Anyone is susceptible to alprazolam (more commonly known as Xanax) addiction. Doctors often prescribe Xanax to help treat patients suffering with anxiety and/or panic disorders. Xanax works by masking the inhibitory receptor in the brain causing a significant decrease in excitement. Xanax can be addictive if taken in large doses or over a long period of time.
Side Effects of Alprazolam
Using Alprazolam can have many effects on an individual’s body. The medication is a depressant for the central nervous system, so most of the effects have to do with how an individual’s mind works. Included in the following are some of the most common side effects of alprazolam (Xanax):
- Lack of coordination
- Confusion and disorientation
Some individuals may experience stronger side effects than others. Xanax will affect each user differently. Some individuals may develop memory impairment and many doctors commonly see mild cases of impairment. Sedation is also a concern for most addicts. People who use and abuse the medication, especially in large quantities, may experience severe sedation that can last up to three to four days.
Common Sleep Disorders Associated with Alprazolam
Not everyone will experience the same effects when using the substance. Included in the following are some examples of sleep disorders that could be triggered or worsened with the use of Xanax:
- Sleep apnea
Sleep apnea occurs when an individual’s breathing is interrupted while sleeping. People with untreated sleep apnea repeatedly stop breathing during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times per night. This means the body and brain may not receive enough oxygen. Insomnia is a sleep disorder where an individual has trouble falling and/or staying asleep. Many people suffering from insomnia have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up too many times a night, and feeling tired after waking up. Sleepwalking is less common, however, can be dangerous and difficult to treat. Because of the sedative effects of alprazolam, the drug may exacerbate these sleep disorders.
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