Xanax is a sedative created by Dr. Leo Sternbach, who sought to find a safer form of tranquilizer. Alcohol and barbiturates were more often used for procedures and ailments before Xanax was invented. Xanax first became available to the public in the 1980s and has since become one of America’s most popular prescribed drugs. In this article, Compass Recovery will focus on the most common Xanax side effects.
Xanax side effects have several short and long-term repercussions. The most prevalent Xanax side effects include:
Xanax also has dangerous long-term effects.
Xanax is most prescribed to treat mood disorders such as anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax binds to the brain to create a calmer, more consistent mood.2
Xanax is often obtained from family or friends with a prescription. It can be orally or nasally ingested. Nasal ingestion shortens the time it takes for the drug to kick in, whereas oral consumption can increase its effective time.
One of the most abused forms of Xanax is Xanax bars. These bars are comprised of approximately 4 times the amount and potency of a single tablet. Users risk Xanax overdose when taking multiple Xanax bars at once, as even one bar can prove fatal.
Another administration route is snorting Xanax. Snorting Xanax shortens the time it takes for the drug to hit the bloodstream and intensifies the effects.
Ativan, compared to Xanax, comes down to the amount of time they stay active and in the body. Ativan lasts longer in the body and provides a feeling of wellbeing. This reduces the risk of addiction as fewer pills are taken over time. Because the effects of the drug slowly taper off, the withdrawal is also much more bearable. For comparison, Ativan lasts approximately 6-8 hours, whereas Xanax lasts around 2-4. The choice between Ativan vs. Xanax, when taken as recommended, is based on individual factors.
Klonopin, much like Ativan, is a longer-lasting form of Xanax. Klonopin is active in the body for 8-12 hours. This reduces the risk of addiction and lessens the intensity of withdrawals. Due to the extreme time difference, Klonopin vs. Xanax is a matter of lifestyle and medical recommendation.
Uncharacteristic of most other substances, Xanax isn’t very apparent during the throes of addiction. The most noticeable signs, though, can include:
Xanax and alcohol are a particularly deadly combination. Both act as CNS depressants. When taken together, they increase the risk of hypoxia, insomnia, accidental physical harm, brain damage, and a destabilized mood. Xanax and alcohol both require constant intake to maintain a desired high. This contributes to Xanax overdose and alcohol overdose, and this suggests that it’s particularly easy, even for someone with tolerance, to misjudge their limitations.
These numbers show a stark picture of the danger of Xanax abuse. With the ever-increasing popularity of benzodiazepines, these numbers continue to grow.4
There are options for treating Xanax addiction.