What is Xanax and what is it prescribed for?Xanax is the patented brand name for Alprazolam, a short-term acting benzodiazepine compound that is extremely potent for treating a number of different disorders including:
- depression-related anxiety
- panic attacks
- social anxiety
It is normally prescribed in extended release or instant release form. Both of these can be purchased in a variety of generic names. Unfortunately, Xanax is extremely popular among recreational prescription drug abusers because of the euphoric effects it produces and is widely sold as a street drug. According to the DEA, along with several other prescription medications, Xanax is one of the primary drug threats in the US.
Normally, Xanax (Alprazolam) is quick acting and provides rapid relief from the symptoms it has been prescribed for and has several characteristics which include the following:
- nausea due to chemotherapy treatment
- muscle relaxant
- anxiolytic (anti-anxiety or anti-panic agents)
Consequently, the individual who is using Xanax notices immediate and positive results within the first 7 days of taking the medication. As was mentioned above, it is very popular among recreational drug users who favor benzodiazepines. As a result, a number of Xanax addiction treatment programs have been implemented at numerous addiction treatment and recovery centers throughout the US.
The controversy over Xanax addiction
For the most part and according to health and medical professionals, the person who is taking Xanax for prescription purposes does not usually abuse the drug or develop an addiction or dependency to it. Since tolerance levels will vary from one individual to the next, it is uncertain as to whether or not addiction or dependency will develop. There is one school of thought that claims that tolerance build-up never occurs and that when the drug is taken for long periods at a time, it is rendered as ineffective.
What is known is that rebound symptoms (a.k.a. rebound phenomena) and withdrawal will occur when the person abruptly stops taking Xanax. Rebound symptoms are those symptoms that the drug was relieving and ones that return once the individual suddenly stops taking Xanax. Therefore, physicians recommend a gradual decrease in the amount of the drug that is being taken in order to wean an individual off the medication.
Getting professional help
If you or a loved one is having problems with getting off this medication, contact Narconon Freedom Center today for information and help.