Xanax is a powerful benzodiazepine that is frequently prescribed for the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorders (GAD), Spasm and Indisposition. When Xanax is used in high doses or for a long period of time, it is extremely addictive. Withdrawal happens when one who is physically addicted to Xanax suddenly stops taking it. Without a benzo, an addicted person cannot function or feel normal. They also experience physical pain and psychological disturbances. Xanax has some of the most dangerous withdrawal symptoms compared to other benzodiazepines. Xanax leaves the body faster than longer acting benzodiazepines which can cause sudden and severe withdrawal symptoms. Having very short half-life, Xanax takes very short time to penetrate through and leaving the body. Due to this property Xanax causes emotional and physical dependency than other benzodiazepines.
Xanax withdrawal symptoms
Xanax should be used only for short-term use as it has a higher addiction potential. It has been experienced withdrawal symptoms in some people after they take Xanax for a few weeks. When an individual who is physically and psychologically addicted to, Xanax tries to stop using the drug, he or she may go through the symptoms of withdrawal which one should do under the guidance of a medical advisor as the effects of withdrawal can cause serious negative consequences.
The most common symptoms of withdrawal from Xanax are as under.
- Blurred vision
- Increased anxiety
- Uncontrollable trembles
- Noise and Light Sensitivity
- Muscular cramps
- Brain fog ( feelings of mental confusion or lack of mental clarity)
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
Xanax rebound effects
Rebound symptoms will be extremely severe when you have been taking Xanax for recreational use. Rebound effects may include anxiety, spasms, and sleeplessness. These rebound symptoms usually disappear after about a week but many times, the latent disorder require the advice of a medical practitioner.
Xanax withdrawal duration
Xanax is a fast acting benzodiazepine. Its effects are felt sooner and are quicker than another benzodiazepine. Withdrawal starts when the body and brain are deprived of the drug. Hence, withdrawal can start in a few hours and it may last for more than a week. In few cases, it may be noticed up to two years after giving the drug up which condition is known as PAWS (Post –Acute Withdrawal Syndrome) or protracted withdrawal.
Timeline of Xanax withdrawal
FIRST SIX TO TWELVE HRS: One can start experiencing anxiety and irritability which often gets worse throughout the Xanax withdrawal period.
FIRST TO FOURTH DAY: Rebound anxiety and insomnia are at their peak during these days. Shaking, muscular pain and perspiring are also common. Xanax Withdrawal symptoms begin to decrease in intensity after the fourth day.
FIFTH TO FOURTINTH DAY: The symptoms of Xanax withdrawal may lessen at this time. So you can expect something less bad. But anxiety and insomnia may still bother you.
MORE THAN FIFTEEN DAYS: For some people, continued Xanax withdrawal symptoms may be seen and may fluctuate which can last up to two years.