Xanax, generically known as Alprazolam is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety and its related disorders. Alprazolam belongs to benzodiazepine class, which are usually known to cause addiction upon long-term usage. Physical dependency can definitely lead to addiction as drug tolerance is the onset of addiction because of the nature of these drugs. Xanax is a fast acting drug, which upon consumption, acts quickly by binding to the GABA receptors in the brain to alter certain chemical signals to provide relief from effects of anxiety. But upon an extended period of usage, Xanax can cause certain changes in the receptors by making it less responsive to the drug. This compels the user to increase the dosage in order to find relief, eventually paving a path to addiction.
Signs of physical dependency on Xanax
At the early stages of physical dependence, any attempt to reduce the dosage might result in withdrawal symptoms. The body reacts vigorously towards your attempts by exhibiting various symptoms like sweating, restlessness, muscle ache, psychological breakdown, depression, etc. Symptoms shall be discussed below for a clearer idea. It must be noted that, addiction caused by prescription drugs are too hard to overcome so one must opt for proper medical care in order to deal with withdrawal symptoms and other problems. Co-occurring ailments are often associated with Xanax dependence, or most would develop a mental condition during the addiction phase. Some of them are:
- Bipolar disorder
- Panic attack
- Multiple personality syndrome
- Alcohol abuse
When to get help to avoid Xanax addiction from physical dependence
Though the symptoms might look harmless, this will be the onset phase of addiction from where one can bring the addicted back to life. Psychological as well as physiological symptoms are exhibited at this stage. Certain common symptoms and behaviors that should be considered as warning signs are:
- Mood swings
- Anxiety disorder (contrary to purpose of medication)
- Increased short temper
- Stealing money to buy drugs
- Forging prescriptions
- Visiting multiple doctors to get Xanax prescriptions
- Appetite shifts
- Snorting of the pills
The above symptoms are accompanied by usual physical symptoms like fever, dry mouth, nausea, sweating, stuffy nose etc. Psychological changes are one, which would inform the user about their condition. It starts with hallucination, followed by disorientation, confusion, memory loss etc.
How can you prevent physical dependence on using Xanax?
Certain small neglects are the key to dependence and finally leading to lethal addiction in the later stage. Never take the drug without the consent of a medical practitioner or a psychologist. Make sure that you take the exact amount of dosage as suggested by your doctor, any ups and downs might affect the result of medication. Be strict while following the doctor’s instruction, if they asked you to avoid particular food and beverages during the medication course, follow it as such because certain things like alcohol have an adverse effect which can reverse the purpose. Stop the consumption of Xanax as and when the course is supposed to be over. Always keep a good communication with your doctor, and if in case you find any of above symptoms notify it to your doctor with an immediate priority.