Alprazolam is a highly potent prescription drug that slows down chemicals in the brain that have become unbalanced. It is prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety associated with moderate depression. As with all drugs, it is possible to overdose, especially if the drug is being abused.
Symptoms of Alprazolam Overdose
Overdoses of alprazolam can be mild to severe depending on how much of the drug has been taken and if other drugs or alcohol were taken with it. Alprazolam overdose reflects the central nervous system depression of the brain and may cause the following symptoms:
- Somnolence (difficulty staying awake)
- Mental confusion
- Impaired motor functions
- Impaired or absent reflexes
- Muscle weakness
- Impaired balance
- Hypoventilation (respiratory depression)
Fatalities Due to Alprazolam Overdose
Alprazolam is very toxic and has much higher rates of fatalities from overdose than other drugs in the benzodiazepines group. A recent study in New Zealand found that an alprazolam overdose was 8 times more likely to result in death than other sedative drugs. There was also a much higher number of intensive-care unit admissions associated with alprazolam. Combining high quantities of alprazolam with antidepressants, alcohol, or opiates significantly increases the chances for severe toxicity and possible death. Overdose in the elderly also significantly increases the chances for severe toxicity and death. About 50% of deaths from alprazolam overdose were attributed to combining alprazolam with other drugs, most often cocaine and methadone.
What to Do If You Overdose on Alprazolam
If you think you or someone you know has consumed too much alprazolam and is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, seek emergency medical attention immediately. You can call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222, or if the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911. Do not wait to seek help; an overdose of alprazolam can be fatal.
Alprazolam Addiction Help
Although alprazolam can be safely used to treat anxiety conditions, it is a highly abused drug as well. If you are addicted to alprazolam, we are here to help you break your addiction. Please call our toll free number today to talk to a counselor about what it will take to start on the road to recovery.
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