Xanax is a prescription drug used to treat panic and anxiety symptoms. When used responsibly under a doctor’s supervision, the drug can help patients to lead normal lives. However, the drug is also highly addictive. When abused, Xanax can have serious mental and physical side effects, including dizziness, fainting, coma and even death.
Sovereign Health provides comprehensive Xanax addiction treatment to help patients regain control of their lives. We offer detox services to safely wean patients out of Xanax dependence as well as the latest treatment modalities to deliver the best chance at a lasting recovery.
As one of the most commonly prescribed benzodiazepines, alprazolam – more commonly known by the brand name Xanax – is used to treat anxiety, sleep disorders and panic disorders. In addition to their anxiolytic effects, Xanax and other benzodiazepines also possess hypnotic, sedative and anticonvulsant properties. Other common benzodiazepines include:
- Clonazepam (Klonopin)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Clobazam (Onfi)
- Chordiazepoxide (Librium)
- Temazepam (Restoril)
- Triazolam (Halcion)
Benzodiazepines – usually referred to as benzos – have an extremely high potential for addiction.
Side Effects of Xanax Abuse:
- Drowsiness, dizziness and sedation
- Blurred or double vision
- Memory problems
- Slurred speech, confusion, lack of focus or coordination
- Swollen hands or feet
- Upset stomach, nausea or vomiting
- Dry mouth or throat
- Loss of interest in sex
After prolonged use, Xanax and other benzos can cause changes to the brain, making these medications less effective and, as a result, requiring higher dosages.