Whitney's passing has raised the specter that she was taking the benzodiazepine Xanax (alprazolam) at the time she died. If it turns out that.
Withdrawal from Xanax can become far worse than withdrawal from morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and heroin, and require weeks in rehab or months in outpatient practice (See my medical text, Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry, Second Edition, Chapter 12). Benzodiazepine withdrawal should never be taken lightly and should be conducted with experienced clinical supervision, sometimes including hospitalization.
Some patients may find it very difficult to discontinue treatment with XANAX XR due to severe emotional and physical dependence.
Yes, you can die from taking Xanax, especially if it's taken with other drugs or alcohol. Read more about this commonly abused drug here.
Thanks for the additional reference, Eddo. Much appreciated!
When taken as prescribed, Xanax is a very safe medication. Can you become addicted to Xanax ? Again, yes. But Xanax does not usually promote drug-seeking addictive behaviors or dose escalation. More on the dangers, signs and treatments for Xanax overdose here.
The good news is that, while Xanax does have unpleasant and sometimes dangerous withdrawal effects for chronic users, it is relatively easy to get off Xanax by tapering the dosage.
For example, a CNN report on Michael Jackson's death stated that before he died, he was taking ten Xanax a night, which was a reduction from his earlier.
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If you see signs of Xanax abuse and want to help someone get off this drug, you may need to get the person through a medical detox before they can go to rehab.
When you take Xanax with grapefruit or grapefruit juice, you could experience enhanced side effects due to higher-than-normal levels of the.
J Clin Psychiatry. 1993 Oct;54 Suppl:49-61; discussion 62-3. Adverse behavioral events reported in patients taking alprazolam and other benzodiazepines.
This is probably explained by the fact that only alprazolam has been used to any great extent in these conditions. Adverse behavioral phenomena and unexpected psychopathology were divided into the following categories: (1) anger or violence, (2) impulsive, suicidal, or self-harming behavior, (3) depression, (4) mania, (5) schizophrenia, (6) withdrawal syndromes and (7) physical dependence and abuse liability. The older benzodiazepines are more commonly reported to have adverse events than alprazolam (with the exception of mania or hypomania). On the other hand, worsening in post-traumatic stress disorder and an increase in impulsive behavior in patients with borderline personality disorder have only been reported in patients receiving alprazolam. A review of the published case reports of adverse behavioral episodes or unexpected psychopathology in patients taking benzodiazepines was undertaken in an attempt to determine if these adverse or unexpected events are more likely to occur with alprazolam when compared with other currently marketed benzodiazepines. Despite these limitations, it appears that some differences between alprazolam and older benzodiazepines may exist. It is difficult to draw conclusions from this literature because of the limitations of spontaneously reported cases and the lack of epidemiologic studies.
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