Alprazolam is categorized as a benzodiazepine, a type of drug that slows down brain activity. It is a commonly prescribed drug, often known by the brand name Xanax, used to treat the following:
- Panic attacks
- Panic disorders
Accidental Alprazolam Addiction
Alprazolam is one of the most commonly prescribed medications in America. It is generally prescribed for short-term as-needed use. Alprazolam is a “short-acting, high potency” drug, which means it doesn’t take long for the effects of alprazolam to set in, and it can be highly addictive if it is not used as prescribed (AAFP, 2000). Because it is addictive if used for long periods of time or at high doses, a user who has been prescribed the drug can quickly and unknowingly become addicted to it. Accidental addiction is common among alprazolam users. In addition, they may build up a tolerance to the drug and need more medication to get the desired effects.
Some individuals are at a higher risk for developing an addiction to alprazolam. As with all prescription medications, doctors should look at the patient’s medical history prior to prescribing any form of alprazolam. Individuals who are emotionally unstable, suffer from a personality disorder or have a history of alcohol or substance abuse are more susceptible to alprazolam addiction.
Recreational Alprazolam Abuse and Addiction
Although most users of alprazolam have prescriptions for the medication, some individuals take alprazolam recreationally. Recreational users enjoy the following initial effects alprazolam provides:
- Reduction of stress/anxiety
- Euphoric “high”
Alprazolam is commonly used with other drugs to increase the desired effects or decrease the negative effects of the other drug. Mixing drugs of any kind is dangerous, but mixing two drugs that depress the nervous system is extremely dangerous because it can slow or stop respiration and heart rate.
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