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Xanax Side Effects



Xanax is a medication often prescribed to treat anxiety. Anxiety disorders occur when the brain is not producing enough GABA neurotransmitters. The function of GABA is to bind itself to stimulating neurotransmitters and stop them from firing. Xanax allows GABA neurotransmitters to release more chloride ions that bind to nerve cell receptors. The ions slow the cell activity, brain chemistry settles, and the mind and body experience a calming effect. Xanax acts faster than depressants, which take days or weeks to slow down this activity: Xanax works almost immediately. Because Xanax creates this desired calming effect and works so quickly, it is easy to develop a dependency on the drug, and there are many related side effects. Xanax is meant to be a short-term solution for anxiety, but if someone stops taking it abruptly, the brain may overcompensate and create a surplus of chemicals, which leads to the symptoms of withdrawal. Long-term side effects of Xanax abuse on the brain are suspected, but so far, studies are inconclusive.

Xanax Side Effects

As is the case with any medication, there are a range of expected side effects. Xanax may cause:

  • Irritability
  • Memory problems
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Poor balance

These side effects may not be desirable, but they are normal. Xanax can cause much more severe side effects, however, when the medication is abused. These symptoms are warning signs of withdrawal and addiction. If you experience any of these side effects of Xanax abuse, you should seek help and treatment as soon as possible. The following symptoms indicate a problem:

  • Trouble urinating
  • Confusion, agitation, and hostility
  • Chest pain or fluttering heart
  • Tremors or seizures
  • Depression, suicidal thoughts, or risk-taking behavior

While there is no conclusive evidence of lasting side effects of Xanax abuse on the brain, some studies have shown a possible link between long-term use and a greater risk of dementia and brain atrophy. If a person is abusing Xanax, side effects on the mind and spirit can be just as significant and detrimental as physical consequences.

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Addiction can feel like a nightmare with no escape. You may not know where to turn for help, or you may feel overwhelmed by questions or treatment options. At Better Addiction Care, we understand how difficult addiction is, and we know that your best chance for a successful recovery is with a treatment program that is a good personal fit for you. We believe you deserve the very best care. Call today or fill out our contact form to speak with one of our compassionate specialists. They will consider your needs and help you find a cost-effective treatment option near you. You can find a program that is safe and comfortable that will give you the support you need to start healing. Recovery is a long road, but BetterAddictionCare will welcome you into our family and help you with each step.


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