Alprazolam is a potent short-acting drug that is known to most people under the trade name Xanax. Most often prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and moderate to severe stress, alprazolam is in the the benzodiazepine class of drugs. These drugs work by binding to specific sites within the brain that lower a person’s excitement levels and give the person a feeling of calm.
A great deal of scientific research has been done to understand how alprazolam works and what the most effective way is for a person to withdraw from the medication when it is no longer needed. Since alprazolam is short-acting, it must be taken three or four times per day. When a medication is required at such regular intervals, a person has a greater tendency to abuse the drug because he or she may choose to increase the dose in order to take it less often. With alprazolam, this can lead toward addiction behavior.
Studies also show that other factors influence how effective withdrawal from alprazolam will be, including:
- Dosage used: more than 4 mg per day increases the risk of dependence
- Length of use: use beyond eight months may increase withdrawal symptoms
- Frequency of intake
- Personality characteristics of the individual user
- An individual’s current or previous use of alcohol or other sedative-hypnotic drugs
- Method of discontinuation
Alprazolam Rebound Effect
A common occurrence for people on a regular regimen of medication is the potential for what is referred to as “rebound effect.” During rebound, users believe that they are experiencing the same symptoms that they originally had when they started taking the medication. In the case of alprazolam, users may experience anxiety, panic, or stress at levels that they perceive to be greater than those experienced before their treatment began.
Rebound effect is an example of the psychological dependence on a medication that a person may develop. While this type of reaction does not indicate a physical drug dependence, it is a serious condition that requires medical support.
Alprazolam Withdrawal Symptoms
Consulting a physician and following a withdrawal program that slowly reduces a user’s intake of alprazolam is strongly recommended to reduce symptoms of withdrawal. Some common symptoms of alprazolam withdrawal include:
- Dry mouth
- Heart palpitations
- Loss of appetite
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Panic attacks
- Tachycardia – rapid heart beat
Rare and more severe reactions can occur, including:
- Homicidal ideas
- Rage reactions
Alprazolam Addiction Help
If you or a loved one is dealing with an addiction to alprazolam, please know that we are here to help. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about alprazolam addiction treatment.
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