical and recreational uses of Xanax. We’ll review the effects of short-term and long-term use. Then, we invite your question at the end. Read on and send us your questions at the end of the page.

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Medical Use Of Xanax

Xanax is medication classified as benzodiazepine.

Classified as a Schedule IV, non-narcotic drug, by the Controlled Substance Act, Xanax is used widely in medicine, mostly for treating anxiety and panic disorders. Moreover, it is also prescribed to treat mental health disorders, and a lot of medical conditions such as:

  • agoraphobia
  • anxiety
  • cancer treatments
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • premenstrual syndrome

When prescribed, Xanax is available as tablet, an orally disintegrating tablet, an extended-release tablet, and a concentrated liquid. Usually, the tablets and concentrated solution are taken two to four times per day, while the extended-release tabled is administrated once a day.

Xanax Short Term Effects

The short-term effects of Xanax are beneficial if you take it according to your doctor’s recommends. In fact, Xanax has the potential to reduce physical tension, restlessness, and feelings of unease common with anxiety. What happens when you use Xanax?

After you take Xanax, you’ll feel a sense of almost immediate release of tension. By affecting your cognitive functions and creating a sense of sedation, Xanax reduces your cognitive functions. However, you don’t have to use Xanax for a long time to begin experiencing some of its negative effects. Xanax negatively affects your cognitive skills. Additionally, the use of benzodiazepines causes difficulties in producing words properly. For example, those who use Xanax may slur their speech and sound like they are intoxicated when they speak.

The intake of Xanax in larger quantities intensifies the drug’s negative effects. Some people also experience memory difficulties and confusion while they are on Xanax.

Xanax Recreational Use

Xanax can be used recreationally since it triggers calming and relaxing effects. Although the Controlled Substance Act has classified this depressant as a Schedule IV drug, meaning it has a low addictive potential, Xanax can still lead you to developing dependence and – even worse – an addiction to Xanax.

Bear in mind that any use of the drug other than recommended by doctor is illegal.

How do people take Xanax recreationally? Snorting and chewing are the most common ways of abusing Xanax. Both ways of administration are dangerous to your health causing variety of problems including gum problems, tooth decay, and many nasal problems.

Certainly, the greatest risk of all is overdosing, which may lead you to death. In case of Xanax overdose immediately CALL 911 or Poison Control Centre on 1-800-222-1222.

Long-Term Xanax Use

Prescribed drug use at least 6 months or more is defined as ‘long term’ or ‘chronic’ use. In fact, this means if you are using Xanax for 6 months or more, medically this period is considered long-term use of the drug. What are some of the effects of long term Xanax use? Increased level of drug tolerance and dependence are possible after using Xanax long term.

Here are some other negative effects associated with long term Xanax use:

  • appetite changes
  • constipation
  • changes in sex drive
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • difficulty concentrating
  • irritability
  • joint pain
  • nausea
  • weight changes

Prolonged Xanax Use

It takes a relatively short period of time, more than a week or two, for your body to become dependent on Xanax. And, if you stop taking or even lower the dosage of Xanax after you have developed dependence on it, you will experience withdrawal symptoms.

Often, symptoms of Xanax withdrawal take place short after the last dose, usually 6-8 hours after last intake. These symptoms tend to reach their peak about 72 hours after the last intake. While acute Xanax withdrawal symptoms resolve within about two weeks,  ‘rebound symptoms’ take longer to fully resolve. It can take weeks or even month before you are Xanax-free person.

Some of the most common symptoms of Xanax withdrawal include:

  • coma
  • convulsions
  • cramps
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • dysphoria
  • fatigue
  • fear
  • headaches
  • high blood pressure
  • mania
  • mood swings
  • nausea
  • psychosis
  • restlessness
  • seizures
  • spasms
  • vomiting

Xanax Use Questions

When taken as prescribed, Xanax has therapeutic anti-anxiety, and sedative effects. Usually, Xanax is prescribed for mental health disorders related to anxiety, such as: generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder. However, the repeated and prolonged Xanax use, especially in larger quantities, can lead to the development of physical dependency and addiction.

When you are physically dependent on a benzodiazepine such as Xanax, your body doesn’t function properly without it. Be aware that It is possible to become physically dependent on Xanax even if you use it as prescribed. If you still have questions about Xanax use please feel free to post them in the comments section below. We will try to respond to you as soon as possible.

Reference Sources: NIH: Medicine Plus: Alprazolam
NIH: PubMed Health: Alprazolam
FDA: Xanax
NIH: Drug abuse: DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction
NIH: Drug Abuse: Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

Xanax Use

7 Xanax effects

Xanax effects

October 19th, 2014

Xanax works via the central nervous system and affects almost all systems of the body. More on Xanax effects here.

66 How long does Xanax last?

How long does Xanax last?

June 10th, 2012

Xanax effects last for about 4 hours, although alprazolam stays in your system considerably longer. Learn more about Xanax dosing, dangers, and more here.

37 How is Xanax prescribed?

How is Xanax prescribed?

June 4th, 2012

Xanax is an anti anxiety medication prescribed in doses from 1 to 10 mg as needed or several times a day. More on the prescription uses for Xanax, Xanax dosage, cost, and signs of Xanax abuse here.

40 How does Xanax work?

How does Xanax work?

May 1st, 2012

Xanax works by slowing brain activity. More on Xanax in the brain and body, as well as how fast and long Xanax works here.

217 How much Xanax is too much?

How much Xanax is too much?

April 13th, 2012

Too much Xanax can cause you to overdose on Xanax, but only very high doses of Xanax are too much for you. More on Xanax overdose and safe dosing here.

40 Snorting Xanax

Snorting Xanax

March 28th, 2012

Is snorting Xanax effective? Any differences between snorting vs taking Xanax orally? And can snorting Xanax get you high? More on snorting Xanax effects here.

349 How long does Xanax stay in your system?

How long does Xanax stay in your system?

March 13th, 2012

Xanax can stay in your system for weeks, sometimes over a month. More information on the half life of Xanax, as well as blood and urine detection times, here.

27 Is Xanax a narcotic?

Is Xanax a narcotic?

February 23rd, 2012

NO. Xanax is neither a medical nor a legal narcotic. But Xanax is a controlled substance narcotic. This means that if you take Xanax without a prescription, legal consequences are possible. More on the classification of Xanax as a narcotic here.

17 Can you die from taking Xanax?

Can you die from taking Xanax?

February 7th, 2012

Yes, you can die from taking Xanax, especially if it’s taken with other drugs or alcohol. Read more about this commonly abused drug here.

43 What is the difference between Ativan and Xanax?

What is the difference between Ativan and Xanax?

November 3rd, 2010

We review the three main differences between Ativan and Xanax: drug use, action times and abuse tendencies. Although both Ativan and Xanax are both classified as benzodiazepines, their medical use is slightly different. Come explore and discuss the similarity and difference between Ativan and Xanax here.

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