Withdrawal From Xanax Guide

Withdrawing from Xanax can bring unpleasant experiences due to the withdrawal symptoms. Here is a quick guide when about to undergo withdrawal from Xanax and hopefully help you get through with it successfully.

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms


The withdrawal symptoms may vary from one user to another and dependent on the amount of Xanax consumed as well the duration of use. When a user succumbs to withdrawal process, the withdrawal symptoms may take place after the last intake of Xanax and become sever during the peak period covering 1 to 4 days. Below are some of the reported complications:

  • Anxiety
  • Blurry vision
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of appetite
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Numbness around the fingers
  • Panic attack
  • Paranoia
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • seizures
  • Sweating
  • Tremors

What is tapering from Xanax?

Tapering from Xanax means undergoing a medical procedure called “detox” to remove the harmful toxins still found inside the system of the user. Tapering is a safer approach than the “cold turkey” approach because the strategy is slowly reduce the doses to help the user quit from Xanax.

Why is Xanax highly addictive?

Xanax is a prescribed medicine for mental problems such as anxiety, panic attack and depression. This drug helps the patient muscles to relax. It can also relieve tension or stress, making it ideal for people with sleeping problems like insomnia. The main feature of this drug is to make the person feel good by allowing the brain cells to feel pleasure. Xanax over time of usage could lead to physical and psychological dependence, especially if taken in larger doses for longer period.

When a person takes Xanax, the central nervous system slows down, inhibiting some of its normal function and reaction such as slow heart rate, blood pressure and even temperature. If this happens, anxiety, stress or panic may lessen, but as the brain becomes used to this drug, there might be a rebound effect if removed from the system.

Here are some of the health risks that may arise from withdrawal from Xanax:

  • Hypertension
  • Fever
  • Impaired respiration
  • Tingling sensation in arms and legs
  • Numbing effect of the fingers
  • Tensed jaw
  • Teeth pain

Using cold turkey approach for withdrawal from Xanax can be life threatening because it could cause death if not monitored properly by a drug specialist. The user must undergo a detox in a treatment facility to ensure the withdrawal symptoms and the vital signs are checked regularly for signs of danger.

What are the factors that can affect withdrawal from Xanax?

Withdrawal from Xanax is a challenging process and may differ from one patient to another. The following factors that can affect the withdrawal may include:

  • Age of the user when Xanax was first taken
  • Amount of Xanax taken
  • Method of ingestion
  • Mixed with other drugs or substances such as alcohol
  • Genetics
  • Duration of use or abuse of Xanax
  • Presence of mental problem like depression or anxiety
  • Stress levels of the user
  • Any history of addiction
  • Other medical illnesses
  • Environmental factors such as peers, accessibility of drug via prescription

This is why a professional in drug addiction must be there to facilitate the withdrawal Xanax treatment to guarantee a successful outcome and help the patient achieve full recovery.


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