Xanax – What Is It And Its Side Effects?

April 1, 2024
Solace Asia

What Is Xanax?

Xanax is a brand name for the medication ‘Alprazolam’, which belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. It is primarily used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety associated with depression. Xanax works by enhancing the effects of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, which helps to produce a calming effect.

Mechanism Of Xanax

Xanax's addictive nature stems from alprazolam, which binds to specific GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) receptors, enhancing this neurotransmitter and inducing a sense of relaxation upon consumption. Its oral forms, with formulations available in compressed tablets (CT) and extended-release capsules (XR). Its strong affinity for GABA receptors, coupled with its potency and rapid onset of action, significantly heightens the risk of addiction and misuse.

Side Effects Of Xanax

Xanax, a widely prescribed medication for anxiety and panic disorders, offers relief to millions worldwide. However, like any other drug, it also comes with potential side effects, including mild and serious ones. These side effects are as follows:

Mild Side Effects:

  • Drowsiness: Feeling sleepy or lethargic.
  • Dizziness: Sensation of lightheadedness or spinning.
  • Headache: Pain or discomfort in the head.
  • Blurred vision: Difficulty in focusing, causing visual impairment.
  • Dry mouth: Feeling parched or lacking moisture in the mouth.
  • Changes in appetite: Alterations in hunger levels or food preferences.

Serious Side Effects:

  • Severe drowsiness: Excessive and uncontrollable sleepiness.
  • Confusion: Mental disorientation or inability to think clearly.
  • Slurred speech: Difficulty articulating words clearly.
  • Hallucinations: Sensing things that are not present.
  • Memory problems: Difficulty in remembering things or forming new memories.
  • Trouble concentrating: Inability to focus attention.
  • Unusual changes in mood or behavior: Sudden shifts in emotions or actions.
  • Paradoxical reactions (increased anxiety, agitation, aggression, or hostility): Unexpected and opposite reactions such as heightened anxiety, restlessness, or aggressive behavior.

How Is Xanax Abused?

Xanax abuse typically involves taking the medication in a manner not prescribed by a healthcare professional or in higher doses than recommended. Addiction to alprazolam is the first outcome of abusing this drug. Xanax abuse can lead to serious health consequences, including overdose, respiratory depression, addiction, withdrawal symptoms, and even death. Some common methods of Xanax abuse include:

  • Taking higher doses: Individuals may take larger amounts of Xanax than prescribed to intensify the drug's effects or to achieve a stronger high.
  • Taking it more frequently: Instead of following the prescribed dosage schedule, some people may take Xanax more frequently, increasing the risk of tolerance, dependence, and addiction.
  • Using it recreationally: Some individuals misuse Xanax for recreational purposes, seeking its sedative effects or to enhance the effects of other substances, such as alcohol or opioids.
  • Obtaining it illegally: Xanax may be obtained illegally without a prescription from illicit sources, such as street dealers or online black markets.
  • Combining with other substances: Xanax is sometimes abused in combination with other drugs, including alcohol, opioids, or stimulants, which can amplify its effects but also increase the risk of dangerous interactions and overdose.
  • Crushing and snorting: Some individuals may crush Xanax tablets and snort the powder to achieve a faster onset of effects, although this method can increase the risk of addiction and other adverse effects.

It is important to note that Xanax is a controlled substance due to its potential for misuse, dependence, and addiction. It should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional and according to their prescribed dosage and instructions. 

The Solace Difference

Attempting to withdraw from Xanax alone can be dangerous. Opting for medical detoxification and supervised withdrawals can help prevent severe outcomes like uncontrolled seizures and death. Therefore, seeking immediate treatment is essential if you or a loved one is struggling with Xanax addiction.

At Solace Asia, we offer medically assisted detoxification using the latest scientific and medical approaches. Our facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art hospital and staffed by medical professionals at the forefront of their field. You can trust that you or your loved one will receive the highest level of care.

Following detoxification, our clients participate in our tailored recovery program designed to address each individual's holistic needs for a brighter future. Contact us today to learn more about our treatment options.

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