Xanax (Alprazolam) Detox & Withdrawal
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Like many drugs, Xanax (alprazolam) is a highly addictive substance. Xanax’s powerful sedative effects cause many individuals to become dependent on the drug, often faster than they realize. Once the body becomes tolerant of this drug, it can experience withdrawal symptoms if it doesn’t receive its usual dosage. Withdrawal from Xanax can result in a number of symptoms, which are often best managed at a rehab facility.
Detox is a critical stage on the road to recovery, and those who have gone through it usually view this process as a turning point in their lives. While withdrawal from alprazolam and other benzodiazepines is usually an unpleasant experience, the benefits can be life-changing. Many people experience a variety of physical and psychological Xanax withdrawal symptoms, from insomnia and anxiety to nausea and vomiting. This guide can help people prepare for the experience of detox and withdrawal, and also address common questions, including those related to:
- Xanax withdrawal symptoms
- Xanax detox
- Alprazolam withdrawal
- Sweating or excessive perspiration
- Tremors or shaking (particularly in the hands)
- Convulsions or seizures
- Sore, stiff muscles
- Muscle spasms or twitches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea or soft stool
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Heart palpitations or tachycardia
- For women: Increased menstrual bleeding, breast tenderness and menstrual cramping
- Insomnia or restless sleep
- Nervousness or tension
- Confusion or depression
- Paranoia and fear
- Anxiety and panic
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Heightened senses (e.g. noises seem louder, lights seem brighter)
|Stage 1: The Beginning||The first stage, consisting of Xanax withdrawal and detoxification, typically begins within 6–12 hours of a person’s last dose. As the fast-acting drug leaves the person’s system, symptoms often begin to surface. Insomnia and anxiety are common during this time.|
|Stage 2: The Rebound||The second stage of Xanax withdrawal typically lasts between one and four days. It is characterized by the presence of anxiety and insomnia, sometimes referred to as “rebound” symptoms. The return of these symptoms can be unpleasant for those undergoing detox, making it important to undergo medically supervised detox. Flu-like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are also common at this stage. Usually all of these symptoms will begin to lessen on the fourth day.|
|Stage 3: The Downward Slope||Individuals are likely to continue feeling the effects of Xanax withdrawal for 5–14 days after quitting Xanax. While the symptoms can peak during days one through four, they are often felt for a number of days beyond that. Anxiety and insomnia are still expected symptoms of the withdrawal process at this point.|
|Stage 4: The Return||The last stage of Xanax withdrawal is referred to as a “return”. For some individuals, this stage means a return to normal functioning. For others, it signals the return of anxiety or other psychological conditions that were present before they began taking Xanax. This stage typically begins two weeks after a person has stopped taking the drug. Any lingering Xanax withdrawal symptoms should be minor.|
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- At-home detox
- Going cold-turkey
- Detox clinic
- Medically assisted detox
- Pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin (known as brand-names Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, etc.)
- Anti-diarrheal medication, such as Imodium
- Anti-nausea medication, such as Dramamine
- Meditation: Practicing mindfulness has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Counseling: Many people experience a wide range of emotions during this time and find it helpful to discuss their experience with a counselor.
- Exercise: Exercising can help combat the lethargy of withdrawal as well as prompt the brain to release endorphins, easing some of the symptoms of Xanax withdrawal.
- Dark, Quiet Spaces: Finding quiet areas can be helpful for people undergoing detox from Xanax as they are often hypersensitive to light and sound.