Alprazolam, which is often sold under the name Xanax or Klonopin is a sedative. It belongs to a class of benzodiazepines, often used in the treatment of anxiety disorders, panic disorders, agoraphobia, sleep disorders such as insomnia and seizures. The medicine makes it easier for gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) to attach itself to the receptors and specialized neurons. The higher the level of benzodiazepine ingested, the more the GABA molecules become attached to neuron receptors and the calmer we feel (only to a point). Alprazolam has certain addictive properties. In 2017 it ranked 21 on the list of most prescribed medicines in the United States, with over 50 million patients receiving a prescription.
What is Alprazolam?
Alprazolam goes by branded names such as Alprazolam Intensol, Xanax, Xanax immediate-relief, or Xanax extended-relief (XR). Alprazolam is not recommended for those below 18 years of age; it can also lead to serious side effects in those who are pregnant and/or nursing. The medicine is available in the form of a liquid solution, oral tablets, and orally disintegrating form. The dosage varies depending on the treatment. Xanax is dispensed in strengths of 0.25mg, 0.5mg, 1mg and 2mg. The pills come in different shapes and colors depending on strength.
What are the Side Effects of Alprazolam Addiction?
Like other drugs employed in treating psychological disorders, Alprazolam can cause mild to moderate effects, namely drowsiness, dizziness, headache, memory problems, nausea, dry mouth, weight gain or loss, loss of coordination, etc. But the more severe of those symptoms can be debilitating; some of which have been listed below:
- Tolerance: Referring to the use of increasingly greater amounts of the drug to experience the same effect.
- Physical and Psychological Dependence: Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when consumption is terminated.
- Addiction: Consuming more than the prescribed amount can lead to addiction. Once addicted, it is hard to stop.
- Mental Health Issues: Symptoms can include depression, thought of suicide, confusion, and hallucinations.
- Allergies: this drug can cause allergies such as sore throat and the swelling of tongue and throat.
It can also stop or slow your breathing if you consume it with other opioids, alcohol, and/or other drugs.
Understanding Alprazolam Overdose
An Alprazolam user can end up with dangerous levels of the drug in their body if more than the prescribed amount is consumed. Alprazolam may be habit-forming and should be used exclusively by the person to whom it was prescribed. If addicted, the person may find it tedious to conduct everyday activities with or without (dependence) the drug. Misuse of it can even lead to death. Subsequently, overdose has caused Xanax to be the most identified substance in emergency room visits (particularly when combined with other substances such as alcohol). Owing to recreational abuse of Xanax emergency room visits escalated from 57,419 in 2005 to 124,902 in 2010.
How to Treat Alprazolam Addiction
The FDA is yet to approve any addiction treatment medications for Xanax withdrawal. However, rehabilitation is strongly recommended to those dealing with its addiction. Medical professionals are able to provide a safe and successful environment for triumphant recovery. In case emergencies arise, such as seizures, or panic attacks, professionals ensure the availability of necessary medical care as soon as possible. In conclusion, rehabilitation is the best option available to people in recovery aiming to achieve complete detox from the drug.
Why Work with Spark To Recovery?
Our team comprises of certified and licensed counsellors, medical psychiatrists, and nurses. We provide quality and comprehensive care for the treatment to those willing to overcome their addictions. We encourage adopting a healthier lifestyle as we believe a person’s desire to detox is enough to sustain hope for healing.
Addiction is a life-threatening condition that can turn deadly, if left untreated. Our priority here at Spark To Recovery is to provide treatment options that will fit our clients’ needs. We value immediacy in action to assist; a successful recovery is our goal as much as it is that of those who reach out to us for help.
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