Alprazolam is a prescription benzodiazepine which slows the movement of certain chemicals in the brain. This alteration addresses anxiety disorders, panic disorders and anxiety resulting from depression by reducing nervous tension. Alprazolam should be kept in a safe place and away from those who have suffered from addiction or liver disease. Because alprazolam can be habit forming, users who are tempted to purchase the drug online or from a street vender should consider the legal and health risks that they are taking. Alprazolam purchased online may contain antipsychotic additives with perilous side effects.
Side Effects of Alprazolam Use
Many of those who become addicted to prescription drugs such as alprazolam do so after being prescribed the medicine. The greater the dosage used, and the longer time period during which Alprazolam is abused, the greater the risk of side effects. In addition to erectile dysfunction, decreased sexual desire, difficulty achieving orgasm and weight gain, the following side effects can be experienced:
- Stomach cramps
- Abdominal pain
- Tremors or shaking
- Extraordinary fatigue or weakness
Less common side effects that warrant emergency action are as follows:
- Irregular or rapid heartbeat
- Depression or suicidal thoughts
- Memory loss
- Flu like symptoms
- Decreased blood pressure
- Angry behavior inconsistent with typical behavior
- Skin rash
- Mouth ulcers
Though addiction may begin with a prescription, they may continue abusing it for the feeling of euphoria. For those who believe that they do not have a problem, and that they are merely using the drug for the high, they should consider the grave side effects that can occur from abuse. Is the temporary feeling of euphoria worth the risk long-term side effects?
Alprazolam Withdrawal Symptoms
In addition to a litany of possible side effects, prolonged alprazolam abuse leads to troubling withdrawal symptoms if users go long enough without a dose. Some of the withdrawal symptoms experienced by alprazolam users are as follows:
- Diminished mental ability
- Stomach cramps
- Inability to sleep
These problems can keep people addicted for considerable time, so seek help when you attempt to detox.
Alprazolam Addiction Help
If you or someone that you care about suffer from an alprazolam addiction, please call our 24 hour, toll-free addiction helpline. The professional counselors answering the phones can answer your initial questions regarding treatment, address health insurance issues you may be dealing with and arrange transportation to a facility of your choosing. The longer that you use alprazolam the more significant your addiction becomes.