Tuesday May 26th 2015

Is Xanax a narcotic?

Is Xanax a narcotic?

 No.  Xanax is neither a legal nor a medical narcotic.

Will one Xanax get you high?  Probably not.  But using Xanax use outside of a prescription is illegal as Xanax is a Schedule IV benzodiazepine under the Controlled Substances Act .  Still,  Xanax is not  a medical narcotic. Narcotic drugs are used for pain management, have a high abuse potential and are generally classified as a Schedule I, II or III drugs by the Controlled Substances Act.  More on Xanax as a narcotic here, with a section at the end for your questions about Xanax.

Xanax is not a legal narcotic

Why is Xanax a Schedule IV narcotic drug?

Xanax is a Schedule IV narcotic because although Xanax has a medical use, the drug is still considered to have potential for abuse.  The potential for abuse of Xanax, however, is rather low and has been assigned Schedule IV status due to its limited physical or psychological dependence, relative to drugs in Schedule III.  Still, making Xanax an scheduled drug means that taking Xanax without a prescription or other than prescribed is illegal.

Xanax is not a medical narcotic

The main ingredient of Xanax (alprazolam) is in the benzodiazepine class of drugs. Alprazolam is prescribed for the management of anxiety disorder and can cause central nervous system depressant effects. Once more commonly prescribed for generalized anxiety, doctors are beginning to notice the abuse potential of Xanax. Xanax is now recommended as a short term treatment for anxiety and panic attacks.

Furthermore, the benzodiazepine class of drugs is called tranquilizers or sedatives, since they depress the central nervous system. Xanax is perhaps one of the safest benzodiazepines in terms of addictive potential, but users should still use caution when taking Xanax.

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Xanax narcotic abuse

You are abusing Xanax if you take Xanax to get high. If you are using Xanax as an emotional or mental coping mechanism for dealing with life, you risk both physical and psychological dependence on Xanax. The risk of psychological dependence may also increase at doses greater than 4 mg/day and with longer term use.   But can you die from Xanax?  Yes, it is possible to overdose on Xanax, especially when combined with other central nervous system depressants.

Is Xanax addictive?

Can you get addicted to Xanax bars? Yes.  Xanax can be addictive.

Especially if you are using Xanax to get high. Although Xanax addiction occurs after chronic use of Xanax over time, some people may need to take Xanax on a daily basis. Be sure to monitor your Xanax prescription use with your doctor. And BE AWARE that even medically advised use of Xanax can develop into addiction over time. Furthermore, if you are taking Xanax without a prescription or are using Xanax other than prescribed your risk of Xanax addiction increases. Xanax addiction risk is further increased in people with a history of alcohol or drug abuse.

Should Xanax narcotic classification change?

According to NIDA (the National Institute on Drug Abuse), Xanax is one of the most commonly abused prescription medications, second behind pain medications. Perhaps people believe that because a drug is prescribed and is not a medical analgesic, it is not addictive or dangerous. But according to the National Survey for Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), millions of people aged 12 and older have misused benzodiazepines in their lifetime.

We cannot assume that simply because Xanax is a Schedule IV drug and is “not medically narcotic” that Xanax is a safe drug. Taken illicitly, for extended periods, in higher and higher doses, tolerance to Xanax can occur, with serious effects.  And given the addictive nature of Xanax, perhaps its scheduling should become more strict.  So what do you think?  Should Xanax be more strictly regulated?  Is the Schedule IV classification for Xanax enough?  Your comments and opinions are welcomed and will be published at the bottom of this article.

Xanax narcotic questions

Do you still have questions about the status of Xanax as a narcotic? Do you have questions about the possession or Xanax or how to use it? Please let us know. We are here to answer questions about alprazolam or Xanax. We try to respond to all legitimate questions with a personal and prompt reply.

Reference Sources: Facts on drugs
DEA schedules for drugs
NIDA for Teens: Prescription Drugs

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4 Responses to “Is Xanax a narcotic?
4:34 pm January 13th, 2015

I have been on xnax for about 9yrs. It was given to me to help me quite smoking, well that id not work, but what I did find was it helped me deep sleep. I have always been a light sleeper, hearing every thing all night. Being young it did not effect my health, but now I am 72yr. Since I have been on Xanax I have not even had a bad cold, I believe the deep sleep allows my body to heal it’s self. Now my doctor wants me to start doing all of the preventive tests. I see no reason to spend money on test that tell me I am healthy, I feel like I am being blackmailed. I take no other drugs, prescription or over the counter. Is there a possibility that this drug will be taken off of the market. Is there a federal agency were I could obtain this drug

4:13 pm January 16th, 2015

Hi Shirley. If a doctor advises me to do preventive tests, I would do them. If there is a silent problem I would like to have it discovered on time. But if you don’t feel the need to make all the tests, nobody should be forcing you. As for the medication being taken off the market, I don’t believe it can happen anytime soon. Xanax is still a big business.

6:09 pm January 16th, 2015

Thank you for the information, never being exposed to the drug culture of this world I have wondered why Xanax has such a bad reputation, I can’t even imagine how anyone could use this to get high. I have been on 3MG for about 5yrs now and have not found I need to increase it.
I take 5MG at 8;00 to relax m y mind, then 10MG at 10:00. this allows me to deep sleep until 4;00 I then take 5MG and I twilight sleep un till 6;00. I truly feel the ability to deep sleep is the reason at my age I have no medical problem of any kind and do not require over the counter drugs of any kind. Thank you again I feel safe taking this drug

2:31 pm January 20th, 2015

You are welcome, Shirley. I’m happy we helped put your mind at ease. And thank you for your feedback! Please write us again if you have more uncertainties, we’d be happy to help out anytime.

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