Although Alprazolam is usually not associated with abuse, it can and does occur. When prescribed, it takes about a week for people to feel its full effects, and is very effective; however, there is a high probability of tolerance to this drug after 8 weeks of use.
Alprazolam (Xanax) Administration
Alprazolam (Xanax) is administered orally by prescription in two forms:
- Instant release
- Extended release (Xanax XR)
When used illegally for recreational purposes, Alprazolam can be crushed in water and injected. This is highly dangerous because Alprazolam does not dilute in water well and can cause damage to arteries. It can be mixed and injected with alcohol, but abusers are at high risk of overdose and death. Alprazolam can be crushed and snorted, but this is less common since it is not very soluble for absorption into the membranes.
Side Effects and Risks of Alprazolam (Xanax)
The following side-effects occur mainly in patients that are taking high dosages of Alprazolam:
- Impaired coordination
- Respiratory problems
- Problems urinating
- Suicidal thoughts
- Slurred speech
- Short-term memory loss
- Lack of concentration
- Loss of libido
- Increased appetite
Symptoms of Tolerance and Withdrawal of Alprazolam (Xanax)
Because of the nature of Alprazolam, users quickly build a tolerance to the effectiveness of the drug after about 8 weeks. As a result, users will begin to take more of the drug in search of the desired effects. Withdrawal symptoms are similar to that of alcohol or sedative abuse. It is best for abusers to gradually wean themselves off of the drug slowly as to avoid the following symptoms:
- Muscle cramps
- Abdominal pain
- Thoughts of suicide
Are You Addicted to Alprazolam?
Alprazolam is one of the most widespread, addictive, and readily available benzodiazepine drugs today. Regular use results in physical and psychological damage and dependence.
There are thousands of people that have used, gone through treatment, and now live normal, healthy lives. If you or someone you know is an Alprazolam abuser, most likely they are already an addict or are quickly becoming one.
There is hope… Please call our toll-free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about Alprazolam (Xanax) treatment. We are here to help.