Xanax is a prescription medication typically prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax is from a class of similar drugs known as benzodiazepines, which together account for some of the most commonly prescribed medications. Xanax, however, has a high potential for abuse due to its calming and euphoric effects, which mimic alcohol.
Xanax is particularly dangerous at high doses due to its tendency to cause blackouts, in which the user loses all memory of prior actions that occurred during the intoxication.
The withdrawal from Xanax is generally an extremely unpleasant experience. Cold turkey withdrawal from Xanax can lead to life-threatening seizures, and thus should always be done under the supervision of medical professionals. The following symptoms are typically associated with Xanax withdrawal:
- Seizures that can be life-threatening
- Sleep disturbances including insomnia
- Muscle stiffness and pain
- Cognitive issues, such as confusion, dizziness, and memory difficulty
- Appetite loss
These symptoms typically start within one day of the last use and remain severe until approximately the fourth day of being clean. It is important to note, however, that this depends on the individual.
As the symptoms of Xanax withdrawal can be life-threatening, the importance of detoxing in a medical treatment center cannot be stressed enough. Medical professionals can monitor these symptoms and the severity of them can be managed.
The Long-term effects of Xanax abuse
The long-term effects of Xanax abuse are currently still being investigated. It is believed that the long-term abuse of Xanax can cause severe cognitive issues, such as memory loss and comprehension difficulties similar to Alzheimer’s disease. It is not uncommon for long-term users to report “losing” the memory of entire periods of their lives; sometimes on the order of months.
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