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Xanax is a potent depressant drug prescribed for short-term use. If Xanax is taken in large doses or for a longer period than described, the user may develop a dependency on the drug. Symptoms of Xanax withdrawal will then occur when a person abruptly stops taking the medication.
Xanax has a short half-life. This means that it acts quickly to relieve symptoms once ingested, but it also exits the body quickly and the effects wear off fast. The drug's short half-life may cause withdrawal symptoms between prescribed doses, which reinforces a user's psychological dependence on the medication.
Stages of Xanax Withdrawal
Withdrawal from Xanax can be a long process. The first symptoms begin to appear within six to 12 hours of discontinued use, and the most severe symptoms occur within the first four days of Xanax withdrawal. The worst has passed after this point, but symptoms can continue up to two weeks afterward. Lingering symptoms after this period should be mild but fluctuate, and they can last up to two years.
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
Xanax users are prone to panic and anxiety attacks as they go through withdrawal. These experiences are exhausting and can lead to lethargy and depression. In addition to these changes in mood, physical Xanax withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Tooth pain
- Light sensitivity
- Muscle pain
- Respiration problems
- High heart rate
The Xanax withdrawal period is non-linear, with symptoms occurring seemingly at random. Healing is emotionally tiring for those suffering from withdrawal, as they might feel better and start to have hope, only to experience a new symptom. Those struggling with withdrawal from Xanax need to have patient, compassionate support as they undergo the addiction healing process. Rebound symptoms are another disheartening possibility during withdrawal. These consist of intensified bouts of anxiety or insomnia, the conditions the medication was originally prescribed to treat.
Get Xanax Addiction Counseling
Have you been experiencing symptoms of Xanax withdrawal? Maybe you recognize the signs of addiction in a loved one. If so, contact BetterAddictionCare before the symptoms become worse. We can connect you with cost-effective addiction counseling that accepts your private insurance. There are many recovery options, and we understand that you may not know where to start, which is why if you call now or fill out our contact form, you can speak with a friendly client care specialist who will work with you to select the individualized treatment option that is best for you. Call today or use the chat box at the bottom of the screen to get help now.