Understanding the Risks and Side Effects of Xanax
Unlike some other drugs that are commonly abused, Xanax does have some legitimate medical uses, which can make getting off the medication and getting treatment a complicated endeavor. For those with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Xanax can be a game-changer, helping people with severe anxiety and panic attacks get their lives back and function in society once again.
Unfortunately, the use of Xanax and other benzodiazepine medications is not without its dangers. Like every other prescription drug, Xanax can have some unexpected side effects, including:
- Insomnia and sleep disturbances
- Memory problems
- Increased risk of falls
- Memory problems
What Is Xanax?
Xanax is the brand name for alprazolam, a powerful drug that is often used to treat anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. For those who suffer from these conditions, the use of Xanax can be a blessing. Still, when misused, the drug can be problematic, causing several harmful side effects and setting the individual up for dependency and addiction.
If you have been using Xanax for a medical condition or on your own, it is essential to know the warning signs. Some unusual side effects can result from the use of Xanax, including easily missed symptoms like memory loss and problems with balance. If you recognize any of these signs and symptoms, it is vital to seek help as soon as possible, and WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab is here to help.
There has been a marked rise in Xanax use and abuse in recent years, driven in part by increased mental health diagnosis and treatment. And while it is undoubtedly good that so many people are now seeking treatment for their anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns, the sheer number of Xanax prescriptions in circulations has made abuse almost inevitable.
That abuse often starts innocently enough, with those prescribed Xanax sharing their extra pills with their friends and family members. Those friends or family members may be experiencing the same kinds of depression and anxiety, and they may think that taking a few pills will make them feel better.
That may seem innocent, but it can be perilous. If you have been using Xanax without a prescription, it is vital to seek help, and the help you need is just a phone call away at WhiteSands. There are real risks to this kind of Xanax use, and the sooner you seek assistance, the better off you will be.
Side Effects of Xanax
Whether you are using Xanax under a doctor’s orders or have been experimenting with the drug on your own, it is important to recognize the potential for side effects. Just like any other kind of drug, Xanax can be dangerous when abused, and you may experience the following side effects:
- Dizziness – Dizziness upon standing is one of the most underappreciated side effects of Xanax use and one of the most potentially dangerous.
- Sleepiness – Daytime sleepiness is common in Xanax use, and users are advised to monitor their symptoms and avoid driving until they know how the drug affects them
- Memory problems – The memory issues you have been experiencing may be related to your use of Xanax, so tell your doctors about these issues
- Concentration issues – If your job involves intense mental work, you may find that your use of Xanax could interfere with your ability to succeed at your career and make a living
- Loss of balance – Xanax users can be at an increased risk of falling due to the potential lack of balance
Treatment for Xanax and Other Benzodiazepines at WhiteSands
Many people think that using Xanax is no big deal or that sharing a prescription with a friend is totally harmless. These misconceptions are all too common in society today, but they are also totally untrue. If you have been using Xanax on your own or sharing it with a friend, it is time to confront your dependency and get the help you need.
At WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab, we offer top-quality treatment for Xanax addiction and dependency, so you can get off the drug, reclaim your sound mental status and get on with the rest of your life. By combining effective drug rehab with treatment for your underlying anxiety, depression, panic disorders, and other mental health challenges, we can help you take your life back to emerge stronger, wiser, and healthier from your rehab experience.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.