Xanax is used to treat multiple disorders such as anxiety disorders, panic disorders and anxiety caused by depression. There is a lot of information about Xanax that most people aren’t aware of, and it’s important to know all sides of this medicine before taking it. While Xanax can be prescribed for various conditions, if it is mistreated, Xanax addiction can cause a lot of harm.
Information to Know
Some very important factors should be known about Xanax before one takes it, including:
Individuals should not use Xanax if they also take itraconazole or ketoconazole, or if they are allergic to similar Xanax medications, such as Valium, Ativan, Tranxene, etc.
Xanax can cause congenital disabilities or life-threatening withdrawal symptom in a newborn. Thus pregnant women should not use Xanax. This medication can also pass into breast milk; pregnant women should not breast-feed while using Xanax.
Individuals should not drink alcohol while taking Xanax, as it can increase the effects of alcohol.
Xanax can be habit-forming and should only be used by those who are prescribed it. Misuse of Xanax can cause addiction, overdose or death.
Additionally, while Xanax can be bought online or from vendors outside of the U.S., these medications that are sold online may contain dangerous ingredients. Xanax that is made outside of the U.S. does not comply with the regulations of the Food and Drug Administration, making it unsafe to use.
How Should Xanax be Used?
Xanax should always be used exactly as prescribed by a doctor. Xanax should never be used in larger amounts or for longer periods of time than what is prescribed. It is essential to never share Xanax with anyone, especially with someone with a history of drug abuse as Xanax can be habit-forming. The tablet should be swallowed as a whole and not crushed, chewed or broken into pieces. Furthermore, individuals should not stop using Xanax suddenly, as uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms can occur. If you are living with others, be sure to keep track of the amount of medicine that is used from each bottle. Since Xanax is a drug that can be abused, it is important that you keep it in a safe and secure place where others cannot easily get to it.
Side Effects of Xanax Addiction and Use
While Xanax can help with anxiety and panic disorders, it also has a list of side effects that one should be aware of.
Xanax side effects include:
Pounding heartbeats or fluttering in the chest
Confusion, hostility, hallucinations
Racing thoughts, increased energy, unusual risk-taking behavior
Depression, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself
Slurred speech, lack of coordination
What Should I Do if I Miss a Dose of Xanax?
It’s understandable that life gets busy and one may forget to take a dose. If you have missed a dose of Xanax, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Never take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
What Should I Do If a Loved One or Myself Overdoses on Xanax?
If you or a loved one has overdosed on Xanax, seek medical attention immediately. An overdose of Xanax is no light matter and can be fatal. The symptoms of an overdose include confusion, extreme drowsiness, muscle weakness, loss of coordination and fainting. Along with seeking medical attention, it will be important to help the person get clean and sober. An appropriate rehabilitation facility should be found so the person can get the treatment they need.
Is There Anything I Should Avoid While Taking Xanax?
Those who are on Xanax should be careful when driving as Xanax can impair one’s thinking or reaction time. Drinking alcohol should be avoided due to the dangerous side effects that can occur. Additionally, the juice in grapefruit may interact with Xanax in a way that can lead to unwanted side effects.
Finding Treatment for Xanax Addiction
If you or a loved one has overdosed or has a Xanax addiction, it is time to find a rehab facility. This step is crucial because not every rehab center is created equally. We have created a drug and alcohol addiction treatment program at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services that is specifically designed to adapt to each client’s needs and wants. We deliver what our clients need, but also provide them with what they want to help them be as comfortable as possible during their stay. Our facility is located in a perfect location that provides a very comfortable and secure place and is far away from the stress of daily life. Our clients can relax, let go of the troubles of the world and just focus on their sobriety and getting clean. If you or a loved one are struggling with Xanax addiction, please contact us today to speak confidentially with a treatment advisor.