Xanax, which carries the generic name alprazolam, is a central nervous system depressant within the category of drugs known as benzodiazepines. This category, which has come under public scrutiny due to its highly addictive properties, includes many other popular tranquilizers such as Valium, Librium and Ativan.
The manufacturer states that Xanax is recommended for the treatment of tension, nervousness and panic attacks. However, one of its side effects is that it can cause panic attacks.
When Xanax was first developed and patented in 1969, the pharmaceutical manufacturer claimed that this medication neither habit forming nor addictive. However, experience has proven it to be one of the most addictive drugs on the market. It is now estimated that three million Americans have been using benzodiazepine medications daily for a period of at least one year.
The fact that so many people are now addicted shows how important it is that patients are very careful not to blindly follow their physicians' suggestions when psychoactive drugs are being recommended.
This statistic demonstrates unfortunately, too, how some physicians ignore the recommended prescribing data of medications such as Xanax, as the FDA recommends that Xanax be prescribed for periods shorter than eight weeks for panic attack or anxiety treatment.
Due to the frequent prescribing of Xanax for help with common stress and/or sleeplessness, there are now many elderly patients who have unwittingly become addicted to their "nerve" medicine and when they attempt to stop it, have found that their original complaints are now even more severe.
Everyone should read and understand the side effects of any medications, but especially the psychoactive ones before accepting a prescription to ensure that the outcome of this treatment isn't worse than the original complaint.
Here are some of the documented side effects of Xanax:
- Hives, Skin inflammation
- Muscle twitching, tremor and seizures (convulsions)
- Difficulty Breathing
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/or throat
- Drowsiness, Hyperactivity
- Dizziness, light-headedness or fainting
- Hallucinations, agitations and hostility
- Nervousness, restlessness, sleeplessness and sweating
- Pounding in the chest or rapid heartbeat (panic attacks)
This abbreviated list of side effects should be enough of a deterrent to stop someone from taking the chance that Xanax might be of benefit. However people who are addicted to benzodiazepines or those who are withdrawing from other drugs will often compromise their best interests and good sense to find quick relief, only to find that they now have additional addiction problems.
If one has become addicted to Xanax, fortunately there is hope for a complete recovery. For users of Xanax who want to quit, Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs exist all over the world. There are more than 50 centers on six continents, and each Narconon center provides an effective solution for Xanax and other prescription drug addiction. A holistic, drug-free rehab program, Narconon has helped people with drug problems for more than 40 years, and uses one-on-one counseling, a very effective detox as well as life skills training to fully rehabilitate one who has been addicted to pills or other drugs or alcohol.
The recovering addict begins the Narconon program by undergoing a complete physical by a medical doctor. Then, once approved by the doctor, he will go through a withdrawal period, but this is aided by nutritional supplementation and a type of physical assistance making the withdrawal process much more tolerable than one might expect. These assists are like a gentle massage and can soothe muscle cramps or aches which could accompany withdrawal.
After this stage, the person will also undergo the unique Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, including more nutritional support and daily moderate exercise along with time in a dry-heat sauna. This has the effect of flushing out out the drug residues from the body, which most report gives them a clean, fresh and purified feeling, and most often a drastically reduced or completely eliminated craving for drugs.
The Narconon program doesn't stop however with just handling the physical effects of drugs. A full life-skills training program is part of the reason that 70% of Narconon graduates are still drug-free two years after completing the program.
In fact, these courses are what allow a recovering addict to regain his self-respect and confidence so that he can go forward in his life without the crutch of resorting to drugs or alcohol again. The skills one gains on these courses include how to communicate better, how to recognize one's friends and choose people who will support one in productive activities, how to take responsibility for the effect one may have caused to others in the past, and how to chart one's own course for the future. By the time he completes the Narconon drug rehab program, he regains a fresh viewpoint on life, and is ready and able to face life once again. Each graduate in fact, has restored his own moral values, and is ready to begin a new life.
If you or someone you know has a problem with Xanax, please contact a Narconon drug rehab counselor today. Also ask about our Narconon school drug education program.