Xanax is also known by its generic name, alprazolam. Classified as a benzodiazepine drug, Xanax is prescribed to treat anxiety, panic disorders, and in some cases, depression. Xanax works like a depressant and effects the nervous system by calming the physical symptoms of anxiety. But after a while, your body will develop physical dependence to the medication.
When a body which has developed physical dependence does not get its regular doses of Xanax, you can expect symptoms of withdrawal to manifest. But, what exactly is the best way to treat withdrawal when detoxing from Xanax? What are the exact Xanax dependence withdrawal symptoms that you need to be concerned in treating and how? Here, we explore the effects and treatments of Xanax withdrawal symptoms. Then, we invite your questions about Xanax withdrawal at the end.
Effects of withdrawal from Xanax
Usually, the greatest effect withdrawal from Xanax is the underlying mental health condition which Xanax is treating. This is why you may feel “rebound” anxiety and/or depression during Xanax withdrawal. These symptoms may also be exacerbated, making withdrawal harder to treat. But what happens to the body as you withdraw from Xanax?
Your body will go through a period of discomfort much like the flu during Xanax withdrawal; it will take time to regulate normal functioning in your body. Additionally, Xanax withdrawal can affect other aspects of your life. While you are going through physical withdrawal, it may be mentally draining as you work to fix and regulate levels of anxiety. Plan to take time off work (if possible) and expect that personal relationships may become strained as these symptoms begin to affect your life. However, time resolves symptoms and most acute symptoms resolve within a few weeks’ time.
Withdrawal from Xanax symptoms
Physical withdrawal from Xanax symptoms impersonate the flu. Other physical symptoms can consist of vomiting, chills and sweat. Some symptoms of withdrawal you can expect include:
- panic attacks
- racing thoughts
- rebound anxiety
- severe depression
- speech issues
How to treat Xanax withdrawal symptoms
The first concern during Xanax Withdrawal is treating any possible serious side effects. Be sure that the first days of Xanax withdrawal are medically supervised. In particular, the first few hours during withdrawal are critical, as seizures can occur during this time. For this reason, it is recommended you work with a physician to taper your medication and then to monitor early withdrawal.
Next, you’ll need to address possible psychological symptoms that can manifest during Xanax withdrawal such as, paranoia, anxiety, and depression. You may need a better SSRI medication that will work on anxiety, since Xanax is only meant to treat anxiety for a short periods of time. You may also want to seek out a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist so that you can talk through anything that may arise during withdrawal. A psychiatrist (an MD who specializes in mental health) can help you regulate medications and find something else that would be better suited to your needs. Talk therapy can be helpful in resolving underlying contributors to your anxiety. These mental health professionals can also help work through psychological symptoms of withdrawal.
You can also address Xanax withdrawal symptoms using prescription medications. Pharmacological support for withdrawing from Xanax includes the prescription of the medication propranolol which has been said help ease the symptoms of withdrawal. It has an impact on the severity of the withdrawal symptoms but can’t help the frequency or length withdrawal will happen.
Finally, you can treat physical withdrawal symptoms at home. As withdrawal occurs, make sure that you are getting enough liquids and replenishing the electrolytes in your body. You can use over-the-counter-medications from your local pharmacy to treat flu-like symptoms and address body discomfort. Teas such as chamomille or resmary having a claming effect on the nervous system. Seek help from a nutritionist or your doctor for more recommendations on changes to diet or supplements.
Best way to withdraw from Xanax
Since Xanax is used to treat anxiety, it is important that you do not stop taking it cold turkey. There are just too many variables that can effect this type of withdrawal, including complications such as seizure. Working with a medical professional is imperative as you withdraw from Xanax. In fact, the best way to withdraw from Xanax is under medical supervision. A doctor will taper your medication slowly over the course of many weeks. More tapering guidelines include:
- In general, doctors recommended that aXanax taper occur over a period of eight weeks.
- Doses of Xanax should be no more the .5mg every three to four days.
- Tapering may take longer than suddenly stopping Xanax, but minimizes the severity of withdrawal.
- Tapering gives you time to figure out treatment alternatives if you still need to treat anxiety symptoms.
- Let people know what’s going around so that they can support your with withdrawal process.
Xanax withdrawal treatment questions
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