Xanax is a drug used to treat anxiety. But what happens when you stop taking it? Xanax and rebound anxiety are tied together being that once someone stops using Xanax to treat the anxiety, there can be a recurrence of the symptoms of anxiety. Learning how to combat this and cope with the side effects of quitting Xanax is important for those looking to stop taking the drug. The right treatment plan can make managing these symptoms easier.
Xanax is a drug used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs to the benzodiazepine drug family. It is a Schedule IV controlled substance. This means that it has a medical purpose, but has a risk of being abused. Xanax abuse can lead to dependence and addiction. Xanax was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat anxiety disorders because it helps to calm the brain activity in someone struggling with anxiety and panic disorders. This helps to ease the symptoms anxiety causes and alleviate the stress to the body.
Being that Xanax slows the brain activity, this can lead to slurred speech and motor functionality. It can also change the chemistry within the brain, and alter the productivity of GABA. When this happens, and someone stops taking Xanax, the brain has to rewire itself to regular production of this essential amino acid, and relearn what is normal production rather than what is produced artificially with the Xanax.
Xanax helps those who struggle with these mental health disorders enjoy a greater quality of life. Panic disorders and anxiety can be debilitating to those struggling. Having a medication that can help ease the uncomfortable feelings and help with sleep as well make it easier to function normally can almost seem like a dream come true. But this drug comes with the risk of dependence and, inevitably, withdrawal symptoms when the drug is stopped.
Symptoms of Xanax withdrawal can be uncomfortable to endure. Some of the symptoms associated with Xanax withdrawal can lead to lifelong repercussions and even be fatal. The most common symptoms associated with Xanax withdrawal are:
Some of these symptoms can lead to fatal results. Having professional medical monitoring when withdrawing from Xanax is essential to maintaining a state of comfort and controlling these symptoms that can lead to fatality.
When someone stops taking Xanax, there is a risk of experiencing increased anxiety. Withdrawal from Xanax and rebound anxiety can go hand in hand. When the brain is used to having the effects produced by the drug, taking it away can cause the anxiety to return at the same level, or sometimes even worse.
You may ask yourself, “Why stop the medication if it is going to make anxiety worse?” First, Xanax has the risk of abuse and dependence. What happens if the drug is unavailable? A person runs the risk of having adverse effects because they can’t get their medication. Xanax and rebound anxiety both have risks, but the rebound anxiety can be managed with non narcotic medications and holistic methods. It is all about being properly cared for in the proper setting to successfully and safely detox from the medication to manage the symptoms.
Rebound anxiety usually begins within 24 hours and up to four days after the last use of the drug. Once the rebound anxiety kicks in, the individual experiencing this symptom of withdrawal may also experience some insomnia. These symptoms can also be accompanied by things like shakes or tremors, sweats, and muscle cramps. The rebound anxiety can last up to two weeks from the last use.
This time frame is vital to be medically monitored to prevent relapse on the drug. While anxiety may continue after the two week period has been surpassed, the intensity and severity of rebound anxiety shouldn’t be felt at that point.
Being medically supervised and monitored when withdrawing from Xanax is highly recommended. As previously stated, some of the symptoms of withdrawal can be fatal. And at the worst, all of the symptoms are uncomfortable. Having the capability to speak to medical professionals and address each symptom individually can be a vital component to successfully maintaining recovery from Xanax addiction.
The addiction to Xanax and rebound anxiety associated with withdrawal can be best addressed in an inpatient treatment setting with medical professionals as well as mental health professionals that can address the underlying mental health concerns once the drug is stopped.
If you are struggling with Xanax addiction, or know someone who is, there is help available. At Lexington Addiction Center, we have a team of professionals trained to manage the symptoms of withdrawal and aid in your recovery. Contact us today and we can help you begin your recovery journey.