Xanax is most commonly used prescription medicine for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia. The fact that it is prescribed by the doctors is misleading for some people since they tend to believe that it may not have any significant harmful effects on the user. Reality is exactly opposite to it. Even the people who use it for therapeutic purposes are at a risk of becoming addicted to it. Xanax is a fast acting drug with small half life. It means that it produces its effects rapidly and is removed from the system just as fast. The effects of the drug start to appear right after taking it and reach to their peak levels after one to two hours. It is important to determine the effects, dosage, detox process and the time period the drug lasts in the body to facilitate the process of speedy recovery.
The levels of the drug in the blood depend upon the amount of the drug taken. The average half life of the drug in adults is about 12 hours however it may range between 9-16 hours for different individuals. It means that the drug is reduced to half the amount originally taken after 9-16 hours of the usage. As a person ages, the half life of the drug increases and the effects produced by it also get more severe. Other than this there are a number of factors that may influence the time drug stays in the system of the user such as:
Even though Xanax is a short acting drug, it may take relatively long for the body to completely remove it especially, when it is taken for long periods of time. It can take several weeks and even a month for the body to completely detoxify it.
A number of tests can be carried out to determine if Xanax exists in the body of the user or not. The tests approved by FDA to detect Xanax in the system include:
These tests can be helpful to detect Xanax in the system at different times along the line. Also, these tests differ in their sensitivity and how long after they can be used to detect Xanax. Hair follicle test is used when the user is to be tested for the drug after several days of last usage. It is possible to detect Xanax by testing hair follicles up to 3 months of last drug intake.
Drug and saliva test are effective only for short period of time after the last drug dosage. Xanax may last in blood for up to several days depending upon its half life in that certain user and the amount of it taken by the user. Users are more likely to retain it for longer periods of time when it is taken in more than prescribed amounts and for prolonged periods of time. However, for most of the users, blood test is effective up to 1-2 days while the saliva test can be effective up to 3 days.
The time Xanax stays in the urine depends upon its amount taken and the time it was taken for. For some users, it may be excreted in the urine for as long as six weeks after the last usage. However, for most users it is excreted in the urine for at least a week. It shows the fact that it is quite a long process to completely detoxify the drug. Urine test is a more accurate test for Xanax detection. Also, it can be used for longer periods of time. It is easier to perform and is cost effective so it is most frequently performed.
Although the half-life of Xanax is short, it can be detected in a person’s hair and/or hair follicle for as long as 3 months but more typically 1 month after the last time it was taken. Hair follicle test can be effective for the longest periods of time. Some users may test positive even after three months of the last drug use but most of the times, it works up to one month. The drug tends to accumulate in the hair follicles over time that can be used to test the drug. However, it takes some time for the drug to build up in the follicles so if follicles are tested right after the drug usage, the test may come false negative. It is more accurate in long term users. Other factors that may affect the accuracy of the test are length of the hair, time of the test and whether or not the hair was chemically treated.
These tests can be helpful to determine if a loved one is abusing Xanax. It is important to provide the treatment as soon as possible to evade long term damages produced by the drug.
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