Xanax half life: how long does Xanax stay in your system

Xanax can stay in your system for months, depending on frequency of use. Xanax half life is defined by the amount of time it takes for 1/2 the drug to leave the body. But when is Xanax drug testing safe? And what are the signs of Xanax addiction? We explore here.

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Reviewed by: Dr. Dili Gonzalez, M.D.

How do you take Xanax?

Doctors generally prescribe Xanax in tablet form in doses of bewteen 0.25-2 mg. Total daily dosage of Xanax is somewhere between 0.5-6 mg. This is because medical experts recognize that it is best to prescribe the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time in order to minimize drug dependence and withdrawal symptoms.

Xanax half life: how long does Xanax stay in your system

On average, experts define the half life of Xanax at 12 hours. But Xanax half-life can be anywhere from 6-20 hours. Xanax (the brand name for alprazolam) is a short – intermediate acting benzodiazepine, which means that you can feel the effects of Xanax quickly as they peak 1-2 hours after taking it. However, the effects of Xanax but do not last very long, about 6-12 hours.

Drug testing for Xanax

At the moment, the standard screening procedure for benzodiazepines is unable to distinguish between different kinds of benzodiazepines. At the minimum, it is best to wait for one day before drug testing for Xanax to make sure it is out of your body. But, depending on frequency and length of use, you might want to wait for 3 days before drug testing (for an infrequent user) up to 4-6 weeks for a chronic user before testing for Xanax.

Xanax addiction

The benzodiazepines most likely to be abused are those that are rapidly absorbed such as alprazolam (Xanax). If you think that you might be in trouble…consider seeking help! See what it’s like to seek help from tranquilizer addiction treatment programs and how you can choose the best treatment type, duration, and therapies for you.

If you comment here or leave us an email, we’ll respond via post or video! Let us know if you’re having trouble with Xanax. You are not alone.

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Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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  1. Hi there. I am a 28 year old male. Have been prescribed 1.25 mg of xanax for 3 weeks daily intake. Now i am almost 5 months on the pill. Can get by with.5 or 1mg per day. Used to be a heavy drinker for many years. And had anxiety and panic at very high levels. I am dying to have a few drinks of cognac and such. I am definitely interested in coming off alprazolam. And just become normal again… even though the drug has helped me tremendously. But i feel like i cant get off the pill by myself. Ive tried and not ling ago i went a almost a week without it. Been sleeping it off and withdrawals got so bad i had hallucinations. Tremors and etc. Is there a good way to get off this substance for good with minimal withdrawal effects? Would appreciate your kind response.
    And also my second question.
    It is 1624 right now i took .5 around 11-12 in the morning today. And i really want to drink alcohol. I will not play with it today but do you think i can drink around 8 p.m tomorrow? And not be afraid to die of respiratory arrest?
    I wont take the pill today or tomorrow till evening time?
    So technically that would be around 32 hours after taking the last pill. Do you consider it safe?


  2. OK, I take 3 mg of Xanax at bedtime every night. I’ve been doing this for years and years and years under a physical’s supervision with no problem. I have severe anxiety but it is under control. I went away for the weekend for a family gathering and took my medication last night. When I got up this morning in all the confusion of packing, instead of taking my morning vitamins, I took my nighttime medication so as of now I have an extra 3 mg of Xanax in my system that I should’ve taken at bedtime when I got home from my trip, I fell asleep for 5 hrs and now I’m wondering how on earth I’m supposed to take 3 mgs tonight.

  3. I am 30 years old and 155 pounds and Athletic.. I only took one 1mg.. Alprozolam/Xanax.. how long will it be detectable in my urine?

  4. My question is simple. I take Paxil daily for anxiety. I have a script for xanax to take as needed. Same script of 30 pills for six months now, almost 7. I have 9 left. I have a big fear a addiction to these class of pills. However, I’ve been stressed, extreme anxiety, and took one .5 on Friday. It’s now Monday and need to take again to calm down. It’s a huge help. Should the first dose be out of my system? Again, this is for peace of mind. Any thoughts?

  5. Ive been on Methadone 150 mgs daily 11 years now not plannin get off and now last year or more been under drs care and counselor care regardin it. Jnever any issues. Whats big deal.

  6. I currently have 90 .05 mg of Xanax. I need to get off of this drug. I am 62 years old, never, ever abused it,ttand suffer from anxiety disorder according to the VA. I reached out for help to them to no avail. I need a tapering schedule, before my last pill is gone. please help, I have approximately a month, or less…I am too old to suffer from a seizure. I cannot take it anymore, and the doctors who kept me on these meds are now tell ing me, they can discharge me from their practice?….how can this be. All I did was retire…Now I cannot find a doctor to help me live out my life.

  7. Does severe abdominal cramps have to do with withdrawal or should I seek a doctor? I have withdrawn numerous times from benzodiazepines but always end up back where I started. I have had three seizures in the past but this time I have gotten my hands on some clonazepam to curb the seizures. I am down to .5 mgs in the morning of Xanax. I have not started the clonazepam yet. Any recommendations that do not include another stay at a rehab for kicking this?

  8. If you have been taking XANAX for a while, you can not just stop cold turkey, they are a benzodiazepine. READ UP ON THIS !!! You have to slowly reduce the dosage as per a doctors schedule, even if you have no ‘addiction’ issues. If you are an addict, you need to go to rehab. for sure. This is nothing to toy with.

  9. Hey I was prescribed 2 mg twice a day of Xanax. I break them in half and then break them in 3s. I only take one in the morning and one at night and sometimes only one of them a day. How can I completely get off win no side effects.


  11. I have been on Xanax 1 mg 2-6 pills for 5 years. In sept I started titrating by 1/2 tablet every two weeks. Last nite I took my last 1/2 tan. Since dec I have lost my appetite, nausea, sever shakes, and this morning woke up with burning rash on face and legs. My legs look like they are bruised. Did I titrate too fast?? Are my symptoms normal withdrawal? How long will this go on???? I moved in sept and don’t have a primary care dr.

  12. Hi, I never take xanax but I took half of a 2mg bar on Friday and digit that I have to take a drug test tomorrow which is Wednesday. Should i be ok?

  13. For several years I have been on Alprozolam .5 @ 5 per day to help cope with a very severe tinnitus. I have gradually reduced (last 6 months) to on .25 per day. However, sometimes I need 2 and even 3. After about a year of getting off Alprozolam and down to .25 (typicaly) per day, and doing well, I have renewed symptons of agitation, sweating and insomnia. What do I do now to be off Alprozolam without these negative effects. Thanks.

  14. I’m taking .5mg of alprazolam 4x a day and have been for years for severe anxiety. I do not abuse them and take them exactly as prescribed. I’m worried I may be addicted. I’m not sure if it’s the anxiety coming back or withdrawal symptoms when I try not to take them. How can I tell the difference between withdrawal and anxiety? Thanks

    1. Hi Kenneth. It is difficult to tell the difference. increased levels of anxiety is one of Alpazolam withdrawal symptoms. The occurrence of anxiety might also mean you’ve developed tolerance to alpazolam and you may need to switch to another medication. However, to be 100% sure about this dilemma I suggest you consult your doctor and tell him/her all the symptoms that you are experiencing.

  15. Sir, My as is 59 years.Since last 20 years I was takes 5 mg per day alfrazolm.But since last 3 month I am quit from this habit slowly.At present I complitly out of this habit.
    But at present I face following troubles.Pl.give me advice what can I do .
    1) No hunger
    2) No test of food
    3) Sleeping problem
    4) Nosiya
    5) Lose muscular
    Sir, I take Aurvedic treatment for quit Alfrazolam addiction.Above problem is normal but when I quit complitly? At present I am in financial problems.So some time I wish to take again Alfazolam.
    But I cant do.
    regards & waiting for advice

  16. I have been prescribed Xanax for approximately 3 years. My Rx was recently stopped due to my Dr. leaving the area. While I wait to get another physician, I am currently without a prescription. I am on probation and was wondering how long Xanax stays in your system with long-term usage?

  17. OK so I know for a fact that 2mg will be gone out of your system in 2 to 3 days if you force fluids, note: you don’t have to make yourself sick!! We’re not talking gallons were talking several glasses of water and whatever beverage you like, some caffeine is ok but avoid large amounts as caffeine is a natural diuretic and you could potentially dehydrate yourself causing the very thing your trying to avoid (a positive) to happen. Some of you have asked about abruptly stopping a benzo, NO!!! It’s not ok!! Withdrawal from xanax and other benzos will cause you to have Grand mal seizures, one of the very things it is sometimes used to treat! Generally when a good Dr. Is going to take you off he will titrated with a barbiturate…slowly replacing mgs of the benzo with the barbiturates and then will start to lower the barb. As well. Now i know all this because I attend a methadone clinic and we are FORBIDDEN from using xanax and other benzos unless we have a benzo letter which is harder than hell to get and my U.A.’S are highly scrutinized using very advanced lab testing! We’re talking the preverbial “fine toothed comb” people! And doing what I’ve stated above I have passed the U.A. no problem…. Voila!

  18. I was prescribed 2mg of canes a day, but I only take it when I really need it maybe 2 to 3 times a month.i took it at night and the next day I drove into a tree and totaled my car.is it possible that the xanex caused it?

  19. I took a 1 mg Xanax on Thursday morning at 5:30 a.m., I have a dr appt (tomorrow) Monday at 10:30, will it be out of my system by then. They do a quick dip to check for benzo or anything else that should not be there. I am not a frequent taker of these just every once in awhile. Before that, I had taken a couple at the first of the week. So will I pass my test tomorrow?

  20. My friend slipped a half of a white xanax bar in my drink and I have a drug screening tomorrow will it be out of my system in in one day

  21. I’ve been taking a blue football 1 time a day for about twelve years. I do not sleep with out them?? Any suggestions of how to sleep and warm off of them

  22. have new doctor who is taering me off of xanax which ihave been on for about a year and up to 4 mg. a day. I hae been taking benzos of different kinds, ativan then klonopin than xanax for up to 15 years continuously. I don’t feel “addicted” psychologically and can see the wisdon of going off but having trouble taering and don;t like the doctor and afraid to tell him i am having a major time trying to taper. Acvcording to the pharmacist it is slow enough but still having trouble. I took klonopin only once a day and had no problem, but used to taking 4 times a day and can tell when I don’t have it. I would prefer to go back to a longer acting one, like klonopin, but afraid to ask the doctor., and taper down from there. what do I do. I have a major anxiety problem which has lead me to suicide attempts many years agp, and this whole thing is freaking me out.

  23. My my current girlfriend is checking into treatment in 3 days and has been up for about 4 days on amphetamines needs to go to sleep so she can become cool collect and hopefully pass a UA to get into the impatient now I’m recommending Xanax .5 mg to help her relax to fall asleep while on these methamphetamines will she be able to pass the UA with this and or help her sleep or is this an all around bad idea

  24. I have been taking Alprazolam for last 10 years. 12 tablets per day 6mg.How can I get rid of this medicine addiction. Please help. And I want to know that may I die for it if I continue the medicine?

  25. The drug tests today can absolutely 100% tell the difference between which benzodiazepine you have taken. So if you have taken Klonopin they can tell that you have taken Klonopin if you have taken Xanax they can tell that you’ve taken Xanax if you take an Ativan they can tell that you take an Ativan. They absolutely can tell the difference between the different types of benzodiazepines in urine drug analysis test.

  26. I have been taken Xanax for 9year’s started with 1mg but now it’s 3mg I am 64, I tried to stop before but had terrible withdrawal’s,I never knew that this drug was so addictive. I am confused and don’t know what to do about it.Hope you’re able to give me some advice, thank you.

  27. I took a quarter of a 2 mg zanax about 11 pm last night and now I am called for drug screen before 4pm today. Will I pass the test? Will I pass if I wait till tomorrow to go take the drug screen?

  28. Hi,

    I’m on my 17th day of xanax withdrawal. I went cold turkey and like your article states really started becoming uncomfortable day 5. Withdrawal has been miserable but also relief bc I know that drug wld cause a certain early death. I was taking 5 2mg xans a day 12 the most. Any idea when I will be able to sleep. Ur symptoms are on but mentally I’m self conscious and I hate not being sharp. When will I sleep? Thank you..Ricky

  29. I’ve taken 10 green Xanax bars. Will they be out of my system June the 6th at 3:45? I’m prescribed clozopam too… But would it be out of my system. I’m 5’4 and 123 pounds please let me know. Thanks
    I also go to a suboxen clinic

  30. I have used Alprazalon for 5 years. I cut my dosage from ..5 to .25 about two weeks ago. I went off of it 2 days ago. Can I start taking .Melatonin 10 now?

  31. Have been on xanax for 20 years , Never abused the drug always taken as recommended by dr. Am experiencing high anxiety, can I take my 0.5 mg every 4 hours? Afraid of od?

  32. Hi I’ve been taking alprazolam ,only at night for helping me sleep, how long does the withdrawal last , and I think it’s caused me to have Ed, how long before I’m back to my self, please help me

  33. Hello, I was just wondering and one off my firends has been taking Xanax diazepam and Zopiclone I don’t the he mixes them and only takes eather 1/2 mg Xanax or 10/20mg diazepam or 7.5/15mg Zopiclone a night (not every night but can be a few in a row) and I now he always try’s not to take too many nights in a row and give a couple night rest in between, but I was just wondering how many nights in a row you can take benzos before you will start experiencing W/D?

  34. I have been using .25 MG of xanax for over a year now and although I am not mentally addicted to it I feel like my body has become addicted. Is there any advice you can give me. I feel like crap every day. Thanks

  35. I have been abusing xanax for a few months now… I am currently making calls to seek treatment, but I am worried about withdrawal because I take so much.

  36. I’m taking .25 MG if xanax everyday and .50 MG every night per doctor orders. I have anxiety really bad and all those other pills I can’t take but I want to stop taking so much of this pill. I have tried cutting them in half but the withdrawal was awful. What can I do?

  37. I want to quit Xanax at the moment I’m taking 2 mg every night and sometimes I mix it with alcohol, I need to stop ASAP

  38. What could I do to help me get off Xanax when I’m a chronic user like I use xanax everyday and in a day I use about at the most 4..but some times I don’t even take that much sometimes I will take less like about 3 or maybe even 2.?.but how could I decease and get off of them without feel withdrawals or a panic attack..? what would be the safest and eisest way to get off within a month hoping it will only take a month.?.No sure if it will take longer or not..And also if there is any kind of healthy remedies I could use to help get ride of my addiction..but also also I have a lot of stress in my life and deaths that I’m trying to cope with witch doesn’t help my addiction …????Thanks a bunch..

  39. Benzos should only taken for a couple of weeks at most,I abused them for years,stopped recently after a diazapam taper,felt shit for 3 weeks,had to change bedding and sleepwear twice a night for those weeks,didn’t eat and lost 10 pounds,was sick,you get constipated from them,they affect your bladder and muscle tone,sex drive,testosterone depletion and a fuzzy mind,cognitive function is screwed,they will eventually be discontinued by doctors as they get In trouble if they prescribe too many,could lose licence.I know plenty of people who are fucked up after years of heavy use..I loved them but I just had to stop and did after some bad withdrawl.Learned the hard way.They fuck you up.

  40. Ive been taking xanax for a couple years along with my blood pressure meds once at night to help with my high blood pressure and severe stress. Would it be wise to stop the xanax abruptly. Thanks.

  41. I was on zanaz for about ten years and a year and half ago had to go into a horrible hospital to get weaned of, have not taken until now. My new Doctor put me on .25 4 times a day to be used when needed. .25 does not work and I don’t want to get addicted again I have major anxiety. Is there anything else I can take instead, I and doing Cognative Therapy but just started. your reply would be appreciated. Shirley

  42. I took 2 Xanax 2 hrs apart on yesterday in order for me to have a MRI done at 6:30 pm yesterday and today I am still a little discombobulated and sleep; so my question is, “Is this normal?” By the way I’m 4’7 and 100 lbs.


  44. I have a question, I have been reading a lot of different things on the internet about xanax. I took 1in a half 2mg bars on a sat and 2 bars on a Sunday. I haven’t taken anything Monday Tuesday today is Wednesday… I’m not a chronic user I use xanax once in a blue moon. Would I be able to pass a urine test by Friday or Monday? Pease need advise

  45. Dr for many years dropped me because I take oxycontin. My worry is that he told me NEVER EVER suddenly stop my Xanax. Would this be considered a life- threatening emergency?

  46. I’ve taken 2 bars n i have another I will end up taking. It’s Monday Jan 9 2016. If I have a UA it’ll either be this Thursday or Friday which I’m not worried about due to the fact I’ve been bringing in fake pee. But if I have one on the following Mon. That’ll be day 7. So if I have one on mon. I still have fake pee if I have one then.
    So the question is….how long do y’all think it can take. I’ve read about the half lives of benzos. I know xaxax has a short half life. I haven’t been abusing them (not like I was 10 yrs ago )but every now n then I like to take em bc I have crippling anxiety. I should have been on them OVER TEN yrs ago but I wanted addies smh so I never told the Dr the ptsd I experienced as I was embarrassed. I got into heroin in 06 started shootin up 2 yrs later. In oct I will have 5 YRS CLEAN FROM HEROIN N ALL OPIATES. Anyways. . . What do y’all think? If I DON’T have one this Thursday or fri. If I have one mon. I’ll def bring in the fake pee. Ima drink a ton of h20 green tea n cranberry. I’m not a reg. User I wasn’t on a binge either. (Not like the old days BY ANY MEANS). Any answers will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

  47. Please help me?? The other night I was very depressed. I found my husband xanax 1mg. I swallowed a handful( maybe 24 ) pills.. this happensThursday evening around 8:30 p.m. I feel lightheaded and dizzy when I bend over , stand up and even getting out of bed. Is there long term effect from this

  48. I am about to run out of my Xnanx script 0.5 mg 3X day it was filled on the 12 of this month.I will be out around the 25th.I been on benzos for 3 months I’m terrified I have horrible anxiety what do I do? I simply need a increase in my dose extreamly to about 6_8 mg day I have to take more than The 1.5 mg prescribed a day or ill freak out I don’t wanna withdrawl I have about 20 something pills left I get my refill on the 9th of December

  49. Hello i have a question about xanax drug testing. I took 2 of the 1mg tablets and 2 more 1mg tablets on friday. I had a urine test a the methadone treatment center I go. The test was on tuesday morning and I’m not a frequent user of xanax. Would I pass the urine test u think.

  50. I am a girl I weigh about 130 I have a fast metabolism I don’t often take Xanax but is there any detox that can get out of my system within a day

  51. Hi My Name Is Mikaiella On August 6 It was My First Time Taking A Xanax. I Took A Yellow Xanax Pill …The Whole Bar and I Have A Drug Test Coming Up On Monday August 29, Will I Pass? What Should I Do

  52. If you take 4 to6 .millagrams of xanex on Sunday I don’t take them all the time but I have a urine test on the 29th do you k ow if will show up

  53. Hey guys. I took .25 on sat night. I havent had any in about 4 months as i went to an inpatient program to get off of it. (Took about 10 mg per day for 3 yrs) i have a drug test in about 3 days, took pill 2 days ago. I CANNOT fail this drug test. I feel stupid for even taking it and am terribly nervous i made a huge mistake for fear of failing the drug test. Should i be so nervous? Help. Thank you!

  54. Do you know if 26 ng/ml is a high amount of xanax to have in your system if you have been on them for 2 years and take 3mg. a day?

  55. I take Xanax four times a day for anexity and panic
    Disorder I have diabetes had a heart attack 14yrs ago started off with .50 twice a day now I take .50
    4 times a day I think I am addicted cause I can’t get
    Through the day or night without them U had an attack of vertigo 2 weeks ago when I was down to 3 a day so now I am back on 4 who do I see to try and get off them I am 71 yrs old can I just keep taking them

  56. Lost my clinic due to insurage coverage reasons. Same one ive been going to since 10 yrs old. Now im 35. And same one i was on many scripts at. Thete was one in particular and its most important to my well being was xanax. Anywy since stopping cold turkey i cant deal with the anxiety, panic attacks, etc. So ive been getting them from other sources and now running out. I dont know how else to get them asap. Running outta luck!!??!!?? Plz help. Thx
    ♡▪BTW not interested in criticism as its not help, which is what im on here seeking 🙂 HELP…

  57. I am on 250 grams 3 times a day how long between times should I take one I have already taken 3 today 12 o clock 2 o clock and 4 20 today

  58. how difficult would it be for me to go down to 1 1.2 mgs xanax day from 3 mgs day after 27 years of taking this med, i will be running a little low til my next refill, dont want to go thru withdraws?

  59. If I have taken 1mg a day of Xanax for around a month or a little less how long would it take to be out of my BLOOD not urine????

  60. If I have taken 1 mg of Xanax a day for about a month how long would it take to be out of my Blood not urine????

  61. Im taking about 16mg of xanax a day. I want to get off it but dont know how to taper without withdrawl symtoms. I also think that its draining my energy, i cant stand lnger than 15 minutes. I just went trough withdrawl from oxicontin and ambien and its day ten and i still feel terrible. Im afraid i have PAWS but i dont know if its that or the xanax.

  62. I just wanted to know if by taking a u.a. Test for my p.c.p. And she gives me xanax n narcos and then she wanted a u.a. N just to see if the medication she subscribe for me if I’m taking it in in alcohol ? & drug ? addict on recovery for a very long time but I have chronic pain in my lower back plus I have deppression

  63. I have taken 2 mg xanax a day for 10 days. Now I find out I have a pre employment drug test coming up soon. How long before it’s undetectable? Anyone know? Thanks

  64. I have taken alprazolam .25 mg for about a month (1 at night). I go in for a interview today and may get hired for employment and have to do a drug test today possibly tomorrow. I urinate a lot during the night and some during the day. Will it show up in a drug test

  65. I have a urine test tomorrow. I took a 1/4 xanax bar lastnight and 1/4 saturday. Im pretty much gonna fail rightm

  66. hi i dont know but need some answers im 215 5’5 im not frequent user. just took a 0.5 mylan grneric for xanax thursday and have a uds wednesday. i am just trying to see if its out of my system. like im nervous

  67. Hello i was taking different mg of xanax that wasnt prescribed to me i was never diganosed with aniexty i took it as a party drug i been on it for 4 years and just recently got off i explained to my doctor my problem with focus and feeling drained i explained to a doctor about my abuse they just said see a shrink i did and didnt feel any better i been clean a month now my girlfriends says i shake in my sleep i dont know what this means i go to doctors they say my heart is fine im going through withdrawal sum days i feel great sum i dont i need answers on what to do i just want to be back to my calm cool self who does’nt panic everytime im n the mall or unfamilar places i havent thought about taking anymore i just to go back to normal being able to work have fun and workout

  68. I’ve been taking 2mg Xanax for almost a month and I have a drug test in 3 days…if I stop taking it cold turkey today will it show up in a urine test and will I experience any major withdrawals after only using 2mgs a day for 3 weeks or so?

    1. Hi Hunter. Xanax doesn’t clear the body as quickly as many other drugs. In fact, Xanax can be detectable in urine for up to 6 weeks in heavy users. Plus, alprazolam, the main ingredient in Xanax, takes a long time to absorb in the body, so even small doses can be detectable for over a week.

  69. I go to a methadone clinic. I took 4 milligram of xanax Saturday the 2nd. I had a drug test on the 5th. I take kalopians which I’m allowed it shows up as benzo when they send my drug test off. Can they tell the difference between if it was xanax or just benzos?

  70. I have been taking zanex every night for at least 4+ years. Prescribed by my doctor. Stopping cold turkey. Is there any side effect of withdrawal from this medicine. I just don’t want to be dependent on it anymore to sleep

  71. Hi,i am given bu my Dr. Klonapin but my purse was stolen so my husbands bosses wife gave me Xanax 2 milligrams i took 4 a day for 3 days until i could refil my medicine. How long will the xanex stay in my urin? I have a drug test coming they said it was just a normal drug screen panel ,not sure what that means. But i am a plus size woman and im 40 years old . So im wondering how long will these xanex stay in my urin ? Thank you

  72. hi my name is Cassie, i have been prescribed Xanax for a long time now and i just went through detox for them about 3 days ago i have been taking 0.5 everyday to help with the withdraw since the detox was only a 5 days program they would give you Valium every 2 hrs the first day ,4 t he next and ,6,8,12 n so on hours as the days progressed n not everyone knows that Xanax withdraw gets worst as the days go on so by the third day of detox i was walking the floor so bad i was getting charlie horses in them for hours since i would walk the halls for hours upon hours! At the detox place you get discharged at either 7:30 or u can ask to be discharged at 5:30 am as well and of course i took the 5:30 one n had my regular leaving clothes on at 3am and was ready to go because i could not stop walking.I came to this website to see how long my levels would stay down n how i could possibly stop taking them all together but the withdraw can last up till a month this drug is truly horrible and i had a prescription took them like i was suppose to “for the most part” and i still with drawled like i was some junkie off the street i would high recommend anyone going through what i went through to please go get up, im not talking just detox i mean i just put my body through hell n im still using because the withdraw doesn’t go away as fast as a heroin with drawl or even a alcoholic(which mind you i have never been through that one so i wouldn’t know but what i have seen n talk to people they started feeling better after the 3rd day and like i said 5th day i was still hurting like it was my 3rd day!

  73. I haven’t taken xanax in about 5-6 months. If I took 1/4 of a 2 mg bar, how long do you think it would take to get out my system? I’m 6’0 and 170 pounds. I also work out and run a mile daily

    1. Hi, Greg. Xanax can be detected up to 3 days after the intake for an infrequent user, and up to 4-6 weeks for a heavy and/or chronic user.

  74. I had just recently got into a fight with an ex.. To where, I took over 37 xanex, snorted actually. I lasted, I woke up… Thank god. But I didnt wanna wake up.. If that makes sense.. I went to school that morning I woke up and had complete withdrawl, I went crazy.. I had to be removed from the building. I’m 15, and I struggle a lot with addictions, not just xanex, I smoke weed, constantly. Like I need it. I just wanna be sure that I can do this. Alone or not..

  75. How difficult would it be to discontinue taking 0.5 mg xanax 3 times per day? What would be a suitable tapering program? Thanks!

    1. Hi, Gene. I suggest you speak with a professional to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule just for you. Good luck!

  76. I have been on generic xanax for 13 years or so on and off, now they want off and to switch me at night to klonopin. Afraid i am cutting xanax dose myself but am aggitated, have a lot of stress i my life am 58 years old , two months away from 59. Not been on really high doses, but i feel bad. Have alot to do, and need operations and such also. Also have Insomnia , bad.
    Please help with any knowledge you have of these drugs. Klonopin has a warning of losing consciousness . I dont need to fall cause have severe upper spinal stenosis . Also raising grandson.

  77. I took a sip of xan juice on a Friday morning and have a home test that does test for benzos on Sunday night. Literally like 1-2 drinks of it not much at all. Do you think I will pass?

  78. to STEPHANIE:1 last thing. when u go to the emergancy room n talk to the doctor its a muist u tell them u go to a methadone clinic. n that u just been lucky taking the xanax aroind the drug test time. but u got caught. and if u get caught 2 more times u get kicked out! but u need a prescription of something anything but bot benzo unless ur clinic allows that if a doctor priscribes it. but do this! thats the best private safest way! cold turkey is not! rootin away n being depressed n ur stomach hurtin bc u gots to use the bath room. i knoe ew ew. but it feels l;ike labor pains,it hurtys,but thats part od the with drawl symptomss,and the nausea/vomiting./and u cant eat u dnt have an appatite becauase your so sick. & you dont want to be seen in that kind of condition! so heed my honest word,go to EMERGANCY ROOM at the hospital.TO TAKE XANAX FOR A YEAR THEN STOP THE WITHDRAWLS CAN B DEADYLY AND VERY PAINFUL. PLEASE GO NOW TO EMERGENCY ROOM SO U CAN SEE A REAL DOCTOR FAST! i’ll be praying for u! & pray for yourself as well ok! & b careful who u tell all your buisness to people are snitches and the councelors r tattlers to they dnt help! just pl go on to the EMERGANCY ROOM.N TALK TO A REAL DOCTOR. n get a prescription off something thats good rthat will help u with the painful with drawls/ sincerily-a gaurdian angel-

  79. for u stephanie-continued message- theyll give u a priscription to help u with the symptoms! sum clinics allow benzos as along as they are prscribed by a doctor. i dont know how your clinic works. if they dont allow that.tell the emergancy room doctor that what ever he gives it can be anything but benzodiazapine. i go to a methadone cllinic to,i know all about everything! this blog herere wont let me write everything i want to,so i have 2 b breif! but for privacy n help. go to the emergancy room n talk to the doctor. hell probably give u something in an i.v there. but just tell the doctor u want a prescription of something that will safely get the detox/withdraw away safely! i hate that word detox! well do it asap u need that methadone. u dnt need to get kicked out! got to the emerg.room n tell the doc n hell give u a script thats ur best options.n any clinic they call if they duid and asked if u go there ur clinic cant give out that info! but be honest/ or u can leave out a few details. but i would be honest jus leave the fake pee thing out. lol!

  80. stephanie:this is for you- GO TO THE EMERGANCY ROOM at the hospital & tell the doctor every thing that should matter.again ur clinic wont know! i think thats the fastest best way.u can leave out sum details if u want but,make sure u tell em u been taking xanax for a year and now u stopped bc u dnt want to get kicked out ur clinic. & u dnt want to do it cold turkey bc its dangerous & they know that & u want to know can they give u a prescription for A safely withdrawl/detox process

  81. I know i am late on this thread But to any of you that are thinking of taking any Benzos please discuss this carefully with your Dr Xanax is not something you want to even attempt to take trust me its a devil drug I took it from 2001 to 2006 started out 1 mg two times a day for two months then 2 mg three times a day next thing i knew the addiction set in Everybody always say they will never get addicted but Xanax is the other way it makes you feel like you have no worries at all i ended up quitting cold turkey after i started taking 40 to 60 a day yes you just read that right they almost killed me i was in the hospital for over 6 months hallucinations, Psycosis and suicidal set in after the withdrawel peaked in about 3 weeks i was so scared i could barely walk my world had came apart i did not know what was real i would not wish what i experienced even on my worst enemies so please do not take this medicine

  82. Hi, ive reaxently took 2mg of xanax white bar at 2:30pm sunday, and have a drug test on wensday 9:00 am for court, im a active person and eat healthy and weigh 176 pounds, my question is will i be able to get this toxin out of my system by the time im drug tested. Please get back to me as soon as possible. Thanks

  83. I took 1/2 of a 1 mg Xanax. I took it to see if my chest pains are panic attacks, and the pain went away. I took the Xanax Sunday. I weigh 400 lbs. I drink A LOT of water about 50 oz every 2 hours while at work (cashier). I am obviously sedentary. I also have a water pill that I take daily. I had a drug test today, would it still be in my system today? Wednesday.

  84. I’ve been on 4 yrs only before bed I started at .5 now I’m at 1.25 and I’ve noticed all of the sudden 20 hours after ( 4-5 hours b4 bed time dose ) I’m getting wds symptoms I tried to cut my bed time dose to just 1mg to head back down to .5 again. I’ve done this before without any problems. Now I have problems:( today I took .5 4 hours b4 bad and I will try .75 before bed hoping not to go up just split it up a little to get relief

  85. I’m not a frequent user at all but I took one 4 mg xanax yesterday (sept 18) and have a drug screening on Sept 21. I was wondering what I could do to get it out of my system to pass the test.

  86. hi i took only half a xanax on tuesday i may have a drug test between friday and monday , would i be able to piss clean, what would be a good way to accelerate the process to get it out of my system , i am a big guy so I’m kind of worried although I’m a first time user.

  87. Can you guys recommend any rehab facilities that could help my brother? He is a long-term Xanax addict that NEEDS help.. He’s been using for approximately 3 years now and it just continues to get worse. Mood swings, irritability, sleeping a lot, violent, feels sick sometimes, probably from withdrawling.. He is becoming a person I no longer want to be around and I’ve done everything in my power to help him, he’s been to a detox facility for 5 days, 3 times. Always manages to manipulate the system and get out earlier then he should. I would just like to know of a good rehabilitation center and how else I could help him. I don’t know what to do anymore 🙁

  88. Hi I need quick info on xanax during the last two months ive taken 3 school bus xanax bars (yellow bars) how long will it take to get out of my body. How long will it be clear in my urine and blood?


  90. I recently found a bunch of 1 mg Xanax from when I was a kid (7 ears old They worked ). And when I man a bunch I mean a bunch. I binged taking up to 10 mg a day. For four weeks will I experience withdrawal. Or should I walk away. Thank you

  91. I am on probation and accidently took. 5Mg of xanax thinking it was my celexa. I called my po then I immediately threw up will it still be in my drug test? Can you do anything to clear it out faster?

  92. Taken xanax 18 years..in a nursing home 55 . I was taken off of xanax and diagnosis with wks. I started taking it again and memory came back. I had 8 cysts removed from nose and three teeth pulled. Talk about drainage on my middle ear.

  93. I see a pain specialist. I’ve been prescribed xanax .5. Sometimes I take more. My appt is tomorrow. Last time I took any was this morning. Will my urine test show I’m taking more than I’m supposed too?

  94. If I snorted a 1 milligram klonopin would it come out of my system faster vs taking it earlier, I get tested once a week probably around Tues and today is Sunday. I took two 1 mg tablets Saturday evening… should I be in the clear for that test?

  95. Hi I’m actually just wondering how would I be able to get alprazalam prescribed I have always hated pills and still do but it seems like when I take a xanax when I feel my anxiety going off the roof and it really does help it makes me actually able to conversate with people with out being anxious n act helps me get motivated to do stuff like a lot a lot I have stabbed myself one time just cuz I was panicking n did not have anything to help I would also like to be able to get them prescribed because I am honestly getting them from a friend and I have a son and family and don’t want to lose them over something that actually helps because I know that’s illegal I live in a small town and would just like to get help I don’t abuse them or nothing I get drug tested once a week. I also have seizures too n when I tried to stop them cold turkey I got a few seizure’s. But anyway ANY advice would be appreciated I don’t want my Dr to think I’m using them for wat they say on the bottle.

    Thank you and sorry for the long msg.

  96. I took 5 .5 Xanaxs Saturday night and I have a drug test Tuesday will I be okay or should I wait till wednsday it was my first time taking them

  97. I took 5 .5 Xanaxs Saturday night and I have a drug test Tuesday will I be okay or should I wait till wensday it was my first time taking them

  98. I have been taking 2mg of Xanax three times a day for 10 years. I want to graduate off. I break them off a fourth when trying to get off but seems to just waste it. If I take a smaller gram amount but whole smaller size it seems to work better. Breaking the larger does not work. Can a doctor prescribe me same mg but with a larger number of one milligram.eg for 3 twos can I get 6ones

  99. if I am pregnant and I have you done it throughout my pregnancy but I stopped and I’ve taken at least 2 in the last 2 weeks will I be okay will my baby come out dirty if I just stop taking them now and I’m not due until the 10th of August??

  100. I am breastfeeding and haven taken Xanax since I found out I was pregnant. I would like to take 0.5 mg of it so I can travel on vacation (can’t ride in the car without it). How long after taking it can I breastfeed? I was thinking of giving my baby a formula after couple of hours (he’s 1 month old). Is the drug going to be in my milk after 5-6 hours?

    1. Hello Nevena. While after a single dose of alprazolam, there is usually no need to wait to resume breastfeeding, a shorter-acting benzodiazepine without active metabolites is more preferred for breastfeeding mothers.

  101. I took 3 bars of 2mg on Sunday 7/11/15 but then the next day I took a bar of 2mg and I took some powder of Xanax and I have a urine test on 7/16/15 how do you think ill do ?

  102. I have extreme panic attacks last Friday I was completely freaking out I haven’t done drugs in four months but I asked a friend for a 1 mg pill hoping that that would work anyways it did not I went Sunday to the hospital for help but failed the drug test over this how long will it take to get 1mg out my system if I’m 220 lbs female and why did I fail that test??

  103. I have a friend she took three xanx today she she goes get a drug tests in 4weeks is don’t do them really at all this has been her fist time in years will she bee OK

  104. I have been on Xanax for 8 years started at .25 mgs as needed it helped back then then I took myself off the meds for 3 years. A year and a half ago they gave me predisone for a sinsus infection never explaining the side effects to me I was at work had the worst panic attack of my life thought I was dying completly terrifying so they put me on 1 mg 3x a day and it was helping now I’m at 3 and a half to 4 pills a day and still feel anxious and panicy I’m seeing a counsler a theripst for cbt therapy and a physciatrist nothing is working I hardly leave my house it’s gotten so bad are the pills making me worse? I want to eventually get off the benzos but how when I’m so consumed with fear and panic please help me anyone that knows what this is like. Thank you.

  105. If alprazolam is prescribed for a patient by a physician, does a positive drug test for it even matter when seeking a job?

  106. Does chewing Xanax create a problem or help in quicker absorption? When a panic attack comes, I need to head it off quickly.

    1. Hi Greg. Chewing Xanax is not recommended, plus taking a medication in any dose or way of administration other than prescribed is considered abuse.

  107. I took 2mg of Xanax last night, and I have court tomorrow morning for a weed charge. I should also be drug tested tomorrow. Do you think I will be good to pass the test?

  108. Hi i took a half of xanax yellow bar may 15th im 5’2 and i weigh 112 . . . I have a probation urine test on May 26th at 10am will i be clean by then please help me ??

  109. I’ve been on alprazalam 20 yrs. Now drs don’t want to prescribe it to me anymore and just recently found out why since we have Google an the net. Drs. Have told me my pains were an are fibromyalgia when in fact they are not. I had no idea how harmful this pill is. I also had taken this through my last ptegnancy. I had a little girl born with hydrocephalus. Could her condition have been caused by the use of alprazolam during pregnancy? What can I expect as far as being ok physically and mentally short an long term? I tried to commit suicide because of chronic pains that drs.claimed to be fibromyalgia and I learned over time this was not the case. Still going through hell.

    1. Hi Cheryl. Can you ask your doctor to keep prescribing your medication as he is gradually tapering you off. Plus, you will need some kind of pain management while you are getting off the alprazolam. Anyway, quitting cold turkey is stressful and can be risky and I advise you seek doctor’s help while detoxing.

  110. I have been on 2mg of xanax for 16 years & took it once a night as prescibed by my Doctor,never abused it.Would i be addicted to it? Even though my Doctor is tapering me down & i am on 1mg now for 4weeks.

  111. Im 51 and have been abusing benzodiazepines for about 10 years I weigh 175 lbs. I sometimes binge on them when I have a lot of them how long does it take to get off these? Im might lose my job of 15 years if I don’t.

  112. I have monthly drug tests and this last test the day prior i was given an iv form of valium for a spinal injection i had. and my dr. called and said my benzo metabolite was high and wants to see me in 2 days, and seems mad. Could this have caused an influx in the test that would show as if i took more than i would have been prescribed? They kind of seemed like I’m in trouble when they called but they wouldn’t tell me anything over the phone

  113. My doctor has just informed me that they will no longer prescribe ANY controlled substances for me as I tested negative for Xanax. I had taken one 0.25mg tablet about 4-5 hours earlier on the day of my appointment, and I averaged at least one a day if not more regularly. How could I have tested negative? Now, they won’t prescribe my Ambien which is what I am the most concerned with. I do drink and urinate excessively because I am having an as yet diagnosed problem with my mouth that includes extreme dryness. Could that be why? I know there is no way I can PROVE anything to my doctor at this point, but is there anyway I could at least show her that there MAY have been a reason? Thanks for your time

  114. I have been trying to stop taking them my Dr said I shouldhave been out of them and nonthing in my system I take noro 10 mg also so I should hE nothing in my system and I have both taking them for 8 years now but I am sick mean dizzy after the 3 week my heart hurts they said I had a stroke so when I feel this bad I have to get one from someone I am almost scare it’s killing me I don’t like myself so can it cause heart attacks or a stroke

    1. Hi 74429. I believe you are in need of professional medical help and monitoring. Call your doctor, s/he can assess your state and further examine you, or refer you to a someone in your area that can help. Did they give you anything to help treat the withdrawal symptoms?

  115. I don’t know if il addicted to xanax or not and I sometimes take 0.5 three times a day or two but what I know is when the effect disappears I fell awful and I have headache and maybe seizures also I smoke if if I stop suddenly will I die cause im a tachycardia patient thank u

  116. I take 0.5 mg at HS and want to stop.Been taking daily for 6 months. Can I just cut back to 0.25 1/2 tab then go to every other day after a week or so?

  117. I take xanax .5 tid for generalized anxiety disorder. Lately I have been taking four .5 tablets at once bid. I don’t do this daily, just when I want to sleep. Am I heading for trouble?

  118. I have been taking .25mg once a day, sometimes I’ll take a 2nd .25mg before bed. I’ve been taking them less than a month. If I stop taking them now will I suffer withdrawals and to what degree? I’m 55,healthy and have anxiety, panic attacks and lately trouble sleeping. can I just stop taking Xanax and not suffer from it.

  119. I’ve been taking xanax for over a year for nausea,which I have all the time. I take a pill 0.5 every morning to help me eat. And I take another one late afternoon. I was on 3 pills a day one before each meal. But got myself down to 2. I am trying to get myself down to one . What is the best way? I’m taking them for anxiety and nausea.

    1. Hi Mary. Did you see a doctor before you started lowering doses? Your doctor can help you create a tapering schedule and also prescribe other medications that will help you treat and manage withdrawal symptoms. The general recommended decrease is by 0.25 mg off the daily dose every 2 weeks.

  120. I took two . 5 mg xanax almost 2 weeks ago and that was the first time in like 3 years id taken any, i h a d a urine test yesterday. Do you I’ll be ok or should i start looking for a new job?

  121. I took 4 mg of xanax four days ago during an all day panic attack. I have a urinalysis screening for probation this coming Thursday. I am not a regular user and have not taken xanax in a ong long Time. Will I pop positive on thursday? If I do… I’m going to jail for a year. I haven’t been able to get a straight answer, please help

  122. I take 1.5 mg of diazepam only a daily basis. I recently took a one time dose of a 2 mg xanax. I’m am scheduled for take a toxic screen urinalysis for pain clinic in 2 days will this show up? This was a one time dose but have been taking the diazepam years regularly with other pain meds due to anxiety and failed back surgery.

  123. yes they can tell hom much is in your system and the feedbacks saying they are out of your system by 24hrs is false ,trust me

  124. i take xanax once a week and i take about five 2 mg and it stays in my system more then a week and the doctors says its high potent so they knew i took a fair few

  125. I took 8 2ml bars sat and sun n tue took 45 1 ml kpins then wed and thurs combined took about 30 2ml bars and have to take a quick cup mon morning at 9..im 5’5 150 ..I drink plenty of water and have been taking charcoal caps..do u think ill pass Monday morning?

  126. Hi Butterfly. The recommended initial dose of Xanax is 0.25mg to 0.5mg, taken three times daily. That is every eight hours of the day.

  127. Hi Gary. It’s very difficult to overdose on Xanax if it’s the only drug taken (not mixed with ay other illicit or prescription drug, or alcohol). The main complication related to taking too much Xanax is central nervous system depression, drowsiness and impairment of judgment, and excessive tiredness and dizziness that may put you at risk of accidents. If mixed with other medications, Xanax can cause a slowed heartbeat or breathing problems.

  128. i took one alprazolam tab. @ 1mg how long will it take to get out for a pee test. my weight is 108 @ 5 5. thank you for your help

  129. What would you consider a chrinic user? I had taken 2mg xanex 3xdaily for 2days…..how long will it take to get out of my system??please respond asap….i have a drug test on jan 7th and i need to know if it will be out of my system by then because im seeing all over the internet that it can take up to 30 days!

  130. Hey,
    I have a friend that takes Valium and xanax too often for no reason just to get that high feeling and escape, he’s slowly trying to get him ween himself off it, I was hoping to get some advice or tips to help him through it, what I should and shouldn’t do, to support him and what he should do to get off it completely.
    Thanks x

  131. I need help !!!! I take 10mg of Xanax (5 bars) every night . I have went through the WD and felt like I was at the peak of sezing out . No sleep for weeks. I mean weeks. It cost my around 30$ a night . I am sick can someone please help me .

  132. Hi Ameka. Xanax, like other benzos, is a dangerous drugs during withdrawal. It can cause seizures, tremors and can adversely affect breathing and the respiratory system. So it’s not recommended to detox at home. If you are planning to taper her, it’s generally advised to do it over the course of 8 weeks to minimize the withdrawal symptoms. Dose-decreases of Xanax should be no more than .5mg every three to four days. Still, consult a doctor or a pharmacist before you attempt anything, and if they give you clearance to detox her, be prepared to call for medical help if necessary.

  133. Hi Colleen. Have you tried talking to him? A calm and open conversation can take you further than you might expect. If he shuts you out, there is another option. You can drug test him, it may seem as an unethical suggestion, but it’s the only way to know for sure.

  134. Hi I’m a practical nurse, I have a patient who is on xanax. When I got the job she did have it at her bedside , but now I take it up because I start to read up on it and she was overdosing herself . Now she is very addicted to it, she is paralyze so she can’t walk. How can I detox her at her house

  135. What should I look for I have found some facebook message that my son is sniffing xanax bars and no one will help me or even look at the message what should I do or look for so I can take him to hospital next time I think he’s on the xanax thank you

  136. How long will 1mg of xanax stay in my urine? I’ve read around 3-5 days. I’m about 6 foot and 130-135 pounds, if I drink a lot of water i should be safe to pass a ut in a week?

  137. Hi Stacy. 2mg are OK to be taken only once a day, or the total dosage taken throughout the day can add up to 2mg. More is not recommended even if you have high tolerance to the drug.

  138. I’ve been taking xanax for a little under two months now. Got up to five bars a day. How long will my detox be? I’ve been off 9 days and have real bad anxiety. Thanks!

  139. I am 5’9″, 208 lbs – female. I’ve been prescribed (blue) Xanax for sleeplessness due to taking prednisone. I was diagnosed with a sinus infection and just want to sleep through it. I’ve taken 1 mg early am and 2 mg about 5 hrs ago. I want to go to bed but can’t. Was thinking of takibg 2 more mg, but don’t want to overdose. Is this safe?

  140. @Will: Sorry in the delay in getting back to you, but just seen this post..(My question was a one-time fluke, bcuz i dont take Xanax like that, but my blood test went fine, thank you “Ivana @ Addiction Blog”).

    So my topic to answer your question is Suboxone, I have been taking it for 3 years, (I get 1 1/2 a day), and thats what i take. i’m going to start weaning myself off subs too. (I want too).

    When you quit “cold turkey” how much did you take a day? (You should have weaned down to atleast a 1/4 every OTHER day before jumping or LOWER), to get your tolerance down & make it more tolerable. I have heard from many people (and a local detox place) that xanax & klonopin will help your transition.

    You also have to remember that with the ‘addict mentality’ there is a high percentage that’s just mental (not physical), So when looking at your last script of 30, think that these are gonna help get you thru, (try to break them in half) or take as least as possible. try to change your mental view of both drugs.

    The symptoms you feel will be worth it to you, just think they are temporary for the greater good. You weren’t forced to do this, you chose too. So for whatever your reason was, stick with it.. Don’t give in.. you CAN do it.. Millions of other people have went thru the exact same thing, and they made it okay & quit. (remember there is no ‘1 more time’) for you.. when your done, your done.

    I hope atleast one sentence in here helped you.. Good luck @Will.

  141. Hey guys, I just found this site snooping around the Internet. I have currently been voluntarily getting myself off of Suboxone cold turkey that I have been on for over a year. It’s been a week today, and the only thing that helps is xanax and Klonopin(both of which I have). I want to get off everything but have been diagnosed with general anxiety disorder and panic attacks. Sometimes I’ll try to go a few days without taking any bentos but feel super anxious, have had tunnel vision, fatigued, along with other side effects. I only have one more refill of 2 mg xanax left of a quantity of thirty. I need to figure out how to taper off so that I don’t suffer adverse consequences from weaning off too quickly.. Any advice? Thanks guys and girls!!

  142. Hei, guys, can anyone answer my question, please. I was a chronic user of xanax, I took 1.0-1.5 mg for almost a year. I stopped taking them 4 weeks ago suddenly because I felt good doing so. I will get a urine test in a week or two, so 6 weeks will have passed until my test. But a week ago I took 2mg of xanax. Do you think is there any chance that it’ll be noticeable in my system?

  143. Thank You Ivana, While researching you dont see much on blood tests, mostly everything is urine tests, (sorry), but the truth.. I wont make another mistake like that again.. it was a one time thing.. I’m too scared to lose my suboxone.. it’s been my lifesaver.

    Again Thank You.

  144. Hi TJ. If you only took 0.5mg of Xanax it should be out of your blood in a few days. If 10 days have already passed I’d say you are safe. Good luck to you!

  145. I have been searching the internet and i cannot find an answer for my specific situation.. Which is..

    I am on suboxone, so i dont take ANYTHING else.. (too scared too)..

    Well 10 days ago a friend offered me a 0.5mg yellow xanax (alprazolam)(normally i turn down anything like that, but i was feeling panicky that day), I havent taken one in years, i have to take a blood test (not for drugs, he is my primary doc too).. but still worried he will see it, its not urine, its blood work..

    it was 10 days ago, i am a 6 foot male, 150 pounds, pretty fast metabolism, will it show in my blood ?

  146. I think that maybe if I don’t take my Xanax I get an upset stomach . I have been sick a lot lately but it seems like if I take half of a 0.5 mg it gets better. Could this be possible?

  147. I will like yall help I been taking them for some time know and my doctor did not give them to me I want to leave them what’s the best way ?

  148. Hi Joyce. For most people it is safe and ok. However, you should alwys keep in mind that it’s only a temporary fix, and that some people have side-effects from using Xanax. So, I’d not recommend just taking the med, not without doctor’s perscription.

  149. This site is wrong! Xanax is a class 4 drug but it should be a class 2, I’ve been on high doses for 4 years and I’m horribly addicted, even though I’m on a low dose now trying to get off I’m having withdrawl symptoms, I feel like I’m dying! Do not take Benso’s! they put you in Hell!

  150. within the past 8 days ive been taking 2-3 2mg Xanax a day I have a drug test for probation in 13 days from now. will I pass? im 6’1 260 but im healthy and athletic and not fat just a big man.
    is there any thing I can do or drink to get Xanax out of my system? I would really appreciate a response back.

  151. I take 4mg of xanax a day. It keeps me from having panic attacks, which are absolutely terrifying.
    I’m afraid the 4mg a day will not be enough and I feel the need to increase because my panic attacks have become more frequent. And I’m starting to become afraid…

  152. Hi I’ve been taking xanax 3 to 4 times in some weeks for over a year At night to help me sleep and some times in the day especially when I’m due my period I may take more because I get very hormonal and stressed, and think I might be addicted now. I want to stop using them but fear I may be at risk of seizures and scared I won’t be able to cope with my stress levels and be able to sleep, could I be addicted? I wasn’t prescribed these by my doctor I buy them from a chemist, any advise appreciated 🙂

  153. I have been taking 2mg xanax 3x a day along with 1 1/2 8mg suboxone. Some Dr’s say its OK to combine the two medications while others say its a fatal combination. I’ve had no problems yet but I’m still concerned about the long term. If anyone has any facts on this combination please share you knowledge. Thanks and god bless

  154. Been on xanax for 18 years they diagnosed me with wks I am 54 in a nursing home. They quit giving me xanax .05 120 a month.
    I was OK when I first co of hopial.
    Do u think I am having benzo withdraws 18 year

  155. go to health food store and tell them ur having trouble sleeping. They will reccomend a variety of teas and supplements that are all natural. sleep well!

  156. Quit taking xanax after 18 years benzo took libruim 53 in a nursing home. I think having benzo withdraws can I be having withdraws. I need help

  157. i use alot of xanax for anxiety, panic attacks. depression. i sometimes get insomnia when i dont use, what should i take to help me sleep and get rid of the habbit

  158. hiya i took 2mg of xanax on friday I found out my grandpa died very upset and that was on 7/18 I have a drug test on the 26th so i took them friday and have one 8 days later saturday the 26th do you think ill be fine I weigh 116 pounds im about 5’9 I have a super fast metabolism im just nervous because its for my suboxone and if i fail for benzos its an atomatic kick out im just worried cause its really helping me stay away form heroin

  159. Was sleeping 5-6 hrs before Xanax. Had anxiety. Used Xanax for 5 days .25mg as prescribed by dr. Stop 2 days ago now sleeping 3 hr increments. Can’t stay asleep longer. Still feel somewhat rested but concerned of side affect. When can I go back to 6 straight hours if sleep? Do I need to worry?

  160. It takes at least 24 hours before you start getting withdrawells from Xanax and that’s period !you take 1 mg 3 times a day one at 8 am 1 at 2 pm and 1 at 9 or ten pm well that’s like 9 hours before your next dose ? ??

  161. I have been taking xanax on a prn basis for about 15 years. I have recently been diagnosed with Lupus, RA and the Epstein Barr Virus. I have seen a rheumatologist that won’t give me anything for joint pain just prednisone 10 mg tid so I have been taking the xanax to relax. What shall I do?

  162. I think my hubby is addicted to snorting xanax and his pain pills together. I can see a different type of personality in him. He admitted that he was crushing the pills. He said for the second time that he wouldn’t do it anymore, but I think he is lying so that I won’t leave him. He is an alcoholic but he cut down on alcohol since doing the pills. He is also on a bunch of other medications. Also, I think he is mixing with Zyrtec too.

  163. I had a anxiety attack and took 1mg of Xanax on Sunday at 2pm. I have not taken a Xanax for 3 months. I then had to test for a doctor on Monday at 10:30am. Monday morning. Do you think it will come out positive?

  164. hi am not a chronic user of xanax but have been taking it for panic attacks for an year now. I have tapered from 1mg to .25mg. this low dose do well for me control my palpitations, and anxiety but during panic attacks I normaly switch again to .5 or 1mg. currently I am taking .25mg xanax after every three days. am also taking melatonin supplement 3mg daily at night for sleep. the major thing which i can not overcome is “feeling my heart”……..tachycardia and palps freaks me out…..inderal does not bode well with my system….i dont know what to do with this i am afraid of returning back to 1mg dose once daily. and above all am not sure whether melatonin is good for me or bad …..it does work but i have heard that it narrows the vessels and increase heart rate……not sure about……by the way i face attacks of anxiety during night.

  165. I took 2 therapeutic doses of Xanax almost 5 weeks ago…i get drug tested soon n it is sent out to lAb so do u think it will b detectable still?

  166. markus

    6:06 pm January 13th, 2014

    I have been on xanex for 9 years ..I take 3-4 mg a day. Because og heavy narcotic use in my area my Dr. decided to giveme a urine test (which is understandable….To my amazement I get a call to come back to the office to discuss the urine test. He told me I have no detection of the benzo in my system what so ever!!! I was floored, how on earth can this be? There is no way sense I take the amount I told you about religiously …He said I was not taking them and the test proves it, “the test don’t lie” as I was told, it made me feel like a drug dealer…The test was examined in a lab….please help if you can , im
    overly confused

  167. Hi,
    I have been on xanex for 9 years ..I take 3-4 mg a day. Because og heavy narcotic use in my area my Dr. decided to giveme a urine test (which is understandable….To my amazement I get a call to come back to the office to discuss the urine test. He told me I have no detection of the benzo in my system what so ever!!! I was floored, how on earth can this be? There is no way sense I take the amount I told you about religiously …He said I was not taking them and the test proves it, “the test don’t lie” as I was told, it made me feel like a drug dealer…The test was examined in a lab….please help if you can , im overly confused!

  168. I have used Xanax for 12 years and have been wanting to get off benzodiazepines for a long time. I switched to Ativan a week ago and have been tapering down. I am also about to start Buspar to try ad manage my anxiety. In two dad I will be off benzos completely. Am I on the right oath or headed for destruction? Help, please…

  169. Oh and with those “Charcoal Caps DO drink alot of water,about a quart with every 2 pills,it helps clean out your system better taken with water.

  170. For everyone worrying about getting a positive result from a drug test for Zanax what is proven is to take over the counter “charcoal caps” 2 every 6 hours for at least 3 days before the test. The “charcoal caps” act like a filter in a fish tank and clean out your system quickly. I was taking 3 bars a day for years & passed my test with “charcoal caps” taken as I directed earlier. Urin tests or swab tests you will pass IF you follow my directions. You can buy the “charcoal caps” in the gas & bloated stomach problems place at walmart,K-mart,Walgreens,etc. It’s all natural & if you do as I say you can stop worrying and worry about making it to work on time.I learned about them from a drug abuse state president & he was right 30 years ago & it still works today in dec 2013.I just passed my last swab test friday with a 3 day warning so go get them NOW!!

  171. Hi Ricky. Absolutely. Call 1-800-662-HELP to be connected with the Drug Abuse Hotline, a government number that can connect you with local and state programs that help you treat addiction. If you reach out for help, be ready for the universe to respond.

  172. Hi Chanel. After daily dosing, your body automatically becomes chemically dependent on Xanax after a few weeks and you can expect to go through withdrawal symptoms upon cessation. This is an expected outcome, and is one of the reasons experts recommend very short term use of Xanax. But addiction is different than physical dependence.

    I’d suggest that, even though you’re taking Xanax as prescribed, you report this behavior to your doctor. You can take a quick assessment for drug abuse to get a feel for whether or not you’re taking Xanax correctly. A brief intervention at your next MD appointment can really help you determine what to do.

  173. I’m prescribed 2mg per day of xanax. I use to only take them as needed but now I feel the need to take it “just because”. I don’t want to become addicted because I know that it happens to a lot of people. I would never take more than prescribed, but my problem is that i take them daily sometimes to just simply feel the effects. Am I at risk for addiction or withdrawl? Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated.

  174. I took 4mg of Xanax, two bars as I believe they’re called, exactly 7 days before I will be taking a state administered urine drug test. I have never used Xanax before that’s the first and only time and I am five foot and 95 pounds. Will I pass?

  175. I have a fiancee and she has been in Zanax for a while now…she works from 6 am till 3 pm taking care of kids for a lady while the lady is at work.she tells me on the fone that she feels so tired and will fall asleep some time in the day…when I ask u why she answers cuz she has taken zanax. .then all of a sudden she disappears and I try hard to call her but she never answers my calls for one and a half hours always..after one and a half hour she statrs ansering my fone calls again…and says she was sleeping and couldn’t hear my fone calls..so is it really cuz of this zanax that she falls so deeply that cant even hear her fone ringing for hours?

  176. I take 1 mg twice a day prescribed by my doctor for over a year at a certain time every day, now its seems its not working and have to take another one, there putting me on paxil 20 mg and lamotrigine 25 mg and then are going to slowly wean me off Xanax once the other meds kick in ive thought of switching to klonipin it has a longer life span ive got anxiety attacks hope this all works

  177. I have taken 0.25 mg. for 4 mo. mostly one half a day, sometimes the o.25 dose. I want to get off of it…My dr.says it’s a baby dose & I’m not addicted & I can just quit without worry. I have noticed lately when I don’t take one half for maybe 6 hrs. I feel light nausea, fatigue & other symptons I have read about. It usually goes away if I take the half. I have anxiety about pretty much every thing & that’s why I’m on it I want off &try a natural remedy..what do you think?…p.s. I actually have had alprazolam since 1997 but only used it for things like going to the dentist, getting on an airplane &things that I called big. A prescription of 60 would last 3 to 4 mo. and longer. Now it seems I use them for a crutch…thank you for listening &I would like your advice

  178. If you are on probation and you have a prescription of Xanax on file with your probation officer… And u write it down on the paper before your urin test…. Will they test you for itt still????

  179. i took a 1mg and then half of another 1mg pill after a night of drinking to help me fall asleep. i slept 11 hours and when i woke up im still feeling the affects of these xanax pills. its making me feel very relaxed and uncoordinated. its been 12 hours since i took them and thats the lifespan for effects its supposed to have. i dont understand why im still out of it . its making me nervous and actually feeling anxiety because i feel so out of it and not normal. i really hope it wears off by tomorrow because i have to work?

  180. I’ve been taking xanax everyday for almost a year and I also go to the methadone clinic. obviously ive been hiding the fact that ive been taking them to the methadone clinic, they give you monthly UA’s & ive been using other peoples pee in order to pass. welllll, i got caught using the pee. the clinic has a zero tolerance for benzo use & methadone. the particular clinic i go to has a rule that if you give them 3 consecutive benzo filled urine, they will “detox” you. the methadone clinic saved my life!! i CANNOT lose it! i so far have given them 2 dirtys in a row, im NOT going to take them anymore, so my question is how am i going to get this out of my system? & fast! cuz they do randoms also so it doesnt neccessarily mean ive got 30days to get it out. HELP!! if i lose my methadone, I WILL LOSE EVERYTHING!! i’ll end up back on the streets hangin with the wrong crowds etc. I also heard that detoxing off of xanax is harder than detoxing from heroin if thats the case I am NOT looking forward to that,cuz i cannot stay laid up in the bed cuz im a stay @ home mom with a 15month old baby. SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME WITH SOME GOOD ADVICE

  181. Ive been on xanax for about 5/6 years now and recently(a month ago) decided I wanted to stop taking the drug because it wasnt getting me any better, in fact i was getting worse. I was perscribed 8mg a day and for the last month I dropped my intake to 4mg per day. What I was wondering was is cutting my doseage in half, tapering to fast. Ive felt fairly good the past month and was about to cut my dose down by another 25% for another month and so on till I was off the stuff. However Ive been reading horror stories about people stopping to quickly and the awful side affects so I was hoping for some input from you and or your readers

  182. Lee

    I am also on methadone and am 23 years old. I have been on methadone for about the same time as you and actually was almost off it once at the point of 8mgs but thats neither here nor there lets get to your question.

    Honestly it does suck going without methadone for a day and yea that same sort of situation has happened to me before except I was sick and threw up the methadone right away literally.

    But saying that methadone stays in your system usually more than 24 hours, honestly a lot of that “severe withdrawal” you are assuming going through is basically thought up. Yes you will feel something of course but I can guarantee you 80% of it is in your mind. Just try to focus, take hot showers and what now.

    If it comes down to it your doctor will have no sympathy because even though your story is true many many liars see that doctor in the course of a day, which sucks but well we got ourselves there. I’m not sure what you can do. If its more than 3 days you should be fine, otherwise wish for the best or come clean. But I’m thinking your going to be fine, 1mg of xanax is such a small dose.

    And yes it sucks getting yoru carries taken away. I’ll have posts like this and more on my blog for getting clean from methadone and clonazepam.

    oungadultaddict[dot]blogspot[dot]com article about benzos i wrote.

    You have to realize your mind is blazing a huge part in your methadone

  183. Hey, quick question. I’ve been on Methadone for about 5 years now and I JUST recently, about 3 months ago, stopped smoking pot, which was a big success for myself and it also allowed me to “phase up” to ‘phase #2’ at my local methadone clinic that I go to. Phase #2 means that I only have to go to the clinic 5 days a week, instead of 6 days a week.. and I get 2 take-home doses instead of just 1. My problem is, is one of my bottles leaked (fell onto its side) while it sat in the refrigerator and I have no idea when it fell over. Anyhow, the problem is.. is if I go even one single day without methadone, I start the cold/hot sweats, the chills.. and the worst part of it is, is I CAN NOT SLEEP, period!

    So what has happened is.. is I took a 1mg white Xanax bar this morning because its the only thing I know of that I can take, that will let me sleep tonight and also keep the severe methadone withdrawl symptoms at bay until tomorrow morning, which is when I go back to the clinic. I would have gone today, but they’re closed because of Martin Luther King day.. or whatever it is.

    I know they’re going to hit me with a UA this week.. but I have no idea what day they’ll hit me with it. Knowing my luck, it’ll be tomorrow or the next day.

    My main question is.. is how many days will it take for the Xanax to completely leave my system? Because if they UA me and they see that I have a benzo in my system.. they’ll phase me down back down to phase #1 and it’ll take me ANOTHER 3 freaking months to get back where I am now, at phase #2.

    If anyone can help me out with this.. it would be greatly appreciated. More than you probably realize.


  184. I took 3 2mg of xanax within a months time. The last pill I took will b seven days tomorrow. I may have a drug test this wednesday or thursday. I have drank a lot of cranberry juice and water during this time. Need to know for sure if I will pass? Thanks for any help!

  185. Hi Kim. It sounds like the long term use of Xanax combined with a sudden withdrawal provoked a seizure episode. In fact, there have been a number of reports of withdrawal seizures upon rapid decrease or
    abrupt discontinuation of Xanax tablets, so much so that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires a special warning about Xanax withdrawal and seizures on the drug label. You can read more about this side effect of stopping Xanax suddenly and send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch or by phone at 1-800-332-1088.

  186. i was taking xanax 10 mg from last 5 years one day i did not have any bendzopines and i had seizure they took my hospital every thing was normal but they said ur EEG Abnormal and put on seizure med can any body tell me when u take toomany bendzoines it becomes abnormal or i really have seizure disorder pls give me comments think u

  187. Hi Judy. Thank you very much for sharing this warning about the dangers of long term Xanax use. I hope that your experience can help someone going through something similar or to avoid it!

  188. Please be aware of the side effects of xanax. I had been taking this drug for many years and decided to quit. I ended up hospitalized after having hallucinations and very strange dreams. I spend one whole day driving around not knowing where I was, who I was or where I was going. Lucky for me I ended up at my daughters work and she took me immediately to the hospital. If you are on this medication do NOT get off of it with out dr. supervision.It will take you on a trip you will NEVER forget.
    Judy Halsey

  189. Hi Brock. One time use of Xanax can stay in the system for weeks, so buy a home drug test for benzodiazepines and test yourself before you plan to interview and possible be drug tested.

  190. Ive recently been faced with a lot of stress with finding a job and a breakup with my longtime girlfriend. A friend gave me 2 mg of Xanax last night to help relieve some of the stress and anxiety. Its the first I’ve taken something like this in a long long time (years). Although I slept well on it and my nerves ae not shaken anymore I’m concerned that I didn’t have a prescription for it. I’ve got several interviews in the coming weeks and I’m fearful that it show up on a drug screen. I don’t plan on taking it again, either. Unless things get worse and i go to a doctor for his recommendation and course of treatment. Thanks

  191. I was prescribed xanax (1mg three times a day) – it was a large dose an although I did not take it but only about 1mg daily for about a month, it completely clouded my brain. I stopped taking it about a month ago, yet still notice cognitive and memory impairment. I am very worried about permanent effects of this, but have read it could take 4 months or so for this to wear off (if it isn’t permanent).

    Do you think it is permanent or just some residual effects of the drug in my system?

  192. Hi Jake. Absolutely. Just take the Rx for Xanax to the lab and show it to the Medical Review Officer. The lab may make a copy of the prescription and keep it on file, but you will have provided medical excuse for having Xanax show up in your system…the resulting test should be NEGATIVE for misuse as long as you are taking Xanax as prescribed.

  193. Hello Beth. If you suddenly stop taking alprazolam (xanax), you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as seizures or shaking of a part of your body that you cannot control. This is why experts recommend that you withdraw from Xanax under medical supervision and sometimes inpatient treatment at a clinic. So, you may want to consult another doctor for a second opinion!

    It can take some time for chronic Xanax use to be totally metabolized by your system (4-6 weeks), but the acute symptoms of using Xanax should no longer be present. So, I’d suggest that you also seek a diagnosis for constant dizziness as being a symptom of another cause.

  194. Any benzo Is dangerous to stop cold turkey the side affects u mentions are right so it can even couse death that’s y if you go to jail or something they will tapir you down only drug they will do this for so I def wouldn’t stop cold turkey but you only need a very small amount to keep from they harmful affects

  195. I have been taking .5mg of xanax once a day for 2 1\2 months to help with anxiety. I want to stop taking due to a constant feeling of dizziness. I asked my doctor about withdrawl issues and seizures. He said I could quit cold turkey. My last .5mg dose was 36 hours ago and only experiencing anxiey, dizziness, and headache. Should I still be worried about a seizure? Do you feel I should get a second opinion? How long will it usually take to get out of my system so I know if xanax is the route of my constant dizziness. Thank you.

  196. Hello Melissa. Acute intoxication from Xanax should typically end within 12 hours after ingestion. However, it sounds like you believe that your brother made a poor decision while under trial and could have been influenced by drugs. I’d suggest that you consult with a lawyer to learn more about appealing a court decision if this was the case.

  197. My brother has a substance abuse problem. On Monday at 9:30 he took 9 2mg xanx. He had court that morning also. They put him in jail until that Wednesday and brought him back to court at 9:30. He signed a plea bargain for 5 year for a crime that someone else committed. Would he have still been under the influence of the medication at all?

  198. Hi Debra. You definitely need medical supervision when weaning from one drug to another. Withdrawal from Xanax can be dangerous! Please consider your MD’s advice and seek professional experience from a psychiatrist. S/He can better answer your questions than I.

  199. is it okay to switch xanax to lorezapam? I am down to .5 of the xanax, but my doctor only wrote my script last time for .25 and i was take 1 to 1 1/2 mg a days. my doctor wants me to see a shrink, which I have already done several times in the last 25 years. I have been on both medications I hate them but not as much as I have living with chronic anxiety, I don’t think my doctor understand, on how to wings someone off the medication,, plus it’s a waste of time, because I have to get back on it Help Me! the doctor’s here do not care

  200. Hi John. If you are a chronic user of Xanax, it can be detected a month or more after last dose. If you are an occasional Xanax user, Xanax is usually out of your system in a few days after last dose.

  201. hi i have been taking about .5-1.5 mg for the past few days and havent taken it prior for maybe 2 years. I have a test in about 30 days. Should i be worried?

  202. Hi J.

    Standard drug tests for benzodiazepines are unable to distinguish between different kinds of benzodiazepines. And this may be the reason for the confusion.

    Restoril (temazepam) is in the same class of drugs as Xanax and is a benzodiazepine hypnotic agent. When Restoril is metabolized in the system, it basically remains intact. However, the main ingredient in Restoril, temazepam, is also a minor active metabolites of diazepam (Valium). But the drug screens are not that precise.

    Have you reported use of Restoril to the doctor in charge of drug screens at the laboratory? If you are using Restoril with a prescription and can present your doctor’s Rx, you should be able to request a review for normal, medical use and eventually test “negative” for benzo abuse.

  203. Im5’3 I weight 110lbs I took a corner of a bar it was the 2mg it was the yellow Xanax than I took two more bar the next day I have a drug test april the 19 I drink a lot of water and green tea this was bout two week ago have not took a Xanax in bout a year or more will it be out of my system by april the 19?

  204. If i took 1 mg of xanax yesterday and took 1mg today and was very active. How long would it take for it to be out of my system? Would it show up if i had a drug test?

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