Negative effects of Xanax on the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

Long term effects of Xanax on the brain can be severe. Here’s a brief synopsis of potential problems Xanax can cause to the brain for you to LIKE > SHARE > PRINT!

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Adverse effects of Xanax on the brain

Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety disorders and panic disorder. It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain, but what are some negative affects of Xanax on the brain? We review here.

Serious effects of Xanax on the brain

Negative effects of Xanax on the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  • depersonalization
  • episodes of epilepsy
  • episodes of mania
  • loss of consciousness
  • problems with speech
  • seizures
  • somnolence
  • suicidal thoughts or actions

Negative effects of Xanax on the brain

  • aggressive behavior
  • amnesia
  • depression
  • difficulty concentrating
  • forgetfulness
  • memory problems
  • nightmares and abnormal dreams
  • problems with coordination and balance
  • sleep problems (insomnia)
  • unusual mood-swings

Additional adverse  effects of Xanax on the brain

  • agitation
  • anxiety
  • confusion
  • irritability
  • light-headedness
  • nervousness
  • no fear of danger
  • restlessness
  • talkativeness
  • unusual risk-taking behavior
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. i have a question,
    i never taken xanax before and I took 1 for 4 days from thursday to saturday, today its tuesday and the effect hasnt worn off i still feel sleepy and careless I took .5mg. I read that the efects last for 4 hours max. and Im a little scared. im not a tall person 1.65m 150pounds.

    1. Hello Americano. The effects of Xanax may be at their full potency for 4 hours, but the medication’s half-life is a lengthy 11 hours. So, your blood levels of Xanax are stable for a long time, or until you take the next pill. This may be causing the effects of the medication to last a bit longer for you, who don’t have built up any tolerance to Xanax yet. Plus, Xanax treatment is usually initiated at 0.25 mg or 0.5 mg, especially for people who are taking it for the first time.

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