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Xanax- Withdrawal Symptoms And Detoxification Process

A genre of drugs that are prescribed to minimize the over-activity in the brain and the central nervous system by enhancing the bearing of the inhibitory neuron, Gamma amino butyric acid, or GABA, is known as Benzodiazepines. Xanax is among the most sought after medications belonging to the genre of Benzodiazepines. Xanax treats issues like anxiety, panic disorder; it mitigates anxiety and strain, and induces sleep. Xanax is mainly abused because it rouses a good feeling by triggering off the cells in the brain which deal with pleasure.

Xanax is a highly addictive drug. As reported by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Xanax can cause increased craving, especially when you take them in extreme doses for a span of longer than a month. Acting as a common sedative in the brain, gamma amino butyric acid decelerates a few functions and smothers reactions to stress. Xanax is so addictive that it has a severe impact on the production of GABA. Gradually, the brain will completely cease to produce GABA due to the absence of Xanax. Thus, withdrawal symptoms soon start surfacing as and when Xanax starts leaving the bloodstream. It happens as the brain struggles to reclaim the natural sense of order and balance. To attempt withdrawal from Xanax without proper medical aid is strictly warned against as it can cost you your life.


Xanax helps in decelerating blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature. It also minimizes stress, anxiety, and panic disorders, being a central nervous system depressant. As the brain gets accustomed to this drug on a daily basis, if it is removed suddenly, the above-mentioned functions may relapse. As a result of this, there can be rapid increase in the blood pressure, body temperature, and the heart rate may accelerate to a level where it can lead to a coma. In worst situations, it may also cause death. Physical symptoms of withdrawal from Xanax are:

  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Muscle aches
  • Tension in the jaws
  • Tremors
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Numbness of fingers
  • Tingling in the arms and legs
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Changes in the sense of smell
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Cramps
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hypertension
  • Sweating
  • Impaired respiration


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes that the effects of Xanax last for a very short period of time. It has an average half-life of eleven hours. Symptoms of withdrawal can start six to twelve hours after the last dose. Rebound symptoms, which the drug had been suppressing for so long, are bound to occur soon after the withdrawal. This is followed by acute withdrawal symptoms, the longevity of which can range from a few days to almost a month. All the withdrawal symptoms are experienced during acute withdrawal, which reaches the climax in around two weeks. Thereafter, it gradually begins to subside and the symptoms start to get better. In some cases, people may go through elongated withdrawal, which includes psychological symptoms and an obsessive craving for the drug.


As the addiction to the drug will vary from person to person, similarly, the time of withdrawal will be unique to each individual. It may be influenced by various factors. Withdrawal from Xanax will take longer and get more intense if your body and brain are way too dependent on Xanax.

As the addiction to the drug will vary from person to person, similarly, the time of withdrawal will be unique to each individual. It may be influenced by various factors. Withdrawal from Xanax will take longer and get more intense if your body and brain are way too dependent on Xanax.

Xanax- Withdrawal Symptoms And Detoxification Process
  • Method of ingestion
  • Amount of drug intake
  • Mixture with other drugs or alcohol
  • Age at first use
  • Genetics
  • Time for which Xanax was abused

For how long the withdrawal symptoms may last in an individual can be determined by extended levels of stress, pre-existing history of addiction, mental and health issues, underlying medical complications, and environmental factors. It will be more comfortable and less dangerous if Xanax withdrawal process is supervised by the help of medical professionals and professionals who take care of mental health.


The best place to take care of Benzodiazepine addiction is, undoubtedly, a Xanax detox center, which has a suitable professional environment. Supervision, close observation, and support in a safe and controlled environment is what the detox centers offer. Thus, they are absolutely safe.

A medical professional sets up a controlled and slow narrowing process. Thus, the withdrawal can be controlled without any hassle and the side-effects can be significantly reduced. Reducing the amount of Xanax intake over a safe span of time ensures safe avoidance of adverse withdrawal symptoms. Benzodiazepine, like Valium, whose effect lasts longer, is offered as a substitute for Xanax during the withdrawal process. Keeping a small amount of Benzodiazepine controls cravings of the drug and withdrawals.

As the journal, Current Opinions in Psychiatry, cites therapy methods and gradual tapering are the best and safest ways to manage Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms and the consequent detoxification. Therapy sessions like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT, will help you to find the connection between your thoughts and actions, and help you to gain a more optimistic attitude to life. Holistic methods like meditation, yoga, acupuncture, and massage therapy will relieve stress and enhance the process of internal healing.