Xanax, known generically as alprazolam, is a prescription medication that belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants. That doesn’t mean they make you depressed – rather, they slow down messages in the brain.
Xanax is primarily used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by a healthcare provider.
It’s important to note that Xanax can lead to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms if used for a prolonged period, even at recommended doses. It also has the potential for misuse – Xanax is often abused, alongside alcohol in particular. As with any medication, it should be used only as directed by a healthcare provider, and patients should discuss any potential risks and benefits with their provider.
Xanax is a particularly potent type of benzodiazepine. This means a typical Xanax dosage prescribed by a doctor will be much lower than Valium, for example.
Here are some of the common forms and dosages in which Xanax is typically prescribed:
- Immediate-release tablets — These are standard tablets that release the drug into your system quickly. They come in four strengths: 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg.
- Extended-release tablets (Xanax XR) — These tablets release the drug into your system slowly over time. They come in four strengths: 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg, and 3 mg. Both the short and extended-release tablets are sometimes referred to as “Xanax bars.”
- Orally disintegrating tablets (Niravam) — These are tablets that you place on your tongue, where they dissolve with your saliva. They come in four strengths: 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg.
- Oral solution (liquid form) — The liquid form of Xanax is usually available in a concentration of 1 mg/mL.
The dosage of Xanax prescribed by your doctor will depend on a variety of factors, including the specific condition being treated, the severity of your symptoms, your age, other health conditions you may have, and how you respond to the medication.
Do I Need a Prescription for Xanax?
Xanax is only available through prescription. The reason is that it carries serious side effects and has the potential for misuse and addiction.
Side effects of Xanax include:
- Sleep issues (both insomnia and drowsiness)
- Lowered libido
- Impaired coordination
- Nasal congestion
- Xerostomia (dry mouth)
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Memory loss
- Loss of focus
- Blurred vision
- Swelling in hands and feet
Xanax misuse also brings various withdrawal symptoms, which opens the door to addiction.
Is it Safe to Buy Xanax Online?
Buying any medication online, including Xanax, can be risky unless certain precautions are taken.
It’s crucial to ensure you are buying from a reputable source. Many illicit online pharmacies may sell counterfeit, expired, or poor-quality medication, or may not require a prescription, which can be dangerous.
Before buying Xanax or any other medication online, consider the following:
- Prescription — In many countries, Xanax is a prescription medication. It is used to treat conditions like anxiety and panic disorder, but it needs to be prescribed by a doctor. Misuse can lead to addiction, overdose, or even death.
- Verify the Pharmacy — Always buy from a pharmacy that is licensed and regulated by appropriate authorities. In the United States, for example, look for online pharmacies accredited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) or those that carry the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites seal of the NABP.
- Privacy and Security — Make sure the online pharmacy has proper measures in place to protect your personal and financial information.
- Consult a Professional — You should always consult a healthcare professional before starting, stopping, or changing any medication.
- Understand the Medication — Make sure you understand what Xanax is, its side effects, and its interactions with other substances. Xanax and alcohol, for example, are a particularly dangerous combination. Taking both together dramatically raises the chance of overdose.
Why do People Buy Xanax Online?
People may buy Xanax online for several reasons.
For one, there’s the ease of accessibility – those who do not have access to a healthcare provider may turn to shady online pharmacies to obtain Xanax.
The societal stigma surrounding mental health disorders might also lead some to opt for online purchases to avoid any potential embarrassment.
Additionally, the cost of medications in physical pharmacies can often be prohibitively expensive (especially without insurance), prompting some individuals to look for more affordable options on the Internet.
Lastly, in an increasingly digital age, many people might find online shopping simply more convenient.
Is Xanax Addictive?
Yes, Xanax can be quite addictive. It’s classified as a Schedule IV Substance by the DEA due to its potential for addiction.
This is due in large measure to its withdrawal effects.
Some Xanax withdrawal effects include:
- Panic attacks
- High blood pressure
- Elevated heart rate
Some Xanax withdrawal symptoms are particularly bad, even compared to other benzodiazepines.
This can include things like rebound anxiety, which is when anxiety comes back stronger than it was when a person first started taking the medication. While other benzodiazepines also have this, it’s elevated with Xanax.
Others still, such as psychosis and delirium, are wholly unique to Xanax, making it different from other benzodiazepine medications.
If you or a loved one are seeking help for a Xanax addiction, South Coast Behavioral Health is here to support you.
We offer a full medical detox program to help you detox from Xanax safely. Our program is staffed by caring and compassionate professionals who will be with you every step of the way, with medications available to manage withdrawal as needed.
After detoxing, treatment should involve therapy to treat the potential factors that contribute to addiction, such as depression and anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is particularly helpful for addressing these issues and for learning coping strategies to deal with them.
We also offer a variety of treatment options based on the client’s needs including:
- Residential treatment in Costa Mesa, Irvine, and Huntington Beach
- Partial hospitalization in Newport Beach
- Intensive outpatient treatment in Newport Beach