Xanax is a benzodiazepine medication. Doctors prescribe this drug to relieve anxiety, reduce seizure activity, decrease muscle spasticity, and induce sleep. Because it has many important medical roles, many people believe the drug is harmless. This is not the case. Many people take too much Xanax and find themselves facing overdose and other serious health complications.
All About Xanax Overdose
Xanax is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It can cause sedation and drowsiness within an hour. Xanax works by suppressing central nervous system activities. This creates feelings of drowsiness and reduces overactive brain and body functions. While a little of the drug can be helpful, too much creates problems.
Individuals may experience the following:
- Extreme sleepiness
- Unexplained weakness
- Slurred speech
- A stumbling gait
- Breathing problems
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This increases the risk of heavy sedation, overdose and death. Taking other sedatives, opioid drugs or alcohol with Xanax intensifies the drug’s effects on the brain and nerves.
Injury Epidemiology explains, “Drug overdose has become a leading cause of injury mortality and morbidity in the United States, resulting in more than 34,000 deaths and 1.2 million emergency department visits each year…Of the total mortality from drug overdose where a drug was specified, almost three-quarters involved one or more prescription drug…Collectively, opioid analgesics, benzodiazepines and antidepressants accounted for the overwhelming majority of the increase in mortality and morbidity from drug overdose.”
Prescription drugs like Xanax are dangerous. They are even more dangerous when used in combination with other drugs or alcohol.
Xanax Overdose Risk Factors
Anyone who uses Xanax is at risk for overdose. Misuse or abuse increases risk. Using the drug without a prescription and in combination with other substances creates the highest risk.
- A previous history of alcohol or drug abuse
- A lack of experience with prescription sedatives
- A habit of taking multiple drugs at the same time (polydrug abuse)
- A history of depression or suicidal ideation
Understand addiction and overdose. Know your risk factors, and take steps to reduce them. Take the drug only with a doctor’s prescription and only as prescribed. Don’t mix Xanax with alcohol, sleeping pills, pain relievers or other medications that may amplify its effects. If you start taking a new medication, ask your doctor about possible interactions with Xanax.
Getting Help for Xanax Addiction
If you or someone you know is overdosing, contact emergency medical services. If you take too much Xanax regularly, reach out for addiction recovery support. The Xanax rehab programs at Black Bear Lodge are tailored to your personal needs. Situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Black Bear Lodge is a resort addiction treatment center that offers comprehensive, holistic recovery services.
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 Guohua, Li., et.al. “Prescription Drug Monitoring and Drug Overdose Mortality.” Injury Epidemiology. 24 Apr 2014. Web. 31 May 2017.