Xanax (the brand name for alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine and is considered one of the most addictive benzodiazepine medications on the market today. Known for quickly making changes to the brain, up to 44% of Xanax users become dependent on the drug. Medicinally, Xanax has been prescribed to patients who experience panic disorders, anxiety disorders, or anxiety caused by depression. However, others use this drug recreationally because of its euphoric effects. The Chicago Tribune states that Xanax addiction has the potential to become America’s next drug concern, as many Americans are overestimating the benefits and underestimating the risks of this drug.
Xanax works by increasing the amount of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain, which results in feelings of relaxation and calmness. Xanax slows down the movement of brain chemicals, boosting the effects of GABA. When taken as prescribed by a doctor, Xanax can be relatively safe and effective. However, it’s once a person has begun taking more than needed and/or more often that they begin to develop tolerance and later, dependence. This can easily become dangerous as a person with dependence to the drug may experience withdrawal symptoms while not taking the drug, such as anxiety, depressed mood, restlessness, poor memory, muscle aches and tension, tremors, and seizures.
Xanax may work differently in the body if you have alcoholism, alcoholic liver disease, hepatic function, impaired renal function, if you are an older adult, and if you are obese. Some individuals who are struggling with mental illness have attempted to self-medicate using Xanax, but the drug can worsen any of these symptoms because of abuse.
A level of caution is always necessary when taking Xanax, even if it’s prescribed. Due to its addiction potential, even people who have followed the doctor’s directions exactly as prescribed have still struggled with dependence. If you’ve been prescribed Xanax, the best method is to regularly check in with your doctor to monitor your progress and to see if you need to slowly taper down. Always consult the help of a medical professional if you experience any symptoms of concern.
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