Can Alprazolam Cause Sleep Terrors?

Alprazolam (also known by its brand name Xanax) is a drug in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines, which enhance chemicals in the brain and central nervous system (CNS) to produce a calming effect. These drugs are prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. Alprazolam works […]

Xanax History

Xanax, otherwise known as alprazolam, is an antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication developed by Upjohn Laboratories of Kalamazoo, Michigan in the late ‘60s. It was originally created to be a superior sleep aid with muscle relaxant qualities, but when Dr. David Sheehan became involved, representatives of Upjohn realized its effectiveness on anxiety, panic and mood disorders. […]

The Difference Between Being Drunk and Being High on Opiates

Opiates are prescription narcotics and illicit drugs made from the opium poppy plant. Opiates include heroin and painkillers like morphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl and oxycodone. Intravenous opiate use, such as heroin injection, produces a powerful euphoric rush, but prescription narcotics can give users a strong high even when used to treat pain. Alcohol, like opiates, increases […]

4 Risks of Stopping Your Medication Cold Turkey

The human body is always attempting to maintain homeostasis or balance, and for this reason, many medications that are taken for a long period of time cause the body to adapt and change. Because of this, stopping a medication, like clonazepam, abruptly can sometimes unbalance the system and can lead to uncomfortable and possibly dangerous […]

Why Does Withdrawal from Opiates Make You Sick?

When people who are addicted to opiates stop using, they usually feel sick. This happens because the body is adjusting to life without drugs. Whether its naturally derived opiates – like illicit heroin and rarely prescribed morphine – or synthetic opiates – like hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin), oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin and Percocet) – these powerful painkilling […]