Xanax: The Potential Risks of Benzodiazepine Overdose
Alprazolam, better known as Xanax, is a type of benzodiazepine that helps reduce abnormal excitement in the central nervous system by raising the level of the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain.
Xanax is commonly known for treating anxiety and panic disorders but can also be habit-forming. When taking prescription medications such as Xanax, it is important to know the risks and potential side effects.
Can You Overdose on Xanax?
If taken in high doses or without a prescription, there is the potential to overdose on Xanax.
Taking an excessive amount of Xanax can be very dangerous and potentially life-threatening. An overdose of Xanax can lead to serious health complications such as respiratory depression, convulsions, and even death.
Symptoms of a Xanax overdose include:
Dosages for Xanax Use
According to Mayo Clinic, the usual starting dose is 0.25 to 0.5 mg, taken three times daily. Your doctor may increase your dosage to 4 mg daily, depending on how well the medication works for you.
What is Xanax Used For?
Xanax treats anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and sometimes depression. It can also be used as a sedative for short-term insomnia relief.
According to WebMD, Xanax should not be prescribed for long-term use due to its addictive qualities.
Dangerous Drug Interactions
Xanax should not be taken with alcohol or opioid pain medications, like fentanyl or oxycodone, as it can cause dangerous side effects. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse in 2020, 16% of overdose deaths involving opioids also involved benzodiazepines. It is also important to tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking before starting Xanax.
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If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use of Xanax, Caron Treatment Centers can help you overcome your addiction and lead a healthier life. Our experienced team of professionals offers medically supervised inpatient and outpatient detox programs, individual counseling, group therapy, and other evidence-based treatment options.