Alprazolam, commonly known by its generic name Xanax, is a widely abused prescription drug. This medication is often prescribed for anxiety, agoraphobia (fear of leaving one’s home), panic disorders and depression. Alprazolam is highly addictive and should never be taken without the close supervision of a physician. It is a benzodiazepine that calms the brain by reducing electrical activity and anxiety. Because it is so highly addictive it is strongly recommended that alprazolam be used for a short period of time, generally not more than a few weeks. If used for longer periods, the body begins to develop a tolerance, leading users to use greater amounts of the drug. This abuse can have significant consequences that may require emergency intervention.
When Does Alprazolam Use Become an Emergency?
If taken for longer than the recommended few weeks, various adverse reactions and side effects can occur. The severity of these effects will vary depending on how the drug was administered, how long, the amount taken and whether any other drugs were taken as well. Common side effects may include dizziness, fainting, mood and mental changes and drowsiness. An allergic reaction to alprazolam can occur in some instances, which will require immediate medical attention. Signs of an allergic reaction may include severe dizziness, breathing difficulty and skin rash.
Rare side effects from alprazolam can occur, especially in individuals who have overdosed or took alprazolam with alcohol or other drugs. Signs of this life-threatening reaction are slurred speech, difficulty walking, fever and yellowing of the eyes or skin. Failing to recognize the signs of a serious condition resulting from alprazolam could be deadly. Seek emergency medical attention if you or a loved one experience any of the above mentioned problems associated with Alprazolam.
How Alprazolam Addiction May Require Emergency Help
When someone is struggling with an addiction to Alprazolam, he or she is likely to behave in uncharacteristic manners as a result of the drug. Some of these behaviors can be damaging to both the addicted individual and others. When one is addicted, the drug becomes an obsession. Many people will lie, cheat, or steal in order to obtain more of the drug or hide its use. In some cases, a person may even become violent. Additionally, an addicted person may try to drive or operate machinery or some other dangerous task while under the influence of the drug. If you sense that the person might be endangering him or herself or others, please don’t wait to seek emergency help.
If someone is abusing alprazolam it is imperative that help is sought as soon as the problem is recognized. Without professional treatment, the problem will continue to worsen, putting the individual in great danger. If someone you love is addicted to alprazolam but is unwilling to accept help, you may need to organize an intervention with the help of a professional interventionist. The longer you wait to get help, the more difficult it will be for the addict to recover, so please get help today.
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