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What Are the Symptoms of Xanax Withdrawal?

What Are the Symptoms of Xanax Withdrawal?

Xanax is a potent benzodiazepine, prescribed frequently to people who suffer from anxiety or panic disorders. Xanax works fast and this means withdrawal symptoms begin quickly and severely. Learn more about the symptoms of Xanax withdrawal and how to seek help for the symptoms.

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

Most people will start to feel symptoms within 12 hours, with peak symptoms kicking in about 3-4 days. Residual and lingering symptoms of withdrawal may last for months. Some common symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Hallucination
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Drastic detox from Xanax or other benzodiazepine should never be attempted without medical supervision. The most serious (yet rare) side effect is convulsion, which can be life threatening. More common side effects include psychological issues.

How Xanax Works

Xanax causes a decrease in anxiety through an increase in GABA (a neurotransmitter) in the brain. This increase in GABA calms and soothes an excited mind and may be very pleasant. The medication feels good, especially when used in excess but has great potential for abuse. Xanax can work very well but may create physical and psychological dependence and withdrawal symptoms.

Tapering Off Xanax

The best way to break an addiction to Xanax is through a medically monitored period of tapering down the dosage. This may take many months, but is safer and less unpleasant than a ‘cold turkey’ detox. The pace at which dosage is reduced will depend on the length of dependency, with longer dependencies requiring a slower reduction. One suggestion is to reduce the dosage a little at a time for two week stretches. Tapering very slowly can help individuals avoid severe symptoms of withdrawal, with most people who use reporting minimal discomfort in the process. This requires being in a facility where an individual can be monitored and watched for any symptoms that pop up and need additional support.

Finding support for addiction can be challenging. We provide the best care for your individual situation, including options like tapering in detox to mitigate symptoms of withdrawal. We are here to help you get clean and sober. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401