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How to Treat Xanax Withdrawal

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Xanax is known by a generic name, alprazolam. Classified as a benzo drug, Xanax is prescribed to treat anxiety, panic disorders and sometimes depression. It can help calm symptoms of anxiety but the body will develop physical tolerance to the medication over time. Effects of withdrawal will appear once the drug is missing from the system. Learn about detoxing from Xanax and how to treat it properly without putting a person at risk.

Effects of Withdrawal
The greatest effect of withdrawal from Xanax is mental health conditions being treated by Xanax. Rebound anxiety and depression may occur during Xanax withdrawal. Symptoms may be exacerbated making withdrawal harder to treat. The body will go through flu like symptoms at first until the body has time to regulate normal functioning. It may be mentally draining to fix and regulate anxiety levels which go up and down. Taking time off work and expecting challenges with interpersonal relationships is part of the experience until acute symptoms resolve within a few weeks.

Withdrawal Symptoms
Physical withdrawal from Xanax symptoms impersonate the flu. Other physical symptoms can consist of vomiting, chills and sweating. Some symptoms of withdrawal may include:

Panic attacks
Racing thoughts
Severe depression
Speech issues
Treating Withdrawal
The first issue to deal with during Xanax withdrawal are possible serious side effects. The first days should be medically supervised. The first few hours are critical as seizures are common and may occur. A physician can work with individuals to taper medication and monitor early withdrawal. Psychological symptoms of Xanax withdrawal may also occur including paranoia, anxiety and depression. A better SSRI medication will be needed to work on anxiety. A clinical therapist can support symptoms of anxiety as well as a psychiatrist. Mental health professionals can help people work through psychological symptoms of withdrawal. Prescription medication may also be used to help abate symptoms. Teas such as chamomile, rosemary or others may have calming effects on the system. A nutritionist or doctor can support people with dietary or supplemental recommendations.

Tapering is really the best way to experience withdrawal from Xanax. Doctors recommend doing this over a period of eight weeks under supervision. Tapering may take longer than suddenly quitting but minimizes the risks of stopping quickly. Tapering also provides time to find alternative treatments for anxiety and other symptoms. Always consult a treating physician for support.

The PAC Program supports young adults who face recovery. Every person has an individual story and a unique set of circumstances which is where we come in to help support the journey back to health. We are here to help guide you through the process when you are ready. Call us to find out what our programs can offer you or your young adult if you’re facing recovery from Xanax or other drugs.