Xanax is part of the benzodiazepine family and has legitimate uses for anxiety, depression, panic disorders, and phobias. 

Continued misuse, however, can lead to addiction and stopping abruptly can lead to death. It is best to get treatment help to recover from Xanax addiction. 

Why take Xanax and what are the side effects

Most people who are prescribed Xanax face anxiety, depression, or panic disorders. When being misused it can be used to relieve social anxiety or just for the “high” of it. It is similar to drinking too much when you feel carefree and somewhat goofy. This type of use is a mistake.

When Xanax is misused it can produce the following effects:

  • sleepiness
  • unclear speech
  • headache
  • faintness 
  • dry mouth or thirst
  • upset stomach
  • feeling woozy
  • increased salivation
  • decreased libido
  • constipation
  • lack of coordination

Even when taken as prescribed there are side effects to Xanax the most common of which include:

  • forgetfulness
  • awkwardness
  • no appetite
  • grouchiness 
  • problems with speaking, sleeping or concentrating
  • sleepiness
  • unclear speech

Tolerance to Xanax

Even people who take it under the care of a doctor and a prescription will build up a tolerance to Xanax. Generally, the doctor will start the patient with the lowest possible dose which is 0.25 milligrams to 0.5 milligrams, eventually; as the tolerance builds the dosage also increases up to 4 milligrams a day. When the dosage has to be increased it increases the patient’s risk of becoming addicted to the medication. 

It is best to follow your doctor’s advice when you stop taking Xanax or any other medication and slowly decrease the dosage over time instead of quitting cold turkey. People who quit cold turkey are at great risk of a health crisis than those who slowly ween off the medication. Cold turkey can lead to convulsions and death. 

Like all benzodiazepines, Xanax has its uses for true treatment and is dangerous when used recreationally. Especially when combined with other drugs or alcohol. When combining Xanax with other drugs or alcohol you have no idea how the drugs will intermix or react with each other or your body. Mixing of drugs and alcohol can lead to an overdose or even death. 

If you are one of the millions who want to stop Xanax abuse it is best to seek treatment from a reputable recovery clinic like 449 Recovery.

At 449 Recovery, helping each client overcome every challenge on the road to recovery is our greatest goal. We believe that healing is best obtained in an environment that will encourage it. The endless monitored detoxification, in conjunction with long term treatment programs at 449 Recovery are provided in a caring and structured atmosphere. Our goal is to execute practices that will leave a lifelong impact on the recipients. We aim for no one to leave unchanged, but for everyone to lead a happier and healthier lifestyle. Procrastination is the enemy of success, so please give us a call at (855) 435-7449 to gain more insight about our all-inclusive alcohol and drug addiction treatment program today!