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Xanax is the brand name for the medication alprazolam. It is classified as a benzodiazepine depressant drug. These types of drugs are most commonly prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders, though Xanax is also used to calm tremors and treat insomnia. Xanax is the most prescribed drug in the United States. The drug is far more potent than other common benzodiazepines, such as Valium. The medication was created by Dr. Leo Sternbach in 1956 and introduced to the U.S. market in 1981. The popularity of the medication can be attributed to its rapid symptom relief.
Young adults have been found to be the most likely to abuse Xanax. The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use showed nearly double the rates of abuse among people ages 18-24 than in those over age 26. Treatment facility admissions for people addicted to Xanax began increasing in 2006, which correlated with a rise in the number of legal prescriptions. Tolerance to the medication sets in quickly and introduces the risk of addiction to Xanax. The drug is also associated with many side effects, and some of these effects are indicators of addiction.
Warning Signs of Xanax Addiction
If you are concerned that a loved one is suffering from Xanax addiction, you should look out for signs of extreme fatigue. The individual might lack their normal energy, and they may have less motivation to socialize or participate in old activities and interests. You may find that the person has a poor memory and doesn't respond to conversation in their usual manner. If you use Xanax and have concerns about dependency, you can check yourself for Xanax addiction symptoms. Have you felt dizzy, light-headed, or very tired? Do you have dry or tingling skin? Have you had problems urinating? Have you had the desire to harm yourself? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," you should seek medical help and support. Other signs of addiction include sluggishness, headache, slurred speech, dry mouth, delirium, weakness, and vertigo.
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