One of the issues that patients face when taking Xanax is the possibility of addiction. To keep this risk to a minimum, always be certain to take your prescription as directed by your doctor. The greatest danger occurs when individuals acquire medications like Xanax without a prescription; in these scenarios, Xanax dependence becomes a greater likelihood. What Xanax withdrawal symptoms can a person expect when coming off of the drug if they have formed a dependence?
When a person is experiencing withdrawal from Xanax, one of the major reported symptoms is insomnia. Other symptoms may include intense dreams, difficulty concentrating, and short term memory issues. These withdrawal symptoms are common among most benzodiazepines.
Another symptom of Xanax (also known as alprazolam) withdrawal is extreme anxiety. This can be particularly difficult to cope with since often times anxiety is the reason someone was on Xanax in the first place. Panic attacks can include shaking, rapid heartbeat, and a sense of impending doom.
The physical effects of Xanax include sore joints and swelling or tingling in the extremities. Problems with the digestive tract are also common and may include pain, vomiting, nausea, and constipation or diarrhea.
There are also more physiological symptoms to consider. A person may begin to hallucinate or become hyper sensitive to sounds, smells, light, etc. Even things like the ticking of a clock or the dripping of a faucet can become unbearable. Depersonalization can also occur (this is when a person feels like they are on the outside watching their own life happen as an observer.) Sudden and severe mood changes can drive a person to thoughts of suicide. Depression is common. Some may sleep excessively during the day even if they are not affected by insomnia at night. The person will also become more irritable.
Because of all of this, it is important to have help in dealing with Xanax withdrawal symptoms. A medical professional is in the best position to watch over you as you experience these symptoms. A close friend may be willing to help you through, and ensure that you don't try to go back to the drug. Make sure they know what the symptoms will entail so that they know what they are getting into. If you know someone experiencing Xanax withdrawal, be as supportive as possible to help them overcome it.