Substance Abuse

Physical Signs of Xanax Addiction

Xanax is a highly addictive benzodiazepine that is most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety and panic attacks. It is easy to become addicted to Xanax even if prescribed by a doctor. Xanax, the most prescribed psychoactive drug in America, is currently the number one.

The number of Xanax prescriptions rose to more than 25 million in 2017. Benzodiazepines (including Xanax) are well-known for their addictive potential. In 2015, there were approximately 8,000 overdose deaths in the United States.

Because many symptoms of Xanax abuse only occur when someone takes more than the prescribed dose, the best way to determine if someone is using Xanax is through the physical signs. Knowing the signs and symptoms of Xanax addiction can help you to get your loved one started on the road to recovery.

The following are the most obvious signs of Xanax dependence:

1. Disorientation and lack of physical coordination

Xanax is used for anxiety treatment by gradually decreasing brain nerve cell activity. However, Xanax abuse or addiction can cause dizziness and poor coordination. This same psychological process can lead to memory loss that can have lifelong consequences.

2. Blurred Vision and Slurred Speech

Xanax, which is a depressant similar to excessive alcohol use, can cause slurred speech and blurred vision. As an addict, these physical signs are easier to identify. This is especially true because Xanax can be combined with alcohol and opiates.

3. Drowsiness, exhaustion

Xanax abusers often feel tired and sluggish the next day, similar to an alcohol hangover. The “Xanax Hangover” is a mild withdrawal. This Xanax hangover can cause headaches, nausea and fatigue as well as a lack of motivation and difficulty sleeping.

4. Withdrawal Symptoms

More severe abuse can lead to withdrawal symptoms. Due to the addictive nature of Xanax many people begin using the drug. This can lead to a dependency and then very painful withdrawal symptoms when they stop. These withdrawal symptoms can occur as soon as six hours after the last dose. This is because Xanax has a very short half-life. Seizures, blurred visions, nausea, vomiting and tingling in the arms and legs are some of the most obvious withdrawal symptoms from Xanax.

Here’s a complete list of signs and symptoms of a Xanax abuse:

  • Drowsiness
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep problems (insomnia)
  • Memory problems
  • Poor balance or coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Increased sweating
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Blurred vision
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Swelling in your hands or feet
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dry mouth
  • Stuffy nose
  • Loss of interest in sex

You may be able help a loved one by being able recognize the signs and symptoms of a Xanax abuse.

Sources

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