Is Xanax safe
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Is Xanax safe?
Xanax is safe when taken properly.
The best way to use Xanax is under the supervision of a healthcare provider, and following exactly the instructions provided in your prescription.
Xanax is safe when prescribed to be taken over the short term, but the long-term use can lead to severe side effects, abuse, or addiction.
Xanax should be exactly used as prescribed by the healthcare practitioner to be safe.
Is Xanax safe?
It is safe when taken in the accurate dosage prescribed to each patient according to his condition.
It is safe when it is not excessively used among teenagers.
It is safe when avoiding the risk of addiction by taking the correct dose in the correct way prescribed by the doctor.
It is safe when the patient is too cautious about some side effects such as hallucinations, aggression, or mania.
If you are dealing with any anxiety disorders or panic attacks, Xanax may be the drug of choice.
Xanax’s generic name is Alprazolam which is a medication that belongs to a group of medications called Benzodiazepines.
Benzodiazepines are used to manage anxiety by their calming effect for patients with anxiety or panic disorders, they may be used for short-term treatment of severe insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, and prolonged seizures.
How long does Xanax take to work?
Xanax starts to work after one to two hours. Patients stop feeling the effect of Xanax a long time before it is eliminated from the body.
Taking too much Xanax may lead to dependence or accidental overdose.
What happens if Xanax used without a prescription?
- Patients who take Xanax by themselves, without a prescription describe the feeling of sedation, relaxation, quiet, tiredness, or calming.
- Some patients complained of memory issues like memory loss for several hours. Higher doses increase the severity of these effects.
Xanax may be dangerous due to its direct effect on the brain, as it acts on neurotransmitters or brain chemicals called GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acids), these neurotransmitters slow down the activity of the nervous system causing relaxation. This can be harmful while long-term used.
If the patient even used Xanax for only 3 or 4 weeks he may also become Xanax dependent due to its strong effect. The patient may suffer withdrawal symptoms of Xanax if he suddenly stopped taking it. Therefore, doctors should limit Xanax doses to the lowest effective dose and limit prescriptions that last for more than 1 to 2 weeks to avoid tolerance that leads patients to need higher and higher doses causing addiction.
The long-term use of Xanax:
The long-term use of Xanax affects negatively general health over time, in addition, it leads to tolerance and dependence.
Studies have shown that the use of Xanax for longer than six months may lead to higher risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
It is dangerous when the patient ceases long-term use of Xanax, leading to mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Sleep problems
- Blurry vision
- Increased heart rate
Some severe withdrawal symptoms may occur such as hallucinations or seizures. In severe cases, seizures may lead to coma or death.
Is Xanax safe when mixed with other substances?
Alcohol, for example, increases the potential of overdose when taken with Xanax, hence it is not safe. Alcohol is like Xanax depresses the central nervous system causing over sedation and relaxation and maybe deadly.
Combination of Xanax and alcohol exhibit symptoms like drowsiness, slurred speech, slow pulse, coordination problems, seizures, coma, or death.
Is Xanax safe during pregnancy?
Xanax is not safe during pregnancy.
During the first trimester:
Months from 1 to 3 of pregnancy are more susceptible to birth defects including cleft lip, cleft palate, …etc.
During the second and third trimester:
Months from 4 to 9 of pregnancy where the baby is susceptible to physical, emotional dependence or addiction, may also cause withdrawal symptoms to the baby. Floppy infant syndrome (weak muscles of the baby and lack of control head, arms, or legs) may occur during the last trimester.
Is Xanax safe while breastfeeding?
During lactation Xanax can cross breastmilk reaching newborns in small doses, however, these small doses may cause sedation or respiratory problems in the babies.
It is advised to avoid Xanax during lactation. Some common side effects may be noticed in the infants receiving Xanax in breastmilk such as drowsiness, agitation, weight loss, lethargy, or they may refuse to feed.
Is Xanax safe for the liver?
Since Xanax metabolism takes place in the liver, the long-term use of Xanax may increase the potential of nerve tissue damage in the liver and liver inflammation. This risk is intensified if Xanax is mixed with alcohol.
Is Xanax safe for kidneys?
Kidneys should not be affected by Xanax even if it is used in the long run. Although kidney function doesn’t play a role in the elimination of Xanax it is thought that impaired renal function may slow down Xanax elimination from the patient’s body system.
We conclude that all studies, experts, and doctors advise people who need to take Xanax to read carefully the instructions and the prescription of the drug and to consult their doctor before starting Xanax and during the treatment too.