The Xanax Withdrawal Timeline Chart

An easy-to-follow VISUAL GUIDE to Xanax withdrawal symptoms.

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Duration Of Xanax Withdrawal

Used to treat anxiety, panic disorders, and depression, Xanax (alprazolam) is a powerful benzodiazepine. In fact, Xanax is only meant to prescribed for short-term use, a period of 3-6 weeks. Regular, daily dosing can lead you to addiction and severe withdrawal when you decide to stop taking it.

But, what is Xanax withdrawal?
Can you address symptoms of Xanax withdrawal at home?
What symptoms occur when?

The Xanax Withdrawal Timeline Chart

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Xanax Withdrawal Timeline

Once you made a decision to end using Xanax, withdrawal can start as early as a few hours after the effects of the last dose has worn off. Keep in mind that the first symptoms are the hardest to overcome, and the smartest idea to pass this hard period is under medical supervision with an individualized tapering schedule. Additionally, you can look into the withdrawal protocol set out via The Ashton Manual.

While some people can withdraw from Xanax at home, it’s really best to ask for a brief addiction assessment before attempting a withdrawal. You should also seek help from a doctor who has experience in addressing issues of benzo dependence. This way, you can mitigate the risk of complications, such as:

1. Seizure
2. Extreme mood disorders
3. Sleeping problems
4. Brain confusion, fog, and general malaise

How long does Xanax withdwal last? Check out the list below to find a detailed Xanax withdrawal schedule:

24-72 after the last Xanax dose:

  • Insomnia
  • Increased heart rate
  • Mood Swings
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Seizure
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting

3-7 days of Xanax Withdrawal:

  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Racing thoughts
  • Rebound anxiety
  • Sleep disorder

Week 2 Xanax Withdrawal:

  • Anxiety
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep problems

Week 3 Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Decreased cravings
  • Irritability

Week 4 Withdrawal from Xanax:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Energy regain
  • Sleep stabilization

How Long To Withdrawal From Xanax?

As every individual is unique, so Xanax withdrawal varies from person to person. Plus, there are other health factor that make impact on the symptoms as well as its duration.

There factors include:

  • Person’s general health
  • Person’s metabolism and body
  • Xanax dosage & frequency of use

Xanax withdrawal symptoms can last for months after the last Xanax dose. Some long-term users of Xanax can experience PAWS (protracted acute withdrawal syndrome) that may last for a longer period. Some symptoms of Xanax PAWS include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability

How can you treat Xanax withdrawal and addiction? The best way to deal with withdrawal from Xanax is to enroll into qualified Xaxax rehab program where you can get all psychological and physical support.

Xanax Withdrawal Timeline Questions

Need help for Xanax withdrawal and addiction? Call at 1-877-736-9802 NOW to be connected with a compassionate treatment specialist.

Still got questions? Feel free to write them in the comments section at the end. We will try to respond promptly and personally.

Reference Sources: Drug Enforcement Administration: Benzodiazepines
PubMeb: Withdrawing Benzodiazepines in Primary Care
NCBI: Discontinuation and Withdrawal Problems of Alprazolam
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. Raymond,
    Similar circumstances. How are you doing? I am 72 and tapering for 2 weeks. Experiencing light headedness, hearing and balance issues. Eight years 0.5 Xanax x 3 daily. Tapered from 1.5 first week to .5. Now on .25. Experienced midday issues then taking 0.5 dosage in am. Better!

  2. I have been taking Xanax (0.5 mg 3 times a day for close to twenty years) I was recently paired with a new Dr. Have seen him once for app. 15 minutes.Sent my prescription in to have refilled,was told by his assistant over the phone,that I had to taper off it,(which is fine by me,as long as it’s done properly). Was told tapering off period was TEN days! I am familiar with the withdrawals and this seems an unusually short period of time after such prolonged use.Also was not consulted about this at all. Just told it had to be done this way. I am disabled and 67 years old,obviously I’m addicted to it. Am in bad health physically and this is adding to my anxiety! Am about to call him and fairly upset at the lack of respect. Can you suggest app. how long the tapering period should be for someone addicted this long? I need to be able to explain why I feel 10 days is not appropriate in my case.I would appreciate any help or information,I know this is not going to work in this short a time. Thank you. Raymond

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