Alprazolam overdose can occur on purpose, accidentally or without any awareness that the drug has been abused or misused. Remember that alprazolam is a serious drug, and overdose may be fatal. Talk with your doctor and pharmacist to make sure you understand your dosage instructions before taking prescribed alprazolam. Your specific dosage may vary depending on your reason for taking alprazolam and many other factors such as body composition and age.
Alprazolam Overdose Symptoms
Alprazolam causes tolerance which means that your body gets used to a certain amount of alprazolam being in your system, and it stops responding to that amount. Users may take this as a cue to start taking more alprazolam in order to create the desired response. This can lead to dependence, addiction and overdose. If you find that your prescription alprazolam has stopped creating the desired effect, call your doctor before taking any actions on your own to fix the problem. Whether alprazolam abuse happens recreationally or accidentally, the threat for overdose is still the same. The following are symptoms of alprazolam overdose:
- Muscle weakness
If you or your loved one has taken too much alprazolam, call for help before any of these symptoms occur. If these symptoms are already present, call 911 immediately.
Hold an Alprazolam Intervention to Prevent Alprazolam Overdose
When someone chooses to abuse a drug like alprazolam, there may be many emotional and psychological factors involved. If you find that your loved one is abusing alprazolam, the time to take action is now. You may want to stage an intervention to encourage your loved one to get help. One option is to hire a professional interventionist to guide the intervention process. Although this is an excellent option, you may want to keep the intervention intimate and only include a few close family members and friends. Be encouraging toward your loved one. Don’t accuse him or her, simply do the following:
- Remind the alprazolam user how much you love him or her
- Offer your support in finding and completing a rehab program
- Remind the individual of who he or she used to be
- Show the user what alprazolam abuse has done to his or her life
- Remind your loved one of the very real dangers of alprazolam overdose
- Have a recovery option available for immediate admittance into treatment
Need More Information about Preventing Alprazolam Overdose?
If you or someone you love is struggling with alprazolam abuse, the time to seek help is now. Our toll-free helpline is staffed 24 hours a day, and our counselors can help you find the right treatment for you. We can answer any of your questions concerning alprazolam use and abuse or addiction treatment. Don’t wait for overdose to happen; call us today.