Xanax is a drug used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It can also relax a person’s muscles and help them go to sleep. Unfortunately, it is also quite addictive. In Florida and many other states, Xanax is a frequently abused drug. Michael Jackson, for example, was reportedly taking around ten Xanax a night before his death.
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
Coming off of Xanax involves many symptoms which is why it is best to go through detox at a qualified rehab program rather than doing it alone. Some of these Xanax withdrawal symptoms and side effects include but are not limited to:
- Irritability or psychotic reactions
- Seizures or tremors
- Trouble concentrating, slurred speech, and dysphoria
- Stiffness, twitching, and cramps in one’s muscles
- Vomiting, retching, nausea, diarrhea, and stomach cramps
- Blurred vision
- Appetite and weight loss
- Dry throat or mouth
- Swollen hands or feet
Xanax withdrawals start quickly. Between 6-12 hours after the last use withdrawal symptoms set in. Early withdrawal lasts for 4-6 days. This period includes not just withdrawal, but sometimes also the return of what the Xanax was being used to suppress. It is important not to resist a relapse. After this begins acute withdrawal which normally peeks after about two weeks but can last for as long as a month. Then symptoms begin to subside.
Some people have protracted withdrawal which means it goes on for longer than normal. In any case, it is important to seek medical help if you are addicted to Xanax and are going off the drug, especially in the case of protracted withdrawal.
If this sounds hard, it is, but many have succeeded. It is easier if you get clean sooner rather than later with a medical detox. There are many people out there who want to help. Doctors and qualified professional rehabilitation services and treatment facilities that exist here in Florida and throughout the United States. Don’t wait until it’s too late, call us now for more information at (833) 596-3502.