Symptoms of Xanax Overdose and Treatment

Xanax is a brand name for a drug called alprazolam, and it is one of several prescription drugs in the benzodiazepine group. Xanax is usually prescribed to treat general anxiety and panic disorders, as well as anxiety brought on by depression. It reduces anxiety by slowing the flow of chemicals in your brain that may have become unbalanced. Xanax overdose symptoms occur when you have taken more than your recommended dose, or if you have accidentally or intentionally mixed Xanax with alcohol or another drug.

“Xanax is usually prescribed to treat general anxiety and panic disorders.”

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Alcohol makes you sleepy and lowers inhibitions. When you take Xanax and alcohol together, these effects are intensified. The same is true of taking Xanax with other medications. Many over-the-counter cold medicines may contain up to 10 percent alcohol, and this can lead to accidental Xanax overdose symptoms.

Did You Know?

Xanax is easy to get over the Internet, but it is extremely dangerous to try or purchase Xanax online, particularly from vendors outside of the United States. Drugs.com warns that medications distributed on Internet sites often contain unsafe ingredients, and they may not be distributed by a legitimate, licensed source. Xanax purchased online has been found to contain a potent antipsychotic drug called Haldol, or haloperidol. This drug has dangerous side effects.

Xanax can be addictive. For this reason, it should not be used unless monitored by a medical professional.

Did You Know?

Although Xanax is safe and produces only mild side effects when used properly, the risk of abuse increases the longer this medication is used. Because your body will build a tolerance over time, the amount needed to get the desired effects increases and so does the risk of Xanax overdose symptoms.

Xanax Overdose Symptoms

Taking Xanax in larger doses than prescribed, or for longer than is recommended, can lead to overdose or drug addiction. Xanax overdose symptoms commonly occur if this drug has been crushed, chewed or broken during ingestion. This is because Xanax extended-release tablets are meant to be slowly administered into your system. Breaking or crushing the tablets results in the drug being released at one time. Signs of an overdose on Xanax may include:

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Confusion
  • Lightheaded feeling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fainting
  • Coma
Did You Know?

According to the University of Texas, in 2004, the Drug Abuse Warning Network reported that in the almost 1.3 million emergency room visits associated with drug abuse, nearly 23 percent involved the use of benzodiazepines like Xanax. Alcohol was also a factor in 29 percent of these visits relating to benzodiazepine abuse or misuse.

When Xanax is taken in combination with alcohol or other medications, particularly those that affect the brain, life-threatening Xanax overdose symptoms are more likely to occur. Often an overdose on Xanax occurs because the patient is addicted to another drug or substance and is taking Xanax at the same time.

Treatment for Experiencing an Overdose

Xanax overdose treatment will vary depending on how much was taken, if other medications or substances were ingested with Xanax, and how quickly treatment was sought. In many cases, certain medications, like flumazenil, may be given to act as an antidote for Xanax. Symptoms are treated as they present themselves. Medical personnel may also use gastric lavage, which involves inserting a tube into the stomach to pump out the unabsorbed Xanax. Depending on the symptoms, an intravenous line may be inserted to provide necessary fluids as well.

It is vital to seek out immediate medical attention if you are experiencing Xanax overdose symptoms. Abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs often occur in combination with other prescription drugs and alcohol, because users are trying to achieve a more intense high. If you are using Xanax with other substances like alcohol or have experienced Xanax overdose symptoms, we can help. Call us now at 1-888-287-0471 Who Answers? to discuss your treatment options.

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